PRISM: The Reviews

It is with a strong appreciation for American and international academic institutions and their scholars that PRISM’s Center for Complex Operations publishes this collection of Book Reviews. This compilation of previously published reviews is intended to serve as a resource and baseline for scholars and educators in the field of complex operations, and covers a wide range of issues including reconstruction, stabilization, insurgency and counterinsurgency, statebuilding, whole of government approaches, and irregular warfare operations. Whether referencing citations, developing class syllabi, or merely keeping up with the literature at the forefront of security studies and foreign affairs, I am confident this PRISM Reviews issue will provide you valuable insight. The growing literature based particularly on the past several decades of experience has promoted noteworthy debate in the policy, practitioner, and scholarly communities, and the PRISM staff encourages scholars to reexamine authors’ personal chronicles, theoretical inferences, and contemporary world experiences. As always we are grateful for your interest in and support of PRISM, and welcome your feedback.

PRISM Volume 6

Issue 6.4. “The Struggle for Security in Africa.”

Stephen Ellis. This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organized Crime.
(Reviewed by Raymond Gilpin)

Claire Metelits. Security in Africa: A Critical Approach to Western Indicators of Threat.
(Reviewed by Hilary Matfess)

Steve Radelet. The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World.
(Reviewed by Lawrence Garber)

Issue 6.3. “Special Operations in a Chaotic World”

David Kilcullen. Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism. 
(Reviewed by James Dobbins)

Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chriss Fussell Portfolio. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World.
(Reviewed by Christopher Lamb)

Zoltan Barany. How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why.
(Reviewed by Lawrence Garber)

Issue 6.2. “European Security in the 21st Century.”

Ian Bremmer. Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World.
(Reviewed by Tom Fox)

Gilles Kepel and Antoine Jardin Gallimard. Terror in the Hexagon: The Genesis of French Jihad.
(Reviewed by William Zartman)

PRISM Volume 5

Issue 5.3

P.W. Singer and August Cole. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War.
(Reviewed by Brendan Orino)

David C. Gompert, Hans Binnendijk, and Bonny Lin. Blinders, Blunders and Wars.
(Reviewed by Franklin D. Kramer)

Harlan K. Ullman. A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace.
(Reviewed by Hans Binnendijk)

Sean McFate. The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order.
(Reviewed by Doug Brooks) 

Barry R. Posen. Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy.
(Reviewed by LTC Joseph Becker)

Issue 5.1

Matthew Levitt. Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.
(Reviewed by Thomas F. Lynch III)

PRISM Volume 4

Issue 4.4

Carol Cohn. Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures.
(Reviewed by Kristen A. Cordell)

Moises Naim. The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What it Used to Be.
(Reviewed by Amy Zalman)

Issue 4.3

Fred Kaplan. The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.
(Reviewed by Jeff Rice)

Issue 4.2

Martha Brill Olcott. In the Whirlwind of Jihad.
(Reviewed by John Herbst)

Alexander Cooley. Great Game, Local Rules and the New Great Power Context in Central Asia.
(Reviewed by John Herbst)

Issue 4.1

Rachael Kleinfeld.  Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform.
(Reviewed by Michelle Hughes)

Henry A. Crumpton. The Art of Intelligense – Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service.
(Reviewed by Nathaniel L. Moir)

PRISM Volume 3

Issue 3.4

Michael Hastings. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.
(Reviewed by George Michael)

Grégor Mathias. Galula in Algeria: Counterinsurgency Practice versus Theory.
(Reviewed by Riley M. Moore) 

Issue 3.3

Paul Brister, William H. Natter III, and Robert R. Tomes. Hybrid Warfare and Transnational Threats: Perspectives for an Era of Persistent Conflict.
(Reviewed by John Arquilla) 

Molly Dunigan. Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies’ Impact on Military Effectiveness.
(Reviewed by T.X. Hammes)

Issue 3.2

Robert Johnson. The Afghan Way of War:  How  and  Why  They  Fight
(Reviewed by Donald Larry Sampler)

Dov S. Zakheim. A Vulcan’s Tale, How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Joseph J. Collins.  Understanding War in Afghanistan.
(Reviewed by James Kunder)

Issue 3.1

Stewart Patrick. Weak Links: Fragile  States, Global Threats, and International Security.
(Reviewed by Pauline H. Baker)

PRISM Volume 2

Issue 2.4

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. The Future of Power.
(Reviewed by John Coffey)

Rufus Phillips. Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned
(Reviewed by Scott Moore)

Derek Reveron.  Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military.
(Reviewed by Samuel A. Worthington)  

Issue 2.3

Gideon Rose. How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle.
(Reviewed by James N. Soligan) 

Issue 2.2

Gideon Rachman. Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety.
(Reviewed by Michael J. Mazaar)

Issue 2.1

Michael Mandelbaum. The Frugal Superpower: America’s Global Leadership in a Cash- Strapped Era.
(Reviewed by John Coffey)  

PRISM Volume 1

Issue 1.4

Suzanne C. Nielsen and Don M. Snider. American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era.

Jason K. Dempsey.Our Army: Soldiers, Politics, and American Civil-Military Relations.
(Reviewed by Joseph J. Collins)

Robert Engell. Complex Peace Operations and Civil-Military Relations: Winning the Peace.
(Reviewed by Scott W. Lyons)

Issue 1.3

James R. LeeClimate Change and Armed Conflict: Hot and Cold Wars.
(Reviewed by Melanne A. Civic)

Richard N. Haass. War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars.
(Reviewed by T.X. Hammes)  

Issue 1.2

Gareth Evans. The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All.
(Reviewed by Melanne Civic)

James Dobbins et al. Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Thomas Szayna et al. Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations.
(Reviewed by Stuart W. Bowen, Jr)

Issue 1.1 

Seth Jones.  In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan.
(Reviewed by Justin Gorkowski)