The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

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A sweeping and detailed view of the neoconservative movement in American politics is contained in The Forty Years War. Colodny & Shachtman trace the movement to German expatriate and Pentagon official, Fritz Kramer who taught his devotees, including Kissinger, Haig, and Rumsfeld, that the right path for America was military prowess.
The Neocons battle for power and influence, sometimes from behind the scenes and often right in the oval office itself, just might change your view of who really holds the reigns of our government and ultimately, the destiny of America.
While I didn’t consider myself a political neophyte prior to reading this, it did teach me that there is a lot more that I need to learn to become a fully informed voter. You are seldom voting for one candidate, you are voting for the people behind the candidate.
The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061253898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061253898

  • Did you hear the one about the three-fingered pitcher? Crazy ’08- a review


    Okay, I admit it, I don’t have a punch line for that one. Cait Murphy’s book, Crazy ’08, will keep you entertained and then some though. Yes, it centers on the turbulent and see saw baseball season of 1908, but it gives you so much more. The early 1900’s weren’t just baseball’s coming of age, it was also when America was coming of age as well.

    Think about it, in 1908 ……
    *Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.
    *There was no radio, at least not in the sense that you could listen to ballgames
    *The first year that the ball was dropped from Times Square, signaling the New Year.
    *Frenchman Henri Farman pilots the first passenger flight.
    *Teddy Roosevelt is President.
    *Robert Perry Arrives at The North Pole
    *First True Skyscraper Built

    A lot was going on, yet half of the country was glued to newspapers, ticker tapes and just plain word of mouth to see how their team was doing. Boy, were they in for a ride. With spitballs still legal, metal cleats being used as weapons, tool sheds out in the in fields, players that spent the off season working as miners, dentists, bar owners and more, baseball is nothing like the sport that we know now. It was still sewing it’s oats, trying to entice women fans and just plain trying to become respectable. The players give it their all, playing multiple games a day, battling hoodoo curses, getting to know their equipment and themselves.

    Crazy ’08 brings you ringside…..make that baseline side. You will find yourself rooting for the game, the shenanigans, the future and more. You don’t have to be a fan of baseball, just a fan of history and America to enjoy it. I found myself glued to it, rooting them on. It was gripping non fiction, two terms that seldom go together!

    And just in case you were wondering…..There was actually a pitcher with three fingers. He was Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and he was a good pitcher and entertaining philosopher.

    Crazy ’08
    Cait Murphy

    * ISBN-10: 0060889381
    * ISBN-13: 978-0060889388

    400 pages
    $14.95 List


    America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis

    America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis

    Not what I expected, but still a good read for those interested in the story behind the story of America.

    America’s Hidden History, by Kenneth C. Davis, is chockfull of tidbits that highlight certain events in the beginnings of United States….before it was the U.S.

    Just think, in a way, it was a woman that discovered America. Queen Isabella of Spain was the one that gave the go ahead for Columbus and others to explore. She also funded it.

    The other thing that I had never thought of, yet found extremely interesting is that the early colonists were all about religious freedom, but only if it was the right religions. I had always assumed that the scorn of all things Catholic stemmed from the wave of Irish immigrants that came during the Potato Famine. How wrong I was. The colonists vehemently hated and distrusted Catholicism even going so far as to consider refusing French help in the Revolution. They feared a “Catholic Invasion” from the French provinces in the north.

    The only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence was Charles Carroll. He was one of the richest men in the country, so I guess that they were able to overlook his “idolatry”.

    America’s Hidden History is organized into chapters that are sort of mini stories about periods of American history up to the 1780’s. All of the vignettes in Davis’ book are interesting and pretty brief. Some left me wanting more and at least one left me wondering, “So what?” When you read the chapter on Benedict Arnold, you will see what I mean. I mean really, is a military genius any less of a traitor because of that genius? For me, a smart traitor is still a traitor.

    If you enjoy history, but don’t want to get mired down in 200 pages on one battle or issue, this is the book for you. The tales are tightly wrapped and just enough detail to understand not only what was going on, but the why and the how. I enjoyed learning about some of the motives and the people behind the major events of our country and I think you will too.

    You can check out a sample and learn more about Kenneth C. Davis at the America’s Hidden History site.

    America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis
    List $26.95 Amazon $17.79
    Hardcover: 288 pages
    Publisher: Collins (April 29, 2008)
    ISBN-10: 0061118184
    ISBN-13: 978-0061118180