The book offered a compelling and engaging history of a nation so important to the world in the beginning of the new century.
However, Tanner completely botched the account of the Battle of Mogudishu in 1993 (he states that Pres. Bush called for the withdrawal when it was actually Clinton).
Also, I detected a bit of subtle anti-Israeli sentiment in the epilogue.
His fears of America as a robotic military superpower are slightly absurd. These two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) have proven that boots on the ground will not be replaced by technology in our lifetimes. These so called "robots" are still heavily reliant on human guidance.
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