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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Mailer Narrator: Norman Mailer Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781522637622
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Beginning with his debut masterpiece, The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer has repeatedly told the truth about war. Why Are We at War? returns Mailer to the gravity of the battlefield and the grand hubris of the politicians who send soldiers there to die. First published in the early days of the Iraq War, Why Are We at War? is an explosive argument about the American quest for empire that still carries weight today. Scrutinizing the Bush administration’s words and actions, Mailer unleashes his trademark moral rigor: “Because democracy is noble, it is always endangered.... To assume blithely that we can export democracy into any country we choose can serve paradoxically to encourage more fascism at home and abroad.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 1/12/2013

    " This book is a fast read. Although I agree with many of Mailer's assertions, I would like to have more facts to back up some of his statements. There are good quotes aplenty and many of the situations he mentions are still being pushed today as part of an agenda in Washington circles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Glaviano | 8/30/2012

    " Brilliant, harsh, and right on target, this little book explains what should be obvious but instead is largely invisible. D.W. Eisenhower might have liked this book - or at least agreed with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/19/2012

    " A must read for everyone who is interested in why we went to war in Iraq. Definitely a sharp and interesting point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giancarlo | 4/28/2012

    " In one sitting a pre-war document, worth every minute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 4/3/2012

    " p.110 "Freedom is a delicate as democracy. it has to be kept alive every day of our existence. So, yes, I do love this country. If our democracy is the noblest experiment in the history of civilization, it may also be the most singularly vunerable one." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Matheson | 12/7/2011

    " A remarkable analysis of the situation prior to the Iraqi invasion. I think that the real reason we went to war was cemented and captured by Noman Mailer. After all the lies/reason that have been told to us, I think that Mailers is the only logical reason that we find ourselves in Iraq. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny D. | 6/3/2011

    " This book backed up things I had already been thinking about the Iraq war and 9/11. It's a poignant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/19/2011

    " Quick read. Some interesting points "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/25/2010

    " An interesting story about two young adults from Texas that go on a hunting trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brian | 10/17/2008

    " in a way mailer's stupid books make me love him more than his great ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 10/16/2008

    " Loved this as it really opened my eyes to this time n history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/19/2008

    " Excellent sociological and political criticism, this is required reading for scholars of the Sixties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wally | 5/31/2007

    " You've got to finish the novel to understand its brilliance. "

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About the Author
Author Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923–2007) wrote more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest. He was one of the cofounders of The Village Voice.