Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reviews of Books on War and Peace

  • Stephen McKeown and Coleen Rowley review When the World Outlawed War, about "an international treaty first signed by the United States, France and thirteen other countries on August 27,1928" and "later signed by an additional forty-seven countries – almost all of the established nations in the world at the time – and subsequently declared in force by Herbert Hoover on July 24, 1929" — Time to ‘Speak Out, Not Hold Your Peace’ About the Kellogg-Briand Pact Outlawing War.

  • Daniel Immerwahr reviews Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power, which explains that "when Franklin Delano Roosevelt took his oath of office, he inherited control of a vast country with a booming population, abundant resources, the world’s largest economy, and next to nothing in the way of central government," and "how the US Government, politically hamstrung at home, could act with force and purpose abroad," "supplemented by private foundations, which took on many of the functions of government" and "channeled billions of dollars into positioning the United States as a world power" — The Foundation Statesmen.

  • Scott Galupo reviews They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, which "imagines a fantastical military-industrial plot to foment tensions with China and thereby induce Congress to fund a fancy new toy for the Pentagon" — Baiting the Dragon.
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