Publisher: AK Press
Released: March 1, 2015
"I highly recommend [Addicted to War] to anyone who is interested in learning the truth about US wars."—Glenn Greenwald, author of No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA and The U.S. Surveillance State
"This is the most important comic book ever written. . . . It is my hope that you read this book and pass it along to as many people as you can."—Woody Harrelson, actor
A new edition of the classic antiwar text. Updates include Barack Obama's drone wars, Chelsea Manning and wikileaks, statistics on military spending, and the ongoing costs and consequences of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I wrote Addicted to War to introduce readers to the long history of U.S. foreign wars so that they might better understand the reasons our country wages war today. The book chronicles over two centuries of warfare, starting with the Indian wars. During this time, America’s machinery of war has grown into a behemoth that dominates our economy and society and extends around the globe. The costs of our country’s addiction to war are felt acutely at home. Soldiers and their families are paying the heaviest price, but everyone is affected. Massive military spending is contributing to huge government deficits and causing sharp cuts in domestic programs, including education, health care, housing, public transport, and environmental protection. At the same time, combatting terrorism is being used as an excuse to step up police surveillance and erode our civil liberties. I hope this book will help spur reflection and debate about militarism and encourage creative action to break this addiction."—from the Preface.
Joel Andreas teaches sociology at Johns Hopkins University.