Failures of Imagination

The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul of Texas, has written a riveting book about the security challenges America faces today. McCaul, a former federal prosecutor and chief of Counterterrorism and National Security in a U.S. Attorney’s office before being elected to Congress in 2004, describes the threats by the use of eight possible terrorist scenarios. They range from an effort to decapitate the U.S. government by a strike on the Capitol to a cyber strike designed to cripple the country’s financial system to attacks using airplanes and biological weapons. The threats are real, the scenarios more than just plausible, and while the book contains serious policy suggestions about what must be done to protect the American homeland and defeat these threats, the chapters read like action movie scripts. Pick this book up today, but be prepared to worry more about our nation’s security when you finish the volume than when you picked it up.
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After three years preparing The Triumph of William McKinley by reading very little but books, letters, articles and newspapers from the Gilded Age, I’m trying to get back into my regular routine, which I’ll chronicle here with an occasional review of what I’ve read.


A massive British invasion fleet nears the coast, its target a key port on the far edge of the United States. 


Not only does this volume have the best title of any book I’ve read in the past year, but it will keep you on the edge of your chair until you finish this tale.


This is a riveting tale of brotherly love, tested in a time of global war.  The characters are vividly drawn, the action riveting and the suspense almost overwhelming. 


My copy of PORTRAITS OF COURAGE arrived and I thumbed through it, expecting to take a quick look before adding it to my reading stack and getting to it in a few days.

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