Fire of Liberty
I'd like to give a hearty congrats to Max Boot on winning the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism. As a long-time reader of Boot's excellent columns in the LA Times and his pieces over at the Weekly Standard, I can attest to you by reading his work you'll get a good history lesson and learn a thing or two about our foreign policy and the military that keeps us safe. If you haven't read his work, then I suggest you go over check out his work as soon as you can. Now if you want to read lengthier works and by Boot, then I highly suggest you take a look at the following books by Max Boot:
Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption and Incompetence on the Bench, which shows you the reporting skills of the former "Rule of Law" editorial columnist for the Wall Street Journal. If you want to now why the selection of good, competent and judicially sound judges are so important to conservatives then this is a good starting point.(Being that most folks don't have time to jump into philosophical read.)
The Savage War of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, which is an introduction of the history of America's activist foreign policy and the various "small wars" that this nation has participated in since the forming of the nation. I'd say that this is Boot's demonstration of a trained historian who has done his homework.
War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today, which details how a nation can be made or destroyed by the ability of its army and leaders to develop technology and tactics used to defeat one's foes. I'd agree that this is Boot's work with don the two hats of a historian and military/foreign policy analyst.
Along with these books and his various writings, Max Boot demonstrates why he is worthy of the Breindel Award and its $20,000 prize.
*I'd also would like to offer a huzzah to John Wilson for winning the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in College Journalism.