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Warmaking and American Democracy


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A masterful and engaging book that illuminates the complexity of making war in a democracy. Clearly relevant to contemporary issues of military policy and foreign affairs, it should be read by anyone interested in American military and diplomatic history as well as anyone concerned about the future of the Republic.--H. R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to VietnamA massive, brilliant work that sustains its various themes through some three hundred years of American war fighting. Pearlman conveys a persuasive grasp of the whole, continually makes telling comparisons of recurrent phenomena, and has a special eye for apt quotations. This book may well become a classic.--J. Garry Clifford, author of The First Peacetime DraftThe chapter on World War II is brilliant. Pearlman's focus is splendid, his logic irrefutable, and his reading in sources wonderfully widespread.--Martin Blumenson, author of Patton: The Man Behind the LegendThe chapter on U.S. policy in the Vietnam War is one of the best I have seen--perhaps the best of its kind.--William C. Gibbons, author of The United States Government and the Vietnam WarA major work that makes an invaluable contribution to the literature.--John Chambers, author of To Raise an Army
Essential reading for those who would understand the why of military strategy as well as the what.--Naval War College ReviewA detailed, judicious, highly informative, and sometimes irreverent account of the country's major military conflicts.--Journal of Military HistoryAn insightful and engaging work, and it renders a great service by making the 'American style' of warfare comprehensible without oversimplifying.--The HistorianAll interested in military history should find this volume a valuable addition to their library, both as a fresh explanation of the workings of the U.S. warmaking system and as a fascinating discussion of the rivalries and competitions that developed.--ArmyPearlman provides a broad, synoptic and penetrating study of American warmaking and strategic formulation within the framework of democratic constitutional political institutions.--Military ReviewEssential reading for the military professional and anyone interested n how America goes to war.--ArmorThis is a pathbreaking work, fresh and provocative.--Choice

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