How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

Tales from the Pentagon

Author: Rosa Brooks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476777888

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

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“A dynamic work of reportage” (The New York Times) written “with clarity and...wit” (The New York Times Book Review) about what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased. Once, war was a temporary state of affairs. Today, America’s wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Military personnel now analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates. You name it, the military does it. In this “ambitious and astute” (The Washington Post) work, Rosa Brooks “provides a masterful analysis” (San Francisco Chronicle) of this seismic shift in how America wages war from an unconventional perspective—that of a former top Pentagon official who is the daughter of two anti-war protesters and married to an Army Green Beret. By turns a memoir, a work of journalism, a scholarly exploration of history, anthropology, and law, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything is an “illuminating” (The New York Times), “eloquent” (The Boston Globe), “courageous” (US News & World Report), and “essential” (The Dallas Morning News) examination of the role of the military today. Above all, it is a rallying cry, for Brooks issues an urgent warning: When the boundaries around war disappear, we undermine both America’s founding values and the international rules and organizations that keep our world from sliding towards chaos.

War and Warfare since 1945

Author: Sterling M. Pavelec

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351706861

Category: History

Page: 174

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Beginning with an exploration into the question of what war is, War and Warfare since 1945 provides a chronological analysis of military history since the end of World War II extending through to an analysis of the limits of modern warfare in the nuclear age with the purpose of examining why war occurs and how it is carried out. Among the types of conflict considered within the book are: state conflicts civil wars proxy wars terrorism and counterterrorism insurgency genocide. Both theoretical and historical, War and Warfare since 1945 also explores the definitions, ethics, morals, and effects of the use of militaries in and after war, and puts forward important questions about how wars are resolved. The wars discussed include the first Arab-Israeli War, the Chinese Civil War, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq war. The book concludes with an investigation into modern war and speculation on the changing face of warfare.

Traumatic Imprints

Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War

Author: Noah Tsika

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520969928

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Forced to contend with unprecedented levels of psychological trauma during World War II, the United States military began sponsoring a series of nontheatrical films designed to educate and even rehabilitate soldiers and civilians alike. Traumatic Imprints traces the development of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic approaches to wartime trauma by the United States military, along with links to formal and narrative developments in military and civilian filmmaking. Offering close readings of a series of films alongside analysis of period scholarship in psychiatry and bolstered by research in trauma theory and documentary studies, Noah Tsika argues that trauma was foundational in postwar American culture. Examining wartime and postwar debates about the use of cinema as a vehicle for studying, publicizing, and even what has been termed “working through” war trauma, this book is an original contribution to scholarship on the military-industrial complex.

American Patriot

The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day

Author: Robert Coram

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316007595

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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During the course of his military career, Bud Day won every available combat medal, escaped death on no less than seven occasions, and spent 67 months as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, along with John McCain. Despite sustained torture, Day would not break. He became a hero to POWs everywhere--a man who fought without pause, not a prisoner of war, but a prisoner at war. Upon his return, passed over for promotion to Brigadier General, Day retired. But years later, with his children grown and a lifetime of service to his country behind him, he would engage in another battle, this one against an opponent he never had expected: his own country. On his side would be the hundreds of thousands of veterans who had fought for America only to be betrayed. And what would happen next would make Bud Day an even greater legend.

Grand theft Pentagon

tales of corruption and profiteering in the war on terror

Author: Jeffrey St. Clair

Publisher: Common Courage Pr

ISBN: 9781567513363

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 329

View: 7457


An explosive account of how a handful of arms-makers feast at the nearly limitless Pentagon trough.

The Audacity Of Hype

Bewilderment, sleaze and other tales of the 21st century

Author: Armando Iannucci

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748114777

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 6791


In THE AUDACITY OF HYPE, Armando Iannucci cuts straight to the heart of the insanity and sherbet-headed nonsense of modern life. THE AUDACITY OF HYPE brings together his views on diverse subjects, ranging from wickedly funny pen portraits of the sometimes loveable, usually despicable chumps who like to think of themselves as our political elite, and their bonkers schemes to save the world that are in fact likely to do us more harm than a pile of witches, to WMD, disaster movies, the pitfalls of 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' and the high and mighty rhetoric of Obama, this is an absurdly entertaining and utterly indispensable collection from one of Britain's most brilliant satirists.

Wacko War

Strange Tales from America, 1941-1945

Author: John Hammond Moore

Publisher: Ivy House Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781571972866

Category: History

Page: 199

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A unique and often lighthearted look at the American experience, Wacko War: Strange Tales from America, 1941-1945, is a collection of thirteen bizarre-but-true stories from World War II. The anecdotes included cover a wide range of topics, from plans to recruit bats, dogs, pigeons, and cats for military service to problems with German POWs who talked too much. Read about schemes to transform subchasers into miniature (but ineffective) aircraft carriers and experiments in a variety of bizarre training and spying techniques. Learn how the government dealt with problems arising from the housing of German and Italian POWs on U.S. soil. Discover bizarre, seldom-discussed spying and training techniques, as well as the shocking results of extremely personal surveys given to American soldiers stationed in Italy. Find out the origins of mysteries such as the "Bermuda Triangle" and "Philadelphia Experiment," and much more. With a fresh perspective and unfaltering honesty, Wacko War manages to cast World War II in a whole new light. Book jacket.