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Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Addicted to War takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country. Read Addicted to War to find out who benefits from these military adventures, who pays—and who dies. Over 120,000 copies ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by AK Press (first published 1993)
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Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...
It looks like war is good for business. Plenty of backing examples (Latin America, Middle East...oil, big US companies; the Marines role: "from the Halls on Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli"....etc, etc).

An illustrated dialogue between a mother and a child explains a lot. Very factual, very instructive. Recommended.
Thomas Ray
Addicted to War:
Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism
Updated to include the war in Iraq
3d ed. 2003
ISBN 1904859011
ISBN13 9781904859017
Joel Andreas (publisher)
also available in Spanish

An engaging exposition of crucial truths. Thanks to Steve, Felix, Lars, and the rest of the Madison Veterans for Peace gang for putting up the Memorial Mile, selling books like this, and all they do to spread the word.

“As a veteran of three wars, WWII through Vietnam, with 33 years of Army s
Roxanne Russell
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
A comic strip style history of American aggression and imperialism. It is filled with terrible images, horrifying policies of American diplomacy, and death counts that are shocking. It was incredibly informative, but as usual, being well-informed is depressing. The most useful information was specific facts about the companies most involved in the military industrial complex.
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Oswald by: a woman I met on a flight to Europe
This book needs to replace all of the wretched text books used in schools. This books tells the truth about United States foreign policy. Not only should kids read this, but misinformed adults too.
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Concise comic book, intermixed with real photographs, rendering of United States history since World War II. Loved it. Wish high school history teachers would share it with their students.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Addicted to War, Joel Andreas tackles the hidden and despicable story of the American military-industrial complex in a serious, yet accessible, way.

American militarism has a long, entrenched, depressing history, one full of atrocities, bloodshed, and the sacrifice of American lives. I love my country, and I love being an American, but if we ignore the crimes that our nation has committed, does that make us any better than those we fight? If we teach our children about all of the countless pos
Austin Payette
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book I read was Addicted to war by joel andreas and I thought it was a really good book it was funny and very interesting. It talk about the war in Iraq and how the government spends so much money on war and laws the citizens think are a waste. It also talks about the history of the united states all the way from George Washington and when the first war started with him to present day. This book is good because its based of militarism and how ever part of it effect people in different ways w ...more
This is a comic-style book on the evils of US militarism. The pictures definitely bring a lot to the book, and I think more books should use photos and drawings. It gives us a brief history from the founding of the nation to the present day, focussing on wars, death tolls, destruction, and interference. Throughout, there are quotes by various US figures, who unambiguously tell us what their intention is. Many people do not know of this aspect of the US’s history because it appears to be actively ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This illustrated book briefly discusses the history of American imperialism, much as other similar books have done. The emphasis of this book, however, is really the economic consequences for all of us in the cost of funding the American Empire and the way it affects our standard of living. It also includes a well-researched and important section on ownership of large media, and the reasons that our television channels always root and cheer for war. It's emphasis is current, and it includes info ...more
Bryan Williams
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening account of why there always seems to be war on the agenda in American politics. Well-written and informative with many quotes from former presidents and generals to back up the inferences inside, it will be a good read for people looking to find out more about why the US always seems to be involved in some war or the other.
Ayman Fadel
The peace groups in which I participate distribute this book. It's an easy read which introduces most of the basic premises of the U.S. peace movements. Most residents of the United States will not know the basic facts introduced in this book. It also contains a directory of national peace organizations and a list of references for those who want to take the next step in advocating for peace.
Brandon Lott
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a very quick historical graphic interpretation of the history of our nation's will to go to war with ... everyone.
Tim Franzen
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An obviously well researched comic book with a ton of text. Frames our history with war in America very well. An easy read that I highly recommend.
Ian Forsyth
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shows you what taxes pay for. Shows you what our gov. is made for. Shows you what's fucking up the world
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Its filled with facts, quotes, and comic strips! It's an engaging history that fills in the holes left by your US History classes.
Buddy Bell
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow WOW
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: radical
Great short and illustrated book.
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
quick and easy comic book read of u.s. imperialism throughout our history and its domestic consequences.
Andy Luke
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Endorsed by a dozen academic and cultural heavyweights as a classically valuable educational tool, and I can't help but agree. There's only some good political cartooning. It works because a) it's an astonishingly accomplished collection of research with a consistent voice, and b) presented in simple form, and more: it uses the zine aesthetic of hand-written text, minimal lettering and photo repros to establish an intimate relationship with the reader. A source you'll want to share and consult, ...more
Tasnim Jara
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Written in a comic strip style of a mother talking to her son, it describes events from the last century, the existence of which our history and geography books never even cared to hint! A very short but enlightening read of 70 pages!
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hippies, but only the ones who don't like to read much
Recommended to Kristin by: my brother
While this book had some interesting facts (ie about the amount of money we spend on warfare) and interesting insights about the current war, overall it was nothing more than a piece of propaganda. loaded language and bolded words are used which will throw off any but extreme leftists, or those who don't think for themselves. if you're on the far left, you will love this book, read it. if you're in the middle or somewhere left of middle, go ahead and read it, it's a quick read and isn't all bad. ...more
Joseph Naus
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set forth in an easily digestible form, with great illustrations, but with carefully noted accuracy (it's footnoted like a professional paper) so as to be objective and undeniable in its patent truth, this great little graphic history book tells the story of the truth of our country--a military backed empire based on imperialism and the exportation of American capitalism supported by the media which is owned by Wall Street. It's horrifying, but it's true. I especially appreciate the specific exa ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Not too many graphic novels catch my attention these days but it's kind of hard to resist a comic book endorsed by Noam Chomsky. I can't say I was really blown away with it though. For what it is (basically just a quick little summary of U.S. military corruption that high school kids can read in one sitting) it's definitely not bad. It would really benefit from a couple additional chapters on the problems with our economy's growth imperative and what it would really take to live without dependin ...more
Fernando Morales
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
While this book does highlight certain spending, and certain military history. The view of it is kinda limited, Do we spend too much on our military spending? ... Yes. Did Halliburton get a no bid contract? ... Yes. Have we made mistakes? ... Yes. However We are not the only country that does this, and while the book does mention a few other countries. The U.K. being the most often mention, Russia Federation and China does do the same thing. The simple fact is you really have to hold your politi ...more
Grady Ormsby
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lefties/peaceniks
Recommended to Grady by: Carl Benin
Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism is a comic book written and illustrated by Joel Andreas that could have been inspired by Howad Zinn. It is the people’s story of the United States’ perpetual involvement with war. The battlefields change. The uniforms change. The weapons change. But the lies, deceptions and mendacity are chillingly constant. The answer to the question in the title is simple, money and greed.
The book evokes Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” with
Kevin Jonker
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent primer for anybody interested in learning about America's "little problem." The sad thing is that if the reader is not already inclined to wonder, the book probably won't convince anybody who believes in "My country, right or wrong, or "My country is always right." These are the people who need this book the most, and they won't read it, and if they do read it, they won't be swayed.
Rusden Scott
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, economics
At once eye-opening and accessible. I found myself raising my eyebrows constantly while reading. Several times I remember thinking to myself that this should be required high school reading, and so was pleasantly surprised to learn that it's used as a textbook in many high school and college classes around the country.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war-health
"The greatest injustice is that the people who start the wars are not the ones who fight and die... Unfortunately, the costs of wars are often paid by people who have little to do with starting them."
Waseem Abunnadi
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
By far one of my all time top five books. Amazing and informative read. No other book explains with such wonderful simplicity, accuracy, and truth. I would recommend this to everyone I know. Great Read!
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and very readable introduction to the history of U.S. militarism. I'm definitely going to check out the references to get a deeper and more complete understanding, but this book is a great place to start.
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Joel Andreas is an American author and college professor. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California in Los Angeles, and currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Prior to the publishing of Rise of the Red Engineers in 2009 many of Andreas's published writings had been graphic novels. The first of these was The Incredible Rocky, an unauthorized biography of th