While the year 1776 is widely celebrated for sparking U.S. independence, Kevin Phillips argues in his persuasive, engrossing new book that the events of the previous year were what gave greater impetus to the American Revolution. He shows compellingly in 1775: A Good Year for Revolution (Viking, $36) how much of the momentum for the break with Britain came months before the formal Declaration of Independence, as militias were organized and armed, royal governors were expelled, and territorial control was consolidated in Patriot hands. By the time the British sought in 1776 to reassert their authority, their grip had been irrecoverably weakened, and they found themselves unable to regain the upper hand. This richly detailed history by a noted political commentator and bestselling author offers fresh insight into America’s origins and the run-up to revolution.

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Published: Viking Books - November 27th, 2012

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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

In his previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Rajiv Chandrasekaran exposed the failures and follies of the first years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. His new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan (Knopf, $27.95), is a depressingly similar tale about wellintentioned military and development plans gone awry, this time in Afghanistan. The story is filled with inflexible generals, uninformed diplomats, misguided development experts, distracted political leaders, and squabbling administration officials. But for all the ineptitude, poor co-ordination, wasted resources, personal rivalries, and lack of effective oversight that Chandrasekaran documents, he maintains a very even, exceedingly non-polemical tone. “For years,” he writes in conclusion, “we dwelled on the limitations of the Afghans. We should have focused on ourselves.”

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 26th, 2012

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Drawing on exceptional access to key government officials, journalist Daniel Klaidman has written one of the most thorough accounts so far of the Obama administration’s infighting over how to conduct anti-terrorist operations and how to handle captured terrorist suspects. In Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28), Klaidman advances significantly our understanding of such critical developments as the frustrated effort to close the Guantánamo Bay prison, the escalation of targeted killings, the hand-wringing over the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects, and the wrangling over how to put these prisoners on trial. The portrait that Klaidman offers of President Obama tackling these national security dilemmas reinforces the image of this president as someone who has struggled to balance fundamentally liberal leanings against a determined pragmatism.
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 5th, 2012

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