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Goff's career as a soldier in Army Special Operations (Delta Force, Rangers, and Special Forces) took him from the invasions of Vietnam, Grenada, and Haiti, to the training grounds of the Colombian and Peruvian armed forces. He taught Military Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, conducted classified missions in El Salvador and Guatemala, and was deployed with the ill-fated Task Force Ranger (of Black Hawk Down fame) to Mogadishu. There are snapshots of those experiences in this book. But this is not a typical soldier's memoir. Goff engages in neither machismo nor maudlin soul-searching, and he is not oontent to merely tell stories. He interprets his own experience through years of post-military searching since he left the military, and draws some starkly brutal conclusions about the risks we all face in the dangerous last days of an unstable empire.

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"Goff's impassioned and often vivid critique of U.S. foreign policy derives from the perspective of a long and distinguished military career....Goff proves himself capable of a rare sort of practical and sober analysis." Publishers Weekly

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Former U.S. Special Forces veteran turned antiwar political activist Goff brings an idiosyncratic point of view and tone to his critique of U.S. foreign policy, much of which hinges on the idea that the complex system that is global capitalism is fundamentally at odds with the laws of entropy and is currently in the process of collapse. He combines his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam, Colombia, Haiti, and elsewhere with a more recently acquired anti-racism and feminism to his analysis of a failing U.S. imperialism that poses supreme dangers to the very survival of the human species.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Stan Goff combines a spellbinding, first-person account of military maneuvers with a radical interpretation of American foreign policy. Drawing on his Delta Force and Army Ranger experiences, which took him from the invasions of Panama and Haiti to army training grounds in Colombia and South Korea, he depicts the new "American Empire" as over-reliant on technology, ignorant of the lessons of history, and backward in the stereotyping of other countries.

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In a powerful polemic against US imperial overreach, former Special Forces Sergeant Stan Goff (Delta Force, US Rangers, Special Ops) depicts the new American Empire as hopelessly over-reliant on technology, ignorant of the lessons of history and hamstrung in their "intelligence" by racist stereotyping of countries unwilling to submit to US hegemony.

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Goffs career as an NCO in the Special Forces (Delta Force, US Rangers, Special Ops) took him from the invasions of Panama, Grenada and Haiti, to the training grounds of the Colombian Army (ostensibly in drug interdiction), to a semester as a West Point lecturer, to Mogadishu at the time of the operation immortalized in Black Hawk Down. Unlike the typical soldiers memoir, Goff does not in machismo or heart-searching. He draws lessons from his past, lessons about foreign policy, lessons about the police-actions designed to create stable environments for US corporations in the Western Hemisphere, lessons about how the days of the American Imperium are numbered. The books covers such subjects as: the slow collapse in Armed Forces morale due to the ongoing reductions in health and pension benefits; the continual overestimation of the ability of technology to work in hostile terrain; the moral in the story of Odoacer, the Germanic mercenary who turned against his Roman employers and sacked Rome in AD 476; new American Empire ignorance of the lessons of history; the failure of "intelligence" as a result of racist stereotyping of countries unwilling to submit to US hegemony.

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smeaton, April 9, 2006 (view all comments by smeaton)
Truly one the greatest books I have ever read. I thought I was getting into a book about war, maybe a narritive of what it was like to be invovled in missions portrayed in such movies as Black Hawk Down. Instead I recieved a very very in depth read on the totality of humanity as we know, and a good guess as to where to may head. Truly from foriegn policy, to energy policy to military tactics on the ground and in the office its a great read. Check it out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932360127
Author:
Goff, Stan
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Location:
Brooklyn, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Military policy
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
CURRENT EVENTS / Military
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
104-03
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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Product details 192 pages Soft Skull Press - English 9781932360127 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Goff's impassioned and often vivid critique of U.S. foreign policy derives from the perspective of a long and distinguished military career....Goff proves himself capable of a rare sort of practical and sober analysis."
"Synopsis" by ,
Stan Goff combines a spellbinding, first-person account of military maneuvers with a radical interpretation of American foreign policy. Drawing on his Delta Force and Army Ranger experiences, which took him from the invasions of Panama and Haiti to army training grounds in Colombia and South Korea, he depicts the new "American Empire" as over-reliant on technology, ignorant of the lessons of history, and backward in the stereotyping of other countries.
"Synopsis" by , In a powerful polemic against US imperial overreach, former Special Forces Sergeant Stan Goff (Delta Force, US Rangers, Special Ops) depicts the new American Empire as hopelessly over-reliant on technology, ignorant of the lessons of history and hamstrung in their "intelligence" by racist stereotyping of countries unwilling to submit to US hegemony.
"Synopsis" by ,
Goffs career as an NCO in the Special Forces (Delta Force, US Rangers, Special Ops) took him from the invasions of Panama, Grenada and Haiti, to the training grounds of the Colombian Army (ostensibly in drug interdiction), to a semester as a West Point lecturer, to Mogadishu at the time of the operation immortalized in Black Hawk Down. Unlike the typical soldiers memoir, Goff does not in machismo or heart-searching. He draws lessons from his past, lessons about foreign policy, lessons about the police-actions designed to create stable environments for US corporations in the Western Hemisphere, lessons about how the days of the American Imperium are numbered. The books covers such subjects as: the slow collapse in Armed Forces morale due to the ongoing reductions in health and pension benefits; the continual overestimation of the ability of technology to work in hostile terrain; the moral in the story of Odoacer, the Germanic mercenary who turned against his Roman employers and sacked Rome in AD 476; new American Empire ignorance of the lessons of history; the failure of "intelligence" as a result of racist stereotyping of countries unwilling to submit to US hegemony.
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