What We Are Reading Today: The Perfect Weapon by David Sanger

Updated 14 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: The Perfect Weapon by David Sanger

  • This is a nice summary of the current situation around cyberwar from an American perspective

The Perfect Weapon consists largely of the retelling of cyberattack incidents that have previously been in the news over the past ten years. 

According to Paul Pillar’s review in the Times, David Sanger’s book is “an encyclopedic account of policy-relevant happenings in the cyberworld (that) stays firmly grounded in real events.”

A review in goodreads.com said the book offers “a stunning and incisive look into how cyber warfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.”

Reported and written with unprecedented access by New York Times chief Washington correspondent and bestselling author Sanger, The Perfect Weapon takes readers inside war rooms and boardrooms to give the deep-background story of the increasingly pitched battle between nations, their governments, their cyber warriors, and their corporations.

“This is a nice summary of the current situation around cyberwar from an American perspective. This is a scary world where large state players are increasingly intruding US targets,” said  the review.


What We Are Reading Today: Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

Updated 07 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

  • It said the book “chronicles the wars of the US from the war of 1812 to the Vietnam War

Author Michael Beschloss has spent nearly 10 years in preparing Presidents of War for publication by reviewing diaries and declassified documents, which is quite apparent in the historical sweep and scope of the book. 

This historical narrative begins in 1807 with the assault on the USS Chesapeake and the measures taken by former President Thomas Jefferson to avoid war through the Bush administration and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

“This was a magnificent book that captured, not only history, but the humanity and struggles of our war presidents,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Presidents of War “is an extraordinary work, so extraordinary that it should be required reading for anyone seeking the presidency, vice presidency, a Senate seat, a congressional seat or any Cabinet positions in the US government,” said the review.

It said the book “chronicles the wars of the US from the war of 1812 to the Vietnam War. The author explores the reasons for the wars and often what the leaders did to circumvent Congress to enter the war without congressional approval.”