Book Forum

The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War

(Oxford University Press, 2005)

May 27, 2005 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT


Featuring the author, Andrew J. Bacevich, Director, Center for International Relations, Boston University, with comments by James Fallows, National Correspondent, Atlantic Monthly, and moderated by Christopher Preble, Director, Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute

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According to Vietnam veteran Andrew J. Bacevich, Americans have become enthralled with military power. This “new American militarism” is manifested by “a romanticized view of soldiers, a tendency to see military power as the truest measure of national greatness, and outsized expectations regarding the efficacy of force.” Bacevich, a West Point graduate, explains the dangers of militarism and points to an alternate course for America that is in “closer harmony with the nation’s founding ideals.” Please join us for a discussion of the book with the author, as well as comments by James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly.