How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

Tales From the Pentagon

Book - 2016
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A former top Pentagon official, daughter of anti-war activists, wife of an Army Green Beret and human rights activist presents a scholarly examination of how a constant state of war is contrary to America's founding values, undermines international rules and compromises future security. --Publisher
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476777863
Branch Call Number: 355 Brooks 2016
Characteristics: viii, 438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 13, 2017

"You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."-Leon Trotsky
Perhaps the only positive outcome of 9/11 is that it forced Americans to take a greater interest in the military, the intelligence community, and America's foreign policy. Many books have tried to make sense of the post-9/11 era, and Rosa Brooks's "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything," despite its provocative title, does not add much to the conversation. Brooks's pedigree is impeccable: she's a law professor at Georgetown, a senior fellow at New America, a columnist, and has worked at the Pentagon, the State Department, and for Human Rights Watch. So she knows what she's talking about, but the book covers familiar ground and offers no new insights. It lacks a focus and strong thesis and it jumps all over the map, with some anecdotes from her own experiences clumsily woven in. Her voice, while informed, adopts a somewhat jaunt tone at times, which belies the gravity of the subject. I also think the famous Clausewitz quote about war ("War is nothing but a continuation of politics by other means.") comes up 3 times. My favorite out of context quote, about Lindsay Graham, who is "nowhere near as dumb as he tries to appear." Some more helpful books in navigating the treacherous waters of our current era: "Dirty Wars," "Drfit," "Ghost Wars," and "Black Flags."


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