X Platoon

For three decades one of the most secretive units in the British military has been a mystery force known as X Platoon.

Officially there was no X Platoon. The forty men in its elite number were specially selected from across the Armed Forces, at which point they simply ceased to exist. X Platoon had no budget, no weaponry, no vehicles and no kit – apart from what its men could beg, borrow or steal from other military units.

For the first time a highly decorated veteran of this specialised force…

George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy

One of a select group of American foreign service officers to receive specialized training on the Soviet Union in the late 1920s and early 1930s, George Frost Kennan eventually became the American government’s chief expert on Soviet affairs during the height of the Cold War.
Drawing upon a wealth of original research, David Mayers’ fascinating life of George Kennan examines his high-level participation in foreign policy-making and interprets his political and philosophical development within…

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