Although I’ve lived in DC for six years, there were many places in this book that I had never even heard of before. Even when writing about famous sites like the National Air and Space Museum, Seiger points out artifacts that many of us would normally pass by. The sites vary widely, including outdoor parks, performing venues, restaurants, locations where seasonal events take place, and memorials in every quadrant of DC. In addition, the Tips section typically features other nearby sites—so really, you get to choose from almost 222 places! Even if you can’t get to all the sites, you’ll definitely discover at least one new favorite spot!
The tales of the double agents featured in this book sound too good to be true, which makes it all the more amazing that they are. Though all six agents were certainly cunning and brave, they could also be irrational, petty, and selfish—essentially, human. All were crucial to the success of Operation Fortitude, the Allied campaign to trick the Germans into believing that the invasion of France would happen at Calais, not Normandy. MacIntyre brings these spies to life through his vivid descriptions, making it clear that despite the sexy job title and sometimes outlandish duties, these agents suffered and sacrificed.
What makes a great leader? In Supreme Command, Cohen examines this question by studying four of the most influential and effective civilian leaders of all time: Abraham Lincoln of the US, Georges Clemenceau of France, Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and David Ben-Gurion of Israel. Cohen’s case studies offer a glimpse into the best cases of when “civil” came first in civil-military relations. Not only does Supreme Command give us new insights into well-known Western leaders like Lincoln and Churchill, but Cohen sketches telling portraits of leaders that deserve more attention, like Clemenceau and Ben-Gurion. A unique combination of biography and civil-military relations.