Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (Hardcover)

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    Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, served for twenty-three years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is the author of Washington Rules, The Limits of Power, and The New American Militarism, among other books. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

    A blistering critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power and Washington Rules

    The United States has been “at war” in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between America’s soldiers and veterans and the society in whose name they fight. For ordinary citizens, as former secretary of defense Robert Gates has acknowledged, armed conflict has become an “abstraction” and military service “something for other people to do.”

    In Breach of Trust, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.

    Citing figures as diverse as the martyr-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the marine-turned-anti-warrior Smedley Butler, Breach of Trust summons Americans to restore that principle. Rather than something for “other people” to do, national defense should become the business of “we the people.” Should Americans refuse to shoulder this responsibility, Bacevich warns, the prospect of endless war, waged by a “foreign legion” of professionals and contractor-mercenaries, beckons. So too does bankruptcy—moral as well as fiscal.


    ISBN 9780805082968
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 238
    Publisher Date 2013-09-10 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Metropolitan Books
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.8 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
    Series Name American Empire Project
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Bacevich, Andrew J.

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