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Monday the 29th of November 2004

4:13 PM

Recommended Reading

Recommended reading:

A Month with the 82 Airborne in the Battle for Iraq.

Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter embedded with the 82nd, brilliantly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat.

What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men?  To come under fire?  To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep deprivation and field rations for weeks on end?  Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle.

This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for its sheer drama.

How the U.S. Military is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq

Mr. Zinsmeister talks about the role the U.S. military is playing in rebuilding Iraq. He argues that the media is not presenting the total picture of what is happening in that country, focusing on only negative stories. The fact that soldiers are successfully helping to create a new society for Iraqis, he says, is being overshadowed by a small minority of extremists who attract all the attention.

The important role of intuition and snap judgments in decision making. It will be published by Little, Brown and Company in January 2005.
From the author:

It's a book about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye. When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. Well, "Blink" is a book about those two seconds, because I think those instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important and, occasionally, really good.

Boots on the Ground Dawn over Baghdad Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Karl Zinsmeister Karl Zinsmeister
Zinsmeister has been Editor in Chief of The American Enterprise magazine since 1994. He has traveled twice to Iraq as an embedded journalist, and can comment on the Iraq war, current affairs, social and economic trends, and cultural issues.
Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker. His previous book was "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference."
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