Tom Engelhardt is a national treasure. To attempt to describe this book in a paragraph or two would be to do author and reader a disservice, for its leading virtues are context and nuance, both of which would be lost in a brief review (as they have been long lost from our mainstream media). If you want to know what our ongoing wars are really about - and to appreciate how much the US has always had wars going on - read this book. I thought I understood the subjects he writes about - I focused on international law at Harvard Law School, have lectured on diplomatic and legal history at universities in the US and abroad, and have had books published on these subjects by major trade and academic publishers - but I doubled my knowledge with this book. READ THIS BOOK.