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JIPA Book Review Program

 

The journal publishes book reviews to inform our readers and enhance the content of its articles. Reviewers are asked to analyze the book and provide an exclusive, original, unpublished, concise evaluation.

The first section of the analysis should normally be the shortest and indicate the type of book (biography, anthology, history, monograph, etc.). Include a very short author biographic citation and then describe the context of the book in the literature of the field.

Next, thoroughly analyze the thesis and arguments in the work. What are the strong points of the argument? What are the limitations in the work, including author biases? Is the thesis supported? What are the implications of the argument? Are there any profound aspects of the book? This section will be the longest part of the analysis.

Finally, the analysis should finish with recommendations for improvement. Clearly state whether this book is worth reading, who may find this book most interesting, and why.

All books are free to reviewers. Each analysis must be submitted electronically within 45 days of book receipt. Limit your text to approximately 1,000 words, carefully edited.

Submit reviews or questions via e-mail to: JIPA@hqau.af.edu.

Current Books for Review

Ahmed, Faiz. Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Berger, John M. Extremism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018.

Berube, Claude G. The Aden Effect: A Connor Stark Novel. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2012.

Brooks, Max, John Amble, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates, eds. Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018.

Calder, Kent E. Super Continent: Eurasia and the Modern Silk Road. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Chang, Paul Y. Protest Dialectics: State Repression and South Korea’s Democracy Movement, 1970-1979. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015.

Chowdhury, Nusrat Sabina. Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Groh, Tyrone L. Proxy War: The Least Bad Option. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

DeMare, Brian. Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Doron, Assa, and Robin Jeffrey. Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.

Duschinski, Haley, Mona Bhan, Ather Zia, and Cynthia Mahmood, eds. Resisting Occupation in Kashmir. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Dye, Peter. The Man Who Took the Rap: Sir Robert Brooke-Popham and the Fall of Singapore. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

Elrod, Roy H. We Were Going to Win, or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan. Edited by Fred H Allison. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2017.

Engerman, David C. The Price of Aid the Economic Cold War in India. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.

Erickson, Andrew S., and Ryan D. Martinson, China's Maritime Gray Zone Operations. Annapolis, MD: China Maritime Studies Institute and Naval Institute Press, 2019.

Fey, Peter. Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018.

Frampton, Martyn. The Muslim Brotherhood and the West. A History of Enmity and Engagement. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2018.

Friedman, Hal M. War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2018.

Glenn, Tom. Last of the Annamese: A Novel. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Goldman, Stuart D. Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army Victory That Shaped World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2012.

Harmsen, Peter. Storm Clouds over the Pacific, 1931--41. Havertown, PA: Casemate, 2018.

Higham, Robin, and Stephen John Harris, eds. Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016.

Hildebrand, Vera. Women at War: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

Ibata-Arens, Kathryn C. Beyond Technonationalism: Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Jacob, Wilson Chacko. For God or Empire: Sayyid Fadl and the Indian Ocean World. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Jalal, Ayesha. The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2014.

Joshi, Yogesh and Frank O'Donnell. India and Nuclear Asia: Forces, Doctrine, and Dangers. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019.

Kim, Sung Chull and Michael D. Cohen, eds. North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.

Lenoir, Timothy, and Luke Caldwell. The Military-Entertainment Complex. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.

Madsen, Grant. Sovereign Soldiers How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy after World War II. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Marion, Forrest L. Brothers in Berets: The Evolution of Air Force Special Tactics, 1953-2003. Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, 2018.

McHugo, John. A Concise History of Sunnis & Shi’is. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.

McKnight, Terry, and Michael Hirsh. Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Merlan, Francesca. Dynamics of Difference in Australia: Indigenous Past and Present in a Settler Country. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Moore, Stephen L. Uncommon Valor: The Recon Company That Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America’s Most Decorated Green Beret. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

O'Hanlon, Michael E. the Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War over Small Stakes. Washington, DC: Brooking Institution Press, 2019.

Owtram, Cary. 1000 Days on the River Kwai: The Secret Diary of a British Camp Commandant. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword, 2017.

Paul, T.V. The China-India Rivalry in the Globalization Era. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018.

Ransmeier, Johanna S. Sold People Traffickers and Family Life in North China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Singh, Naunihal. Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Stephenson, Charles. The Siege of Tsingtau: The German-Japanese War, 1914. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword, 2017.

Subrahmanyam, Sanjay. Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Swope, Kenneth M. On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger: War, Trauma, and Social Dislocation in Southwest China during the Ming-Qing Transition. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2018.

Trauschweizer, Ingo. Maxwell Taylor's Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2019.

Walder, Andrew George. China under Mao: A Revolution Derailed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Williams, Brian Glyn. Counter Jihad: America’s Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

Xu, Yan. The Soldier Image and State-building in Modern China, 1924-1945. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2019.

Yablonka, Marc Phillip. Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2018.

Younger, Stephen M. Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

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