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.
Deadline: Please plan to have your completed review submitted within 2 months of receiving the review copy.
Your review should include:
- Author(s)/Editor(s) first and last name(s) – please indicate if it is an edited book
- year of publication
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your mailing address if requesting a book be sent to you.
Send completed reviews to Dr. Laurel Halladay, Book Review Editor, at email@example.com
Books Available for Review (last updated PM November 21, 2022)
- Aboul-Enein, Youssef and Joseph T. Stanik. Middle East 101: A Beginner's Guide for Deployers, Travelers, and Concerned Citizens. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2019.
- Abraham, Joseph N. Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation. Arnaudville, LA: Hidden Hills Press, 2020.
- Barrett, Matthew. Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Officer Courts Martial, 1914-1945. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2022. (digital copy only)
- Buckey, Christopher M. Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896-1914. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2021. (digital copy only)
- Budjeryn, Mariana. Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2023. (digital copy only)
- Burke, Ryan, Michael Fowler, and Jahara Matisek, eds. Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2022.
- 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, 2018.
- Clews, Graham T. Churchill's Phoney War: A Study in Folly and Frustration. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2019.
- Corbeil, Raoul. Real War, Real Soldier: A Canadian in the North West Front, 1944-1945. Drummondville, QC: Editions FPC, 2021. (digital copy only)
- Daniels, Mario and John Krige. Knowledge Regulation and National Security in Postwar America. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2022. (digital copy only)
- Delaney, Douglas E., Mark Frost, and Andrew L. Brown, eds. Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2021. (digital copy only)
- Farley, Robert M. and Davida H. Isaacs. Patents for Power: Intellectual Property Law and the Diffusion of Military Technology. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2020.
- Farrugia, Peter and Evan J. Habkirk, eds. Portraits of Battle: Courage, Grief, and Strength in Canada's Great War. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2021.
- Fridman, Ofer. Enemy Civilian Casualties: Politics, Culture, and Technology. London, UK: Lexington Books, 2019.
- Gall, Sandy. Afghan Napolean: The Life of Ahmad Shah Massoud. London, UK: Haus Publishing, 2021.
- Garnett, Holly Ann and Michael Pal, eds. Cyber Threats to Canadian Democracy. Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022.
- Greaves, Wilfrid and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, eds. Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021.
- Groh, Tyrone L. Proxy War: The Least Bad Option. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.
- Houlden, Gordon, Scott N. Romaniuk, and Nong Hong, eds. Security, Strategy, and Military Dynamics in the South China Sea: Cross-National Perspectives. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press, 2021. (digital copy only)
- Jennings, John M. and Chuck Steele, eds. The Worst Military Leaders in History. London, UK: Reaktion Books, 2022. (digital copy only)
- Lebovic, Sam. A Righteous Smokescreen: Postwar America and the Politics of Cultural Globalization. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2022.
- Lee, Jonathan L. Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present, new edition. London, UK: Reaktion Books, 2022.
- Leuprecht, Christian, Joel J. Sokolsky, and Thomas Hughes, eds. North American Strategic Defense in the 21st Century: Security and Sovereignty in an Uncertain World. New York, NY: Springer International, 2018.
- McGarr, Kathryn J. City of Newsmen: Public Lies and Professional Secrets in Cold War Washington. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2022. (digital copy only)
- Medhurst, John. Sub Culture: The Many Lives of the Submarine. London, UK: Reaktion Books, 2022.
- Miller, Benjamin, with Ziv Rubinovitz. Grand Strategy from Truman to Trump. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2020.
- Morningstar, James Kelly. War and Resistance in the Philippines, 1942-1944. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2021. (digital copy only)
- Owen, David. Riddle, Mystery, and Enigma: Two Hundred Years of British-Russian Relations. London, UK: Haus Publishing, 2021. (digital copy only)
- Raymond, Gregory Vincent. Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accomodation. Copenhagen, DK: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2018.
- Riedel, Bruce. Beirut 1958: How America's Wars in the Middle East Began. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 2020.
- Struthers, Joel Adam. Appel: A Canadian in the French Foreign Legion. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2019.
- Vandergriff, Donald E. Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2019.
- Verney, Michael A. A Great and Rising Nation: Naval Exploration and Global Empire in the Early US Republic. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2022. (digital copy only)
- Ziarnick, Brent D. To Rule the Skies: General Thomas S. Power and the Rise of Strategic Air Command in the Cold War. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2021. (digital copy only)