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January 2014 Book Club: After the War on Terror

After much consideration/input, we’ve decided to go with an "after the war on terror," national security theme for January 2014. I picked two books, but as always you only need to read one. The first describes how President Obama has prosecuted the conflict and tried to reorient national security policy. The other one argues that – Obama included - our foreign policy has grown far, far too militarized. Both are great reads.

1. Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Uses of American Power, by David Sanger. 2013, 400p (excluding endnotes): http://www.amazon.com/Confront-Conceal-Obamas-Surprising-American/dp/0307718034.
2. Washington Rules: The Path to Permanent War, by Andrew Bacevich, 2011, less than 300p: http://www.amazon.com/Washington-Rules-Americas-Permanent-American/dp/0805094229/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386300401&sr=1-1&keywords=washington+rules+america%27s+path+to+permanent+war

The city library has many copies of each. We’ll meet on Saturday, January 4. I’ll pick a location later on. The week before the mtg, I’m going to post 1-2 additional articles on the topic that really dovetail nicely with the books and should help our discussion.

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