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Thought provoking I received a copy of this book in a free give a way and that means I knew I would write a review, but not that I would like it, which I did.I have a new favorite historian, Michael Swanson His writing style is clear, well reasoned, and conversational The War State is an excellent history of the start of the Cold War In it, he does a great job of exploring an area that has gotten little note in the past He follows the men and the economics that really shaped our foreign policy after World W I received a copy of this book in a free give a way and that means I knew I would write a review, but not that I would like it, which I did.I have a new favorite historian, Michael Swanson His writing style is clear, well reasoned, and conversational The War State is an excellent history of the start of the Cold War In it, he does a great job of exploring an area that has gotten little note in the past He follows the men and the economics that really shaped our foreign policy after World War II He also shows how these policies, new to U.S history, have changed how we function as a country in ways that are not talked about by politicians and our history books He does this by laying out our history, not by creating an evil cabal of capitalists, either His sources are well documented in footnotes throughout the book, though I would love to have an index of topics at the end Easy to give this 5 stars and I look forward to his next book @FREE Ø The War State: The Cold War Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex ò Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost % of its federal budget on the military It accounts for over % of total world arms spending Before World War II it spent almost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes You can t have big wars without big government Such big expenditures are now threatening to harm the national economy How did this situation come to A great political history of the Cold War era focusing from post WWII to JFK s death It wasn t dry in the least and engaged the reader throughout not an easy feat especially for an unknown writer His sourcing was balanced between primary and secondary sources and in my opinion his analysis was spot on in most places.Some quotes I liked belowThe federal government gave birth to large military budgets and mass income taxes at the same time and both live on together today as twin siblings of th A great political history of the Cold War era focusing from post WWII to JFK s death It wasn t dry in the least and engaged the reader throughout not an easy feat especially for an unknown writer His sourcing was balanced between primary and secondary sources and in my opinion his analysis was spot on in most places.Some quotes I liked belowThe federal government gave birth to large military budgets and mass income taxes at the same time and both live on together today as twin siblings of the war state Of the twenty six billion dollars spent during the war to build plants, seventeen billion was financed by the government Taxpayer money financed the growth of the private defense industry Electoral politics means very little, because it is not in the political parties or in Congress that the truly big decisions are made Since the dawn of civilization, though, there has been a close relationship between international banking and spying, because the people who work for banks that lend money overseas have a huge interest in knowing what is happening in the countries that they lend money to The War State is an excellent intro to the military industrial complex The author does a good job of demonstrating the facts and explaining big government in an impartial way. The War state provides a very well thought out and provocative view of modern politics and the way they were shaped by certain historical events This book was very eye opening and was a real treat to a history buff like myself It shows a profound look on how America was shaped to be a nation that focuses so much energy on war The author does a good job of demonstrating the facts and explaining big government in an impartial way This is important because I feel I can learn without having to b The War state provides a very well thought out and provocative view of modern politics and the way they were shaped by certain historical events This book was very eye opening and was a real treat to a history buff like myself It shows a profound look on how America was shaped to be a nation that focuses so much energy on war The author does a good job of demonstrating the facts and explaining big government in an impartial way This is important because I feel I can learn without having to be tainted with political agendas The author covers the emergence of the US as a global superpower and how some resulting changes occur that threaten democracy This book was very engrossing and I recommend everyone read it especially because it is so relevant to understanding where America stands today an interesting and informative read The War State has an oddly casual feel to it Swanson starts sentences with intros like have you ever and Here s the thing I found it disarming, but be forewarned this book does not feel like a typical piece of intellectual nonfiction.However, the work does feel very well researched and also frank and insightful It s an easy read, which is never a bad thing, and explores topics that are extremely important to those of us in the US as well as nation state that may end up affected by our pr The War State has an oddly casual feel to it Swanson starts sentences with intros like have you ever and Here s the thing I found it disarming, but be forewarned this book does not feel like a typical piece of intellectual nonfiction.However, the work does feel very well researched and also frank and insightful It s an easy read, which is never a bad thing, and explores topics that are extremely important to those of us in the US as well as nation state that may end up affected by our preposterous military spending The War State is an excellent intro to the military industrial complex It was well researched and had plenty of footnotes with lots of official sources The Kennedy Kruschchev chapters were particularly interesting and well written I wasn t crazy about how the writing style would alternate between conversational and descriptive e.g asking do you know why here and there it felt a bit inconsistent I also didn t buy the argument that things would have been different if Robert Taft was el The War State is an excellent intro to the military industrial complex It was well researched and had plenty of footnotes with lots of official sources The Kennedy Kruschchev chapters were particularly interesting and well written I wasn t crazy about how the writing style would alternate between conversational and descriptive e.g asking do you know why here and there it felt a bit inconsistent I also didn t buy the argument that things would have been different if Robert Taft was elected President being from the elite establishment himself particularly since he died a year after running Overall, I liked it quite a bit despite a couple hiccups and would recommend it Read it next time the war drums start beating in Washington D.C P.S I won a copy from a Goodreads.com giveaway I received this volume free from Goodreads Two things struck me about this history 1 the author is not a academician he s a Wall Street guy and 2 it s written as if the author is addressing you directly The author contends that America s present state huge deficits is due exclusively to a continuing state of war the military industrial complex that has existed since the end of WWII and has been perpetuated by a Power Elite that has effectively directed and controlled defense spe I received this volume free from Goodreads Two things struck me about this history 1 the author is not a academician he s a Wall Street guy and 2 it s written as if the author is addressing you directly The author contends that America s present state huge deficits is due exclusively to a continuing state of war the military industrial complex that has existed since the end of WWII and has been perpetuated by a Power Elite that has effectively directed and controlled defense spending to a greater extent that any elected official during this period While I agree with the author s central theme, I thought the book was overly long and repetitive