In Every War But One


Not the usual kind of book to read, drawn from interviews and testimony of soldiers from the Korean War.  How did communist indoctrination work? How did not even one GI manage to escape a war camp?  In every war but one was quite interesting, and I learned a lot about how the government analyzes a large group of people that shared insights on their experiences using qualitative research. The scale of implementation of this study was quite interesting, as was the scope of the subject- returning POWs. I had the feeling the whole time that this was propaganda, but it was still a fascinating study on post-war briefings. They methodically examined things at all angles, and it was cool to see the breadth of scope  and the details they examined.

How do the top people make crucial decisions based on data that affect the lives (and deaths) of millions?  If you’re interested in this topic too, I also recommend reading more about these decision makers in The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara or getting the movie from the local library.