A gripping insider account of the clash between America's civilian and military leadershipThe Pentagon's Wars
is a dramatic account of the deep and divisive debates between America's civilian leaders and its military officers. Renowned military expert Mark Perry investigates these internal wars and sheds new light on the US military-the most powerful and influential lobby in Washington. He reveals explosive stories, from the secret history of Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to how the military plotted to undermine Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan, to show how internal strife and deep civilian-military animus shapes America's policy abroad, often to the nation's detriment.
Drawing on three decades of high-profile interviews, both on and off the record, Perry yields sobering judgments on the tenures of our nation's most important military leaders. The Pentagon's Wars is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the inner workings of the making of America's foreign policy.
Basic Books; October 2017
- ISBN: 9780465093106
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- Title: The Pentagon's Wars
- Author: Mark Perry
Imprint: Basic Books
In The Press
"A book that does much to explain quirks of foreign policy, providing a military context for them-and one that makes one wonder who's really in charge."
About The Author
Mark Perry is a military and foreign affairs analyst whose articles have appeared in the Nation, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, and Politico. Perry lives in Arlington, Virginia.