Author & National Security Analyst

PRAISE FOR THE HEART OF WAR: misadventures in the pentagon


The New York Times Magazine:

"Walking the miles-long halls of the Pentagon, Reilly takes the reader through an often-hilarious orientation on how good ideas, and extremely bad ones, can go from being tossed around in an email to a multibillion-dollar, multiyear defense program." Link here.

Foreign Policy Magazine:

Selected by FP Magazine Staff as a 2018 Favorite Read!

"Enchanting...While a work of fiction, McInnis’s novel provides unique insight into the petty power struggles, bureaucratic inefficiency, and behind-the-scenes incompetence that characterize American foreign policy." Link here

Foreword Reviews:

Details about the inside of Congress and the Pentagon ring true and give the text a behind-the scenes feel without taking away from the rollicking plot. Reilly and her colleagues can be counted on throughout the story to be clueless and brilliant by turns, keeping the plot fun through its many twists. Emotional moments tug on the heartstrings, and the romantic subplot concludes in a very satisfying way.  Link here.  

Really Into This:

"Kathleen McInnis has a great voice and a unique background; I cannot wait to see what she writes next." Link here.

The Modern War Institute:

"It’s not often you find a “fun” book about the Pentagon, but The Heart of War definitely earns that praise. Even if you haven’t endured an assignment there, let Kathleen McInnis escort you on a guided tour of one of the most interesting workplaces in the national security establishment." Link here.

War on the Rocks:

The Heart of War is an excellent ethnography of the bureaucratic tribe, not to mention an engaging read with fast-moving dialogue and wry humor. But the book truly excels at conveying the eccentricities of the Pentagon itself."  Link here


Military Press:

“The Heart of War” by Kathleen McInnis combines political drama with political satire. Using her extensive inside knowledge, she is able to create a realistic look at how the military machinery works while at the same time having well-developed characters." Link here

Patricia's Wisdom

"THE HEART OF WAR is a wonderful book and I so enjoyed every page." Link here