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Sunday, April 24, 2005

the Militarization of Amerika

Tom's Dispatch - an excellent site I really ought to link to - has an extensive look at an interesting new book by conservative scholar and military veteran Andrew Bacevich on how the United States has become a military state similar to ancient Rome
Andrew Bacevich on the New American Militarism

3 comments:

davenoon said...

Becevich is really interesting -- I use his book "American Empire" (2002) in my upper-division courses, and it's a great read. He *is* quite conservative in most every other respect (there's a chapter in AE complaining about multiculturalism), but it's set within a larger critique of American culture that includes virtually everyone, so at least he's non-partisan... I din't realize he had a new book out; must resist the urge to buy it right now, as that might take away from my time with Site Meter...

Unknown said...

If I didn't already have a half a dozen books lined up to review for the paper between now and the end of June and a big feature on the famous Hachiko statue - about which I will blog later - I'd seriously think about trying to get a copy of Becevich's book and reviewing it, even if it did take me away from Site Meter momentarily.
Any thoughts on Chalmers Johnson's newest? I've heard good things.

davenoon said...

Empire of Sorrows? It's great, though some of its research is a little unusual, especially for someone who's actually a scholar... I don't know if Counterpunch is necessarily the best source of information, even though I read and enjoy it -- it's just odd to find an old Cold Warrior citing alternative journalism.... But I highly recommend it. If you're into the whole imperialism thing, you might also check out America Alone, by Jonathan Clarke and . . . someone else. Anyway, they're conservatives who loathe the current administration's supplication to the neoconservative vision of national greatness.