I'm not a boxing enthusiast, but I was, once in my youth, a competitive athlete. I usually listen to my audiobooks only on my bike ride into work. I stayed up two nights in a row, laying in bed listening until I fell asleep. I just had to keep listening even though I knew the outcome from the start.
Born in 1965 to a middle class white family on the West coast, I only taught that Dr. MLK was a “civil rights” leader, until i listened to this book. It is a sad statement about both the black and white communities continue to perpetuate this lie; Dr. King was a “human rights” leader. What I learned from this fabulous book was that for a decade King’s SCLC organization’s efforts, although reported at the national and global level, were almost all focused at a municipal level. It was not until Dr. King threatened the US Government, that his demise was sealed. It is a sad coincidence that three of the most powerful men, MLK, JFK and RFK, that COULD have ended war and brought peace to America’s conscience were all assassinated, to stop that from happening. I’m sure if Dr. King had lived he would have shed a tear when Obama was elected; then wept bitterly just a few weeks later as he organized protests against the additional troops Obama sent to Afghanistan against his progressive campaign promises.
I could have lived without the petty Bush bashing in the first three chapters. But Chapter 4 is a must read. The Bush administration's blatant manipulation of intelligence to scare us into war is criminal, and should be prosecuted. Wake up America. The King is NOT above the law, and must be prosecuted.
As a Marine Officer, Carroll has opened my mind to new ways of viewing Military History! In an effort to understand our current conflicts, I’ve listened to and or read at least 10 books on 911 and the “War on Terror” from many points of view. House of War is simply the BEST,…Period. It’s a documented history of the real defining issues of our times, the Pentagon’s Power, and the Military Industrial Complex’s justification for existence through an “enemy.” This is a must read for every American, but especially those of us born in the aftermath of the A/H bombs, who’ve sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.
Although not mentioned by Carroll, his book brings clarity to the similarities between Operation Northwood and 9/11. We must do something to stop this beast from Hell’s Bottom!
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