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Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars Shaping the 21st Century Hardcover – December 18, 2018

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"A realist's gritty case studies of how the once supposedly new world order went to hell—and a much needed warning of why and how the nature of war remains timeless and familiar even as it is proclaimed new and foreign." -- Victor Davis Hanson, The Hoover Institution, "The Second World Wars"

"Solider-professor-historian-novelist Austin Bay has written a new book on an age-old subject: war. In brisk, clear prose Cocktails from Hell explores how the looming and simmering conflicts with America's adversaries—North Korea, China, Russia, Iran—and in unruly and unruled states like Congo could explode in the 21st century into the 'wicked dynamic' of outright war. It's a terrific—and terrifically scary—read."  -- Michael Barone, historian, nationally-syndicated columnist, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics"

"Colonel (ret.) Austin Bay blends vital experience with polished writing on critical national security topics. Military, intelligence, media, and political professionals must read his work." -- Michael Yon, American writer, photographer, combat reporter, author of "Moment of Truth in Iraq"

"As usual, Austin Bay serves up insightful and informed analysis. We might prefer not to imbibe these Cocktails from Hell, but readers of this will at least understand what is being served up, and why."  -- Glenn Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, columnist for USA Today

"Austin Bay emphasizes the long term basics. No matter how any of these particular cocktails evolve in the next few years the basic elements will still be troubling the world." -- James F. Dunnigan, author, military-political analyst, Defense and State Department consultant, wargame designer

About the Author

Austin Bay is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and author of Embrace the Suck. He has written extensively on current military affairs, and has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Nightline. Bay writes a weekly international affairs column for Creators Syndicate and is a contributing editor at StrategyPage.com. He has written for The Wall Street JournalThe Weekly Standard, the New York Observer, and other publications. Bay served most recently with Headquarters, Multi-National Corps in Iraq in 2004. He was on active duty during Operation Desert Storm and served in Germany in the 1970s. A graduate of Rice University, he has a PhD from Columbia University. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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