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Sun Tzu vs. USNA

Sun Tzu vs. USNA 12 Strong, by Doug Stanton, retells the story of the beginning of the War on Terror following the attacks on September 11, 2001. In the months after the terrorist attacks a small group of American Special Forces touched down in Afghanistan and began fighting alongside the local tribes. The mission wasContinue reading “Sun Tzu vs. USNA”

Art of Academy

“The Art of War” written by Sun Tzu offers insight into the most important aspects of war. From his writing, discipline and preparation most closely connect to what the Naval Academy teaches its Midshipmen in regard to preparation for the Fleet. Sun Tzu claims there are five fundamentals of war: the way, heaven, earth, command,Continue reading “Art of Academy”

Star Wars and The Roman Empire: More Similar than you would think

The Empire in Star Wars has similarities to the Ancient Roman Empire. They have closely related stories of their formation. The Star Wars Empire and the Roman Empire were also structured in a similar way organizationally. Also like many empires, they were both the largest organized government in their part of the world or galaxyContinue reading “Star Wars and The Roman Empire: More Similar than you would think”

Assassin’s Creed: A History

I played Assassin’s Creed growing up and as a kid, I focused on all the cool ways to kill bad guys, gain weapons, and upgrade to the latest armor rather than investing time into understanding the historical context the game explores. As an adult, I appreciate the creative aspect of the game, which is incrediblyContinue reading “Assassin’s Creed: A History”

Gladiator: An Inaccurate Masterpiece

One of my favorite movies that is set during the time of the Roman empire is the movie Gladiator. The movie is set in the second century AD, and tells of a great fictional Roman general, Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is forced to become a common gladiator when the son of the emperor, whose nameContinue reading “Gladiator: An Inaccurate Masterpiece”