How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

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"A dynamic work of reportage" ( The New York Times ) written "with clarity and...wit" ( The New York Times Book Review ) about what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.

Once, war was a temporary state of affairs. Today, America's wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Military personnel now analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates. You name it, the military does it.

In this "ambitious and astute" ( The Washington Post ) work, Rosa Brooks "provides a masterful analysis" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) of this seismic shift in how America wages war from an unconventional perspective--that of a former top Pentagon official who is the daughter of two anti-war protesters and married to an Army Green Beret. By turns a memoir, a work of journalism, a scholarly exploration of history, anthropology, and law, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything is an "illuminating" ( The New York Times ), "eloquent" ( The Boston Globe ), "courageous" ( US News & World Report ), and "essential" ( The Dallas Morning News ) examination of the role of the military today. Above all, it is a rallying cry, for Brooks issues an urgent warning: When the boundaries around war disappear, we undermine both America's founding values and the international rules and organizations that keep our world from sliding towards chaos.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2016]
ISBN: 9781476777887
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 13, 2017

"You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."-Leon Trotsky
Perhaps the only positive outcome of 9/11 is that it forced Americans to take a greater interest in the military, the intelligence community, and America's foreign policy. Many books have tried to make sense of the post-9/11 era, and Rosa Brooks's "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything," despite its provocative title, does not add much to the conversation. Brooks's pedigree is impeccable: she's a law professor at Georgetown, a senior fellow at New America, a columnist, and has worked at the Pentagon, the State Department, and for Human Rights Watch. So she knows what she's talking about, but the book covers familiar ground and offers no new insights. It lacks a focus and strong thesis and it jumps all over the map, with some anecdotes from her own experiences clumsily woven in. Her voice, while informed, adopts a somewhat jaunt tone at times, which belies the gravity of the subject. I also think the famous Clausewitz quote about war ("War is nothing but a continuation of politics by other means.") comes up 3 times. My favorite out of context quote, about Lindsay Graham, who is "nowhere near as dumb as he tries to appear." Some more helpful books in navigating the treacherous waters of our current era: "Dirty Wars," "Drfit," "Ghost Wars," and "Black Flags."

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