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War Is a Lie Paperback – October 30, 2010
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Now we must add to that list of credentials authorship of an important, destined to be classic book.
War Is A Lie addresses the web of lies, the tabu subjects, the false claims, the mythic messages that are hollow and empty and it lays waste to them.
Swanson's book is a (I've never used the term to describe a book before) Tour de Force, an intellectual accomplishment that lays out the truths about war and the lies that support in a way that every peace activist, every anti-war organization and group must digest and frankly, use as the tools to take the arguments against war to a new more effective level.
if there are awards for brilliant books that explode new ways to oppose the evils of t his world, then David should sweep the field this year.
One more thing. It is an exceptional accomplishment to present a book with such important ideas. It is another thing to write extraordinarily well, so, on page after page, the words are quotable, rising off the page with vivacity.
David Swanson's eye-opening Truth about Wars is a Must-Read for the Millions of US who reject Bush's ghost-written Lies
Best Wishes to you, David. With your permission I will recommend your book on my website,
peacepowerpress.net I hope your book soars to "Best Seller" quickly! We need your wise insights and inspiration to be exposed to millions of people!
Peace and Best Wishes,
Cynthia Papermaster, Director, National Accountability Action Network
- the *legislative* branch is supposed to be in charge of declaring/debating war, and shouldn't cede this role to the executive branch (p. 8-9)
- psychologically speaking, it is the fear of being dominated by others that drives people to support wars launched for national defense (p. 17), especially if they are a prosperous people, as they have more to lose (p. 47)
- although wars are fought against the image of evil/ruthless dictators (or terrorists), it is the people in the lands being invaded/liberated that end up suffering (p. 30)
- war is not the only option; there are other ways around international quagmires, and people should press their elected officials to strive for those solutions first (p. 128-9)
- wars are no longer fought exclusively on the battlefield. If soldiers are stationed in villages and towns, how can they tell who among the populace is an innocent civilian and who is an enemy combatant hidden among the populace? For that matter, how can victory be defined in such a conflict? (p. 213, 235)
I just highlighted a few of his major points. There are a lot more such insights available throughout the book, as well as a discussion of the motivations elected officials have for instigating armed conflicts (p. 168-173, and 194-204), and the negative effects that war has on the parties involved (p. 220-222).
So far, so good.Read more ›
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I wish I had read this books years ago before I enlisted in the military. I used to believe that war was a necessary evil and that I was doing my patriotic duty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rico
I was able to read about 20 pages. When I got to the part about the war in Korea it became clear that Swanson is ill informed and knows nothing about what was going on in 1950. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas W. Schaaf Sr.
Excellent book and a must read for anyone concerned about our endless warsPublished 9 months ago by Judith Hunter
very truthful and important information not reported in the controlled media,Published 17 months ago by Bruce M. Taylor
It is another very good telling of war profiteering, and it's falseness - maybe the revolution was in my opinion, the one that we as Americans should have supported and I believe... Read morePublished 17 months ago by abel Hill
A truly fascinating book by a bold and very knowledgeable writer. All that we have ever believed--or been told--about war is, on the whole, false. Read morePublished 18 months ago by grace richardson
The author dips into a large number of mostly American-initiated wars to drive his main points that most wars are started by sociopathic hypocrites for the basest of motives and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Declan Hayes
This book finally tells the truth. The US has been attacking nations like Vietnam and Nicaragua when their fears were totally unfounded. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Martha Bushnell