August 2017: The New Press nominates The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA’s Heart of Darkness for the Pulitzer Prize.
July 2017: Having completed a study of the Chicago Tribune grand jury proceedings and associated documents, the best have been selected for the Midway secrecy electronic briefing book (EBB) mentioned last month. The EBB is going into editing and will be posted at the National Security Archive website when it is ready for viewing.
June 2017: DK/PenguinRandomHouse publishes the lavishly illustrated book Smithsonian’s The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History, to which I contributed a chapter.
June 2017: I get the opportunity to review the Midway Grand Jury proceedings in preparation for compiling an electronic briefing book on the Midway secrecy issue that I will post at the National Security Archive website.
December 2016: In a judicial victory for openness, the United States Appeals Court for the 7th Circuit, having given the U.S. Government 90 days to respond to its decision in the case Carlson et. al. v U.S., and seeing no response from the Department of Justice, opens the 1942 Tribune Grand Jury Proceedings. (See the discussion of this under menu item “The Real Story.”
August 2016: Naval Order of the United States selects my book Storm Over Leyte for consideration for the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
July 2016: The Washington Independent Review of Books carries an interview with me, mostly focused on my new book Storm Over Leyte.
July 2016: Newsweek publishes my article “Does the Wave of ISIS Suicide Bombs Mean They’re Losing?”
May 2016: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press publishes the book Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming, edited by Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. Among its many interesting pieces is my reflection on my game Third Reich and the Roberto Bolanos novel The Third Reich, in which he uses my game as his central plot theme– building the action around events that happen to a fellow who goes on holiday with the idea of devising a perfect strategy to play Third Reich at an upcoming game tournament. I used the Bolanos novel as an artifact to speculate that perhaps boardgames have “arrived” in our culture.
November 2015: The magazine The VVA Veteran publishes my article “Lam Son 719: They Started the Whole Damn War Over Again” in its November-December 2015 issue.
June 2015: Nowandthenreader.com releases my longform ebook written for the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. escalation of the war in Vietnam. This study, titled A Streetcar Named Pleiku, deals with the inception of the bombing of North Vietnam called “Rolling Thunder,” the escalation, and the question of whether Hanoi attempt a “Tet Offensive” in 1965, while playing on a classic quote from Lyndon Johnson’s national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy (“Pleikus are like streetcars”), that refers to a National Liberation Front commando attack on a U.S. air base in South Vietnam.
June 2015: Oxford University Press releases my book The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know. This is a very accessible primer on Special Operations Forces which adopts a Q & A format and covers U.S. forces in summary form.
June 2015: Against the Odds Annual Edition contains my articles on the Resistance Movement against the Nazi Occupation of France and the Low Countries plus my card-driven boardgame on the same subject, called Set Europe Ablaze.
May 2015: Proquest Publishers release Part II of our major document collection on CIA operations, with this segment focused on 1975, the so-called “Year of Intelligence,” when the Church and Pike Committees and the Rockefeller Commission all investigated the U.S. intelligence agencies.
March 2015: My article “The Marines’ Vietnam Commitment” appears in the April 2015 issue of Naval History magazine.
February 2015: My article on the U.S. Navy in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam war, “SEALORDS: Brown Water Breakthrough,” appears in the February-March 2015 issue of The VVA Veteran magazine.
February 2015: My Roman-era battle game, set in the ancient German forests and called The Victory of Arminius, which treats the massive ambush of the Legions of Varus in the Teutoburgerwald in 9 A.D. appears from Turning Point Simulations.
October 2014: An initiative I have been working on for six years in concert with the Cold War International History Project of the Wilson Center resulted in a workshop at the Center in September 2013 at which a panel of scholars assessed the recently published semi-official history of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam through the French and American wars. The last of the written versions of comments arrive, finally enabling us to post the results, with an introduction that I drafted.