Book Reviews by William R. Hawkins

A Glorious Chapter in British Rule

Sir John James Cowperthwaite was born in Edinburgh in 1915, ironically to a father who was a surveyor of taxes. Ironically because he would earn a reputation for keeping taxes low as part of his highly successful pro-growth strategy implemented … Continue reading

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Republican Resurgence

Сraig Shirley has written several books on Ronald Reagan and here expands his work on the Reagan Revolution by shifting his focus to the leader of the Republican resurgence in the U.S. House that continued the movement first brought to … Continue reading

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Strategic Peril

The high prices for this work are, unfortunately, typical for books imported from the United Kingdom. It is, however, one of the best researched volumes on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s driving vision, his “dream” to return his country to the … Continue reading

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The Strategic Challenge

The book under review is Peter Navarro’s third work that concentrates on the strategic challenge the People’s Republic of China poses to the security and prosperity of the United States; the other two being Death by China: Confronting the Dragon … Continue reading

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The Strongest Tribe’s Will to Win

Retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn served in a variety of intelligence posts during an Army career spanning some 33 years, starting with the 82nd Airborne Division. Most of his time was spent with the paratroopers and special operations forces. … Continue reading

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The Great Recession of 2007-08

The title of Bernanke’s memoirs states the theme of this document that focuses on his term as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. And the term document is appropriate because it is a very detailed … Continue reading

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‘The China Dream’

Michael Pillsbury is currently Director of the Center for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He has concentrated on the People’s Republic of China over a career of service to Presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, … Continue reading

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Net Assessment: Beyond Systems Analysis

Andrew Marshall has served every Secretary of Defense since James Schlesinger during President Richard Nixon’s second term. However, Marshall came to Washington earlier to work for then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger on the reform of the intelligence community. Marshall had … Continue reading

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How SDI Pushed the USSR into the Abyss

When I was a graduate student during the Carter Administration, pessimism was rampant among those of us who closely followed world affairs. While the U.S. military was being “hollowed out” with budget cuts, the Soviet Union was building up the Red Army massed along the border with Western Europe.

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