In my case, I have a little of all of it. Not only do I get to spend time studying for comprehensive exams (I brought forty books on France just for that reason), but I need to finish my article on American Military Culture (it is past due), edit two journal articles to send out for publication (one of William Calley and another on George Armstrong Custer), and finish two short papers for a directed reading I've yet to finish (procrastination is the frenemy of the graduate student). For my sins, I also have to continue working to organize the department's third annual graduate student conference (we need 3 more commentators), and edit more than sixty book reviews since I was also gullible enough to agree to be the book review editor for the Southern Historian.
For the next couple of days, I'll be working on those short papers and the encyclopedia article. Here's the reading list:
- Knox and Murray The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050
- Rogers, The Military Revolution Debate
- Black, A Military Revolution?
- Parker, The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800
- Lewis, The American Culture of War
- Builder, The Masks of War
- American Military Culture in the Twenty-First Century: A Report of the Csis International Security Program
- Lambeth, The Transformation of American Air Power
- Toner, The American Military Ethic
- Mahnken, Technology and the American Way of War since 1945
- Hoffman, Decisive Force: The New American Way of War
- Barnett, Navy Strategic Culture: Why the Navy Thinks Differently
- Melton, The Clausewitz Delusion