• The Spoils of War

  • Power, Profit and the American War Machine
  • By: Andrew Cockburn
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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In the last decades, America has gone to war as supposed defenders of democracy. The War on Terror was waged to protect the West from the dangers of Islamists. US soldiers are stationed in more than 800 locations across the world to act as the righteous arbiters of the rule of law. In this book, Andrew Cockburn brilliantly dissects the intentions behind Washington's martial appetites. 

The American war machine can only be understood in terms of the private passions and interests of those who control it - principally a passionate interest in money. Thus, as Cockburn witheringly reports, Washington expanded NATO to satisfy an arms manufacturer's urgent financial requirements; the US Navy's Pacific fleet deployments were for years dictated by a corrupt contractor who bribed high-ranking officers with cash and prostitutes; senior marine commanders agreed to a troop surge in Afghanistan in 2017 because it will do us good at budget time. After years of wide-ranging research, Cockburn lays bare the ugly reality of the largest military machine in history: squalid and, at the same time, terrifyingly dangerous.

©2021 Andrew Cockburn (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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This book answered the questions Americans are asking, what happened to our country. And why it has happened so pervasively.

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Sad... I mean, I knew there was corruption....

it's hard to believe the amount of corruption that is both on the Democratic and Republican side of the United States. If every American read this book it would be a revolution next week

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MUST READ

Excellent researched book with ample evidence that 'Merikkka is the most corrupt regime in the world and in all history. Thanks to its rapacious capitalistic nature and under the leadership of psychopaths and sociopaths in has been a menace to peace loving peoples since its foundation. An evil empire that sees ills in the world when they are simply projections of themselves.

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This is fantastic!

The author has some great data and the narrator has a very clear and pleasant voice. There was so much relevant information, especially with respect to what's happening now with NATO and the Ukraine and Russia that this is literally a must read! I have one complaint and that is the last chapter. Its about financial institutions and derivatives with a very tenuous tie to the theme of the book -- almost like it was an afterthought. The information wasn't bad nor uninteresting -- I just kept wondering how this was tied to the military industrial complex the whole time and I never saw the connection other than some brief mentions of Malaysia and no longer supporting North Korea.

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Breathtaking

A shocking 'emperor's new clothes' expose of the lethal profligacy arising from the nefarious networks of political and institutional nepotism and unalloyed avarice of the US's finance and military industries.