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The Moral Warrior: Ethics and Service in the U.S. Military (Suny Series, Ethics and the Military Profession) Paperback – June 10, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0791462423 ISBN-10: 0791462420

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  • Series: Suny Series, Ethics and the Military Profession
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791462420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791462423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Currently Professor of Philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy, Martin L. Cook spent five years as Professor of Ethics at the United States Army War College.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shannon E. French on October 11, 2004
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Martin L. Cook's deceptively slim volume, The Moral Warrior: Ethics and Service in the U.S. Military, is so densely packed with issues and analysis that it could easily sustain a semester or two of intense study in military ethics by itself. It is certainly a must-read for anyone struggling to disentangle the many troubling, interconnected questions that worry all those who hope to see the United States retain its global supremacy without undermining its moral foundations. Cook, a gifted teacher who has recently moved from the faculty of the U.S. Army War College to that of the U.S. Air Force Academy, is a master of the rare art of clarifying complex problems without minimizing their depth and significance or losing sight of their vital real-life implications.

The nine chapters of the book are divided into two parts: Part One, "Moral Facets of Military Service," and Part Two, "Moral Soldiers and Moral Causes: Serving the Needs of Justice in the New World Order." The chapters in Part One primarily address the moral responsibilities of individuals - particularly officers - who choose to serve in the military. Cook is able to bring a unique combination of "insider" knowledge (from his years of teaching to and learning from all ranks of military officers) and objective "outsider" insight (from his perspective as a civilian scholar) to his critique of recent debates about how to define the military profession in the 21st century and what should be expected of the modern military professional.

One of the most vital issues Cook raises in this section is the responsibility of military professionals to offer non-partisan advice to political leaders and policy makers regarding decisions on the use of military force.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnesotan Air Force Family on April 22, 2010
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I purchased this book as part of a course of study for military officer advanced education. This book, however, can (and should) be read by any of our nation's leaders or citizens. Mr. Cook's examination of when, how, how much, and against whom to use military force is a conversation we all must never take for granted. Mr. Cook has a gift for taking a potentially very dry subject and framing it out of the esoteric into the essential.
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The Moral Warrior is a powerful and highly nuanced exploration of the distinctive ethical challenges faced by U.S. military leaders today as they plan and carry forth the profession of war. Cook does a masterful job situating his analysis within the historical tradition of just war theory while maintaining a firm grasp of the particular demands and capabilities of our age and the unique position of the United States upon the world stage. His primary audience is military leaders, broadly construed, but the issues he raises and analyses he offers will be of interest to any reflective person and are absolutely essential for those interested in contemplating the moral dimensions of the use of military force. Cook shows in a clear and definitive way how modern views on the use of military action suffer from a deep tension between the perspectives of the nation state on the one hand and humanity or civilization on the other. Just as one’s views about the nature and status of persons shapes one’s views about ethical action in general, one’s beliefs about the nature and status of states has a direct and dramatic impact on one’s conceptions of just war, reasonable intervention, and warranted response to acts of terror. Cook shows that there are good reasons to think the perspective of the nation state is limited and often dysfunctional in light of many current challenges. His ability to synthesize a remarkably broad range of issues, perspectives, and concerns, explore their theoretical implications in balanced and revealing ways, while keeping focused on the practical demands of policy and command is truly remarkable; these qualities make this a volume that deserves a wide and attentive readership and ensure it will be deeply appreciated and highly acclaimed.

Philip J.
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An intriguing read for those desiring know the internal turmoil a soldier suffers through in wrestling with the morality of war.
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