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By James McCartney, Molly Sinclair McCartney

ISBN-10: 1466878762

ISBN-13: 9781466878761

Whilst President Dwight D. Eisenhower ready to depart the White residence in 1961, he did so with an ominous message for the yank humans in regards to the "disastrous rise" of the military-industrial advanced. Fifty years later, the complicated has morphed right into a almost unstoppable battle computing device, one who dictates U.S. fiscal and overseas coverage in a right away and gigantic way.

Based on his studies as an award-winning Washington-based reporter masking nationwide safeguard, James McCartney offers a compelling background, from the chilly struggle to give day that shpws that the matter is much worse and much extra wide-reaching than something Eisenhower may have imaginined. mammoth army has turn into "too titanic to fail" and has grown to envelope the nation's political, cultural and highbrow associations. those facilities of strength and effect, together with the now-complicit White condo and Congress, have a vested curiosity in getting ready and waging pointless wars. The authors pursuasively argue that now not one overseas intervention long ago 50 years has made us or the area safer.

With additions by means of Molly Sinclair McCartney, a fellow journalist with 30 years of expertise, America's warfare desktop offers the context for today's nationwide protection nation and explains what might be performed approximately it.

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