House of War

  • by James Carroll
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the most powerful institution in America, the people who created it, and the pathologies it has spawned. 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. He recounts how "the Building" and its denizens achieved what Eisenhower called "a disastrous rise of misplaced power" from the unprecedented aerial bombing of Germany and Japan during World War II to the "shock and awe" of Iraq. He charts the colossal U.S. nuclear buildup, which far outpaced that of the USSR and has outlived it. He reveals how consistently the Building has found new enemies just as old threats and funding evaporate. He demonstrates how Pentagon policy brought about U.S. indifference to an epidemic of genocide during the 1990s. And he shows how the forces that attacked the Pentagon on 9/11 were set in motion exactly 60 years earlier, on September 11, 1941, when ground was broken for the house of war.Carroll draws on rich personal experience (his father was a top Pentagon official for more than 20 years) as well as exhaustive research and extensive interviews with Washington insiders, from Robert McNamara to John McCain to William Cohen to John Kerry. The result is a grand yet intimate work of history, unashamedly polemical and personal but unerringly factual.


What the Critics Say

"An aggressively compelling history." (Publishers Weekly)
"Certain to be one of the most-talked-about nonfiction books of the season." (Booklist)


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A Biased Account

It seemed to me that the author, an ex Vietnam war protester and failed priest, had long ago established his conclusions about the ‘disastrous rise’ of American power. He then looked for those facts that support these conclusions, ignoring all others. He portrays the Soviet Union as the good guy throughout the cold war and it was only the aggressive red-baiting American politicians and military leaders who were the real authors of this protracted struggle. If you’re looking for a balanced historical account of this topic, this is not the book for you.
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- GoTravel1385a

Must Read History

As a Marine Officer, Carroll has opened my mind to new ways of viewing Military History! In an effort to understand our current conflicts, I’ve listened to and or read at least 10 books on 911 and the “War on Terror” from many points of view. House of War is simply the BEST,…Period. It’s a documented history of the real defining issues of our times, the Pentagon’s Power, and the Military Industrial Complex’s justification for existence through an “enemy.” This is a must read for every American, but especially those of us born in the aftermath of the A/H bombs, who’ve sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.

Although not mentioned by Carroll, his book brings clarity to the similarities between Operation Northwood and 9/11. We must do something to stop this beast from Hell’s Bottom!
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- Eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape