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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, and highly readable, April 12, 2011
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This review is from: US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Paperback)
Mackubin Owens's clear, concise style is a pleasure to read. I read it in one sitting because what I'd just read was so illuminating I wanted to get to the next subject immediately. Owens walks the reader through very complex, subtle, and extremely important issues with the brevity appreciated by a lay reader, like myself, but with enough footnotes and references to satisfy even the most exacting scholar. All sides of any issue are shown clearly and evenly. I'd thought vaguely about most of the issues raised in this book, but after reading just the first chapter I realized that, indeed, I had thought vaguely. This book has increased my knowledge and sharpened my thinking. Everyone in public service engaged in national defense policy should read this book. It would save wasted effort and wasted lives. If we truly believe that we are a republic, a form of government that requires the engagement of its citizens in both the thinking about and the doing of our nation's defense, the more citizens who read this book, the healthier our democracy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Stop Shop for Civ-Mil Relations Reading, March 3, 2011
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This review is from: US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Paperback)
As someone who teaches an undergraduate elective in civil-military relations, I've read most of the books Mackubin Owens references in this concise, well-written argument. Even with my level of familiarity with the subject, I was blown away by how he accurately and eloquently lays out the history of civil-military relations in the U.S., the issues that complicate that relationship in the wake of 9/11, and the solutions he puts forth. This book should be read by military leaders and civilian leaders alike in the national security establishment, as well as concerned citizens.

If you're only going to read one book on the subject, this is the book to read.

Ed Cox
Author of Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever wondered why Colin Powell quit., September 22, 2011
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This book informs one of the status of Civil-Military relations that are part of the every day decisions that this countryh faces. It explains the role of each and where some have drifted from their assigned duties of responsibility. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful & necessary, May 30, 2013
This review is from: US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Paperback)
This well-written book is so timely. It is an excellent and valuable addition to the reading list for my students. They'll come away with crucial knowledge on a vital subject of maximum importance. This text is instantly the standard work on the topic.
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US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain
US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain by Mackubin Thomas Owens (Paperback - January 27, 2011)
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