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Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War" and "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism and The New American Militarism." His writing has appeared in "Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post," and "The Wall Street Journal." He holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University, and taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University prior to joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998. He is the recipient of a Lannan Award and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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""Washington Rules" is a tough-minded, bracing and intelligent polemic against some 60 years of American militarism. . . . As foreign policy debates in the run-up to the November elections degenerate into Muslim-bashing bombast, the country is lucky to have a fierce, smart peacemonger like Bacevich."--"New York Times Book Review" "Eloquent and, above all, passionate. . . Any serious foreign-policy thinker should heed his call."--"Newsweek""" "Brilliant. . . A convincing critique of America's conduct of war since 1941. . . . Bacevich advocates a more level-headed assessment of danger, advice all the more cogent since it comes from a former soldier."--"Washington Post" "A reader doesn't have to be a policy wonk to appreciate Bacevich's methodical analysis. It's a reality check: crisp, cogent and straightforward."--"The Buffalo News" "Engaging and insightful. . . A timely analysis and critique of contemporary and historical defense policies. His writing style is anything but wonkish, and he is great at the clever turn of phrase. . . . Thought provoking."--"The Washington Times" "Bacevich, who has excellent credentials and writes with authority about military strategy and international politics, deserves a hearing."--"The Boston Globe" Bacevich hits upon a truth that cannot be dismissed. . . Eloquent and damning. . . impressively reader-friendly. Bacevich writes with a gut-wrenching honesty that gives his charges a credibility frequently missing in pop denunciations of America's imperial outreach. . . . One of the best accounts we have of our childlike dependence on the security war-making seems to offer but never quite delivers."--"Commonweal""Bacevich comes with more than just book smarts to question American military power. . . Bacevich is right: there is something un-American about maintaining a huge presence around the world and pursuing endless war without sharp focus or clear goals."--"Air Force Times" "Passionate, personal, and polemical. . .

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