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The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In the course of his forty-year-career as one of America's most admired journalists, Robert Scheer's work has been praised by Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, and Joan Didion, who deems him "one of the best reporters of our time." Now, Scheer brings a lifetime of wisdom and experience to one of the most overlooked and dangerous issues of our time - the destructive influence of Am ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 9th 2008 by Twelve
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This was, for me, a difficult book to read. It is largely people outside of America, ordinary citizens of developing nations, who suffer the consequences of American military action. It is hard not to get very angry about how y'all allow the wool to be pulled over your eyes by successive administrations, who lie to you and convince you that bombing the crap out of somewhere is going to make your world safer; that overthrowing democratically elected governments, installing puppet dictators like P ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Andrew rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Americans
I listen to Scheer on NPR's Left, Right and Center, where he represents the Left. In PofP, Scheer exposes the corrupt relationship between Defense Contractors and the Federal government, showing it to be a pervasive and bipartisan problem. I might have given it 4 stars if Scheer had included footnotes, a significant oversight for this kind of expose.
Mal Warwick
Pentagon Waste and Fraud, and Who's Really Responsible for Thjem

Books about current affairs, especially those by journalists, rarely keep their edge once the headlines they address have vanished from the news. A 2008 book by former Berkeley activist Robert Scheer’s is a notable exception. Scheer wrote five years ago about the spectacular buildup of the U.S. military machine following 9/11, and his report transcends the facts and circumstances of the story. The Pornography of Power delivers insig
Any book who's first chapter is titled "The Gift of 9/11" is going to strike a chord with me.

Robert explores how the tragedy of 9/11/2001 was exploited by a few to reap significant profits. The numbers are baffling, but seem drawn from well known sources: $2.5 billion each for new nuclear subs, $300 billion for the F-35 project, nearly a hundred extra Globemasters produced beyond what the air force asked for or needed.

The style of the book reminded me of George Monbiot's books or Len Deighton's
With 4000 American soldiers killed and $500 billion spent, now might be a good time to employ the "cut and run" strategy those hawkish caricatures on the right have been robotically lampooning and, then, it wouldn't hurt to apologize to our hosts on the way out. As Mike Gravel soberingly put it, we can walk into a Baskin Robbins in Hanoi and buy ourselves an ice cream cone, or, in other words, so much for losing that other war... But The Pornography of Power isn't about why we're fighting in Ira ...more
I knew some of the events in this book, butputting it all together in one place really got me angry at those who lied us into wars and got rich in the process. I wish everyone who voted for Bush/Cheney would read this and have a heartfelt talk with themselves. Interesting, but a rather dry read.
If you miss Robert Scheer syndicated column in the San Francisco Chronicle, this book is for you. If that is not enough, try

Lucky for Walnut Creek that Scheer spoke at the local Unitarian Church last April!
I wasn't surprised by a lot in this book, being a died in the wool liberal. However, I was impressed with the breadth of research Robert Sheer went to to put together this very cogent argument.
This challenging book meticulously catalogs the money appropriated for defense by the criminals in the Bush administration to fight the so-called “War on Terror.”
This is a mustread book if you are trying to find out why our defense budget dwarfs everything else.
Alec Gray
Must read about the military-industrial underpinnings of Iraq
A good oversight of where the military industrial complex is today.
Very good points, but a little too much opinion mixed in.
Dana Stabenow
I'm sure he's right, but too much of a rant.
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Robert Scheer is an American journalist who writes a column for Truthdig which is nationally syndicated in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle and The Nation. He teaches communications as a professor at the University of Southern California and is Editor in Chief for the online magazine Truthdig.

Scheer was born to immigrant parents. His mother, a Russian Jew, and his father, a German,
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