Books by James Warren

SUMMER STORM by James Warren
Released: Oct. 22, 2016

"An assured and surprisingly gripping tale about the perils of ideological conformity."
Two men have their certainties upended in this story's parallel plots. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2005

"Good reading for the Semper Fi crowd, though civilians will likely prefer Rinker Buck's Shane Comes Home."
A laudatory history of the Leathernecks, whose fortunes have taken them to every corner of the world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

The Cold War was America's longest war, lasting almost 50 years. In this thought-provoking ``survey history of an American crusade,'' Warren (Portrait of a Tragedy: America and the Vietnam War, 1990, etc.) outlines the struggle between democracy and Communism and describes the key events, themes, and decision makers. In contrast with American leaders after WW II, who felt that the Cold War was a moral crusade in which the United States was ``good'' and the Soviet Union ``evil,'' Warren adopts a more neutral presentation: ``I came to admire the restraint and discipline on both sides. The Cold War could very easily have ended in nuclear holocaust.'' In addition, Warren's writing is clear and concise—his explanations of terms (isolationism, containment, dÇtente, realpolitik, glasnost, perestroika) will be understandable to YAs. Although Warren concludes that the Communist system ``simply did not provide a satisfactory way of life'' nor did it ``demonstrate any real capacity to address social and economic problems as they arose,'' in which ``capitalistic democracies proved to be surprisingly adept,'' he believes that ``the obsession with communism often blinded the United States to the realities and problems faced by other countries.'' This deftly written history of the Cold War should be included in all collections of books dealing with this period of time. (index, not seen, table of contents, chronology, further reading, notes, appendix) (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >