The War State

  • by Michael Swanson
  • Narrated by Larry Wayne
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% 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 be?
In this book you'll learn how in the critical 20 years after World War II the United States changed from being a continental democratic republic to a global imperial superpower. Since then nothing has ever been the same again. In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today.
By buying this book you will discover:

How the end of European colonialism created a power vacuum that the United States used to create a new type of world empire backed by the most powerful military force in human history.
Why the Central Intelligence Agency was created and used to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations when the United States Constitution had no mechanism for such imperial activities.
How national security bureaucrats got President Harry Truman to approve of a new wild budget busting arms race after World War II that is still going on to this day.
Why President Eisenhower really gave his famous warning against the "military-industrial complex."
Why during the Kennedy administration the nuclear arms race almost led to the end of the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
How President Kennedy tried to deal with what had grown into a "permanent government" of power elite national security bureaucrats in the executive branch of the federal government that had become more powerful than the individual president himself.
In this audiobook you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today.


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Surprisingly Good

Would you consider the audio edition of The War State to be better than the print version?

I only heard the audio version and had not read the print so I don't have an opinion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are no characters in this book. This book is more of an historical narrative and expose so no characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was okay, not great.

Any additional comments?

An old mentor once told me that 'to the naive, things appear to be simple; and to the fool so complex'. The author poses a hypothesis that the federal defense budget is supported by the military-industrial complex. He supports his hypothesis with strong historical facts, written and recorded history and through a complex history of the cold war. His subject is highly complex but he weaves his story very well and with compelling force.

I for one can't wait for his next book.

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- ohmie

You're going to want to take some notes...

If you're like me, you have a vague sense of how the Military Industrial Complex came into being and how it continues to grow. After reading this book however, things will no longer be vague.

The author lays it all out in a step by step fashion, and it seems to be fact, after fact, after well documented and researched fact. That being said, the whole thing reads like a Clancy novel, complete with heroes and villains and an alarming plot line.

I wish I could say the book had a happy and optimistic ending, but the ending will be left to ourselves an our posterity to be written. I really hope more people will read this.
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- Steve-O

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2014
  • Publisher: Listen and Think Audio