- Taschenbuch: 688 Seiten
- Verlag: Mariner Books; Auflage: Reprint (4. Juni 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0618872019
- ISBN-13: 978-0618872015
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 4,3 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 891.137 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Juni 2007
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House of War is a masterful achievement...[Carroll's] prose is elegant, his viewpoint bold." --Howard Zinn, author of The People's History of the United States
"[Carroll has] the historical depth, elegance of style, and moral complexity to have taken the full measure of [the Pentagon]." --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
"One cannot understand the impact of the Pentagon on US foreign policy...without reading James Carroll's House of War." --Lawrence Korb, former Undersecretary of Defence under Ronald Reagan
[An] unequivocally mesmerizing account. . . . Certain to be one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of the season."
"[James Carroll] brings to shocking life the truth of Randolph Bourne's dictum: 'War is the health of the state.'" --Garry Wills, author of Nixon Agonistes and Henry Adams and the Making of America
"Altogether excellent, and essential for understanding the birth of America's empire." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"An aggressively compelling history." Publishers Weekly, Starred
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar-
in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a
regular contributor to the Daily Beast.
His critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.
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Carroll documents the role and influence that a number of key figures have played in multiple administrations over the course of this historical period. (I will refrain from issuing spoilers, but many readers will wonder why we are all still alive at this point.) His analysis and anecdotes will leave the reader alternatively amused, horrified, and sometimes deeply grieved. There are bright spots in history that provide glimpses of hope. For example, he gives credit to JFK for changing his vector after the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban missile crisis, but this change of strategy was undermined by the expansion of military involvement in Southeast Asia. Carroll also provides an insightful analysis of Gorbachev and Reagan coming close to achieving significant levels of arms reductions, only to be thwarted by Pentagon hawks. The fall of the Soviet Union and the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989 provided a similar opportunity to end cold war paranoia, but the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam furnished fresh grounds to justify the continuing hegemony exerted by the Pentagon on American foreign policy.
I think everyone should read this book. I didn’t say that every American should read this book (although indeed they should) -- I said everyone should read this book, since we on planet Earth are all affected by the Pentagon and the polices that it helps to shape and perpetuate. I would love to see James Carroll update this book with some additional analysis devoted to the current state of affairs in the Middle East, as per late Bush II and Obama administration attempts, accomplishments, and failures.
The next years can make the world a better place or yield a nuclear winter that few will survive. It is up to us, as individuals to choose which!
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