State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America's Empire
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State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America's Empire

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A masterful account of how sixty years of American militarism created the Cold War, fanned decades of unnecessary conflict, helped to fuel Islamist terror, and threatens to bankrupt the country.

For most of the twentieth century, the sword has led before the olive branch in American foreign policy. In eye-opening fashion, State vs. Defense shows how America truly operates a...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Crown (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lauren Albert
I agree with the previous reviewer's criticisms that the book could have been more nuanced and should have given more of a sense of the "State" side of the story. Glain focuses on the militarization of American foreign affairs (and its history) but gives only statistics and a few anecdotes to show the "de-diplomizing" of affairs. I would have liked to see the subject a bit more as it appears to those working on the "other side". Those statistics and anecdotes are indeed frightening:

“Taxpayers cu...more
Tripp
This is a decent book that could have been great. The premise is wonderful and confronts one of the major foreign policy issues of our day. Today foreign policy is most often conducted by military, not the State department which is supposed to run it. The author's approach to explaining this is why I give it three stars.

The first issues is that the State side is barely ever mentioned. There is a section about Sen. Helms gutting the Foreign Service and USAID, but for the most part, the State Depa...more
Ryan G
I don't have the knowledge or the expertise to review this book on the merits or on the facts, so I'm not even going to try. For the most part, due to my world & political views, I tend to agree with every point this author is making about the disparity between the State and Defense Departments. I agree that for too long this country has let it's military define our global footprint and I think it's time for the State Department to start doing it's job again. Despite my inclination to to agr...more
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