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The Forty Years War

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s/t: The Neocon Ascendancy from Nixon's Fall to the Invasion of Iraq

In this groundbreaking book, renowned investigative writers Len Colodny and Tom Shachtman chronicle the little-understood evolution of the neoconservative movement—from its birth as a rogue insurgency in the Nixon White House through its ascent to full and controversial control of America's foreign policy

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Harper (first published December 1st 2009)
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May 11, 2015 11 rated it liked it
A bit dry in parts, but this was overall a satisfactory explanation to me for the origins of the "Neocons" (i.e. Neo-conservative Republicans in the American political system)- with particular attention to their worldview (essentially America-centric, embracing the ideas of American exceptionalism, and a "might makes right" attitude which is enamored of any application of military force, and disdainful of diplomacy as inherently weak and compromising). The short answer is that most of their idea ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Tom rated it it was ok
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A ton of names and events get thrown at you (a full third of the book about Nixon and Watergate) in order to prove a point about Fritz Kramer and the neocon agenda. The same point could have been made with less detail and more analysis.
Ann Cardwell
Jan 21, 2016 Ann Cardwell rated it it was amazing
Very interesting behind the scenes look at the rise of the neocons. Most informative.................and a bit scary.
Sharon Anne Beers
Feb 18, 2016 Sharon Anne Beers rated it liked it
Interesting overview of the backgrounds and ideology of the most prominent neocons.
Apr 12, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it
Outstanding books. Almost reads like a conspiracy theory book in the way it links together events in history that you didn't not know were linked. Authors are legit though and the subject matter is pretty important for understanding our current political climate.
May 25, 2013 Dudley rated it it was amazing
Very good and detailed examination of the past forty years of the neocons and the abuse of power that occurred during most every administration starting.
Jul 19, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Interesting history of the Neo-Con movement in foreign policy.
Mar 17, 2014 Bobbie57 rated it really liked it
This book is well written and tremendously informative.
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Danger Room guy's dad.
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