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The Limits of Power: The End of American Exception

Andrew Bacevich examines the role of the government and the people in America

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Revealing Truths Hidden in Plain Sight

  • Jul 18, 2009
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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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July 18, 2009
Nice review. Sounds like a books I would be interested in.
 
July 18, 2009
nice Martin!! glad to see you jumped right in started contributing. great first review man!!
 
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Author: Andrew Bacevich
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Date Published: August 5, 2008

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