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Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex
In Dwight D. Eisenhower's last speech as president, on January 17, 1961, he warned America about the "military-industrial complex," a mutual dependency between the nation's industrial base and its military structure that had developed during World War II. After the conflict ended, the nation did not abandon its wartime economy but rather the opposite. Military spending has ...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published January 17th 2011 by Yale University Press
(first published January 17th 2010)
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Another strong series from Yale UP, examining American history through single events or items, this time Eisenhower's Farewell Address. Ledbetter traces the long and complex genesis of the speech from Eisenhower's own religious background, his experience in the early 1930s becoming an expert on military procurement of cobalt and tungsten, the "Chance for Peace" speech, Norman Cousins' work, speechwriter Malcolm Moos (who, as President of the U of Minnesota, was the target of the Honeywell protes ...more
This book gives a great overview of the idea of the military-industrial complex; however, I think more detail could have been included. This book frames the problem well, but it would have been nice to see solutions presented. Overall, it is sobering to understand the grave concern that Dwight Eisenhower, presumably a military man, held toward the strong relationship between the military, private industry, and the federal government.