Review: The Cost of Loyalty – Dishonest, Hubris, and Failure in the US Military by Tim Bakken

3 Star, Military & Pentagon Power

3 Stars for Deep Whining,  Makes 1 Point Over and Over and Over Again

I finished the book and wrote the following:

  • 30% grudge
  • 30% shortfalls generally citing others
  • 30% over-the-top misrepresentation
  • 10% outright whining

The further I got into this book the more annoying I found the author, to the point that I would fire him rather than let him poison more young officers with his combination of grievances and ignorance.

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Review: The New Rules of War – Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder by Sean McFate

3 Star, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Military & Pentagon Power, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Threats (Emerging & Perennial), War & Face of Battle
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Sean McFate

3 Stars — Company Grade Officer Dabbles as Mercenary, Earns PhD, Pens a Sophmoric Best Seller Catering to Deep State Interests

Reviewed by Robert David Steele

This book is at best a ten page article with ten cute “rules” half of which are wrong. There are some useful observations in the book but it loses a second star and drops to three because it is completely lacking on multiple fronts. There are two kinds of “strategic” authors: opportunists, and visionaries. The author falls into the first category.  He has no interest in — and no idea about — making things better (nor does he have a holistic analytic model), he is simply seeking to profit from “durable disorder” and advance his career within the Deep State / Shadow Government system that promotes people like him instead of people like Col Dr. Doug Macgregor.

The ten rules:

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Review: Inside Trump’s White House by Doug Wead

3 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Biography & Memoirs
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Doug Weld

3 Stars — Annoying Puff Piece that Glorifies Jared & Ivanka Kushner, Lacks Substance

I thought this book was going to be important so I looked at the index first (extremely good) and then the end notes (unprofessional and mediocre — URLs instead of full citations of author, title, publication, date). Then on page 7 the author calls Jared Kushner “brilliant” – this is the same Jared Kushner that was in the third out of five ranks in school, bought his way into Harvard, and took a $1B bribe from Qatar to save his failed business.

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Review: Merchants of Truth The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson (Sort Of)

3 Star, Media
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Jill Abramson

3 Stars

This is a crap book that I should have been smart enough to not buy but I overlooked the author’s dubious credentials as a New York Times editor — the “pay to play” standard in the fake news Mainstream Media (MSM).

There is nothing really useful in this book, which paints a generally rosy picture of the New York Time and Washington Post “adapting” (they have not, they are both shit newspapers that cannot be trusted to tell the truth, both are shills for the Deep State and their propaganda line controlled by bribed or blackmailed editors and tame journalists) and a largely unsatisfactory look at VICE and BuzzFeed, both of which shit for different reasons.

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Review: FEAR – Trump & The White House

3 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation)
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Bob Woodward

3 Stars — A Great Deal of Disinformation, Some Useful Bits

I was not planning to spend time or money on Bob Woodward’s new book — he is a known agent of the Deep State — but I was trapped in an airport for several hours, and relented.

Let’s start with the obvious disinformation — Woodward can simply not be trusted to tell the truth about the world we live in:

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Review: Life After Google – The Fall Of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder

3 Star, Information Society, Information Technology
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George Gilder

3 Stars Fad Book Limited Value

I gave up on this book after 100 pages (it is 320 pages long). I normally do not waste time writing negative reviews  but in this instance think it appropriate to mention that I found it wanting.

The first third, on Google, is so far-fetched in its effusive praise and its articulation of the Google this and Google that I could not get the image out of my head: George Gilder kissing Eric Schmidt’s ass.  Over and over and over again.

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REVIEW: The Square and the Tower – Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

3 Star, Culture, Research
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Niall Ferguson

3 Stars – Half-Assed History from a Courtesan

Niall Ferguson is neither Will Durant nor John Lewis Gaddis.  He is far removed from Howard Zinn. He is, in effect, an intelligent idiot, a courtesan historian. While the book’s intent may remind one of Eric S. Raymond’s classic essay on “The Cathedral or the Bazaar,” or the book by Thomas L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, the author – while spectacularly qualified in conventional, which is to say, “approved thinking,” – offers so many false notes in this book in relation to what I know to be true, that I consider this book largely worthless.

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