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"'The Failure of America's Foreign Wars' contains a vitally important message and makes for genuinely refreshing reading. The two marvelously insightful articles contributed by Ralph Raico alone--one the case for an America First foreign policy and the turning point in American foreign policy--are well worth the price of admission." -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Professor of Economics, University of Nevada Las Vegas

"The failure of America's foreign wars has been the vry freedoms they sought to preserve. For a wide audience, these collected essays summarize the historical revisionism which has gradually exposed the propaganda, lies, and myths that led America into World Wars I and II. As true libertarians know, war has ever been the health of the state. In our own time, it is clear that wars, hot and cold, have been responsible for the enormous taxes, deficits, and governmental spending that have created the welfare-warfare state so beloved by the social engineers and economic planners of the federal bureaucracy. If foreign wars have been America's chief failure, its great success has been the historic peace and freedoms, the individual liberties and responsibility, to which we must now return. All this, and more, the editors and contributors point out well and clearly in their valuable collection of original articles and book reviews." -- Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr., Professor of History, Emeritus, State University of New York at Albany

About the Author

Richard M. Ebeling (co-editor) is the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and serves as vice president of academic affairs for The Future of Freedom Foundation, a libertarian foundation in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the co-editor (along with Jacob G. Hornberger)of The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration; The Tyranny of Gun Control; and The Dangers of Socialized Medicine.

Jacob G. Hornberger (co-editor) is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Virginia. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post; Las Vegas Tribune Journal; Charlotte Observer; and others.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Future of Freedom Foundation (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964044765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964044760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ross Nordeen on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Starting with the Spanish-American War in 1898 and covering virtually every foreign conflict up to and including the Gulf War, this densely-packed volume of essays levels detailed and devastating criticisms against America's interventionist, and often brutal, foreign policies.
Culled mostly from the pages of "Freedom Daily", no punches are pulled as even "good" wars such as World War II are subjected to withering critiques: bashing the fire-bombing of Dresden, the use of atomic bombs against Japan and post-war repatriations.
This book is a must-have for your personal library if you are interested in defending a strict, non-interventionist foreign policy from a moral and practical standpoint. No other book covers such a range of conflicts so well.
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I did enjoy this book and found a couple of the speeches,writings to be very insightful. The inclusion of Herbert Spencer, and James Madison were nice generational tie- ins. Some of Jacob Hornberger's more personal VMI stories were compelling and Ralph Raico and Robert Higgs are both wonderful.
So why three stars?
The content was 4 1/2 stars, the individual writers were 5 stars, but it did seem to be repetitive and I found myself skipping and jumping back to different spots. I guess with this type of compilation that is not a terrible thing but for me annoying. That said I would recommend the content but for me the style was so -so.
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This book should be required reading for all students. .whether they are history majors or not. It is a shame for all of the sacrifices to make and keep America free, that so little is understood or taught in school. I am writing my own history book. .based upon major earth shaking revelations like what Richard Ebeling and historians like him have written.

In a nut shell.. we were lied to about our entry into WWll. . We knew about Pearl Harbor well in advance. let Stalin dupe us into participating in a whole alternate holocaust. with millions of deaths.... (Allied and Soviet citizens perished ) millions of POW Russians perished . We had to hide our participation. To help hide this we let him keep 100,000 Allied soldiers...and they were sent to a fate worse than death..40,000 of these were American.

Of course, Johnson lied about Viet Nam ..and the Gulf of Tonkin .incident .. that was a no brainer....and if one digs deeply enough they will see that the military industrial complex set in motion the actions that killed Kennedy.(not necessarily in this book ) They helped Stalin develop the nuclear bomb .with uranium and technological secrets ..(lend lease) ..

The biggest tragedy of all is that history, real history, is not taught in our schools. Well fed and well paid professors make good money to shovel pure manure to the minds of our students.

This book and Jacob Hornberger's organization , The Future of Freedom Foundation should be upheld in all of our learning institutions and all students in America should have mandatory reading of the contents.
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This e-book contains numerous essays on the disaster of our foreign policy and military action during the last hundred years. In essence, the authors contend that the more wars we fight, the less free we become along with a depleted health of our economy. Essays include James Madison's warning of presence of standing armies and Ralph Raico's articles on the folly of war. A great set of works one can read on an e-book. The book also contains a bibliography, end notes and index. Five stars.
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I purchased this work to better acquaint myself with the folly of most of the wars that the United States government has engaged in. I was very pleased with this volume. I learned several valuable things from this book. This would be a good book to help a conservative Republican who is a blind supporter of America's "good wars". My only complaint is that this book was published before the whole 9/11-Afganistan-Iraq-War on Terror debacle, and thus does not cover that. I am a libertarian, American patriot, and author and I chose to recommend this book in chapter 14 of my own work, A Bible Based View Of Liberty And Free Governments. I highly recommend this work.
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