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A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Effort to Stop Itby Mike Gravel
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Until the first Democratic presidential debate on April 26, 2007, former Alaskan senator Mike Gravel had campaigned in almost total obscurity since becoming the first Democrat to declare candidacy more than a year before.
All that changed with a few provocative remarks he made from the debate stage with his seven better-known rivals looking on. The response to his antiwar fervor from the established media and the blogosphere overwhelmed his shoestring campaign. Within days after the debate, his performance was viewed more than 220,000 times on YouTube, and his website was getting more hits than any other candidate’s.
In this candid, anecdotal portrait, Gravel expounds on his views of the military-industrial complex, the imperial presidency, postwar US foreign policy, and corporate America; critically assesses figures he worked with, such as Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy; and reveals his personal finances and private life.
Mike Gravel is most prominently known for releasing the Pentagon Papers—the secret official study revealing the manipulations of successive US administrations that misled the country into the Vietnam War. In 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United States. His publications include The Senator Gravel Edition: The Pentagon Papers, Jobs and More Jobs, and Citizen Power.
Joe Lauria is an investigative journalist who writes on international politics and business.
Book News Annotation:
This is the memoir of former Senator Mike Gravel, written together with journalist Lauria. It is a simultaneous history of Gravel's life and American militarism, as Gravel has been most noted for his opposition to said militarism, whether through his famous introduction of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record in the midst of the legal battle over their publication or through his quixotic campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination in response to the Democrats' failure to challenge the imperial wars of the Bush administration, even after gaining control of Congress in the 2006 elections. The discussion of the American military complex proceeds from George Washington through to the Iraq War, with the story of Gravel's political career interwoven throughout, predominately highlighting his opposition to the Vietnam War and other efforts to oppose militarism. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Discover the most progressive 2008 presidential candidate who revealed the Pentagon Papers and spawned Greenpeace.
In this candid portrait, former two-term senator from Alaska and 2008 presidential candidate Gravel expounds on his views of the military-industrial complex, the imperial presidency, postwar US foreign policy, and corporate America; critically assesses figures he worked with, such as Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy; and reveals the private life behind the public persona. When he isnt being actively silenced, Senator Gravels voice is generally acknowledged to be the most refreshing and honest of all the 2008 presidential candidates.
About the Author
Mike Gravel represented Alaska in the US Senate, 1969-81. Most prominently known for releasing the Pentagon Papers-the secret official study revealing the manipulations of successive US administrations that mislead the country into the Vietnam War-he lectures and writes about governance, foreign affairs, economics, environmental issues, and democracy.
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