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Ed

Lincoln, NE, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    For the last half century, as administrations have come and gone, the fundamental assumptions about America's military policy have remained unchanged: American security requires the United States (and us alone) to maintain a permanent armed presence around the globe, to prepare our forces for military operations in far-flung regions, and to be ready to intervene anywhere at any time. In the Obama era, just as in the Bush years, these beliefs remain unquestioned gospel.

    Jonnie says: "Permanent war and insolvency...thanks Washington"
    "A genuine and honest critique"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Parade's End

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not…, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one man’s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade’s End bears out Graham Greene’s prediction that "there is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."

    leora says: "A brilliant, challenging, and valuable work"
    "Insightful and modern"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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