The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II

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Essays by a diverse and distinguished group of historians, political scientists, and sociologists examine the alarms, emergencies, controversies, and confusions that have characterized America's Cold War, the post-Cold War interval of the 1990s, and today's "Global War on Terror." The developments of this "Long War" have left their imprint on virtually every aspect of American life, and by considering the period as a whole, this volume is the first to take a truly comprehensive look at America's response to the national-security crisis touched off by the events of World War II.
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Editorial Reviews

Major; Proceedings - Stephanie D. Halcrow
A remarkable collection.
The International History Review - Thorsten B. Olesen

A welcome antidote to much of the traditional historiography that takes its cues from the official paradigms of US security policy.

Proceedings - Major Stephanie D. Halcrow

A remarkable collection.


A remarkable collection.

— Major Stephanie D. Halcrow, U.S. Air Force

The Journal of Cold War Studies

A valuable resource.

The International History Review
A welcome antidote to much of the traditional historiography that takes its cues from the official paradigms of US security policy.

— Thorsten B. Olesen

Marilyn B. Young

Bacevich has produced a volume that illuminates the present as much as it does the past... A fine work of history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231131582
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton. His most recent book is The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Liberation or Dominance? The Ideology of U.S. National Security Policy Arnold A. Offner 1

2 Variations on the American Way of War James Kurth 53

3 The Politics of Conventional Warfare in an Unconventional Age George H. Quester 99

4 Shield and Sword U.S. Strategic Forces and Doctrine Since 1945 Tami Davis Biddle 137

5 Elusive Bargain The Pattern of U.S. Civil-Military Relations Since World War II Andrew J. Bacevich 207

6 The Evolution of the National Security State Ubiquitous and Endless Anna Kasten Nelson 265

7 Intelligence for Empire John Prados 302

8 The Military-Industrial Complex Lobby and Trope Alex Roland 335

9 Paying for Global Power Costs and Benefits of Postwar U.S. Military Spending Benjamin O. Fordham 371

10 The Changing Moral Contract for Military Service James Burk 405

11 American Insecurity Dissent from the "Long War" Charles Chatfield 456

12 The "Good" War National Security and American Culture William L. O'Neill 517

List of Contributors 551

Index 555

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