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Posted November 1, 2013
Return of the Citizen Soldier?...
This is a controversial book. It is a very important one, too. It is the story of America's military from the conscript days of Vietnam to today's professional army, as told by a former West Point career officer who now teaches at Boston University. The book is fearless in laying bare moral issues that are impossible for any self-respecting citizen to duck. Is it true, as Bacevich claims, that "Americans resist any definition of civic duty that threatens to crimp lifestyles"? "America's professional army," the author argues,"has proven to be astonishingly durable, if also astonishingly expensive. Yet when dispatched to Iraq and Afghanistan, it has proven incapable of winning. With victory beyond reach, the ostensible imperatives of U.S. security have consigned the nation's warrior elite to something akin to perpetual war." This is a challenging, well researched, clearly presented, provocative read that is well worth your attention. Personally, I'm glad I moved on this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.