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“This compact, meaty volume ought to be on the reading list of every candidate for national office in November's elections. In an age of cant and baloney, Andrew Bacevich offers a bracing slap of reality. The Limits of Power is gracefully written and easy to read… chockablock with provocative ideas and stern judgments. Bacevich's brand of intellectual assuredness is rare in today's public debates. Many of our talking heads and commentators are cocksure, of course, but few combine confidence with knowledge and deep thought the way Bacevich does here. His big argument is elegant and powerful.”—The Washington Post
“Strongly felt and elegantly written… The Limits of Power is painfully clear-sighted and refreshingly uncontaminated by the conventional wisdom of Washington, D.C.”—The Economist
“Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.”—Bill Moyers
“In this utterly original book, Andrew Bacevich explains how our ‘empire of consumption’ contains the seeds of its own destruction and why our foreign policy establishment in Washington is totally incapable of coming to grips with it. Indispensable reading for every citizen.”—Chalmers Johnson, author of the Blowback Trilogy
"A clear-eyed look into the abyss of America's failed wars, and the analysis needed to climb out. In Andrew Bacevich, realism and moral vision meet."—James Carroll, author of House of War
“In The Limits of Power, Andrew Bacevich takes aim at America’s culture of exceptionalism and scores a bulls eye. He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility.”—Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC (Ret.), co-author of The General’s War and Cobra II
“Andrew Bacevich has written a razor sharp dissection of the national myths which befuddle U.S. approaches to the outside world and fuel the Washington establishment’s dangerous delusions of omnipotence. His book should be read by every concerned US citizen.”—Anatol Lieven, author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism
“In The Limits of Power, Andrew Bacevich delivers precisely what the Republic has so desperately needed: an analysis of America's woes that goes beyond the villain of the moment, George W. Bush, and gets at the heart of the delusions that have crippled the country's foreign policy for decades. Bacevich writes with a passionate eloquence and moral urgency that makes this book absolutely compelling. Everyone should read it.”—Mark Danner, author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror
A must read for those interested in American foreign and military policy.
We have a real problem coming in this country and unless we face it, and face it soon, the only place you'll read about America will be in the history books.
Mr Bacevich has written an incredibly thought-provoking book on where the US lies currently in it's trek along the "great experiment."
I think that the general point -- American exceptionalism has run its course -- is valid and well supported, although some of the logic is a bit over the top, i.e. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by William M. Scott
I have read this book before and am impressed with his work. This book is in better condition than the ones I have read.Published 2 months ago by Eugene F. Thompson
The book arrived on time and exceeded my expectation. An excellent premise with compelling evidence to support his conclusions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob
America is less of an 'exceptional nation', than it is more of an extremely 'lucky nation'. This nation was 'lucky' to have virtually untapped, pure veins of iron ore in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A Grey Haired Hacker
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, by Andrew J. Bracevich, Henry Holt and Company, 2013, 238 pages. Read morePublished 5 months ago by F. Kline
The book had numerous notes written in it and bookmarks. But I was expecting that so am satisfied I got even more than I paid for. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathy Olund
This is an excellent work by a fine writer who is in the know. Many have a fuzzy awareness of history but as the reality of the reality of the American Empire and the people... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William VanZevern
Noblesse Oblige is the perceived "obligation" of aristocrats with high social rank or wealth to be helpful and generous to the peasants. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Walls
This is a book for those who believe that democratic rights are best exercised after some reflection. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roberto