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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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

The buzz about this book has focused on the authors' estimate of the true costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the bulk of the book is a discussion of those costs, but the final chapter is a ... Read full review

The Three Trillion Dollar War is a must read.

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In this important election year each citizen needs to read this book. The authors cut to the chase and define the various ways our government computes expenses. Whether one agrees with the war in Iraq ... Read full review

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Joseph E. Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and the best-selling author of The Price of Inequality, Freefall, and Globalization and Its Discontents. He is a columnist for the New York Times and Project Syndicate and has written for Vanity Fair, Politico, The Atlantic, and Harper's. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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