Books for the News

Friday Remainders

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Barry B. LePatner has been making the rounds lately to promote his groundbreaking ideas for reforming America’s ailing construction industry, along with his new book, Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America’s Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry. Most recently, LePatner made an appearance on NPR’s Marketplace to discuss how “inefficiencies in the way the road construction industry operates costs the nation billions of dollars.” Archived audio is available on the Marketplace website. LePatner is also scheduled to be interviewed on Chris Gondek’s business and management podcast, The Invisible Hand sometime next week. You can listen to an advance preview of the show here.
The Smithsonian is running an interesting article on Claire Nouvian’s stunning photo portrait of the deep sea, The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss. Their website currently features a nice selection of photos from the book. And once you’re done there, don’t forget to check out our own selection of images (pulled from the hundreds that grace the pages of the book) at
Lt. Col. John Nagl was also recently given some online airtime in a podcast posted last week at the Power Lines blog. Nagl is an expert on counterinsurgency tactics and author of several books on the subject including Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and, with General David Petraeus and others, The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. In the podcast he discusses both the military and political tactics he thinks are essential in terms of the current U. S. conflict in the Middle East. You can listen to the audio on the Power Lines site or navigate to the UCP website to read the preface from Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife, or Nagl’s foreword to the Counterinsurgency Field Manual and “Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency Operations” from the first chapter.