The American Way of War

The American Way of War

How Bush's Wars Became Obama's

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The creator of TomDispatch takes a scalpel to the American urge to dominate the globe.

Tom Engelhardt, creator of the vital website, takes a scalpel to the American urge to dominate the globe. Tracing developments from 9/11 to late last night, this is an unforgettable anatomy of a disaster that is yet to end.

Since 2001, Tom Engelhardt has written regular reports for his popular site TomDispatch that have provided badly-needed insight into U.S. militarism and its effects, both at home and abroad. When others were celebrating the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, he warned of the enormous dangers of both occupations.

In The American Way of War, Engelhardt documents Washington’s ongoing commitment to military bases to preserve?and extend?its empire; reveals damning information about the American reliance on airpower, at great cost to civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan; and shows that the US empire has deep historical roots that precede the Bush administration?and continue today into the presidency of Barack Obama.

"Tom Engelhardt provides a clear-eyed examination of U.S. foreign policy in the Bush and Obama years, and details unsparingly how Obama has inherited -- and in many cases exacerbated -- the ills of the Bush era.... an important book for anyone hoping to understand how the U.S. arrived at its current predicament during the Bush years, and how it remains in this predicament despite Obama's best efforts -- or perhaps because of them."
?Daniel Luban, Inter-Press Service

?Tom Engelhardt is among our most trenchant critics of American perpetual war. Like I. F. Stone in the 1960s, he has an uncanny ability to ferret out and see clearly the ugly truths hidden in government reports and statistics. No cynic, he always measures the sordid reality against a bright vision of an America that lives up to its highest ideals.”
?Juan R. Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan

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Englelhardt, a member of The Nation Institute who started and runs its Tom Dispatch political commentary web site, details how the US war machine has once again survived the changing of the guard in Washington DC. He discusses whether America is hooked on war; how it got hit on 9/11; how to garrison a planet; air war, barbarity, and collateral damage; the language of war American style; the Bush legacy: what they did right and what they did wrong; Obama's war; living in the shadow of war; and premature withdrawal. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books ; [Minneapolis, Minn.] : Distribution in the U.S. through Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 2010
ISBN: 1608460711 (alk. paper)
9781608460717 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 355.033573 ENG
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 22 cm


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KEVIN DOWD Sep 22, 2011

very interesting read. You've heard it all before.. but not in one place.

I wish we had handed over the keys right after the Taliban were first deposed.


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