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The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918: An Indicator of Things to Come?

by Philip Jett It was 1918 and there was a killer on the loose. Worse than any serial predator in modern history, its deadly grasp was swift, its hold resolute, and its thirst for killing unquenchable. No one was safe.

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The Age of Illusions: Al, Fred, and Homer’s America

by Andrew J. Bacevich In The Age of Illusions, Andrew J. Bacevich presents a thought-provoking and penetrating account of the post-Cold war follies and delusions that culminated in the age of Donald Trump. Read on for an excerpt.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Featured Excerpt: The Great Rift

By James Mann The following is an excerpt from The Great Rift by James Mann, a sweeping history of the intertwined careers of Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, whose rivalry and conflicting views of U.S. national security color our political

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Manhunters: The Real DEA Agents Who Took Down Pablo Escobar

by Javier F. Peña and Steve Murphy DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña tell the true story of how they helped put an end to one of the world’s most infamous narco-terrorists in Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo

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Featured Excerpt: Black Wave

by Kim Ghattas Black Wave is an unprecedented examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979. Check out an excerpt here.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

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