- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
- Audible.com Release Date: March 9, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BRO6SAE
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Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War Audiobook – Unabridged
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Yes, I am the author of Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War. No, I don't think the book is perfect either. But a "tenuous polemic"? "Tenuous" is an intellectual cuss-word -- an adjective used by critics to give their negative gut reactions an apparently objective basis. "Polemic" means a narrowly partisan argument, often unsupported by evidence. Whatever else Reasons to Kill is, it is NOT a mere polemic, but a wide-ranging exploration of American history that describes the main arguments and images used to induce us to approve of foreign wars. Reading this strangely uninformative review, one would never guess that the book talks about what ideas like self defense, evil enemies, humanitarian duty, and patriotism mean in an American context, and about how our "civil religion" influences popular attitudes toward war and peace.
What apparently bugs the PW reviewer most of all is my statement that in modern times, the U.S. government has a uniquely bellicose record. The reviewer does not explain why this statement is wrong, however. That would be hard to do, since it's 100% accurate! Equally annoying to this critic is my failure to sign on to the current War on Terrorism and my insistence -- again, supported by historical evidence -- that conflict resolution methods are more effective than bombs and bullets to end terrorist threats.
Of course, I may be wrong. But don't trust this partisan review, dear friends. Read the book yourselves and make up your own minds.
There is no rant or hyperbole, in fact he shows great compassion towards those who will probably disagree with his "conflict resolution" emphasis.
At times this is a painful read. From the lies & miscues generated by government and those invested in war to the ugly unnecessary wanton killing
that has accompanied our military adventures( Spanish American War, Korea police action, Viet Nam, Iraq), we patriotic Americans must squirm. Truth hurts
but not as much as organized state violence. I found myself after reading "Reasons" still wishing that America be the "best" but hoping we as a nation can find
a way to do that without military interventions.