The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon

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Voyageur Press, Oct 3, 2008 - History - 384 pages

The Pentagon has been called many things by many people, but to those who work there, directing the defense of the United States, it is simply the Building. Monumental in its five-pointed symmetry, the massive five-sided, five-story structure encompasses over six million square feet of floor space and covers twenty-nine acres of formerly swampy ground.

There has always been much more to the Pentagon than concrete, limestone and steel. In The Pentagon, veteran defense writer and novelist David Alexander delivers the inside story on the people who have brought the Building to life, from army chief of staff General George Marshall and Secretary of War Henry Stimson, charged with creating a force that could defeat Germany and Japan, to the whiz kids brought to the Pentagon by Kennedy s Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara. Alexander's look down the corridors of power unfolds the modern history of the American defense establishment, its personalities and politics, and the evolving role that the Pentagon has played in our national security.

From its initial design to its restoration after the attack of 9/11, this book tells the story of the Pentagon as it is inextricably linked to the story of American power and strength.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO A Prisoner of Destiny
27
CHAPTER THREE A Shattered Peace
37
CHAPTER FOUR The BloodDimmed Tide
55
CHAPTER FIVE The Building Goes Up
69
CHAPTER SIX On the Brink of War
81
CHAPTER SEVEN The Nation Goes to War
91
CHAPTER EIGHT The U S War Machine in World War II
99
CHAPTER TEN An Armed Truce
127
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Pentagon Before and After
245
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The War on the Budget
267
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Gravity of the Threat
275
CHAPTER NINETEEN A Shrine on the Field of Mars
287
CHAPTER TWENTY Prep with Steel
303
CHAPTER TWENTYONE Discontinuities of Government
315
APPENDIX A Timeline of Critical Events in This Book
341
APPENDIX B Secretaries of Defense and Chairmen of
351

CHAPTER ELEVEN Credible Deterrents
167
CHAPTER TWELVE A New Era Begins
191
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Before During and After the Gulf War
201
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Shock and Awe
229
SELECT SOURCE MATERIALS
367
INDEX
373
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David Alexander is a veteran military author and defense journalist. Alexander s byline has become synonymous with insightful nonfiction as well as gripping fiction to readers the world over. The Richmond Observer called him the king of action-adventure writing. His growing list of media appearances includes C-SPAN and numerous radio talk shows. Alexander lives in Brooklyn. www.davidalexanderbooks.com

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