Extreme Measures

Title:                      Extreme Measures

Author:                Vince Flynn

Flynn, Vince (2008). Extreme Measures: A Thriller. New York: Atria Books

LCCN:    2008038294

PS3556.L94 E97 2008


Date Posted:      January 7, 2017

People who like Vince Flynn’s books, really like them. Great literature they are not. Well crafted perhaps not. Fun to read, yes. Here is a very positive review.

Review by Steve McGough[1]

I’m on vacation in Mexico with family and finally got a chance to dive into Vince Flynn’s new novel, Extreme Measures. The book is fiction, but I think it captures the fickle nature of the relationship between politicians and the intelligence community.

The main characters–Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash–work for the CIA and let’s just say that they are fluent in the language of violence and certainly know how to move around in places where it is spoken. Terrorists continue to plot against the United States showing patience and resolve, but American politicians have very short memories.

Sept. 11 was a turning point for both characters–the novel takes place years later–and just after that fateful September day, politicians and leaders demanded assurance the intelligence community was doing everything possible, including extreme interrogations, to ensure that America would not be attacked again.

Time marches on and since the intelligence community has been successful in the years since Sept. 11, many in government begin to turn on the intelligence community who have done such a good job. Remember, CIA operatives are not in it for the money or fame, they do this kind of work to protect the citizens of the United States.

Sometimes you need to meet violence with extreme violence, and many in Washington know the public face of the government must be quite different than what Rapp and Nash do on a daily basis. Sometimes we don’t want to know what they do or how they do it, but we need to understand that some select few need to sacrifice to provide these services to keep America safe.

If you have not read any of Flynn’s stuff, pick up a copy of Extreme Measures. It’s a quick read, one of those books you can get through in two days while on vacation and you’ll probably really enjoy it.

[1] Steve McGough, “Book Review: Vince Flynn’s Extreme Measures,” at Radiovice Online (December 18, 2008)

The Impact of 9/11 on Politics And War

Title:                      The Impact of 9/11 on Politics And War

Author:                   Matthew J. Morgan

Morgan, Matthew J. (2009). The Impact of 9/11 on Politics and War. New York: Palgrave MacMillan

LOC:       2008051800

HV6432.7 .I44 2009

Date Posted:      May 3, 2013

“Reflection is one of mankind’s principal tools that aid us in attempts to get it right the next time. Assisting in that reflection is The Impact of 9/11 on Politics and War, the first volume in a six-volume series “The Day that Changed Everything?” from the folks at Palgrave Macmillan. The series editor, Matthew J. Morgan, has expertise as an author and it’s obvious in his editing of this marvelous series. The series captures the thoughts of a number of the leading thinkers of our time regarding the impact of this dramatic attack on various domestic institutions and international and security policies. With contributions from the likes of R. James Woolsey, Jr., and Ambassador Marc Grossman, the book provides an excellent perspective for understanding and applying the lessons from this terrible tragedy.

“After 9/11, the world was confronted with incredible new challenges in politics and war. The essays in this volume explore these challenges with tremendous insights from a variety of perspectives. A great read for anyone interested in the politics of the post-9/11 world.”–Dr. Hans Blix, Chair of the WMD Commission and Author of Disarming Iraq

“The distinguished group of authors featured in this volume sets out a full, fascinating, and multifaceted interdisciplinary assessment of what we have learned about ‘The Day that Changed Everything.’ Whatever your view of the implications of that day, be prepared to have your assumptions challenged.”–From the Foreword by former CIA Director James Woolsey

“An excellent collection of new perspectives for understanding and undertaking measures to apply the lessons from that terrible tragedy.”–John F. Lehman, Chairman, J.F. Lehman & Company, Member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9-11 Commission)

“This fine collection of essays by well-chosen experts provides surprisingly conceptual analyses from often divergent perspectives. All in all, the volume represents an important contribution to our understanding the impact of 9/11 on national and international politics, and does it in a crisp, readable fashion.”–Robert L. Gallucci, Dean, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

The following is the book review from books.google.com.

The Impact of 9/11 on Politics and War is the first volume of the six-volume series The Day that Changed Everything? edited by Matthew J. Morgan. The series brings together from a broad spectrum of disciplines the leading thinkers of our time to reflect on one of the most significant events of our time. With a foreword by former DCI R. James Woolsey, the volume’s contributors include former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Marc Grossman, former Afghan Minister of Interior Ali Jalali, and leading scholars Rohan Gunaratna, Bruno Frey, Jerrold Post, Stephen Cimbala, and others