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House of War The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

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ISBN-10: 0618872019

ISBN-13: 9780618872015

Edition: 2006

Authors: James Carroll

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In House of War, the best-selling author James Carroll has created a history of the Pentagon that is both epic and personal. Through Carroll we see how the Pentagon, since its founding, has operated beyond the control of any force in government or society, undermining the very national security it is sworn to protect.From its "birth" on September 11, 1941, through the nuclear buildup of the Cold War and the eventual "shock and awe" of Iraq, Carroll recounts how "the Building" and its officials have achieved what President Eisenhower called "a disastrous rise of misplaced power." This is not faded history. House of War offers a compelling account of the virtues and follies that led America…    
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

James Carroll is the author of nine novels & the memoir "An American Requiem," which won the National Book Award. His essays on culture & politics appear weekly in the "Boston Globe." He wrote "Constantine's Sword" while on fellowships at Harvard University. Before becoming a writer, Carroll was a Catholic priest. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prologue
The Invisible Boy
One Week in 1943
Hell's Bottom
Unconditional Surrender
Operation Pointblank
Le May
The Whiz Kid
Leslie Groves Does It All
The Other September 11s
The Absolute Weapon
Truman's "Decision."
Stimson's Defense
Not Japan, but Moscow?
Atomic Forgetfulness
Groves's Toboggan
The Second Coming in Wrath
The Hamburg Threshold
After Dresden
The Babe Ruth of Bombers
Born in Original Sin
The Cold War Begins
Tendered a Commission
Stimson's September 11
Forrestal Agonistes
Kennan's Mistake
Foundational Paranoia
War Inside the Pentagon
Blockade and the Birth of the Air Force
The Russians Are Coming
Navy Versus Air Force
That Cop
Self-Fulfilling Paranoia
Stalin's Teeth
No to the Hydrogen Bomb
Nitze to the Rescue
Forrestal's Ghost: NSC-68
Korea Saved Us
Truman's Other Decision
The Test
Duck and Cover
Massive Retaliation
The Missed Opportunity
Defense Intellectuals
Operation Top Hat
The Gaither Report: Nitze Again
The Turning Point
Life of the Pentagon
A Lark in Berlin
There Will Be War
Head to Richmond
Let Both Sides
The Need for New Intelligence
McNamara and LeMay
All-Out Spasm Attack
The Kaysen Memos
Edge of the Abyss
At American University
Why We Love Him
The Exorcism
Present at the Destruction
LeMay to the Absurd
Errors of the Mind
Great White Whale
McNamaras Endgame
From Disarmament to Arms Control
The Berrigan Brothers
Enter the ABM, Reenter Nitze
Nixon and Laird
Knockout Blow
Bombing the Pentagon? Not with a Bang
Upstream
Nuclear Priesthood
The Madman Theory
The Schlesinger Doctrine
Enter Rumsfeld and Cheney
Jimmy Carter's Question
The Frozen Smile
The People Are Heard
Be Not Afraid
We Win, You Lose, Sign Here
The Freeze
The Abolitionist
Sanctuary
Enter Gorbachev
Answer to Forrestal
Unending War
Into Plowshares
Back to Stimson
Operation Just Cause
Fool's Game
New World Order
The Chinese Word
Goldwater-Nichols
The Immigrant's Son
Clinton's Honor
Gays in the Military
The Real Contrast with Truman
The Nuclear Posture Review
The Balkan Wars
Apostolic Succession
September 11, 2001
Epilogue: New World Order
National Memory
The Normalization of War
Instant Replay
National Security? Revenge
I Have a Dream
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index