The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

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W.W. Norton, 2008 - History - 311 pages
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Apart from its tragic human toll, the Iraq War will be staggeringly expensive in financial terms. This sobering study by Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda J. Bilmes casts a spotlight on expense items that have been hidden from the U.S. taxpayer, including not only big-ticket items like replacing military equipment (being used up at six times the peacetime rate) but also the cost of caring for thousands of wounded veterans—for the rest of their lives. Shifting to a global focus, the authors investigate the cost in lives and economic damage within Iraq and the region. Finally, with the chilling precision of an actuary, the authors measure what the U.S. taxpayer's money would have produced if instead it had been invested in the further growth of the U.S. economy. Written in language as simple as the details are disturbing, this book will forever change the way we think about the war.

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Review: The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

User Review  - Farfignugen - Goodreads

A depressing examination of the inefficiency, lies, profiteering, and deceit that characterize the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Reading this book will likely make one lose all faith in the ability of ... Read full review

Review: The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

User Review  - Luis - Goodreads

Stiglitz and Bilmes horrifyingly yet magnificently shatter all doubt about corruption and negligence in the Iraq War. Their book should be required reading at every college and university. Read full review

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Joseph E. Stiglitz, of Columbia University, was chairman of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and served as senior vice-president and chief economist at the World Bank.

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