Tim Duggan Books

Many Americans might have sighed in relief when President Obama announced the death of the terrorist instigator Anwar Al-Awlaki in 2011. 

But as heinous as his words were, and as awful the actions he's accused of plotting, Al-Awlaki was an American citizen, the first to die by drone strike by presidential order. 

The story and the events leading to and from it are told in Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President and the Rise of the Drone, by longtime New York Times terrorism reporter Scott Shane. 

Hachette Books

If we know a great deal about our enemies, we can beat them in war. 

Especially if we know exactly where they are. 

Military expert William Arkin says these are common lines of thought among warriors, and he finds big problems with them in Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare

Arkin's book looks at current approaches to military intelligence and hardware--primarily drones--and finds them working against their intentions. 

Penguin Books

The world had only three days to get used to the idea of nuclear weapons... when the second bomb dropped. 

It's been 70 years nearly to the day since an American atom bomb exploded over Nagasaki, Japan. 

And plenty of survivors are still around to talk about that day. 

Susan Southard talked to five of them about that day and the present day, for her book Nagasaki

War Versus Diplomacy

Feb 25, 2014
British Library/Public Domain

Our leaders talk a great deal about diplomacy, but they also talk about "projecting" American power. 

And often, that has meant going to war.  The Institute for Policy Studies formed more than 50 years ago to promote justice and find alternatives to war.