The New American Militarism

The New American Militarism

How Americans Are Seduced by War

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the origins and implications of the United States' self-proclaimed mission of driving the world-wide embrace of the American way of life in a study of the marriage between militarism and utopian ideals.

Oxford University Press
In this provocative book, Andrew Bacevich warns of a dangerous dual obsession that has taken hold of Americans, conservatives, and liberals alike. It is a marriage of militarism and utopian ideology--of unprecedented military might wed to a blind faith in the universality of American values. This mindset, the author warns, invites endless war and the ever-deepening militarization of U.S. policy. It promises not to perfect but to pervert American ideals and to accelerate the hollowing out of American democracy. As it alienates others, it will leave the United States increasingly isolated. It will end in bankruptcy, moral as well as economic, and in abject failure.

With The New American Militarism, which has been updated with a new Afterword, Bacevich examines the origins and implications of this misguided enterprise. He shows how American militarism emerged as a reaction to the Vietnam War. Various groups in American society--soldiers, politicians on the make, intellectuals, strategists, Christian evangelicals, even purveyors of pop culture--came to see the revival of military power and the celebration of military values as the antidote to all the ills besetting the country as a consequence of Vietnam and the 1960s. The upshot, acutely evident in the aftermath of 9/11, has been a revival of vast ambitions and certainty, this time married to a pronounced affinity for the sword. Bacevich urges us to restore a sense of realism and a sense of proportion to U.S. policy. He proposes, in short, to bring American purposes and American methods--especially with regard to the role of the military--back into harmony with the nation's founding ideals.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780195173383
0195173384
Branch Call Number: 355.0213 BACEV
Characteristics: xvi, 270 pages ; 25 cm

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naturalist
May 02, 2014

Thanks to posts by a member of the Cleveland Public Library: “The Irony of Manifest Destiny : The Tragedy of America's Foreign Policy” ... by .. William Pfaff .......
“The Mission : Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military” ... by ... Dana Priest .....
“America Right or Wrong : An Anatomy of American Nationalism” .. by ... Anatol Lieven ...... “Meeting the Enemy : American Exceptionalism and International Law” .... by .. Natsu Taylor Saito

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StarGladiator
Apr 10, 2014

For Bacevich, the Corporate Fascist State doesn't exist, instead the fairy tale world of celestial democracy, wherever that might be? The militarization of America was accomplished by Wall Street, not Main Street, and all the blather from Bacevich, a most willing participant [another stooge from Johns Hopkins, of course], won't change that fact.

ABCman213 Oct 24, 2011

In terms of information author Andrew J. Bacevich is very insightful. Had a clear inside look of the molding the militarism even going so for as using metaphors to American Classics such as Rambo, A Gangster and a Gentlemen ( one of my personal favorites) and Top Gun perhaps a cult following. Yet prior to that eloquent use of metaphors the language is very direct yet bland. It's as if he's using a military approach to writing, straight, cut and dry. Its as if a robot were writing no my style although the information is invaluable.

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