House of War by James Carroll audiobook

House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

By James Carroll
Read by James Carroll

Random House Audio 9780618187805
10.29 Hours 1
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In House of War, the bestselling author James Carroll has created a history of the Pentagon that is both epic and personal. Through Carroll we see how the Pentagon, since its founding, has operated beyond the control of any force in government or society, undermining the very national security it is sworn to protect.From its "birth" on September 11, 1941, through the nuclear buildup of the Cold War and the eventual "shock and awe" of Iraq, Carroll recounts how "the Building" and its officials have achieved what President Eisenhower called "a disastrous rise of misplaced power." This is not faded history. House of War offers a compelling account of the virtues and follies that led America to permanently, and tragically, define itself around war. Carroll shows how the consequences of the American response to September 11, 2001 -– including two wars and an ignited Middle East -– form one end of an arc that stretches from Donald Rumsfeld back to James Forrestal, the first man to occupy the office of secretary of defense in the Pentagon. House of War confronts this dark past so we may understand the current war and forestall the next.

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In House of War, the bestselling author James Carroll has created a history of the Pentagon that is both epic and personal. Through Carroll we see how the Pentagon, since its founding, has operated beyond the control of any force in government or society, undermining the very national security it is sworn to protect.From its "birth" on September 11, 1941, through the nuclear buildup of the Cold War and the eventual "shock and awe" of Iraq, Carroll recounts how "the Building" and its officials have achieved what President Eisenhower called "a disastrous rise of misplaced power." This is not faded history. House of War offers a compelling account of the virtues and follies that led America to permanently, and tragically, define itself around war. Carroll shows how the consequences of the American response to September 11, 2001 -– including two wars and an ignited Middle East -– form one end of an arc that stretches from Donald Rumsfeld back to James Forrestal, the first man to occupy the office of secretary of defense in the Pentagon. House of War confronts this dark past so we may understand the current war and forestall the next.

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Author Bio: James Carroll

Author Bio: James Carroll

James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, and nine works of nonfiction. For twenty-three years he published a weekly op-ed column in the Boston Globe. Other books include the National Book Award–winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine’s Sword, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; House of War, winner of the PEN/Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Carroll is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and an associate of the Mahindras Humanities Center at Harvard University. He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall. Visit him at www.JamesCarroll.net.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English