A Sacred Oath, Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times (Review)

Mark T. Esper was the Defense Secretary under the Trump. His memoirs are quite interesting for several reasons. Esper, a former Army officer, served as Secretary of the Army and held other jobs in and outside of the Pentagon. While Secretary of the Army, Esper writes that he began a series of actions to streamline … More A Sacred Oath, Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times (Review)

Ivan Meets G.I. Joe

In 1980, the Clash released a song called “Ivan Meets G.I. Joe” on their stunning Sandinista album. At the time, U.S. – Soviet relations were at a low point. The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan and the U.S. was sending arms to Afghan fighters, particularly Stinger surface to air missiles that fell many Soviet helicopters … More Ivan Meets G.I. Joe

After the White House

U.S. Presidents have different plans after that final exit from the White House. For some, a quiet life of golf and writing memoirs, for others it means speeches and staying in the public eye. The presidential memoir is a lucrative endeavor and also an opportunity to “set the record straight” so to speak. Each president … More After the White House

Book Reviews: I’ll Take Your Questions Now and Going There

Time to review a couple of recent books. These two books are similar and dissimilar. I thought I’d dislike each of them; I did not. Little by little, each won me over. I’ll Take Your Question Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House, by Stephanie Grisham, served a variety of roles in Trump … More Book Reviews: I’ll Take Your Questions Now and Going There

Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

This was quite an in-depth and well-researched book about the protection service. Investigative journalist Carol Leonnig has covered the Secret Service for the Washington Post for a number of years. A three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Leonnig obviously has many sources and contacts inside the agency, and with former agents and officers, and these … More Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)