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TitleSorted By Title In Ascending OrderAuthorCopyright YearPublisherName
Asia's Regional Architecture: Alliances and Institutions in the Pacific CenturyAndrew Yeo2019Stanford University Press
Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear AgeJames L. Nolan, Jr.2020Belknap Press
Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases, Ethical Responses, and the Health of NationsChristian Enemark2017Georgetown University Press
By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without PermissionCharles Murray2015Crown Forum
Charting China's Future: Domestic and International ChallengesDavid Shambaugh, ed.2011Routledge
China and Russia: The New RapprochementAlexander Lukin2018Polity Books
China's Global Identity: Considering the Responsibilities of Great PowerHoo Tiang Boon2018Georgetown University Press
China's Maritime Gray Zone OperationsAndrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson, eds.2019Naval Institute Press
Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to AmericansMichael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko2019Yale University Press
Conceptualising Modern WarKarl Erick Haug and Ole Jorgen Maao, eds.2011Columbia University Press
Defense Management Reform: How to Make the Pentagon Work Better and Cost LessPeter Levine2020Stanford University Press
Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's FutureThomas Fingar and Jean C. Oi, eds.2020Stanford University Press
Forging Trust Communities: How Technology Changes PoliticsIrene S. Wu2015Johns Hopkins University Press
Freedom: An Unruly HistoryAnnelien de Dijn2020Harvard University Press
Full Spectrum Dominance: Irregular Warfare and the War on TerrorMaria Ryan2019Stanford University Press
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  • 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. 

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     Supreme Command by Eliot A. Cohen. The Free Press, 2002, 288 pp.

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