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Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Before World War II it spent almost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes. You can't have big wars without big governme Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Before World War II it spent almost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes. You can't have big wars without big government. Such big expenditures are now threatening to harm the national economy. How did this situation come to be? In this book you'll learn how in the critical twenty years after World War II the United States changed from being a continental democratic republic to a global imperial superpower. Since then nothing has ever been the same again. In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today. By buying this book you will discover: - How the end of European colonialism created a power vacuum that the United States used to create a new type of world empire backed by the most powerful military force in human history. - Why the Central Intelligence Agency was created and used to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations when the United States Constitution had no mechanism for such imperial activities. - How national security bureaucrats got President Harry Truman to approve of a new wild budget busting arms race after World War II that is still going on to this day. - Why President Eisenhower really gave his famous warning against the "military-industrial complex." - Why during the Kennedy administration the nuclear arms race almost led to the end of the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis. - How President Kennedy tried to deal with what had grown into a "permanent government" of power elite national security bureaucrats in the executive branch of the federal government that had become more powerful than the individual president himself. In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today.


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Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Before World War II it spent almost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes. You can't have big wars without big governme Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Before World War II it spent almost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes. You can't have big wars without big government. Such big expenditures are now threatening to harm the national economy. How did this situation come to be? In this book you'll learn how in the critical twenty years after World War II the United States changed from being a continental democratic republic to a global imperial superpower. Since then nothing has ever been the same again. In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today. By buying this book you will discover: - How the end of European colonialism created a power vacuum that the United States used to create a new type of world empire backed by the most powerful military force in human history. - Why the Central Intelligence Agency was created and used to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations when the United States Constitution had no mechanism for such imperial activities. - How national security bureaucrats got President Harry Truman to approve of a new wild budget busting arms race after World War II that is still going on to this day. - Why President Eisenhower really gave his famous warning against the "military-industrial complex." - Why during the Kennedy administration the nuclear arms race almost led to the end of the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis. - How President Kennedy tried to deal with what had grown into a "permanent government" of power elite national security bureaucrats in the executive branch of the federal government that had become more powerful than the individual president himself. In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today.

30 review for The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963

  1. 4 out of 5

    Howard Ross

    Very detailed view of the "War State" and the resulting foreign policy decisions of the Cold War Before reading this book, I attended a class called American Foreign & Military Policy at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In that class we discussed NSC68, communist containment strategies of the Cold War and balances of power that influenced policy making at the foreign, and domestic levels. I was never able to keep up with the assigned readings in class as there were too many to read in a s Very detailed view of the "War State" and the resulting foreign policy decisions of the Cold War Before reading this book, I attended a class called American Foreign & Military Policy at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In that class we discussed NSC68, communist containment strategies of the Cold War and balances of power that influenced policy making at the foreign, and domestic levels. I was never able to keep up with the assigned readings in class as there were too many to read in a short amount of time and naturally, classified government documents are a boring/complex read. This book encompasses everything I learned in a 9-week long semester ($700 price tag) in just 413 pages ($20 price tag) and the book provided far more depth and clarification. I finished this book knowing far more about the Cold War and foreign policy than when I began reading it. I completed this book in about a week of casual reading (just for leisure) and it was so compelling that I couldn't put it down. It's obvious that Michael Swanson spent his time combing through primary sources (the boring ones I mentioned before ie. NSC68) and secondary sources where he gathered first-hand accounts of interactions between cabinet members of the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations. Swanson is a true historian that appears to have a real passion for history. It shows in his precise presentation of post-WWII and Cold War policy and it's connection to the military industrial complex. I can't wait to read more of Swanson's work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abe Aamidor

    A curious, decades-old book, seemingly written by a political Conservative (perhaps Libertarian) who nevertheless constantly warns the reader about the military-industrial complex after WWII, and uses Eisenhower's thinking to buttress his case. Documentation overall is pretty good - I don't mean to demean the author. I did not like his writing style, which is very much like some armchair philosopher pontificating on various points, very didactic and chummy at the same time, and almost preachy at A curious, decades-old book, seemingly written by a political Conservative (perhaps Libertarian) who nevertheless constantly warns the reader about the military-industrial complex after WWII, and uses Eisenhower's thinking to buttress his case. Documentation overall is pretty good - I don't mean to demean the author. I did not like his writing style, which is very much like some armchair philosopher pontificating on various points, very didactic and chummy at the same time, and almost preachy at times. Methinks the author was not a professional historian, but likely had read up on his subject.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janice K Wong

    Excellent. Fascinating back story on the Cuban missile crisis. I had know idea how close we came to nuclear war! I remember my grade school teacher telling us about Eisenhower's warning about the military industrial complex. This book explains it very well. It is worthwhile reading, especially with today's world events and wars breaking out everywhere in the Middle East. Excellent. Fascinating back story on the Cuban missile crisis. I had know idea how close we came to nuclear war! I remember my grade school teacher telling us about Eisenhower's warning about the military industrial complex. This book explains it very well. It is worthwhile reading, especially with today's world events and wars breaking out everywhere in the Middle East.

  4. 5 out of 5

    josh Shatzer

    Great read for anyone who wants the historical background into the Cold War that you will probably not hear in your high school history class.

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