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You learn something every day: What, there were Puritan colonies in the tropics?

As I said, I've been reading Paul Kennedy's Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery, in which I learned in an aside that the Puritans had tried to start a colony in Honduras. I didn't know that. In checking it out I also saw that some Puritans were the first Britishers to live in Belize, aside from maybe a few pirates and shipjumpers.  

Puritans in bikinis? It just don't seem right. 


The Best Defense

Neil Sheehan reviews my new book, and my article in Atlantic tickles Special Ops

My book on American generalship comes out today.  Here is Neil Sheehan's review of it in the Washington Post. He calls the Vietnam section "the best part of the book." (There also is a review in the Wall Street Journal by Andrew Roberts. He likes my writing more than Sheehan does but disagrees with my conclusions.) 

I've been busy lately. Here is an article I have in the current issue of the Atlantic. Special Operators must get their copies early somehow, as I've began hearing from them about it in the middle of last week. Also, an Air Force general writes, "much truth in this article and it does not apply just to the Army. The proclivity to promote non-risk taking, non-controversal, middle of the road, do-nothings to senior general officer positions from 2008 to 2012 has really affected the Air Force in a negative way."

And here's a good interview that ran this morning Steve Inskeep of NPR about the book.