A Spanish Chicken Farmer, a Peruvian Gambler and Serbian Playboy Fooled Adolf Hitler
No one really expects spies to live glamorous James Bond-lifestyles full of tailored suits, tight dresses, sex and gambling. So, one of the pleasures of reading Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies is learning about a half-dozen outrageous secret agents who really did lead... Read more
The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open
We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When we got home, I checked my email. I had been sent a picture of a very different beach. Deserted,... Read more
‘Call of Duty: WWII’ Turns Your Grandparent’s Achievements Into a Lousy Theme-Park Ride
Call of Duty: WWII, the latest entry in the long-running first-person-shooter franchise, is monumentally terrible. Publisher Activision Blizzard insults gamers by failing to deliver a decent product, disparages history buffs by half-assing one of the darkest periods in recent world history and mocks those who endured the war by... Read more
Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Is the Vetsploitation Story America Needs
This story contains spoilers for The Punisher Wetwork like this always happens in a basement. There’s the sound of flesh on flesh and a splash of blood on the concrete. There are blackouts, ghosts of the dead and the street noise of Kandahar. There’s a man business casual covered... Read more
Check Out This Exquisite Art From ‘The Forever War’ Graphic Novel
It’s too neat and tidy to say combat causes post-traumatic stress. There is something to be said for the alienation which ex-soldiers experience in an atomized, individualistic society after leaving a tightly-knit group of warriors — who share deep bonds and loyalties between them borne from shared experiences. Civilian... Read more
The Sublime Satire That Is ‘The Forever War’ in Comics
I first read Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War as a teenager. It was one of my father’s favorite novels and a salient work of military science fiction for the Vietnam generation. He was glad the U.S. government never called up his draft number and sent him into that nightmare.... Read more
Sebastian Junger Knows Why Soldiers Have a Hard Time Coming Home
This article was originally published on June 11, 2016. As the United States approaches its 15th straight year at war, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder have risen to record highs. But there are no simple explanations for the cause. American soldiers are less likely to engage in combat than their... Read more
‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ Reminded Me Why I Love America
This post contains extensive spoilers for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Somewhere between blowing up Area 52 and burying a hatchet in the face of a Nazi Obergruppenführer, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus reminded me why I love the United States of America. That’s how good it is. Wolfenstein... Read more
Dated U.S. Army Manual Tells Female Troops to ‘Guard Against Rape’
This story originally appeared on Oct. 31, 2014. Decades ago, the U.S. Army offered sometimes degrading suggestions on how to avoid rapists, survive a sexual assault and what to do in the aftermath of an attack. Advocates for victims of sexual trauma say the Pentagon is still struggling to... Read more
Manual for Mayhem: How One Man Tried to Teach Everyday People to Make Anti-Tank Missiles
This story originally appeared on Jan. 17, 2014. One day in high school, I was out with classmates when my friend Danny abruptly reached into his pocket and threw something high into the air. He immediately ducked behind a car and, sensing danger, the rest of us ran behind... Read more