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Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex

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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
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Published January 17th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published January 17th 2010)
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Margaret Sankey
Jul 30, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
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
Harrison
Jul 26, 2013 Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steven
Jun 30, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, cogent analysis. Everything I expected - the book does what it sets out to do, and does it very well!
Mof
Dec 26, 2013 Mof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A review of the origins of the idea and the phrase Military Industrial Complex. Not much new but a good read.
Chris
May 09, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A thought-provoking review and analysis of Pres. Eisenhower's farewell address.
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Aug 25, 2011 Carolyn marked it as to-read
Heard a compelling interview with the author, James Ledbetter, on NPR.
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