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The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril (Compact Disc)
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In his famous farewell address in 1961, President Eisenhower urgently warned Americans to guard against the "disastrous rise of misplaced power" in the leviathan he dubbed the military-industrial complex. As Eugene Jarecki powerfully portrays in this piercing and necessary book, Eisenhower's worst fears have been realized. The complex has grown so large and powerful, with tendrils reaching so wide and deep into our political system, economy, and culture, that it is dramatically undermining our democracy, fueling an excessive militarism and an imperialist impulse that has propelled the United States into a series of horribly misguided military actions--culminating in the Iraq debacle.
Based on extensive interviews with a who's who of high-level insiders from the Beltway, the Pentagon, and the defense sector, as well as in-depth historical research, Jarecki traces the troubling story of the evolution of the complex and how it so forcefully exerts its corrupting influence. Vital listening at this crucial juncture as the nation grapples with the profound challenge of Iraq, Jarecki's penetrating examination is sure to generate wide acclaim and lively debate.
About the Author
Eugene Jarecki is the acclaimed fimmaker of "The Trials of Hnry Kissinger" and "Why We Fight", winner of the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and a 2006 Peabody Award. He has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and is the founder and director of The Eisenhower Project, an academic public policy group dedicated, in the spirit of Dwight D. Eisnehower, to studying U.S. foreign policy.
DAVID DRUMMOND received an "AudioFile" Earphones award for his very first audiobook narration effort. Since then, he has recorded nearly fifty audiobooks for many different publishers and in many different genres. He lives with his family in Seattle.
"As timely as today's headlines.... [Jarecki] knows how to ask the important questions, and he keeps asking until he gets the answers." ---Senator Patrick Leahy