Andrew Bacevich has accomplished the seemingly impossible--writing an engrossing book that challenges fundamental political assumptions without vilifying the right or the left. He crisply describes many of the decisions that have guided U.S. policies over the past decades. In doing so, he illuminates the incremental changes that have slowly brought us to our current state of affairs. While this is interesting, the most engaging part of the book is his review of those assumptions that never get challenged. Whether military, financial or social, there are many types of assumptions for which the status quo is effectively permanent. These assumptions are so ingrained and taken for granted that we don't often question their rationale. Bacevich expertly describes these policies and fairly accounts for their true costs and benefits. The result is the most thought-provoking book to arrive in a great, long while.
This book reveals camouflaged truths hidden right before our eyes.
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