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How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon | Rosa Brooks
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The first serious book to examine what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased. Once, war was a temporary state of affairsa violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today, Americas 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. Today, military personnel dont just kill people and break stuff. Instead, they 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. Rosa Brooks traces this seismic shift in how America wages war from an unconventional perspectivethat of a former top Pentagon official who is the daughter of two anti-war protesters and a human rights activist married to an Army Green Beret. Her experiences lead her to an urgent warning: When the boundaries around war disappear, we risk destroying Americas founding values and the laws and institutions weve builtand undermining the international rules and organizations that keep our world from sliding towards chaos. If Russia and China have recently grown bolder in their foreign adventures, its no accident; US precedents have paved the way for the increasingly unconstrained use of military power by states around the globe. Meanwhile, we continue to pile new tasks onto the military, making it increasingly ill-prepared for the threats America will face in the years to come. By turns a memoir, a work of journalism, a scholarly exploration into history, anthropology and law, and a rallying cry, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything transforms the familiar into the alien, showing us that the culture we inhabit is reshaping us in ways we may suspect, but dont really understand. Its the kind of book that will leave you moved, astonished, and profoundly disturbed, for the world around us is quietly changing beyond recognitionand time is running out to make things right.
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Ddzmini 😠😡 1y
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Maria514626 This makes my brain hurt. 😔 1y
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Lcsmcat That would stop a lot of wars. 1y
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#31bookpics #currentlyreading

And on my phone, I'm reading "Yes We (Still) Can" by Dan Pfeifer.

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Mr. Z and I had a little date night at the library and got a nice stack. Of course, I was just mentioning yesterday that I need to read more from my shelves. Oops. #libraryhaul

Hooked_on_books Yup, I have the same problem. The library is just so alluring with all those choices! 3y
BBooks The Grownup is really good and quick read. Flynn just gets better and better 3y
EvieBee I try to do that but those library books keep calling! Lovely stack. 3y
Zelma @BBooks looking forward to it. I wasn't a fan of Gone Girl and I'm not into psychological thrillers, but the reviews of this were intriguing. Plus it's short! 😆 3y
Zelma @Hooked_on_books @EvieBee84 thanks! It's like the library is full of new, shiny things and I wander in like the dog from Up...walking along..."Squirrel!" 3y
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Heard the author on NPR. I'm excited to read it

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