Seduced By War?

by Joel on August 26, 2006

Recently, I finished reading The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced By War (Oxford University Press: New York, 2005), written by West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, Andrew J. Bacevich. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wonders how and why Americans have been so easily drawn into war in recent decades. Bacevich, currently a professor at Boston University in the Department of International Relations, is a conservative. Among those blamed by Bacevich include significant factions within the Christian right.

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Richard 08.27.06 at 7:43 am

Sounds like it would be well worth reading, Joel. Can you give us a flavour of the argument?


Kim 08.27.06 at 8:45 am

In tandem with Joel’s suggestion, try Anatol Lieven, America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (2004). Lieven is a research fellow at the New American Foundation in Washington, D.C. - so an insider-outsider - and he gives both historical perspective and contemporary analysis about the complex pheomenon of US nationalism in both its “civic” and its “ethnoreligious” (intermixing) forms.


Joel 08.28.06 at 1:43 am


I borrowed the book from my father and read it as his house (some distance away) while my mother was ill. Maybe the next time I’m there I will jot down a few notes. I’m a little reluctant just to rely on my memory.

At that time, maybe I’ll do a full book review.

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