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Friday, August 27, 2010

New Article and Some Reviews

My latest article was published this week in the Marine Corps Gazette. Entitled "Doing More With Less," the article is about focusing on what truly matters (winning the Nation's battles), by re-prioritizing our efforts and clearing the bureaucratic deadwood that impedes mission accomplishment. As one friend said, it will ruffle some feathers, but the intent is to make people consider better ways of doing business. You can find the article here. At the link, there are buttons to share on Facebook and Twitter. Please do so!

Second, my book, "Iraq in Transition," was featured in a review essay by Adeed Dawisha, a well known political science scholar, specializing on the Middle East. His essay is entitled, "The Long and Winding Road to Iraqi Democracy," was published in the latest edition of "Perspectives on Politics," a Cambridge University journal. In it, Dawisha labels my book "a sweeping historical study of the Saddam and post-Saddam eras." A review essay is a bit different than a typical book review so there is no direct praise or criticism of any of the books used, but the fact that such a prestigious scholar used it in a Cambridge journal alongside 3 books published by university presses, written or edited by PhD professors of political science speaks to the seriousness of my book. It is an honor.

Finally, the full text of Michael Rubin's review of "Iraq in Transition" is now available on the web in full text. Rubin is a member of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative (neocon) think-tank. Rubin's reviews of many books on Iraq are scathing due to his viewpoint. His review of my book finds some fault that I would disagree with, but is overall very positive. He closes by saying,
Iraq in Transition is one of the better post-Iraq war overviews, a well-written summary of developments after coalition forces occupied Baghdad. While the authors of the first versions of the history of this period were sweeping in their judgments, Munson is more nuanced and has a better grasp of government and military decision-making.

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