An alert reader passed along to us a recent New York Times story (Jan. 16) on the new American commander of ground forces in Iraq, Lt. Gen Gen. John R...

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An alert reader passed along to us a recent New York Times story (Jan. 16) on the new American commander of ground forces in Iraq, Lt. Gen. John R. Vines. Gen. Vines, an apparently avid reader who served nearly five years in Afghanistan and Egypt, assigned his commanders and senior noncommissioned officers a reading list on Islam to “help them understand the culture in which they will be operating,” according to New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt. Without further ado or comment, here’s the list:

“Islam: A Short History”

by Karen Armstrong

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“Islam for Dummies”

by Malcolm Clark

“What Everyone Needs
to Know About Islam”

by John L. Esposito

“Unholy War: Terror

in the Name of Islam”

by John L. Esposito

“The Reckoning: Iraq
and the Legacy of

Saddam Hussein”

by Sandra Mackey

“Dereliction of Duty:

Lyndon Johnson, Robert

McNamara, the Joint Chiefs
of Staff and the Lies

That Led to Vietnam”

by H.R. McMaster

“The Clash of Civilizations

and the Remaking of
World Order”

by Samuel P. Huntington

“Among the Believers:

An Islamic Journey”

by V.S. Naipaul

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor