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This book should be required reading in college.
Carroll is careful to tell this story with unwavering truthfulness, but it would be a mistake to think of this as an attack on the Pentagon or the U.S. military.
Carroll's book is entrancing in the way that it draws the reader into a what is a very LONG history of a war driven culture.
The groundbreaking on September 11, 1941, for the Pentagon as the headquarters for American military forces, was hardly recognized as a date that changed everything until September... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bruce P. Barten
Here is an insider's look at the rise and current dominance of the institution that President Eisenhower warned us about so long ago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Burch
You should have read more of what James Carroll has written before reading this book. It is a memoir wrapped around a history lesson wrapped around a monologue of moral... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lee Martin
I've read the book, and it is excellent and well-documented. Well-detailed, and in those details lies a lot of embarrassment ... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Constitutional Lawyer
Great potential and opportunity, wasted.
It is a VERY important book that I wish every American would read (or hear); Despite all its shortcomings. Read more
This book tells the tale of the growth of Pentagon, starting with World War II and then thorough the Cold War and the 1990s. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Walter E. Kurtz
When I bought this book I half expected it to be a "howard zinn narrow minded" style book. However I was blown away by the ability of the author in perceiving history in its full... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Max
Mr. Carroll's book, about the Pentagon, demonstrates how we need to examine the people who make the decisions about our defense. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by Michael D. Chlanda
This is a book about the military-industrial complex from 1941 to the present, a history of the Department of Defense and the actions of Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries and Members... Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by W. Haller