Book Report ✯ SPRING 2016

Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition

The winner of the 2016 Colby Award explores the partition of India and the birth of Pakistan, diving deep into the explosive conflict and widespread ethnic cleansing that set the stage for a bitter, decades-long rift between the two nations. Drawing on deep archival research and using new sources that include intelligence reports, firsthand accounts, and diplomatic records, Nisid Hajari weaves a high-intensity narrative that delivers a fresh look at one of the modern world’s least-understood events. Midnight’s Furies not only tells the story of South Asia in 1947—it is also frighteningly reflective of current events.

The Colby Award is presented to the authors of a first work of fiction or nonfiction that furthers the public’s understanding of intelligence, military history, or current affairs. A $5,000 author honorarium is provided through a grant from the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation. The award will be presented at Norwich University during the 21st annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium, April 6–7, 2016. Learn more.

BellingerMarie von Clausewitz: The Woman Behind the Making of On War

Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz’s treatise On War is one of the most influential works of military theory ever written. It remained incomplete at the time of his 1831 death, and his widow, Maria, went on to edit and publish the 10-volume tome. But as historian and Clausewitz scholar Vanya Eftimova Bellinger M’11 establishes in this groundbreaking biography, Marie was far more than a supportive wife who facilitated her husband’s legacy. In a story that includes newly discovered correspondence between the husband and wife, Marie von Clausewitz sheds light on Marie’s contribution to her husband’s seminal theory, the role of class and gender relations in the early 19th century, and the hardships of war.

HyslipProactive Botnet Detection: Through Characterization of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Ever get an email from a friend telling you, “I think you’ve been hacked,” at which point you learn your email address has been distributing spam? It could be the work of a botnet, derived from “robot” and “network” to describe a network of computers that have been distributing information unbeknownst to the owners. In his 2015 book Proactive Botnet Detection, Thomas S. Hyslip, a faculty member for Norwich’s Master of Science in Information Security Assurance program, outlays a proactive method for detecting and defeating botnets. In 2015 he also released two books in the Bit Wars series, one a review of the most devastating cyberattacks in 2014, and the other, a history of cybercrime.

Begiebing-largerThe Territory Around Us: Collected Literary and Political Journalism, 1982–2015

In his newest book, Robert J. Begiebing ’68 offers readers a rare view of American authors at transformative moments in their careers, profiling the works of historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, poets Sydney Lea and Wesley McNair, novelist Norman Mailer, and many more. The Territory Around Us is a compilation of three decades’ worth of essays Begiebing published in magazines and newspapers. But the provocative political commentaries are far from dated. Even those from years ago address issues that remain significant today: the nature of American conservatism, the political economy of our budgetary priorities, and the looming global ecological crisis. A professor emeritus at Southern New Hampshire University, Begiebing is the author of many articles and stories, a play, and nine books.

Pivetti-placeholderOf Memory and Literary Form: Making the Early Modern English Nation

This book opens with a crisis of recollection. In the early modern period—roughly the 16th to the 18th centuries—real political traumas like civil war and regicide began to rupture the myths integral to English national identity, and scholars touted that the facts of history could not justify the stories of King Arthur and Merlin. In response, poets and playwrights of the era turned to literary structures that could generate an experience of a collective past. Through his new book, Of Memory and Literary Form, Norwich English professor Kyle Pivetti takes a deep dive into how the writers of early modern England cultivated a national memory through forms as seemingly simple as rhyme.

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