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Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century
Hendrik Meijer
Progress: 74/448 pages
Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge 1977-1981
Edward C. Keefer, Erin R. Mahan
Progress: 61/815 pages
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
Progress: 257/520 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 456 pages.

A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s - Daniel Sargent

Though I'm only a couple of chapters in, this is already proving to be a frustrating book. Sargent has a provocative argument and he makes a lot of good points, yet I keep thinking as I read it, "Well, what if we look at it this way instead?" and his thesis degenerates into smug hindsight. It doesn't help that he's sloppy with some of his details, either, though I can't tell if the fault there is with his knowledge or his writing.