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Don’t Call Rand Paul an Isolationist!

9:29 AM, Jul 19, 2014 • By DAVID ADESNIK
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4.     E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed (1981). A Marine’s classic account of the brutality, suffering and courage of Americans in the war against Japan. A primary inspirations for HBO’s mini-series, The Pacific.

5.     Sir Max Hastings, The Korean War (1987). A study of the “Forgotten War” by one of the UK’s top military historians and war correspondents.

6.     John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know (1997). The Pulitzer-winning Yale historian explores how documents emerging from Communist archives have reshaped our understanding of the Cold War.

7.     Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson, eds., Reagan: In His Own Hand (2001). For all those seeking to emulate the Gipper, there’s no better source material than his handwritten letters and essays. Also a New York Times bestseller.

8.     Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower (2006). An in-depth study of Al Qaeda’s origins and development, culminating in the attacks of September 11th. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

9.     Donovan Campbell, Joker One (2009). A Marine lieutenant’s story of his platoon’s frustration and heroism in Iraq. A New York Times bestseller.

10.  Robert Kagan, The World America Made (2012). A brief argument for the necessity of American leadership. Kagan is a conservative, yet President Obama has immersed himself in Kagan’s writing on U.S. leadership. Another New York Times bestseller.

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