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.

Bar-Joseph, Uri and Rose McDermott. Intelligence Success and Failure: The Human Factor. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Beckett, Ian, Timothy Bowman, and Mark Connelly. The British Army and the First World War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Belanger, Stephanie A.H. and Renee Dickason, eds. War Memories: Commemoration, Recollections, and Writings on War. Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.

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.

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

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.

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.

Heuser, Beatrice and Eitan Shamir, eds. Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.