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About the Author

Tom Engelhardt created and runs Tomdispatch.com, a project of the Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Englehardt is also co-founder and co-editor of Metropolitan Books' The American Empire Project.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608461548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608461547
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The essays in this book are well written.
Chris
My only criticism is the lack of references or footnotes in the book.
Gernie Doetsch
A must read for all who care about the USA and want to help save it.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Griot Lover on February 21, 2012
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I am reading this work, pausing, contemplating the author's presentation, his argument and feeling so many feelings. I have a sense of gratitude to the author. Gratitude for his valor in writing this book. Perhaps his act will be one of the last reference points for what valor used to mean before it became a meaningless logo, perhaps the name of a new video training game to prepare our video game warriors to operate multiple drones over multiple sites. I am absorbing this author's well presented, fact-based presentation of what is happening while we in America fall even deeper and deeper into the sleep of our self-involved issues: our inability to share wealth, our inability to care for our sick, our unwillingness to value the child in our country, to provide a quality public education system, to address poverty...it is a hard book to read. It is an inconvenient truth, one of the thousands of calls to awareness, acceptance and action in this nation of its diminishing seemingly emasculated or deeply drugged, or tremendously distracted society. Perhaps it takes an act of valor to read it....but no, that's not valor either. Valor is something I am wondering about today. Thank you to the author and publishers for putting this forward. I am surprised that more reviews have not been posted...maybe I shouldn't be. Perhaps the only valorous thing a citizen can do is get active, protest, confront and try to maintain a view of workability and a better day for the world, its current state, its future.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 27, 2012
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Something very much in evidence in this book is Mr. Englehardt's ability as a writer. The essays in this book are well written.

Some of the topics covered by the author include terrorism vs. food poisoning in terms of the threat presented to Americans; Raymond Davis; and the author's education about the world through viewing foreign films while growing up in Manhattan in the 1950's. A recurrent subject in the book is the misleading or facial nature of the "deadlines" civilian and military officials give for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The exorbitant costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan military ventures are another prominent theme. For example, he focuses heavily on the mega-embassies/regional command centers/cities within cities that we have built or are building in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Englehardt quotes a National Priorities Project study which found that the $790 million price tag for the new embassy and consular facilities in Afghanistan could have provided jobs for 22,000 teachers, 15,000 healthcare workers and 13,000 clean energy workers in the US. Other exorbitant costs noted by the author include several tens of billions of dollars in unsuccessful programs to train Afghan military and police and $773,000 to remodel a cinder block building to house a KFC/Taco Bell for our soldiers in Guantanamo Bay. The Gitmo torture camp, of course, is still open though Obama promised to close it.

The American method of fighting the "War on Terror" receives coverage in this book. He discusses examples of civilian casualties from the American war in Afghanistan (along with a few in Iraq).
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Bob Jacobson on March 30, 2012
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Engelhardt's work, always incisive on military matters -- I almost wrote, "national security," but that would be surrendering to fear -- here extends his analysis beyond the bombs-and-bullets crowd to consider how else the nation's fear of a non-existent boogeyman has warped and twisted the American nation, society, and culture so that they are almost unrecognizable from the pre-Cold War days. "Over a cliff!" Tom warns. Too late. In the four months since the book was published, the US has gone from wrack to ruin. Speculation on gasoline, a quarter of the nation's mortgages "underwater," wildly unfair taxation, the ownership of our politics by whoever coughs up enough millions, vast credit debt, and of course military spending have just about used up our opportunities for change. Now we will bear the bloom of the dragon's teeth planted over the last seven decades. Two hundred years to build a nation, 70 to tear it down. Welcome the Dark Ages. Tom can prepare us, he can't save us. Sigh.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard R Drake on August 7, 2012
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Once again, Tom writes a stellar critique. He always seems to hit home runs with his articles and books. His website is a daily must read, and this book should be required reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sue on July 18, 2013
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/well written. An understanding in depth of the reality of our governments attitude and intentions.
I wish it wasn't so. This type of aggressive empire building is part of our history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PABG, Somewhere in the world on March 2, 2014
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Great book What else can I say? This is a great purchase a one of a kind theme from a unique author, this is more than awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gernie Doetsch on November 12, 2014
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Engelhardt has written an incisive and penetrating book on the military-industrial-governmental complex that has dominated American foreign policy since the fall of the Soviet Union. The basic strategy of that policy is a sustained thrust toward imperialism with the goal of global hegemony -- in military, economic, and political domains.

The result is an American society immersed in almost continuous war in the Middle East and Africa. According to Engelhardt, the U.S. is now engaged in hostilities within Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and everywhere else in the so-called "Global War On Terror." Here at home, we have an American version of the national security state -- constant warnings by the government of terrorist plots against the "homeland," pervasive governmental secrecy together with widespread surveillance of American citizens, and rampant militarism sustaining multiple wars to establish a "Pax Americana" in the Middle East and beyond. Unfortunately, the American people do not protest in significant numbers; they are kept in "limbo" primarily by fear, propaganda, and preoccupation with their own lives.

Engelhardt emphasizes the role of the government's fear-generating propaganda (enhanced by the mass media) in supporting America's expanding military activities and imperialist agenda. The more fear in the land, the more compliant the people - hence, "security threats" are routinely exaggerated. It's an old, well-established trick.

Engelhardt describes the consequences of "endless war" in great detail, without pulling punches. He argues that military victory is no longer a word that applies to our current conflicts. In spite of our massive military strength, the U.S. has not achieved a clear victory in any major war since ... when ...
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