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 1 month 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 8 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 12 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 12 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 16 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 17 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