Books To Review

Book Review Guidelines

An analytical book review is not simply a summary of the book’s contents. It should give the reader a critical, informative and interesting discussion of the work. It comments on and evaluates the book on certain criteria, including the following:

  • the main ideas and major objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished;
  • what, if anything, does it contribute to the literature and how well does it do this;
  • the readership for which it is written;
  • constructive comments on the book’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • the soundness of the theoretical assumptions, the methodology, if any, and the sources used;
  • your own reactions and opinions on the book.

Length: 1000-3000 words. Please look at already-published JMSS reviews to coordinate formatting prior to submission.

Your review should include:

  • Author(s)/Editor(s) first and last name(s) – please indicate if it is an edited book
  • title
  • year of publication
  • publisher
  • your first and last name
  • institution affiliation
  • a brief biographical note

To review a book listed below, please send an email with the citation to njmackie@ucalgary.ca

Send completed reviews to Dr. Laurel Halladay, Book Review Editor, at lmhallad@hotmail.com

 

Addleton, Jonathan S. The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2016.

Anderson, Virginia DeJohn. The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Beilein, Joseph Jr. and Hulbert, Matthew C., eds. The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2015.

Bessner, Ellin. Double Threat: Canadian Jews, The Military and World War II. Toronto, ON: New Jewish Press, 2018.

Bhuta, Nehal, Susanne Beck, Robin Geiss, Hin-Yan Liu, and Claus Kress, eds. Autonomous Weapons Systems: Law, Ethics, Policy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Braithwaite, Rodric. Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation Since 1945. London, GB: Profile Books, 2017.

Byers, Daniel. Zombie Army: The Canadian Army and Conscription in the Second World War. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2017.

Campbell, David. It Can't Last Forever: The 19th Battalion and the Canadian Corps in the First World War. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017.

Chambers, Paul and Waitoolkiat, Napisa, eds. Khaki Capital: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia. Copenhagen, DK: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2017.

Charney, Michael W. and Wellen, Kathryn, eds. Warring Societies of Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia: Local Cultures of Conflict Within a Regional Context. Copenhagen, DK: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2017.

Charters, David A. Whose Mission, Whose Orders? British Civil-Military Comannd and Control in Northern Ireland, 1968-1974. Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.

Coleman, Bradley Lynn and Longley, Kyle, eds. Reagan and the World: Leadership and National Security, 1981-1989. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2017.

Conrad, John. Among the Walking Wounded: Soldiers, Survival and PTSD. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2017.

Dimmel, Brandon. Engaging the Line: How the Great War Shaped the Canada-US Border. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2016.

Dunigan, Molly and Ulrich Petersohn, eds. The Markets of Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

Echevarria, Antulio J. Military Strategy: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Fidell, Eugene R. Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Fitzpatrick, Meghan. Invisible Scars: Mental Trauma and the Korean War. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2017.

Friedman, B.A. On Tactics: A Theory of Victory in Battle. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Gat, Azar. The Causes of War and the Spread of Peace. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Granatstein, J.L. The Weight of Command: Voices of Canada's Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2016.

Greener, B.K., ed. Army Fundamentals: From Making Soldiers to the Limits of the Military Instrument. Auckland, NZ: Massey University Press, 2017.

Hall, Brian N. Communications and British Operations on the Western Front, 1914-1918. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Hart, Peter. The Last Battle: Victory, Defeat, and the End of World War I. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Harvey, Frank P. and John Milton. Fighting for Credibility: US Reputation and International Politics. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Heinrichs, Waldo and Marc Gallicchio. Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Holmes, Virginia Iris. Einstein's Pacifism and World War I. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2017.

Huff, Greg and Shinobu Majirmqa, eds. and trans. World War II Singapore: The Chosabu Reports on Syonan. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2018.

Johansen, Ilse. Surviving the Gulag: A German Woman's Memoir. Heather Marshall, ed. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2016.

Jones, Howard. My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Karlin, Mara E. Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Kurschinski, Kellen, Steve Marti, Alicia Robinet, Matt Symes and Jonathan Vance, eds. The Great War: From Memory to History. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015. 

Lackenbauer, P. Whitney, Adam Lajeunesse, James Manicom, and Frederic Lasserre. China's Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean For Canada. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, 2018.

Lambert, Andrew, ed. 21st Century Corbett: Maritime Strategy and Naval Policy for the Modern Age. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Libicki, Martin C. Cyberspace in Peace and War. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2016.

Lovell, David M. and Deane-Peter Baker, eds. The Strategic Corporal Revisited: Challenges Facing Combatants in 21st Century Warfare. Cape Town, SA: University of Cape Town Press, 2018.

Luthi, Lorenz M., ed. The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015.

McCrum, Ronald. The Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2017.

Mhango, Nkwazi Nkuzi. 'Is it Global War on Terrorism' or Global War Over Terra Africana? The Ruse Imperial Powers Use to Occupy Africa Militarily for Economic Gains. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Munoz, Antonio J. The German Secret Field Police in Greece, 1941-1944. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2018.

Nester, William. America's War Against Global Jihad: Past, Present and Future. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Nolan, Cathal J. The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Nossal, Kim Richards. Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2016.

O'Brien, Phillips Payson. How the War Was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Raymond, Gregory Vincent. Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accomodation. Copenhagen, DK: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2018.

Remmelink, Willem, ed. and trans. The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies. Compiled by the War History Office of the National Defence College of Japan. Leiden, NL: Leiden University Press, 2015.

Ridley, Yvonne. Torture: Does it Work? Interrogation Issues and Effectiveness in the Global War on Terror. Essex, UK: Military Studies Press, 2016.

Roland, Alex. War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Rowlands, Kevin, ed. 21st Century Gorshkov: The Challenge of Seapower in the Modern Era. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Simpson, Adam. Energy, Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma): A Critical Approach to Environmental Politics in the South. Copenhagen, DK: Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, 2017.

Sombatpoonsiri, Janjira. Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia. Syracruse, NY: Syracruse University Press, 2015.

Stanley, Bruce E. Outsourcing Security: Private Military Contractors and  US Foreign Policy. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press (Potomac Books), 2015.

Stavridis, James and R. Manning Ancell, eds. The Leader's Bookshelf. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Stewart, Timothy J. Toronto's Fighting 75th in the Great War, 1915-1919. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017.

Usher, Peter J. Joey Jacobson's War: A Jewish-Canadian Airman in the Second World War. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2018.

Viola, Lynne. Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes From the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Walker, Philip. Behind the Lawrence Legend: The Forgotten Few Who Shaped the Arab Revolt. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Windsor, Lee, Roger Sarty, and Marc Milner. Loyal Gunners: 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company) and the History of New Brunswick's Artillery, 1893-2012. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

Winter, Jay. War Beyond Words: Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Zhang, Xiaoming. Deng Xiaoping's Long War: The Military Conflict Between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Zimmerman, David. Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy's West Coast Fleet in the Early Cold War. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2015.