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Posted May 25, 2003
Brief and poignant, and always insightful.
Why Are We At War? is a collection of Mr. Mailer's musings on the state of the union post-9/11, and it's wonderfully written and intellectually engaging. Whether or not you agree with the 'liberal' angle taken in this book (I am much more conservative than Mailer) it is still well worth a read. If you're looking for hardcore evidence or 'proof' regarding the so-called war for oil you should look elsewhere. Most of Mr. Mailer's hard facts are simply borrowed from other prominent, and more exhaustive, sources. However, if you want a great discussion about how Mailer feels, and how many of us feel, in the midst of a war on a faceless enemy, then this monograph will do the trick. Much of the book is set up as a discussion with Mailer¿s close friend, and that unique approach allows the reader to enter into the discussion. Although the title poses the question of the day, Mailer¿s answers are fleeting and inconclusive. Mailer never establishes the 'reason' for the current (and ongoing) incursion, but he tackles the issue head-on. Mailer doesn¿t profess to have all of the answers, and that is the beauty of this book. Turn off the noise, and enter into an honest discussion of an issue that cannot be explained by the pundits, both liberal and conservative, feeding the public pre-packaged ¿truths.¿ None of us can honestly profess to know the true motivations behind this war, but trying to pin down reasons and motives is a laudable, if not trying, affair. Mailer takes the occasion to guide the reader through this debate with style, insight, and, at times, confusion. He¿s one of us after all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.