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When President Eisenhower famously warned against the military-industrial complex, he largely meant the Department of Defense–funded programs of the RAND Corporation. Abella (coauthor, Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States) presents a sometimes dry but thorough account of this think-tank, which he asserts not only played a key role in the U.S.'s biggest foreign misadventures in Vietnam and Iraq but also, through its development of rational choice theory, has affected every aspect of our lives, not necessarily for the better. Abella, working with the cooperation of the usually secretive organization, details RAND'S history, from analyst Herman Kahn's energetic support of a virtually unrestrained nuclear arms buildup to the organization's role in sparking America's involvement in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq. But even more, Abella says, RAND theorists' notion that self-interest, rather than collective interests like religion, governs human behavior has influenced every aspect of our society, from health care to tax policy. The RAND Corporation continues today—as brilliant, controversial and, in Abella's view, amoral as ever—with the complicity of all Americans. If we look in the mirror, Abella concludes, we will see that RAND is every one of us. The question is, what are we going to do about it? 8 pages of b&w photos. (May)
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The definitive book to the date of publication on the RAND corporation.Published 5 months ago by Donna Mariash
The RAND corporation is probably one of the most influential corporations since the end of WWII, yet so few people inside or outside of America have heard about it. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Newton Ooi
Good book to read if you have the time to I work to much if their was a audio book would be betterPublished on March 24, 2013 by Nate
Facinating read. Fun to go back in time and read about the early architects of our current day policies and world vision. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Pete
_Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of American Empire_ (2009) by Alex Abella is a journalistic examination of the history of the RAND Corporation, an important... Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by New Age of Barbarism
I have a background in RAND Corp. I read this book cover to cover in a few days I was disapointed with book in a whole.It did not tell the real history of the Rand Corp. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This is the fascinating story of a big "Think Tank" How to retain top scientists after the war? Is the bomb cheaper and better to use then massive amount of soldiers? Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by zz top
Soldiers of Reason is an outstanding, significant book. It demystifies the enigmatic Rand Corporation think tank, which helped put America under the spell of the... Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Seadog
Abella has written a layman's view of how Rand was created and evolved. The book tells the story by focusing on many of the company's key figures and the roles Abella believes... Read morePublished on September 21, 2009 by R. W. Levesque