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Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World

Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

Foreword by Winchester, Simon

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American military bases encircle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, the United States still stations its troops at nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of... the Pentagon's vast operations. But in an eye-opening account, Base Nation shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a panoply of ills and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run. As David Vine demonstrates, the overseas bases raise geopolitical tensions and provoke widespread antipathy towards the United States. They also undermine American democratic ideals, pushing the United States into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a system of second-class citizenship in territories such as Guam. They breed sexual violence, destroy the environment, and damage local economies. And their financial cost is staggering: though the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine's accounting proves that the bill approaches $100 billion per year. For many decades, the need for overseas bases has been a quasi-religious dictum of U.S. foreign policy. But in recent years, a bipartisan coalition has finally started to question this conventional wisdom. With the United States withdrawing from Afghanistan and ending thirteen years of war, there is no better time to re-examine the tenets of our military strategy. Base Nation is an essential contribution to that debate.
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ISBN 9781510728813
Released NZ 3 Oct 2017
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781510728813
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
Imprint Skyhorse Publishing
Released 3 Oct 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) Foreword by Winchester, Simon
Category American history: c 1800 to c 1900
Military History
Political Structure & Processes
Military Engineering
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 355.70973
Weight 542g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Military bases, American - Foreign countries, Military bases, American - Political aspects, Military bases, American - Social aspects, United States - Armed Forces - Procurement - Corrupt practices
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade