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The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

Overall, a well-written and compulsively readable account that will keep military history and Cold War buffs up past their bedtime.

Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War

While not all readers will agree with the author's insights, his arguments about Adams's foresight into slavery's violent end will find many takers. Kaplan effectively demonstrates how moral courage must be the true measure of leadership.

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

A thought-provoking read on a topic that is increasing in relevance. For fans of the history of warfare, technology, and the film Sneakers. [See Prepub Alert, 9/28/15.]

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

Kaplan examines Lincoln's writings to consider how the politician drew on his gifts as a storyteller—along with his mastery of American vernacular and his extensive knowledge of the Bible, Shakespeare, and other popular sources—to exercise rhetorical power almost unmatched in his day and beyond...

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Aiming to be comprehensive, Kaplan reveals details that scholars will appreciate but that may turn away general readers who might find the briefer, arguably sprightlier, biographies by Robert Remini or Paul Nagel more appealing. However, academics will savor Kaplan's methodical and meticulous study. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/13.]

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot To Change the American Way of War

A sobering study for all readers seriously engaged in understanding current international affairs and U.S. military doctrine. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/12.]

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