House of War
- The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
- Narrated by: James Carroll
- Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 27-04-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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.
"Certain to be one of the most-talked-about nonfiction books of the season." ( Booklist)
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By Nukkles on 12-06-06
Worthy reading ... with your eyes.
I rate the book 5 stars and the reader 1 star.
Thoroughly interesting history, well reasearched and written. Quite comprehensive on topic. Should have wide appeal. Mostly objective, though writer loses it over the Vietnam war protesters.
Although the author has a strong reading voice, his stacato phrasing is often inappropriate to the meaning and becomes almost unbearable to listen to. I would have preferred to read the print version, but I had already purchased the audio.
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By Armando on 14-05-06
I expected more
It's about time somebody wrote a comprehensive history of the war machine that has dominated American policy for over half a century. Carroll is uniquely qualified since his father, General Carrol was the first head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Sadly, this insiders look suffers from myopia - he gets the broad outlines correct and there is a lot of info you never knew before, but the big picture is missing. Also, the author narrates in a style that is best described as measured. Every - word - is - stated - with - precision. It's difficult to listen to. And he keeps on bringing in his personal life - he was in the seminary when he went to his first war protest rally in 1967 and we get a description of the loose-fitting but revealing clothes worn by the female protestors.
I had high hopes - maybe too high. It's worth reading though.
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