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Where to Invade Next

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On February 27, 2007, during an interview with Amy Goodman, General Wesley Clark described a 2002 Pentagon conversation in which he was told that America was planning to invade Iraq. From the same source, he learned of a classified memorandum listing six other countries the United States intended to "take out" over the next five years. Most of us will never get to see this ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by McSweeney's
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Jason
Mar 17, 2008 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cautious readers up to speed on their foreign policy
These are the sort of selective-fact essays the US government might concoct to justify the next war.

In light of a recent Esquire magazine article and Admiral William "Fox" Fallon's resignation from Central Command, perhaps the essay on Iran is not far from President Bush's mind.

From McSweeney's Website: Where to Invade Next was "inspired by actual Pentagon documents, which seeks to give a picture of just how our government could create a rationale for its next round of wars. Read them one at a
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Kathleen
This book reminds me of the books on countries that we used to use in elementary school to write reports. Essentially, it provides readers with an overview of the political situation in seven countries: Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea. Brief, informative, and well organized these synopses are fantastic. The recommended courses of action that follow, on the other hand, may make the title of the book seem reasonable. For instance, the editors believe strongly t ...more
Heeju Kim
It's a disconcerting book. When I read the title, I was expecting it to poke fun at the USA's military aggression (and with its dry narration, it sometimes is). On the other hand, its often one-sided retelling of the origins of conflict and the rationale for the country being a danger to the US is unsettling (not to mention its solutions, which include assassination). On the whole, it serves as an interesting starting point for more research into the topics and conflicts mentioned in the book; b ...more
Jurvis
With the Internet and its abundance of view points, it's so easy to put your blinders on, take a seat in the choir and listen to just the sermon you want to hear. If Fox News had published these reports, I wouldn't have known about it and if by some rare chance I had, I would have blown it off as "We slant, you're duped" reporting regardless of how many references they included. Yes, I am a knee-jerk liberal. McSweeney's has done all knee-jerks a favor by putting this out there to snap us out of ...more
Kerri
I'm still trying to formulate my thoughts about this book. There's nothing to be said about its literary merits. It's a pure, dry abstract of countries that are a threat to the U.S. interests. It's meant to be a parody of sorts, but there's no humor to it, and it's composed of facts. It's informative, both in understanding some top level issues regarding the politics of these countries, and also seeing how easily the U.S. govt. could convince the American people of the necessity of aggression wi ...more
Shonna Froebel
This book, apparently based on a comment made General Wesley Clark about future plans by the United States, contains detailed analyses of seven countries that the U.S. considers dangerous and possible plans to deal with them.
The seven countries are Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea. The book is well-researched, reads as plausible, and therefore is rather scary.
The book includes no forward or introduction other than the quote by Clark, and that makes it come acr
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Stephanie
Often McSweeney's titles suffer from assuming the reader is going to get the satire or irony; "Where to Invade Next" does, a bit, as it can all too easily be taken at face value (which is probably the point). In a library setting, it is hard for me to see the right patron picking it up and appreciating it in full.

That being said, this imagined version of a real government document is chilling, and all too convincing. This slim little book is a fascinating look into seven very insular countries,
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Bill
Illuminating information with 100% factual "observations." Irresponsibly published by McSweeney's (everyone's favorite independent publishing house). I've enjoyed Stephen Elliot's other books, but as the editor of this "memo," he should have had the balls to include a disclaimer that the memo is fabricated, despite its probable existence. If someone stumbles upon this book and isn't a regular McSweeney's reader, they'll think its real, and its not, its hypothetical despite its basis in reality. ...more
Jeffrey
The world is a scary place, all around, and reading this book makes me wonder if we all won't be at war with each other forever. A brief read, but interesting, although its presentation as an actual government abstract confuses what it's saying - is it being ironic, and we shouldn't invade these countries? And if it's saying we shouldn't, why not spend some time offering ways to avoid conflict? How about a 'Where not to invade next'?
Sarah
A bit of a dry read, I thought. A quick overview of countries that are dealing with turmoil and pose threats to other countries. They make valid points, however, they also made some suggestions for solving the problem that I think were off balance. They were broad overview suggestions, of course, and would require more detail, but some of their suggestions, I think, would not be safe alternatives.
Tom
This book is hard to swallow. Not fascinating or fun unless you are into this stuff, but an excellent book to keep for reference. These essays look like actual arguments from bush cabinet members on war justifactions for 7 countries. Furthermore, they are very convincing without a touch of irony.
Eric
I read this before going to sleep and sugarplum Rumsfeld danced about my head.
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What is this book trying to accomplish? 2 19 Mar 17, 2008 07:59PM  
Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including Happy Baby, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, as well as a Best Book of 2004 in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, Journal News, and Village Voice. Elliott's writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 & 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writ ...more
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