Category Archives: War

It’s an oil war, not a “war on terror”. Book review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral”

Book review of: Mark Danner, 2016, Spiral: Trapped in the forever war.  Simon & Schuster. By Alice Friedemann at www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer The opening quote in this book … Continue reading

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13 fallacies of Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined”

It only took me half an hour to find significant criticism of Pinker’s work and write this up.  If I had more time I could find a lot more. Hopefully this will spare you many days of wasted time reading … Continue reading

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Book Review of Kleveman’s 2003 “The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia”

[I posted this book review at yahoo group energyresources back in 2004 when the average American still thought the Iraq war was about weapons of mass destruction. It is still relevant today.  Alice Friedemann  www.energyskeptic.com ] Lutz Kleveman. 2003. “The … Continue reading

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Book review of Turchin’s “Secular Cycles” and “War & Peace & War”

This is a book review of both “Secular Cycles” and “War & Peace & War”.  I recommend reading “War & Peace & War” first, then if you want to know more about the evidence the theory is built on, read … Continue reading

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Book Review of Englund’s “The Beauty and the Sorrow”

Confusion, chaos, rumor, fear, hope, terror, perhaps that’s exactly what you’d expect of war, but far more real when you’re reading ordinary people’s diaries, not accounts of generals or dry facts of history. Even though I’m old enough not to … Continue reading

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It’s only a matter of time before Cyber Terrorists launch attacks

A book review by Alice Friedemann of Joel Brenner’s “America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare”. After reading this book you’ll wonder what secrets haven’t been stolen, what infrastructure doesn’t have hidden time … Continue reading

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After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

A review of: Giles MacDonogh.  2007. After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. Basic Books. “By May 7, 1945 at least 1,800,000 German civilians had perished and 3,600,000 homes had been destroyed (20% of total), leaving 7.5 … Continue reading

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Summary of German Armed Forces Peak Oil Study

BTC. November 2010.  Armed Forces, Capabilities and Technologies in the 21st Century Environmental Dimensions of Security. Sub-study 1. PEAK OIL Security policy implications of scarce resources. Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, Future Analysis Branch. [This is my summary of the above document … Continue reading

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