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

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Overview

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." This "Long War" has left its imprint on virtually every aspect of American life; by considering it as a whole, The Long War is the first volume to take a truly comprehensive look at America's response to the national-security crisis touched off by the events of World War II.

Contributors consider topics ranging from grand strategy and strategic bombing to ideology and economics and assess the changing American way of war and Hollywood's surprisingly consistent depiction of Americans at war. They evaluate the evolution of the national-security apparatus and the role of dissenters who viewed the myriad activities of that apparatus with dismay. They take a fresh look at the Long War's civic implications and its impact on civil-military relations.

More than a military history, The Long War examines the ideas, policies, and institutions that have developed since the United States claimed the role of global superpower. This protracted crisis has become a seemingly permanent, if not defining aspect of contemporary American life. In breaking down the old and artificial boundaries that have traditionally divided the postwar period into neat historical units, this volume provides a better understanding of the evolution of the United States and U.S. policy since World War II and offers a fresh perspective on our current national security predicament.

Columbia University Press

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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.

Proceedings

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: 9780231131599
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2009
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,243,741
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (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

Andrew J. Bacevich · The Pattern of U.S. Civil-Military Relations Since World War IITami Davis Biddle · U.S. Strategic Forces and Doctrine Since 1945James Burk · The Changing Moral Contract for Military ServiceCharles Chatfield · Dissent from the "Long War"Benjamin O. Fordham · Costs and Benefits of Postwar U.S. Military SpendingJames Kurth · Variations on the American Way of WarAnna Kasten Nelson · The Evolution of the National Security StateWilliam L. O'Neill · National Security and American CultureArnold A. Offner · The Ideology of U.S. National Security PolicyGeorge H. Quester · The Politics of Conventional Warfare in an Unconventional AgeJohn Prados · Intelligence for EmpireAlex Roland · The Military-Industrial Complex

Columbia University Press

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