Addicted to War: Why the U.S. can’t Kick Militarism

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Media Reviews

AK Press (2004)

Review by Michael W. Simpson

This book is done in comic book style, but it is deadly serious about exposing the long history of the United States dominant culture’s war addiction. The book is better than the “approved” textbooks because it uses quotes from U.S. leaders and policies/laws that expose the racist, classist, and corporate-driven invasions by the U.S. military.

Chapter One begins with Manifest Destiny and the Genocide on Native Peoples. It could have been stronger if it gave the various estimates of numbers killed or the percentages of people lost. However, it does a good job of showing the thirst for land as justification for genocide. Tactics used against Native peoples continue through the present.

I agree with the publisher: This book should be bought in bulk and given to all teachers, schools, and everyone else. The price is low, and bulk discounts are available. The book is endorsed by Veterans for Peace.

Michael W. Simpson, J.D., M.Ed., is an educator, social justice advocate, and scholar living in Tucson, AZ. He can be reached via email:

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