Jared Yates Sexton is a journalist who during the 2016 Presidential campaign witnessed the passion at the "Feel the Bern" rallies, the demonstrations outside of the RNC and DNC conventions, the debates, and the Trump rallies where he gained national attention when he started live-tweeting, describing raw anger and vitriol like he had never seen before. Along with the exposure came daily death threats and intimidation. This is a fascinating political read about a campaign that crossed many ethical lines and hit new political lows, with the results flabbergasting almost all the political watchers and commentators.
For ye’ landlubbers like myself who’ve never answered the call of the sea, here’s a book to dive into (pun intended). Admiral Stavridis chronicles the history of the world’s oceans, demonstrating their importance since time immemorial, while weaving in fascinating anecdotes from his own career with the US Navy. This is an excellent, compelling, and easy to ready book that dispels our terra firma-centric view of the earth. As Admiral Stavridis shows, within these vast waterways lie our past, present, and future.
America is a nation disillusioned by its recent wars and largely averse to becoming embroiled again in foreign conflicts. But Eliot Cohen makes a strong, historically grounded and clearly reasoned case in The Big Stick for America not to pull back from its leadership role in the world and to be ready and willing to use force if necessary. Cohen, who is a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, urges preparedness, not belligerence, as Philip Zelikow says in a blurb for the book. Given today’s major multiple threats—China, North Korea, Iran, Russia, the Islamic State, cyberwarfare, space-based weapons—and given the reluctance or inability of other powers on our side to act, Cohen argues that a failure to exercise military power could prove calamitous. He notes that today’s array of challenges has no exact comparison with the past, so new approaches will need to be devised, and he puts forward his own set of general guidelines for when to use force.