Category Archives: Potomac Books

December 15

From Princesses to Generals: Leia and and the Evolution of Women at War

Lt. Col. Erica Iverson and Maj. ML Cavanaugh are US Army Strategists; this essay was adapted from a chapter in their forthcoming book, co-edited by Max Brooks, Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict (Potomac Books, May 2018).  Originally published by the Modern War Institute, this essay is an unofficial expression of opinion; the views expressed are those […]

December 12

Excerpt: Diversifying Diplomacy

The following is an excerpt from Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar (December 2017) by Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas with Jim Robison.  From Chapter 4: Young, Black, Female, and . . . from the White House   Foreign Service officers serve at some 265 U.S. diplomatic missions, some at embassies and consulates around the world and others […]

December 08

News and Reviews

BOOKS Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo Listed in “The Best Fiction Books of 2017” by the Chicago Review of Books: “[Glory Days is] a quiet Midwestern ghost story with prose as clear and cold as the Nebraska plains in winter.” When Basketball Was Jewish Doug Stark Listed in the “Top 10 Great Reads for Chanukah 2017” from Jewish Link: […]

November 24

News and Reviews

Books The Black Bruins James M. Johnson Starred review from Kirkus:  “Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports.”   Black Jesus and Other Superheroes Venita Blackburn Highlighted in Ms. blog: “Blackburn’s remarkably short stories are characterized by a wild imagination and beautiful prose.”   Deco Body, Deco City […]

November 16

From the Desk of Grant Hayter-Menzies: The Familiar Compassion of Dorothy Brooke

The following contribution comes from Grant Hayter-Menzies, author of Dorothy Brooke and the Fight to Save Cairo’s Lost War Horses (November 2017). Hayter-Menzies is the author of several books, including From Stray Dog to World War I Hero: The Paris Terrier Who Joined the First Division (Potomac Books, 2015) and Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton. Almost until the day […]

November 14

Excerpt: How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan

The following is an excerpt from How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland (November 2017) by Douglas Grindle.  Prologue In the faded photo a woman stands in bright sunlight in the middle of a poor Afghan village. She gazes confidently into the camera lens. She is in her twenties, with […]

November 10

News and Reviews

BOOKS   Present at the Creation Upton Bell, with Ron Borges Shout-out from Peter King in Sports Illustrated: “Present at the Creation is on my night table, and should be on yours if you’re a football history buff.”   The Other Exchange Denys Van Renen Review in the Review of English Studies: “Van Renen’s study is a welcome […]

November 03

Happy Book Birthday to Haters!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online (Potomac Books, 2016) by Bailey Poland. Poland is a writer, feminist, and activist, as well as the creator of the literary journal Leaves and Flowers; she is a regular contributor to numerous print […]

October 27

News and Reviews

Books Saga of Chief Joseph, Bison Classic Edition Helen Addison Howard New Introduction by Nicole Tonkovich Review in Publishers Weekly: “From Joseph’s years as a spiritual leader to the 1877 battle of the Bearpaw Mountains and surrender of the Nez Perce, Howard renders Joseph’s life and times in fine detail. Her storytelling reflects a sharp […]

October 17

Happy Book Birthday to Crude Nation!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela (Potomac Books, 2016) by Raúl Gallegos! Gallegos, a senior analyst for the consulting firm Control Risks, has been a featured columnist for Bloomberg View, covering Latin American politics, business, and […]