This book is both an excellent read and a cautionary tale.
Mr. Glain's well written history provides a compelling lens with which to consider the militarization of America's foreign policy.
He takes the reader on a fascinating journey of facts and presents very complex historical details into a coherent narrative.
Despite the 13/24 five star reviews this book is problematic on multiple issues - so error-prone is the writing that I was unable to read past 64% on my Kindle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Bell
This book presents an interesting viewpoint on the approaches to international politics as put forth by the State and Defense departments. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Stephen Glain's book is one that is hard to put down once you begin to read it--quite rare for a nonfiction political tale. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Attorney Jack
State vs Defense presents an unique perspective on the evolution of America's post-WW2 foreign policy: dissecting and analyzing it like a title fight between two government... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert D. Harris
Eye-opening and thought provoking. This book provides a well laid out history and sequence of events that have led us to where we are today as a nation. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Souljazz
Glain is a terrific writer, easy to read, yet scholarly, and has proruced the best book I have ever read on foreign policy and American History over the last century. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Darrell Cozen
I found the historical review aspect more to my interest than the battle between the two government departments. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by T. Ziegler
This book is a mostly a left-wing critique of US foreign policy since WWII, not a study of conflicts between the Departments of State and Defense. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by F. Hobbs
I really liked this book, but the other reviewers pointed out a couple of glaring facts. The main one was that: Ike defeated Stevenson for President in 1952 not Truman. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Terry Jennrich