Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

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PublicAffairs, Dec 28, 2010 - Political Science - 304 pages
Enthralling and explosive, Prophets of War is an exposť of America's largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a company could accumulate the kind of power and influence now wielded by this behemoth company.

As a full-service weapons maker, Lockheed Martin receives over 25 billion per year in Pentagon contracts. From aircraft and munitions, to the abysmal Star Wars missile defense program, to the spy satellites that the NSA has used to monitor Americans' phone calls without their knowledge, Lockheed Martin's reaches into all areas of US defense and American life. William Hartung's meticulously researched history follows the company's meteoric growth and explains how this arms industry giant has shaped US foreign policy for decades.

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This highly diversified company whose primary line of business is the sale of Instruments of Death. It is quite amazing how little control the average citizen has over how his hard earned tax dollars are spent or rather wasted in grossly over budget projects that are undertaken by this firm. Read full review

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Probably a magazine article disguised as a book, this falls for every non-fiction writing cliche in existence (start with an anecdote! make it about people!) but it's eye-opening anyway. I look ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

William Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York City.

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