Bacevich, a retired military officer and historian, asks the question,’ How did we come to a permanent state of war?’ For me, the take home message was not the how we got there but what to do now. As a nation we have a heritage of self reliance, democratic institutions, responsible citizenship, and resilient, responsive foreign policy. The cure is convincing, even if I do not agree with every step in the diagnosis of how we got here. The alternative as Bacevich sees it is continually expanding military commitments leading to bankruptcy and dependence - financial, moral, and ultimately military bankruptcy. It is sobering to contemplate the cost of our current international commitments.
Structure and language are interesting and engaging. The story is told in circles around specific points in time before during and after WWI. Set among the English aristocracy, its biases and racial stereotypes place it in another world but oddly familiar. I have no idea what the HBO miniseries is like. The book is enough.
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