The Laws of War
Government documents aren’t exactly page-turners, making hefty tombs like the 74,000 page tax code and the 33,000 page Obamacare law unlikely additions to any summer beach reading lists. The 1,200 page Department of Defense Law of War Manual might seem comparatively short, until you realize its a document that defines every military procedure from the very basic rules of conduct to the limits of torture. Liam O’Brien, over at Melville House, has decided to undertake the responsibility of reading the entire manual so you don’t have to. He plans on periodically checking in to keep us all informed about the book’s important points.