Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Political Economy of U.S. Militarism Hardcover – July 20, 2006
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
'Ismael Hossein-zadeh's penetrating analysis of the role of the military-industrial complex in driving U.S. foreign policy and rearranging domestic priorities could not be more timely. With U.S. military spending at levels higher than the peak years of the Vietnam War, Hossein-zadeh provides the most cogent explanation yet of how we got to this point.'
- William D. Hartung, Senior Research Fellow, World Policy Institute at the New School
'America has been overrun not by military force, but by the force of militarism. Using statistics, analysis and historical references, Hossein-zadeh reveals the troubling picture that America may have succumbed to militarism despite the warnings of Washington, Eisenhower and Butler. Hossein-zadeh reveals the true cost of Pentagon programs by adjusting the federal budget for Social Security and unmasking the insatiable, consuming maw of spending run amok. He reveals how budgetary militarism is defeating the New Deal, even as it musters a long term assault on the Bill of Rights and other foundations of American democracy. The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism is a must-read for patriots concerned about the future of the United States.' - Grant F. Smith, Director of Research, Institute for Research, Middle Eastern Policy
'Writing in a scholarly but accessible manner, Ismael Hossein-zadeh provides an impressive overview of policy trends, their historical background and their political and economic influences. In examining the recent tendencies towards war and militaristic responses to foreign policy issues, the author looks past the now dominant neo-conservative justifications, focusing on the powerful interests that lie beneath.' - David Gold, Associate Professor, International Affairs Program, The New School
'Ismael Hossein-zadeh has produced an original and powerful synthesis of previous explanations of contemporary U.S. militarism. He locates the relevant economic, political, and ideological forces within a power-elite military-industrial complex framework firmly grounded in a structural analysis of capital accumulation. By steering past the twin dangers of conspiracy theory and economic reductionism, this framework clearly reveals the parasitic, class-biased, and systemic character of the Bush administration's unilateralism. Along the way, Hossein-zadeh provides a challenging analysis of the cyclical fluctuations of U.S. military spending since World War II.' - Paul Burkett, Professor of Economics, Indiana State University
'This is an interesting and timely book...a fine mixture of analysis and detailed research, as well as being an entertaining read.' - Lobster
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
This immensely well documented and compiled work embodies a compendium of facts, brilliant writing and logical assumptions that will indeed lend credence to Chicken Little's exclamation - but not, however, that the sky is falling; rather that it indeed already has.
The one misfortune of its publication is that it is priced at a level that seems to aim at academics with university expense accounts. If the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan, desires to best serve its readers beyond academia, they and the public would be very well served by its reprint in a paperback edition. To not do so would be akin to pricing smoke alarms beyond the budget of the average home owner.
In this work, Mr. Hossein-Zadeh tracks the pre-WWII norm of antimilitarism that unofficially mandated the reduction of manpower to its prewar size after each conflict, to the emergence of current policy which established a doctrine supporting "1.5 million military personnel in 6,000 domestic bases and 702 bases in 130 countries." Including "about a dozen carrier task forces in the oceans and seas of the world." In this, he clearly describes the militarist's economic principle that peace is a curse that must have the stake of war driven through its heart - and not just once, but on a regularly recurring basis.Read more ›
Readers may have heard this claim before. But few if any will have met such a persuasive presentation of it. The book is extremely helpful in how it identifies and then dismantles what Hossein-Zadeh considers weak explanations for why the United States continues to engage in military intervention and expansion abroad. The first is the widespread theory among liberals that the neoconservative element of the U.S. political scene is attempting to take advantage of the absence of a comparable world power in order to spread American values and free market economics.Read more ›
One of the book's great strengths is showing how policy and public perception in the United States are often shaped by the powerful special interests that wish to continue military buildup in order to appropriate an ever-increasing share of our tax dollars. Viewed in this light, militaristic tendencies to wars abroad can be seen, according to Hossein-zadeh, as reflections of the metaphorical fights over allocation of the public finance at home, of a subtle or insidious strategy to redistribute national resources in favor of the wealthy, to cut public spending on socio-economic infrastructure, and to reverse the New Deal and other social safety net programs by expanding military spending.
Another valuable insight of Hossein-Zadeh's book is the recounting of the rise of the military-industrial complex. While a topic already well researched, Hossein-zadeh explores in detail the connections between the military industrial complex, the Israeli lobby, the neo-conservative political think-tanks, and the rising militarization of U.S. foreign policy. The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism provides a valuable tool in analyzing the distinctly American brand of imperialism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book and wrote a review on it for a class, so I thought I'd share the concise conclusion portion of it, instead of going too much into details and giving you too much... Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Mo
An amazingly thorough but extremely depressing book on the Military Industrial Complex in the US. This book suggests that the American political-economic system is totally... Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Michael P. Korn
Professor Hossein-zadeh takes over where the late Seymour Melman left off, showing the absurdity & perils of military spending. Read morePublished on August 12, 2007 by R. Whalen
I loved it. It's packed with explicit information on the tight relationship and revolving door between war profiteers and government officials--they're often one and the... Read morePublished on April 3, 2007 by L. E Lenius
This book brings together lots of individual facts, statistics, and citations that those with a concern about US militarism who attentively follow current events and recent US... Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by HH
most comprehencive ,well documented,well researched book exposing the essence of our heartless government subserviant to the demands of giant corporations sacrificing the ones it... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by ORMOZD
This question is neither insane nor preposterous.
It's about life or death, about a sustainable future or none at all. Read more
September 16, 2006
In "The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism," Professor Hossein-zadeh of Drake University makes a compelling case that the military-industrial... Read more
What are the driving forces behind the Bush administration's tendency to war and militarism in general and the invasion of Iraq in particular? Read morePublished on August 1, 2006 by Kamran Nayeri