Category: Cambria Press

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 2)

In chapter 2 of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Mark Troutman “reviews the sources of US economic power, describes how the nation has chosen to harness its economic capacity, assesses current vulnerabilities, and makes recommendations for adjustments required to maintain its current place of global preeminence.” Troutman notes: Strategists and policy...

Book Excerpt: Taking China to the World

The following is an excerpt from Taking China to the World: The Cultural Production of Modernity by Theodore Huters: In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels characterized communism as a specter haunting late-nineteenth-century Europe, one whose leaders tried desperately to exorcise. For the past century of Chinese history, following the the pivotal cultural reform movement named after the...

Book Review: Black Women Slaves Who Nourished A Nation

The following is from a book review of Black Women Slaves Who Nourished A Nation: Artistic Renderings of Wet Nurses in Brazil by Kimberly Cleveland in the journal Hispanic American Historical Review: A timely contribution…certainly be of great interest to historians and other scholars studying slavery, abolition, postabolition, and African diaspora…a well-written, carefully edited book that delves into crucial matters...

Book Excerpt: The Existentialist Vision of Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami has been accused of being little more than a popular writer. The Existentialist Vision of Haruki Murakami disproves this notion, showing the philosophical underpinnings of the Japanese writer’s fiction. In this excerpt, Professor Michael Ackland discusses how Murakami’s typical protagonists find themselves at a “developmental crossroad.” The novelist’s typical protagonist finds himself at a developmental crossroad. Essentially directionless,...

Book Excerpts from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Foreword & Chapter 1)

Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security is what coeditor Susan Bryant describes as “the book that we, the editors, wished we had when we were beginning our careers in Washington, DC.” In his foreword, Steve Kosiak, partner with ISM Strategies and former Associate Director for Defense and International Affairs for the Office...

Book Excerpt: In(ter)ventions of the Self

In honor of Gabriel García Márquez’s birthday today, below is an excerpt from In(ter)ventions of the Self: Writing and the Autobiographical Subject in Hispanic American Literature (1974–2002), in which Professor Sergio R. Franco discusses the Nobel laureate’s autobiography Vivir para contarla: Vivir para contarla appeared in 2002. It is both necessary and useless to recall that at that time Gabriel...

Interview: Neal Jesse on Russia and Ukraine

In 2020, Cambria Press published Learning from Russia’s Recent Wars. Here, drawing from his book, Professor Neal Jesse offers his insights into the situation with Russia and Ukraine. Could you put Russia’s actions in Ukraine in context? What kinds of interests/ foreign policy lead to and foretold this moment? Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine can be seen as a...

Deterrence by Denial: Chapter 7

A year ago, we published Deterrence by Denial, a highly acclaimed collection of essays that, according to Professor Jeffrey W. Knopf, “provides a long overdue exploration of deterrence by denial, which has always received less attention than deterrence by punishment.” The book, which assembles what Sir Lawrence Freedman calls a “stellar collection of contributors,” is and will continue to be...

Book Review: “Negotiating the New START Treaty” by Rose Gottemoeller

“Rose Gottemoeller, who served as undersecretary of state for arms control in the Obama administration, was tasked with negotiating the first comprehensive bilateral nuclear-arms-control treaty between the United States and Russia in more than a quarter of a century, and to do so in less than a year – an unprecedentedly short time. Despite the enormity of this task, she...

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