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Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism Third Edition Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1904859017
ISBN-10: 1904859011
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Joel Andreas wrote and illustrated "The Incredible Rocky," the biting satire that introduced over 100,000 people to the unsavory activities of the Rockefeller family. Joel Andreas wrote and illustrated "The Incredible Rocky," the biting satire that introduced over 100,000 people to the unsavory activities of the Rockefeller family.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; Third Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904859011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904859017
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book, all skeptical, thought it was a kidfs comic book. Although simply worded, the wit, content and organization blew me away. I read it in one night, thoroughly engrossed. As the reader above stated, it was a revelation. Working as a cog in corporate America, I thought the anti-militarists were all a bunch of loonies out to harm my good old capitalist interests--money. Instead, I realized just how manipulated I had been. Reading about all the lives and billions of dollars our government has wasted truly awakened me. This book makes you want to question every tidbit we hear in the media. I attempted to verify some of the more flamboyant quotes attributed in the book and guess what? They were true! Perhaps most profound is the simple logic this book presents which slowly hits you at the end. For example at the end of the cold war people thought world peace would be attainable now that the US was the only remaining super power. Yet now George Bush comes along putting fear in us about the terrorist threat, his request for 87 billion dollars and the statement that this new war could last an entire generation. What lessons have were learnt from all the previous wars? Nothing.
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Addicted to War was the first book on this subject matter that I read, some time ago. For me, reading this book was like having a revelation. I was speechless the entire time I read it, glued to the pages. I hope not to sound too cliche, but after reading it, I felt as if I had just awoken from "The Matrix", seeing for the first time some of the larger truths of U.S. foreign policy and its inseparable ties with big business and the economy, and how I had been manipulated my entire life to see things in a different way. And I immediately thought that everyone in the U.S. who hasn't been exposed to this kind of thinking needs to read this book. Since then I have bought dozens of copies for family, friends and acquaintances.
Joel Andreas relies mostly on quotes from leaders of industry and government as well as government documents and memos throughout the book to support his thesis that war is a racket, benefitting the wealthy of this country, and paid for by the working people of this country in taxes and military service. One may argue with his conclusions, but would be hard-pressed to dispute the authenticity of the source material used.
The book inspired me to purchase a number of other books dealing with similar subject matter (some of them used in the impressively long Bibliography listed on the last 3 pages of the book), as I think was part of the intent of the book. It's meant to jolt you awake (especially if you were politically asleep like myself) and encourage you to seek out more information on the subject matter.
I see only a couple small nitpicks with the book.
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What an absolutely fabulous little book! In clear concise and honest fashion, this book lays out in easy to read illustrated pages, the real history of this country. No where in my college level education were these easily verifiable facts presented. My family and friends read this book, and all agree it should be required reading for every highschool student in the country. It has never been more needed than right now with our insane military aggression threatening to engulf the Middle East in a terribly destructive, illegal, and immoral war for profit and control of oil. Read who is doing this and why, read who profits from this madness, take a copy to your next PTA meeting and ask the teachers to read it! The negative reviews cannot dispel the truth of this book, it is loaded with facts, not "tired stereotypes". Buy this book! Better yet but 5 copies and hand them out!
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I opened it up and thought, "isn't this a comic book?" The drawings were simple. But as I started reading it, I realized how truly astonishing this book is. It's meticulously researched with published sources for every scrap of information, and photo documentation of quite a few events. I've even double-checked a few of its weightier claims in other research, and this book as won every test of historical accuracy I've put it through.
The book is so stunning it makes my head spin after the one hour it takes to read. It's one of those book I want to buy for everyone I know. It actually has the power to change beliefs and assumptions we have about our country and human rights.
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I've already reviewed the earlier edition, but this is NEW and IMPROVED, complete with all the info you need to understand the true motivation behind 9-11 and the "War on Terrorism." This book is a MUST for every library shelf, every classroom, every church, every home. There is absolutely no excuse for walking blindly into what could very well be the final vestiges of what passes for humankind. It is our responsibility to learn everything we can about what is happening today, who is behind it, and who benefits; and to do whatever we can to make a difference.
Educating ourselves is the only way to open that very painful door. The way this book is written, in simple, comic book form, makes it as painless as possible. Take it in. Lives are at stake.
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