Category Archives: My books

The Great Charge – 3 July 1863 (from “The Butcher’s Cleaver”)

“… A mile away, across the grassy valley from the cemetery ridge, Pickett’s Division lay waiting in the woods.  They had come up to this position in the early morning hours.  The officers occupied themselves with the usual business of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in the Field – 1863 from “Death Piled Hard” reposted 2023

One of my pre-occupations is the cycle of novels that I wrote concerned with what I think I learned in life.  It is set in the American Civil War and called “Strike the Tent.”  Why?  If I knew why perhaps I could … Continue reading

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Kirkus Review has joined Publisher’s Weekly in praising Col. W. Patrick Lang’s anthology of strategic writings, The Portable Pat Lang. Excerpts from the Kirkus Review follow: “U.S. Army veteran and commentator Lang offers a collection of assorted writings on military … Continue reading

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It’s a sign of humility that this illuminating collection from Lang, an Army colonel and retired head of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s global human intelligence service, isn’t titled I Told You So. In the many clear-eyed essays and other writings … Continue reading

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AVAILABLE now FROM iUniverse, Amazon and Barnes and Noble in hard cover, soft cover, and digital.

Essential Writings on History, War, Religion and Strategy From the Introduction: “In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Col. Lang created his own blog which to this day still serves as a committee of correspondence for a large … Continue reading

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” … How the U.S. Totally Misjudged the War in Ukraine”

“The war in Ukraine isn’t going the way Russian President Vladimir Putin expected. And he’s certainly not the only one who was caught by surprise—the U.S. expected a rapid Russian success, with the Kremlin’s tanks inside Kyiv within days. Many U.S. officials from the … Continue reading

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The Human Factor: The Phenomenon of Espionage

by W. Patrick Lang ­­June 2022 — The just released second edition of Col. Lang’s classic work on the art of human intelligence is now available to order from Amazon or iUniverse.  Publisher’s Weekly’s Booklife calls The Human Factor, “A … Continue reading

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“The Human Factor: the phenomenon of espionage”

“This succinct no-nonsense primer on the business of espionage looks at the history of human intelligence gathering, known as HUMINT, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Extremely well-written, it is equally valuable for training case officers and intelligence analysts … Continue reading

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“Tattoo,” A Memoir of Becoming

This memoir could have been subtitled "a message in a bottle."  PL I am privileged to have been given reviews of the book by two people I greatly respect and admire: —————- "Because much of the focus of Walter Lang’s … Continue reading

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