Brilliant Treatise on History as a “Denied Area”,
April 6, 2006
John Lewis Gaddis
He is bluntly critical of the political science and social science communities, branding them with an inability to engage in methodical research or articulation. History is a “denied area.” When we combine our current lack of appreciation of history across all the disciplines, with our long track record of disdain for religion and culture as fundamental aspects of the total intelligence picture, we must recognize that we have created many “virtual denied areas” for ourselves, Islam being but one of many. In that vein, this book can be considered a primer on how to go about understanding a “denied area” by substituting analytic tradecraft for the multiplicity of sources that characterize the more obvious targets of our interest.