Unwarranted Influence by James Ledbetter
Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex (Icons of America)

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In Dwight D. Eisenhower’;s last speech as president, on January 17, 1961, he warned America about the “;military-industrial complex,”; a mutual dependency between the nation’;s industrial base and its military structure that had developed during World War II. After the conflict ended, the nation did not abandon its wartime economy but rather the opposite. Military spending has steadily increased, giving rise to one of the key ideas that continues to shape our country’;s political landscape In this book, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Eisenhower’;s farewell address, journalist James Ledbetter shows how the government, military contractors, and the nation’;s overall economy have become inseparable.;Some of the effects are beneficial, such as cell phones, GPS systems, the Internet, and the Hubble Space Telescope, all of which emerged from technologies first developed for the military.;But the military-industrial complex has also provoked agonizing questions. Does our massive military establishment—;bigger than those of the next ten largest combined—;really make us safer?;How much of our perception of security threats is driven by the profit-making motives of military contractors?;To what extent is our foreign policy influenced by contractors’; financial interests? Ledbetter uncovers the surprising origins and the even more surprising afterlife of the military-industrial complex, an idea that arose as early as the 1930s, and shows how it gained traction during World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam era and continues even today.

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Karl Marx (1818a1883), an influential political philosopher, was the author of "Capital" and many other writings. He also cowrote, with Friedrich Engels, "The Communist Manifesto," James Ledbetter is a senior editor at "Time Europe," Francis Wheen is an award-winning author and journalist. His acclaimed biography of Karl Marx has been translated into twenty languages.
Published January 17, 2011 by Yale University Press. 279 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Exactly how the MIC (as we might abbreviate it) operates is the avowed subject of William Hartung's "Prophets of War," a scathing portrait of Lockheed Martin, America's largest defense contractor.

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