Associated Press/Andrew Harnik

Writing about what some called King Philip’s War, Jill Lepore reminds us of the tight-knit relationship between war and telling the story of war, “War is a contest of injuries and interpretations.” Tom Hanks, an American particularly well-suited to talk Hollywood, story-telling, and narratives about war, recently shared his thoughts.

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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Barry Loo

Clint Watts’s engaging new book, Messing With the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News, is about forms of engagement. Watts’s experiences as an Army officer and FBI agent are important to his background. He begins the book with his interactions, through his blog and Twitter feed, with an American-born member of al-Shabaab, Omar Hammami, and then shares his observations about the Syrian Electronic Army’s insistent Twitter presence before examining Russian influence operations in the 2016 election.

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“Since World War II, Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world.” — Prologue

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The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright (2006) is a devastatingly good book about a devastating event and what comes before.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Smith

Today, issues of surveillance dominate the news as FISA procedures, practices and their implications grab attention. As someone trained to read novels, I absorb these stories with a particular interest, because surveillance is central to the novel.

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