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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Carroll Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the National Book Award-winning author of An American Requiem and Constantine's Sword comes a sweeping yet intimate look at the Pentagon and its vast–often hidden–impact on America.

This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the most powerful institution in America, the people who created it, and the pathologies it has spawned. James Carroll proves a controversial thesis: the Pentagon has, since its founding, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society. It is the biggest, loosest cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more. To argue his case, he marshals a trove of often chilling evidence.

Carroll draws on rich personal experience (his father was a top Pentagon official for more than twenty years) as well as exhaustive research and dozens of extensive interviews with Washington insiders. The result is a grand yet intimate work of history, unashamedly polemical and personal but unerringly factual. With a breadth and focus that no other audiobook could muster, it explains what America has become over the past sixty years.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon | 12/3/2013

    " great book about the pentagon and its inner culture of thought, or maybe thought isn't exactly the right word, but great book anyway "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 11/25/2013

    " extremely provocative - interesting mixture of his personal history (his father was an Air Force General who spent part of his career at the Pentagon) and the history of the Pentagon itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jose | 9/28/2013

    " Excellent! audio book is abridged, though it's still 8 discs long. Excellent writing, poetic at times, themes consist of overextending power, total war, etc. Can't say enough good about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 5/15/2013

    " Incredible history of US foreign policy, dating from the creation of the Pentagon and the pursuit of unconditional surrender during WWII, and finishing shortly after 9/11. Carroll is a dyed in the wool leftist, but is a fantastic writer. "

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