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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; Reprint edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565841921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565841925
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An intensely rich book. . . the clarity of Kolko's vision emerges from a careful reading, as does the importance of what he has to say. -- The American Academy of Political and Social Science

Century of War is at once an extremely ambitious, eloquent, timely, and engaging volume. -- The Canadian Historical Review

The totality of his argument is persuasive. I hope that many leaders and formers of public opinion will take the trouble to read this book, as it makes a crucial contribution to thinking about the realities of war and its aftermath. -- Toronto Globe and Mail

This provocative work will engage general readers as well as specialists. -- Publishers Weekly

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By egalitarian ethos on September 10, 2000
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In the front cover blurb, Noam Chomsky writes that "Gabriel Kolko's review of this century's 'tragic monumental experiences' provides sharp insight into the conflicts of these terrible years, their social setting, and their legacy. It's lessons are both sobering and invaluable."
Far from being a didactic review of 20th Century warfare, the lessons that Kolko proffers in "Century of War" amount to nothing more than adhering to the spirit and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was unanimously adopted by the UN soon after WWII. Here's a taste of some of Gabriel Kolko's sober and invaluabe insights into how an era of tranquility might be constructed and the forces (liberal economics/modern state-capitalism) that are ultimately responsible for this century of destruction:
g...there is nothing in the current momentary hegemony of the ideology of market economics in the ex-Communist world and formerly statist Third World countries that can create permanent tranquility. So-called liberal economics caters exclusively to the needs of individuals rather than to common interests and shared group relations in a civil society that poses essential restraints on peoplefs freedom to exploit and asserts public over private interests. Liberal economicsf devotion to personal egotism and avarice as the fundamental basis of social organization has been a persistent source of misery and societal instability since the school of thought was founded two hundred years ago. Economic liberals have no inherent commitment to political freedom and human rights, and suffer from the stigma of having repeatedly abandoned civil liberties... in order to preserve their individual privileges...
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