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“A book that suggests that there are many benefits from war may seem abhorrent to most people, but Benjamin Ginsberg uses many interesting and convincing arguments to make his case. This volume, however, is much more than a treatise on the benefits of war. It gives a detailed discussion of technological advances, economic developments, and changes in government that have occurred in the past as a result of war. One of the most interesting chapters is the last, titled, ‘Beating Swords into Malign Plowshares.’ It gives a detailed account of government surveillance in the United States, starting with Herbert Hoover through the recent activities of the National Security Agency. This is material everyone should read. All in all, it is an excellent, well-researched volume that is highly thought-provoking.”
—Barry Parker, author of The Physics of War
"Surprising.... Unconventional.... certain to stir controversy...."
Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Value of Violence; How the Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity in the Face of Nazism; The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters; Do the Jews Have a Future in America?; and Political Science as Public Philosophy, co-edited with Gwendolyn Mink.