Daily Notes: Monday, March 15

It’s a great start to a great week here in the Bluegrass. The Cats won the SEC Tournament, giving them more SEC Championships than the rest of the Conference COMBINED, and they were named the second #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind only Kansas- a spot I feel pretty good about!

But, UPK has its own good news today, instead of tournament seedings, the Library Journal published 2 reviews of UPK titles: The Enemy in Our Hands: America’s Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror by Robert C. Doyle, and The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert W.A. Schmid. I know we’ve talked a lot about the Cookbook here on the blog and over on Twitter, but  The Enemy in Our Hands is an exciting title by a well-known author.

Revelations of abuse at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison and the U.S. detention camp at Guantánamo Bay had repercussions extending beyond the worldwide media scandal that ensued. The controversy surrounding photos and descriptions of inhumane treatment of enemy prisoners of war, or EPWs, from the war on terror marked a watershed moment in the study of modern warfare and the treatment of prisoners of war. Amid allegations of human rights violations and war crimes, one question stands out among the rest: Was the treatment of America’s most recent prisoners of war an isolated event or part of a troubling and complex issue that is deeply rooted in our nation’s military history?

Military expert Robert C. Doyle’s The Enemy in Our Hands: America’s Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror draws from diverse sources to answer this question. Historical as well as timely in its content, this work examines America’s major wars and past conflicts’among them, the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam-to provide understanding of the United States’ treatment of military and civilian prisoners.

The Enemy in Our Hands offers a new perspective of U.S. military history on the subject of EPWs and suggests that the tactics employed to manage prisoners of war are unique and disparate from one conflict to the next. In addition to other vital information, Doyle provides a cultural analysis and exploration of U.S. adherence to international standards of conduct, including the 1929 Geneva Convention in each war.

Although wars are not won or lost on the basis of how EPWs are treated, the treatment of prisoners is one of the measures by which history’s conquerors are judged.

Check out the LJ Reviews after the Jump!

Schmid, Albert W.A. The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook. Univ. Pr. of Kentucky. Apr. 2010. c.160p. photogs. index. ISBN 978-0-8131-2579-4. $24.95. COOKING

Can you think of over 100 recipes that include Kentucky bourbon? Schmid (hotel/restaurant management, National Ctr. for Hospitality Studies, Sullivan Univ.; The Hospitality Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers, and Spirits) can, and, to boot, he can provide a bit of history. You’ll find popular drinks like Mint Julep and Kentucky Bourbon Manhattan, but there are new recipes here, too, such as Buckingham Palace Plum Pudding, Kentucky Bourbon Burgers, and Wilted Spinach Salad. An original collection for bourbon enthusiasts.

Doyle, Robert C. The Enemy in Our Hands: America’s Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror. Univ. Pr. of Kentucky. May 2010. c.496p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-0-8131-2589-3. $34.95. MILITARY HISTORY

How has America handled the problem of captured enemies? Doyle (history, Franciscan Univ.; Voices from Captivity) unravels the various complex strains of enemy prisoners of war (EPWs) treatment, covering the U.S. military experience from the American Revolution to the present. He relies heavily on the moral high ground, a concept that sounds simple but involves difficult tradeoffs among morality, pragmatism, and situationalism. The moral and historical issues here will be of interest to military students, historians, political scientists, ethicists, and similar scholars. Heavily annotated, with a lengthy bibliography, this strongly recommended title should be read along with Paul Springer’s America’s Captives.—Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS

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