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"This sad and gripping record of crimes we dare not face, and the probing analysis of the roots of indifference and denial, tell us all too much about ourselves. It should be read, and pondered." -Noam Chomsky
"John Tirman has not only written a profoundly important, revelatory work about something that most people in this country ignore; he has looked deep into our history and the American mind to see why we ignore it. I wish I could give this highly readable book to everyone, from general to private to the civilian bureaucrats who send them off to kill, who shares the illusion that war mainly involves soldiers." -Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars
"The Deaths of Others is an incredibly important venture. I know of no other book that so comprehensively catalogues the victims of U.S. wars . . . Tirman has given us the definitive study of an extremely important but neglected subject. It a must-read for anyone concerned with the lethal impact of U.S. policy on people in all corners of the world." --The Progressive
"Stunning . . . Tirman lays out his strenuously argued case with considerable cogency . . . Tirman renders us great service by providing a fuller picture of the consequences of war and challenging us not to reject data simply because it is not congruent with our favored worldview . . . If Americans today marshal the resolve to enact workable normas ensuring that our use of drones will always discriminate between civilians and legimate enemy targets, then we will at last be facing up to the crucial moral questions raised in this book." --America
"In this extraordinary work, John Tirman engages and investigates an area that has generated relatively little attention or thought over several decades, if not centuries: the deaths of others ... [a] thought-provoking and powerful book."--David Ryan, International Affairs (01/05/2012)
"John Tirman has written a compelling and impassioned plea for attention to a neglected
and vital aspect of American history. He argues that Americans have ignored the human costs of their wars, and his book provides a grim tour of the devastation and suffering that the U.S. military has inflicted on civilians... [Tirman] has restarted an important discussion of the human costs of war. It is a conversation well worth continuing, and we can be grateful that Tirman has not provided all the answers."--Journal of American History
About the Author
John Tirman is Principal Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Center for International Studies, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts and 100 Ways America Is Screwing Up the World.
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In Tirman's view, it all started when the conquest of the wilderness and the subjugation of the Native Americans has resulted in mass genocide and the extemination of the others, thus creating and forging the American values, most of them based on violence. This was the famous American frontier myth, which became a seminal topic discussed by yet another historian, Richard Slotkin. The Americans regarded themselves as the Messiahs coming to rescue the other, uncivilized parts of America, and all the other wars were an extension of this raison d'etre. American history is based on violence and upon the premise that the others, such as the Orientals were and still are inferior compared to the White Man. In the name of civilizing those who are "gooks" or those who embody the "yellow peril", many atrocities were committed, causing the unnnecessary loss of the lives of tens of millions. This manifested itself during the wars of the twentieth century, in particular the Korean War,in WW2, during Vietnam and the Iraqi adventures. True, there was no other choice but to join the other allies in fighting for the interests of the American people. However, the Americans gave very little thought to the death of so many innocent civilians and this makes all the difference.Read more ›
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An analysis of civilian casualties during military actions would seem to be especially timely at the present time for two reasons. Read morePublished 13 months ago by WAL
I completely agree with the author that the bombing campaign against the German city centers and civil population was immoral and indefensible. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Hans P. Zell