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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Carroll Narrator: James Carroll Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pete | 1/4/2014

    " Ignore the cover, which makes the book look like one of those trashy conspiracy books, and don't let the biblical length intimidate... this is an excellent, informative read, part-memoir and part-history, all woven together very neatly. Also, Carroll is a South Sider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 6/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 4/3/2013

    " about the cold war. written kinda like a novel, so it stays interesting. lots of info. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ray | 8/18/2012

    " House of War is a somewhat lengthy narrative of how the military operates in the post-WWII era. Many interesting facts, I'm sure, for military buffs, but it never really captured my interest. "

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