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

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A masterful account of how sixty years of American militarism created the Cold War, fanned decades of conflict, helped fuel Islamist terror, and now threatens to bankrupt the nation.

For most of the twentieth century, the sword has led before the olive branch in American foreign policy, and the United States can no longer afford the dangers provoked. With a struggling econ
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Broadway Books (first published August 2nd 2011)
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John Norton
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book is a liberal critique of the realignment of control of foreign policy mostly from WWII onward. The bias is plain, but I would not consider the work sensational or unfair at all.

This was not such an easy read. It is a work of scholarship, plainly shown as something like 20%+ of the book is bibliographic notes. However, Glain's lack of engaging writing is easily supplanted by all of the interesting facts he uncovers. They're not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, but they're eno
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