For more on the 1970s, in the Wall Street Journal Jonathan Karl reviews Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (Basic). He writes:
The 1970s seem destined to be a justly forgotten decade—a time of disco, stagflation and little of the social upheaval that defined the previous decade or the epic global changes of the one that followed. But Christian Caryl sees more than malaise when he looks at the 1970s; he sees one of history's great turning points. "With the passage of time," Mr. Caryl writes in "Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century," "the 1970s begin to appear less like a sideshow than the main event."Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in the Middle East (Viking) (here), and the Washington Post has a review of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat (Random House) by Vali Nasr (here)
And for books on the U.S. at war, the Wall Street Journal has a review of The Marines Take Anbar (Naval Institute) by Richard H. Shultz Jr, and the Washington Post has a review of Steve Vogel's Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation (Random House) about the War of 1812.
Two other reviews of interest this week are of Neil Irwin's The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire (Penguin) (here), and Stacy Perman's A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World's Most Legendary Watch (Atria) (here).