139 of 166 people found the following review helpful
AN ASTOUNDING CRITIQUE OF AMERICA'S MILITARISM,
This review is from: The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (Hardcover)
THIS BOOK IS A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT AMERICA'S GROWING PREOCCUPATION WITH MILITARY POWER.
Like "historynut," I don't exactly pride myself on my writing, but I think it's important to broadcast the importance of this book. I'll leave it to Andrew Bacevich to blow you away. As a West Point graduate, a soldier for more than 20 years, a Vietnam veteran, and a self-described conservative, Bacevich is far from your average anti-war writer. The fact that someone with his credentials is so deeply concerned with America's tendency to shoot first and ask questions later should make all of us think twice about the direction in which we are headed. Bacevich examines the trends - military, political, intellectual, and cultural - that have lead to our increasing preoccupation with the military since the Vietnam war. His discussion is interesting and all-encompassing (anyone who likes Tom Clancy novels as much as I do will enjoy the chapter in which he examines the growing prevalence of militarism in pop culture.) Bacevich has written a hugely important book, which I urge all of you to read.