The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 16, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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From the New York Times’s veteran foreign policy editorialist, a lucid analysis of the harm caused by America’s increasingly misdirected national security state

America is trapped in a state of war that has consumed our national life since before Pearl Harbor. Over seven decades and several bloody wars, Democratic and Republican politicians alike have assembled an increasingly complicated, ineffective, and outdated network of security services. Yet this pursuit has not
only damaged our democratic institutions and undermined our economic strengths; it has fundamentally failed to make us safer.

In The Emergency State, senior New York Times writer David C. Unger reveals the hidden costs of America’s bipartisan obsession with achieving absolute national security and traces a series of missed opportunities—from the end of World War II through the presidency of Barack Obama—when we could have rethought our defense strategy but did not. Provocative, insightful, and refreshingly nonpartisan, this is the definitive untold story of how America became so vulnerable—and how it can build real security again.
  

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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

The author shows the United States to be a captive of its Golden Age, and what an age it was. 1950's America was the world's military and industrial leader, the dollar was the de facto world currency ... Read full review

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This book is an excellent review of recent American history, written with the slant of the demise of democracy. Whether or not you agree with the author's assessment or viewpoint, you'll fill in any ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1892
Losing Our
1904
The Godfather
1909
The Framing 0f the Permanent Emergency State CHAPTER 4 Runaway Train
1946
Belated Realism
1954
Tunnel Yision CHAPTER 7 Emergency Repairs
1965
Damage Control
1959
A Different Path
1965
Bridge to Nowhere
2004
Come the Destroyer
1996
Hope Abandoned
2006
Beyond the Emergency State
2011
Conclusion
2021
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

The President We Wanted
1983
Soft Landing
1990

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About the author (2012)

David C. Unger has been an editorial writer at the New York Times for more than thirty years and a member of the paper’s editorial board for twenty-four years. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and teaches at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Bologna, Italy.

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