Navy veteran and defense attorney Ray Hartwell V. Hartwell reviews Patrick Robinson’s Honor and Betrayal in a recent edition of the Washington Times. The story follows the plight of three participants in SEAL Team 10’s successful mission to capture the “Butcher of Fallujah” in Iraq, who were court-martialed and turned on by their commanders after the captured terrorist claimed abuse. Hartwell states:
Those who respect our military will be angered reading this book. They will be frustrated to read that Gen. Cleveland, who ordered the investigation and prosecution of the SEALs, has been nominated by President Obama for promotion. Mr. Robinson wonders, as we all should, what has happened to our commanders when they care less for the rights of our military personnel than for those of lawless killers.
Elsewhere in books, Roger Kimball reviews Arthur Herman’s The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization in the WSJ. The punchline?
It might seem odd to search for "the soul of Western Civilization" in the work of two philosophers from the fourth century B.C. In the pantheon of Dead White European Males, are there any specimens more deeply interred? But Mr. Herman takes the reader on a rollicking trip from classical Athens to 21st-century New York to make the case that "everything we say, do, and see" has been shaped—"in one way or another"—by the ideas of Plato or Aristotle.
Lastly, over at the Independent Institute, Professor George Selgin reviews former BB&T CEO and current CEO and President of the Cato Institute, John Allison’s The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism is the World Economy's Only Hope. Selgin strongly endorses the book, noting:
Allison is excellent on many topics. He explains, as only a prudent and economically literate banker can, how Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance allowed his less responsible counterparts to “poison the market” by underpricing the risks they were… gives good accounts of how the WorldCom and Enron scandals led to the fateful involvement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in…why the AIG bailout made little sense except as an indirect means for bailing out Goldman Sachs, of the way in which “fair-value” accounting rules added to the severity of the bust, and of how restrictions on foreclosures have helped to stymie the postcrisis recovery.