2007 Threat #04 Inter-State Conflict Top Books

Earth Threat #4: Inter-State Conflict

A Listmania! list by Robert David STEELE Vivas (Oakton, VA United States)
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The list author says: “There are ten threats, twelve policies, and eight players other than the EU and USA that matter if we are to get a grip on our future. Each of these 30 topics is addressed at www.earth-intelligence.net, and in Amazon discussion groups being created to bring together authors and readers to form a global information sharing network that will be superior to what secret intelligence and secret government bureaucracies can put together. This is how we save Humanity and our Earth–by taking back the power over relevant information and the policies that have here-to-fore been dominated by special interests instead of ourselves, the taxpayers and end-users.”
Modern Strategy
1.  Modern Strategy by Colin S. Gray
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  War is supposed to be politics by other means, but Strategy is what determines the ends, ways, and means.  There are many other books that could have been included in this list.  Do not go to war unless you a) have a strategy that is morally just and financially sustainable.”
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The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
2.  The Fifty-Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World by Derek Leebaert
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  This is the definitive condemnation of the Cold War as largely inspired by the USA and a complete waste of blood, treasure, and spirit.”
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Wilson's Ghost: Reducing The Risk Of Conflict, Killing, And Catastrophe In The 21st Century
3.  Wilson’s Ghost: Reducing The Risk Of Conflict, Killing, And Catastrophe In The 21st Century by Robert S. McNamara
The list author says:
“Vital Contribution.  Could also be listed in Diplomacy.  See my longer review.”
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Why We Fight
4.  Why We Fight DVD ~ Gore Vidal
The list author says:
“Shocking–not what you would expect.  See especially how the military-industrial complex fosters poverty to increase young male unemployment so as to enable recruitment into the military.”
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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
5.  The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara DVD ~ Robert McNamara
The list author says:
“See my longer review for the list of lessons.  Utterly absorbing and worthy.”
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War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
6.  War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier by Smedley D. Butler
The list author says:
“This should be required reading for every officer in the military.”
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The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars
7.  The Price of Liberty: Paying for America’s Wars by Robert D. Hormats
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  A very important and helpful book.”
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Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement
8.  Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement by Scott Ritter
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  He not only gets it, he explains it in a manner useful to all of us.”
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The Art of War
9.  The Art of War by Thomas Cleary
The list author says:
“This book is known to every politican and general, but the part they ignore is where he says “the acme of skill is to defeat the enemy without fighting.””
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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
10.  On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
The list author says:
“Very serious.  And we  are training terrorists and gang members without realizing it.”
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Peace After War: On Conditions for Durable Inter-State Boundary Agreements (Uppsala University Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Report No. 34)
11.  Peace After War: On Conditions for Durable Inter-State Boundary Agreements (Uppsala University Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Report No. 34) by Kjell-Ake Nordquist
The list author says:
“Very important work.  The colonial era’s greatest crimes, apart from looting and slavery, were the imposition of political boundaries of convenience totally divorced from centuries of ethnic “natural” boundaries long accepted.”
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American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
12.  American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
The list author says:
“See my longer review. This is the first author to dare to use the correct word to describe the extremists on the right in America.  They have caused such misbehavior abroad “in our name” that we are now less safe than we were during the Cold War.”
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The 33 Strategies of War
13.  The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
The list author says:
“Intriguing–could not find a book on the 33 strategies of peace.”
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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
14.  Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy by Noam Chomsky
The list author says:
“Nails it.  Chomsky is a patriot speaking truth we need to respect.”
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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power
15.  The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power by Daniel Yergin
The list author says:
“An original.  See also Michael Klare’s books on blood for oil.”
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Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941
16.  Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw
The list author says:
“Extremely interesting.  Decisions have consequences.”
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The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception
17.  The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception by John F. MacArthur
The list author says:
“This is the greatest war of all.  See also Fog Facts, Lost History (Perry), Weaponos of Mass Deception, etcetera.”
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A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)
18.  A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics) by Alistair Horne
The list author says:
“It has been my experience, in both Viet-Nam and in El Salvador, that if we simply behave and do not invade or support dictators, ultimately the proper balance is achieved by the society on its own, in its own time.  France simply did not want to give up their choke hold.”
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Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War
19.  Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War by Michael Isikoff
The list author says:
“Wars are generally NOT called for, and are “sold” so that arms merchants and their corrupt political cronies can make fortunes on the backs and bodies of the 90% of society that works and bleeds.”
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War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back
20.  War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back by Lou Dobbs
The list author says:
“A different kind of war, the kind that makes blood wars possible.”
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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
21.  Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  I include this to make the point that America is incompetent at one man – one bullet.”
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Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror
22.  Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror by Robert Young Pelton
The list author says:
“Great book, see my longer review.  Private armies are a perversion, and as Ralph Peters says, we are outsourcing our honor.”
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Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
23.  Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by John A. Nagl
The list author says:
“One of the better books on counter-insurgency.”
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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
24.  See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism by Robert Baer
The list author says:
“US support for Saudi Royal corruption and debauchery.”
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The Greatest Generation
25.  The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
The list author says:
“I like this, and Studs Terkle, because WWII was “the good war” even though revisionists are documenting the unhealthy US fondness for Hitler and his anti-communist facsism.”
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The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West
26.  The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson
The list author says:
“Provocative!”
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Interventions (City Lights Open Media)
27.  Interventions (City Lights Open Media) by Noam Chomsky
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  A very important book for Americans who want to understand why everyone is mad at us.”
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Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology)
28.  Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Paul Farmer
The list author says:
“Another kind of war but I wanted to get this in here.  We are making war on our own people (see Working Poor, Nickled and Dimed).”
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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents (Paperback))
29.  Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class – And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents (Paperback)) by Thom Hartmann
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  I want to expand the concept of war and show how war is anything evil that attacks the basic goodness and health of humanity and society.”
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Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
30.  Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer
The list author says:
“An important book I include in other lists.”
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The Cold War: A New History
31.  The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis
The list author says:
“Worth reading but see also The Fifty Year Wound and Sorrows of Empire.”
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The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World
32.  The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World by Rupert Smith
The list author says:
“Worthy of study.”
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
33.  Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T. E. Lawrence
The list author says:
“I have an original copy, one of the finest works of all time.”
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A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
34.  A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin
The list author says:
“Sadly, the Constitution only works to prevent illegal and elective wars when the Congress does its job, and the Senate in particular.  See Broken Branch and Breach of Trust.”
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Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods
35.  Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods by H. John Poole
The list author says:
“I like all of John Poole’s work.  See my longer reviews.”
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Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War
36.  Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War by Dina Rasor
The list author says:
“I agree with this.  For several months early on in Iraq some units were only receiving one C-Ration a day, and running out of water.”
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Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
37.  Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  Essential reading for officers and non-commissioned officers.  However, we need  a Goldwater Nichols Act for inter-agency *and* coalition operations.”
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Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror
38.  Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror by Michael Burleigh
The list author says:
“Helpful.  The problem is how one defines and shapes sacred.  The Pat Robertson 700 Club and the Bible thumpers funding the perfect red calf are no more sacred than the nearest whorehouse.”
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First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan
39.  First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan by Gary C. Schroen
The list author says:
“I like this book because in many ways it describes the perfect war plan–CIA and Speecial Operations using technology to guide Air Force strikes in support of legitimate indigenous forces.”
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