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Full Spectrum Disorder: The Military in the New American Century

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Goff’s career as an NCO in the Special Forces (Delta Force, US Rangers, Special Ops) took him from the invasions of Panama, Grenada and Haiti, to the training grounds of the Colombian Army (ostensibly in drug interdiction), to a semester as a West Point lecturer, to Mogadishu at the time of the operation immortalized in Black Hawk Down. Unlike the typical soldier’s memoir, ...more
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Published February 2nd 2004 by Soft Skull Press
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Stan
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
How things change, eh.
Jim
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
With the propects of unending wars stretching ahead, and increasing military budgets, Stan Goff illuninates the past and posits a bleak future. Goff retired from Army Special Forces in 1996 after a military career that took him through Vietnam, Grenada, Haiti, Columbia, Panama and Somilia. He taught military science at West Point and pulls no punches in this critique of U.S. foriegn policy and the economc system it serves.
Two quotes from the book: "Soldiers know the concrete possibilities of
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McGrouchpants, Ltd.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of those invaluable documents from an apostastical insider, Stan Goff's second book reveals the day-to-day slog of an average-to-Special-Forces soldiers who has the time, inclination, and experience to "go Left" — the problem here is Imperialism, stupid, and our collective complicity in-and-with it.

Sound boring? It's not. Goff's prose has all the rat-a-tat-tat of Hemingway or Burroughs, and takes you places you'd feel uncomfortable going without a sympathetic guide; rest assured, you'll come
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Adam
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Great book, but very heavy on the theoretical end of things - it snapped me right back into my Poli Sci days at school, and right into the classes I did the worst in...But he makes the material both more realistic and more accessible than any other author I can think of, and besides that, he's got more experience dealing with the reality on the ground than any pundit I can think of.
Jamey
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great book about militarism, masculinities, war, feminism, Haitian history, and the bullshit nature of the U.S. "defense" establishment. Written by an ex-Special Forces officer who was an excellent soldier and can write extremely well.
Matteo
Nov 18, 2007 rated it liked it
i am impressed by Stan Goff - i met him, and had a chance to talk to him. his book has many fascinating insights about the US armed forces, that people on the left ought to be aware of.
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This was really interesting and I'd been meaning to read it (and his first book, Hideous Dream) for years, ever since I read Goff's columns in Counterpunch and on his Feral Scholar blog in the Bush years. It felt a little uneven in some ways: the mix of memoir and revolutionary socialist analysis didn't flow together in a completely smooth stylistic mix, but it was rough mine full of gems.

His own experiences were the most prosaically and best rendered parts, his dialectical analysis less so,
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