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The Field of Blood
Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Joanne B. Freeman - 2019-09-10 (first published in 2018)
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The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil WarIn The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legi...
David Priess
One of the most rewarding books I’ve read in recent years—and I read *a lot* of books. If you have even a passing interest in American history or things congressional, you’ll love it. I promise.      source
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Norman Ornstein
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Why We Did It
A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell
Tim Miller - 2022-06-28
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Former Republican political operative Tim Miller admits what no one else on the right ever will: they all encouraged the madness that has overtaken the party. The Trumpification of the American right was the inevitable result of a series of decisions made by people like Tim Miller over the past decade. In a book that is part memoir, part anatomy of...
David Priess
I’ve resisted tweeting about @Timodc’s book WHY WE DID IT because, well, I haven’t read it. But I just finished the audiobook version—read masterfully by @BloombergVO—and … WOW. It’s blisteringly honest, blisteringly insightful, and blisteringly funny. Read it—or listen. Now.      source
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Susan Glasser
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Rising Tiger
A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series Book 21)
Brad Thor - 2022-07-05
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Deadly operative Scot Harvath faces down the country’s most powerful enemy in #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brad Thor’s new white-knuckle thriller. An unprecedented, potentially nation-ending threat has materialized on the world stage. Though the United States has long been aware of the growing risk, administration...
David Priess
I’ve finished the new @BradThor book RISING TIGER. And it delivers! It’s fiction, yes—but its rich in-story context of the US-India-Japan-Australia “Quad, the Russia-Ukraine war, and Havana Syndrome makes it eerily compelling as a “what if” for national security watchers. 👍🇺🇸🎯      source
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A Taste for Poison
Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them
Neil Bradbury - 2022-02-01
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As any reader of murder mysteries can tell you, poison is one of the most enduring—and popular—weapons of choice for a scheming murderer. It can be slipped into a drink, smeared onto the tip of an arrow or the handle of a door, even filtered through the air we breathe. But how exactly do these poisons work to break our bodies down, and what can we ...
David Priess
@almakatsu Neil’s book “A Taste of Poison” is a great resource for writers—full of symptoms, timelines, etc. for many poisons      source
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The Man I Knew
The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush's Post-Presidency
Jean Becker - 2021-06-01
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A heartfelt portrait of President George H.W. Bush—and his post-presidential life—by a confidante who knew him well.As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing t...
David Priess
I rediscovered some of the great 2021 books I’d read in the *first half* of year. I’ll highlight just a few, ones that were truly exceptional even in a year of many great books, by Jean Becker, @BradThor, @CarolLeonnig, and @Kaibird123. 2/6      source
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Blind over Cuba
The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis (Foreign Relations and the Presidency Book 11)
David M. Barrett, Max Holland - 2012-09-01
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In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, questions persisted about how thepotential cataclysmhad been allowed to develop. A subsequent congressional investigation focused on what came to be known as the "photo gap": five weeks during which intelligence-gathering flights over Cuba had been attenuated.In Blind over Cuba, David M. Barrett and Max...
David Priess
@vjw1234 I do not remember those details, but I can recommend a great book related to the issue: Blind Over Cuba by David Barrett and Max Holland      source
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Destination Casablanca
Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II
Meredith Hindley - 2017-10-10
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In November 1942, as a part of Operation Torch, 33,000 American soldiers sailed undetected across the Atlantic and stormed the beaches of French Morocco. Seventy-four hours later, the Americans controlled the country and one of the most valuable wartime ports: Casablanca.In the years preceding, Casablanca had evolved from an exotic travel destinati...
David Priess
@CapitolClio A truly GREAT book. I’m eager for whatever comes next, however long it takes.      source
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Black Ice
A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series Book 20)
Brad Thor - 2021-07-20
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The new Cold War is about to go hot.#1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author Brad Thor is back with his most intense thriller yet.Scot Harvath is having his best summer ever. With a cottage on the fjord, a boat, and his beautiful girlfriend Sølvi, he’s got everything he could possibly want. But out of v...
David Priess
I’ve loved me some @BradThor thrillers over the years—above all, SPYMASTER and THE LIONS OF LUCERNE. Now I can add to that short “Best of Brad” list his latest, BLACK ICE, which I’ve had the good fortune to finish already. Get it anywhere books are sold on its pub day tomorrow!      source
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A Thriller (18) (The Scot Harvath Series)
Brad Thor - 2018-07-03
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The newest thriller in the #1 New York Times, #1 i>Wall Street Journal, and #1 i>Publishers Weekly bestselling series!Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war.With his mentor ...
David Priess
I’ve loved me some @BradThor thrillers over the years—above all, SPYMASTER and THE LIONS OF LUCERNE. Now I can add to that short “Best of Brad” list his latest, BLACK ICE, which I’ve had the good fortune to finish already. Get it anywhere books are sold on its pub day tomorrow!      source
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Jeffrey Snover
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The Politics of Catastrophe
Niall Ferguson - 2021-05-04
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All disasters are in some sense man-made. Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.Disasters are inherently hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises. and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of...
David Priess
This is an excellent book, highly recommended—thoughtfully linking everything from earthquakes to pandemics to wars to dystopian sci-fi. You’ll hear me discussing it with @nfergus soon on the Lawfare Podcast.      source
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The Cabinet by Lindsay M. Chervinsky
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The Assault on Intelligence by Michael V. Hayden
Contact by Carl Sagan
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Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden
Raven Rock by Garrett M. Graff
Playing to the Edge by Michael V. Hayden
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The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor
Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi
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31 Days by Barry Werth
U.S. Intelligence and the Confrontation in Poland, 1980-1981 by Douglas MacEachin
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins