The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
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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.