The CIA Battled the Kremlin With Books and Movies
Originally published on May 2, 2015. During the Cold War, Moscow’s Ministry of Culture was a master of censorship. The Kremlin’s cultural bulwark screened non-Russian films, suppressed literature and shaped the lives of Soviet artists. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency also dabbled in the dark arts of cultural influence.... Read more
Captain Blackadder Really Did Fight in World War I
This story originally appeared on June 26, 2014. BBC’s Blackadder is one of the funniest historical T.V comedies ever. The four series, which ran from 1983 to 1989, follow the conniving, cowardly Edmund Blackadder and his sidekick Baldrick through various epochs. The final series, Blackadder Goes Forth, is set... Read more
In This Ex-Spook’s New Thriller, Chuck Schumer Is President and Terror Is Spreading
In 2019 a bloody attack on the American embassy in Baghdad kills countless Americans and unleashes a crisis that will soon envelope the world as special operators, spies, terrorists and politicians scramble to respond to the new reality. This is the horror scenario that Eric Anderson envisions in his... Read more
Sherman Tanks Battled Banzai Charges at Tarawa
This article was originally sponsored by Open Road Media on July 20, 2016. “Once inside, a man quickly found that you could not be claustrophobic and serve in a tank,” Oscar Gilbert and Romain Cansiere write in Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa. “In fact many... Read more
‘A Very Secret Service’ Is a Very French Spy Comedy
This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2016. Imagine if the French had made Get Smart and you’ll have some idea of the surreal brilliance of A Very Secret Service. In Mel Brook’s American classic, super-agent Maxwell Smart bumbles his way through his fight against the agents of KAOS. Only... Read more
History Catches Up to ‘The Americans’
This story includes spoilers for The Americans. After six seasons over five years, FX’s The Americans came to an end on May 30, 2018. It’s an exciting, suspenseful, disturbing and though-provoking show — and the finale encapsulates many of the show’s signature characteristics in an episode that’s a half-hour... Read more
Argentina Produced a Falklands War Cartoon
This story originally appeared on Jan. 25, 2015. Zamba is a mischievous scamp on the state-run Argentine T.V. channel Paka Paka. Kids watch as he moves through time learning about music, art and Argentine history. He’s met Simón Bolivar, studied Latin American paintings … and witnessed the Falklands War. The... Read more
‘The Beast’ Is the Best Tank Movie You’ve Never Seen
This story originally appeared on Nov. 21, 2014. The Beast should be a terrible movie. It’s a film about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan made by Americans in 1988. Kevin Reynolds—the man behind the disastrous flop Waterworld—directed it. Stephen Baldwin plays a major supporting role. On its face, The... Read more
‘The Lost Fleet: Corsair’ Is ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Meets ‘Captain America’
War Is Boring got a sneak peek at a new graphic novel from best-selling military science fiction writer Jack Campbell. Illustrated by Andre Siregar and Bambang Irawan with colors from Sebastian Cheng, The Lost Fleet: Corsair is like Battlestar Galactica meets Captain America. Check it out. Read more
I Invaded Grenada in ‘The Operational Art of War IV’
It was one of the most lopsided scenarios I could pick. It was 1983 and the military government of Hudson Austin had only a token force of Grenadian troops and Cuban advisers facing down my incoming force of U.S. Marines, Rangers, SEAL teams and a follow-on Caribbean peacekeeping contingent... Read more
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