James King August 9, What is war? According to author Rosa Brooks the definition of war has changed. War and along with it the military, has become everything. Brooks begins the memoir portion of the book as a sort of fish-out-of-water story. She was raised by parents who were very anti-war. For Brooks, her time in the Pentagon got off to a weird start.
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By Tammy S. Schultz Joint Force Quarterly The reader of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon will cheer, groan, and have core beliefs reinforced and challenged—everything a good book should do.
A journalist, author and foreign policy expert, she is the author of the book How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything , which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was selected by the Military Times as one of the ten best books of the year. Brooks is a frequent commentator on politics and foreign policy. She served for years as a columnist and contributing editor for Foreign Policy and as a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Brooks' work history has included previous government service as a senior adviser to Assistant Secretary Harold Hongju Koh at the U. Department of State.
The first serious book to examine what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased. Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. You name it, the military does it. Rosa Brooks traces this seismic shift in how America wages war from an unconventional perspective—that of a former top Pentagon official who is the daughter of two anti-war protesters and a human rights activist married to an Army Green Beret. Meanwhile, we continue to pile new tasks onto the military, making it increasingly ill-prepared for the threats America will face in the years to come. In impressive and often fascinating detail, she documents that the boundaries between war and peace have grown so hazy as to undermine hard-won global gains in human rights and the rule of law.