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Breach of Trust (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 24/09/2014
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The United States has been "at war" for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between America's soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For ordinary citizens, as former secretary of defence Robert Gates has acknowledged, armed conflict has become an "abstraction" and military service "something for other people to do." Citing figures as diverse as the martyr-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the marine-turned-anti-warrior Smedley Butler, Breach of Trust summons Americans to restore that principle. Rather than something for "other people" to do, national defence should become the business of "we the people." Should Americans refuse to shoulder this responsibility, Bacevich warns, the prospect of endless war, waged by a "foreign legion" of professionals and contractor - mercenaries, beckons. So too does bankruptcy - moral as well as fiscal.

Publisher: Picador USA
ISBN: 9781250055385
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Scorching...heartbreaking...Bacevich dismantles the warrior myth we civilians and politicians so enjoy worshiping from afar, and replaces that idol with flesh and blood, vulnerable humans, who deserve better than the profligate, wasteful way in which we treat them." --Rachel Maddow, the New York Times Book Revie

"A powerful critique...splendid...Bacevich has written a book that precious few people in Washington will like, at least those people...who are connected in one way or another to what Dwight Eisenhower in 1961 called the 'military-industrial complex.'" --The Washington Post

"Breach of Trust is a necessary and important commentary on modern American life....I can almost guarantee that, in these war-weary times, this timely and informative read will change the way you think." --James Carville, The Hill

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