by Andrew J. Bacevich
Metropolitan Books, 2008
If you’re weary of the war on terror and the nation’s military misadventures, you will find inspiration in Andrew Bacevich’s slim volume The Limits of Power. Bacevich has the answers to the bloated U.S. military budget and the devastating effect it has wreaked on our nation, through failure to address our countless domestic ills.
Bacevich knows whereof he speaks. A retired colonel from the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam and the Gulf War. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and is a professor of history and foreign relations at Boston University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His son, Andrew John Bacevich, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2007.
Bacevich has been interviewed several times by Bill Moyers on his foreign policy views. He is a compelling, articulate speaker as well as writer. Bacevich’s views have made their way into both of my own novels. He is one of the “seers” who have inspired my worldview.
Every American should read this book.