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As Mann makes clear, there has never been perfect agreement between all parties, (the relationship between the close duo of Powell and Armitage on one side and Rumsfeld on the other, for instance, has been frosty) but they do share basic values. Whether they came from the armed services, academia, or government bureaucracy, the Vulcans all viewed the Pentagon as the principal institution from which American power should emanate. Their developing philosophy was cemented after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and is best reflected in the decision to invade Iraq. They believe that a powerful military is essential to American interests; that America is ultimately a force for good despite any negative consequences that may arise from American aggression; they are eternally optimistic about American power and dismiss any arguments about over-extension of resources; and they are skeptical about the need to consult allies or form broad global coalitions before acting.
Rise of the Vulcans succeeds on many levels. Mann presents broad themes such as the gradual transition from the Nixon and Kissinger philosophies to the doctrine espoused by Rumsfeld, Cheney, and the rest in clear and logical terms. He also offers minute details and anecdotes about each of the individuals, and the complex relationships between them, that reveal the true personalities behind the politicians. This is essential reading for those seeking to understand the past quarter century and what it means for America's future. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While I agree that Mann's book is useful for background, time and events have long exposed the neoconservative sea change that Mann describes as a disaster for the US, the Mideast,... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mark H. Gaffney
Want to know why and who destabilized the Middle East here is a good starting point.Published 1 month ago by dale e. thome
Excellent unbiased and detailed documentation of GWB's main advisers. Mann gives you the facts and lets you come to your own conclusions.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an interesting, readable and informative book. However, it only tells half the story and in a deceptive way. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by K. D. Flagg
This book was recommended to us by a friend who was actually working for the Bush administration during this period. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Michael N. Edwards
Book does an excellent job of illuminating the trends of fascissm found within the Republican party and how "old boy networking" from one Republican adminstration to... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Harry
The first and and most serious problem with this book is the title. Whoever picks up this book must think that Jim Mann the nickname for Bush's war cabinet ("the Vulcans") refers... Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Jiang Xueqin