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Publisher Comments:

A devastating indictment of the Bush administration's war policies from the bestselling author and respected moral authority

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, son of a general, former antiwar chaplain and activist, and recognized voice of ethical authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration over its actions. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Crusade, the collection of Carroll's searing columns, offers a comprehensive and tough-minded critique of the war on terror. From Carroll's first rejection of "war" as the proper response to Osama bin Laden, to his prescient verdict of failure in Iraq, to his never-before-published analysis of the faith-based roots of current U.S. policies, this volume displays his rare insight and scope. Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

A cry from the heart, a record of protest, and a permanently relevant analysis, Carroll's work confronts the Bush era and measures it against what America was meant to be.

Review:

"The title of this unbridled attack on the Bush administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks is ironic. It refers to President George W. Bush's off-the-cuff post — September 11 remark that the United States was about to embark upon 'this crusade, this war on terrorism.' A former Catholic priest, Carroll won a National Book Award for his brutally frank Vietnam War-era memoir, An American Requiem, and is a Boston Globe columnist. His latest book consists of 88 of his columns from September 15, 2001, to March 16, 2004. They are presented chronologically, for the most part, grouped into chapters with short introductions, and they amount to a stinging indictment. Carroll lobs verbal grenade after verbal grenade at the White House, attacking the president for what Carroll terms 'coercive unilateralism.' The Iraq war, Carroll said in a May 2003 column, 'was a pack of lies, and Washington's war on terrorism is a cynical manipulation of fears.' The president, Carroll says, 'betrayed...the young men and women whom he so carelessly sent into harm's way.' Carroll touches upon other aspects of national and world politics, including his opinion of the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ ('It is a lie. It is sick'), and the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, but the focus here is on the Iraq war. Agent, Don Cutler." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A journalistic page of glory. With unerring political as well as moral instinct, Carroll has shown that it is possible to see and understand the true nature of awful events — not only afterward, with hindsight, but even as they unfold, when it counts most." Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World

Review:

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself and others. James Carroll brings to bear — I hope not too late — the moral clarity we so badly need." Garry Wills

Review:

"Devastating and deeply humanistic . . . James Carroll's critiques of our foreign policy offer a unique combination of historical knowledge and moral perspective. For people concerned about the mixture of religion, politics, and terrorism (ours and theirs) in today's world, Carroll is the ultimate guide." Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

Review:

"Crusade is the most compelling report and analysis that we've had yet of the Middle East conflict, specifically Iraq, and all in wonderfully readable style . . . Those who are uncomfortable about our commitment in Iraq as well as those who have made up their minds against it will find here both literate and compelling support." John Kenneth Galbraith

Synopsis:

From Carroll's first rejection of "war" as the proper response to Osama bin Laden, to his prescient verdict of failure in Iraq, to his never-before-published analysis of the faith-based roots of current U.S. policies, this volume by the "Boston Globe" columnist displays his rare insight and scope.

Synopsis:

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

About the Author

James Carroll is the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning memoir An American Requiem; Constantine's Sword, a history of Christian anti-Semitism; and ten novels. He lectures widely on war and peace, and on Jewish-Christian-Muslim reconciliation. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Onward Christian

1. Holy War

Law Not War

The Pentagon Mourning

This Crusade, This War

Gandhi's Birthday

Religion: Problem or Solution?

2. Afghanistan

But What Changed?

The Bombing Reconsidered

Why I Love This Country

This War Is Not Just

The Way the War Ends

3. War At Home

Robert Kennedy and John Ashcroft

Advent in a Time of Terror

The Unjustice Department

Red Christmas

New Year's Resolutions

Part Two: Soldiers March

4. Dead or Alive

U.S. Moves Fuel Bellicosity Elsewhere

The Axis to Fear

Bush the Radical

America as Sparta

Pakistan versus India

5. Jerusalem

Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Peace

The Palestinian and the Israeli

Lost Children of the Conflict

The Disappearing Border

Suicide-Murder

6. Afraid

In the Bunker

America the Fearful

American Mortality

The Coming War in Iraq

Lies, Damned Lies

A Mistake, and a Crime

Catholic Collapse and U.S. Foreign Policy

So Who Do I Think I Am?

7. Drumbeat

Inarticulate and Proud of It

The War Anniversary

Good Doubt, Bad Faith

The Presidents Nuclear Threat

Antiwar Then, Antiwar Now

8. Hostage

Threshold Period

The Purpose of the War

Toeing the Fault Line of Fear

A Missile Cover-up at MIT?

What the Seven Died For

9. Moral Memory

Philip Berrigan

The Christmas Bombing

The Last Year

The Twenty-ninth Day

Part Three: As to War

10: Iraq

At the United Nations

The Age of Innocence

Watch the War with Both Eyes

A War Policy in Collapse

A Mediation on War

At War in Iraq

11. Questions

An April Fools' Day Surprise

The Answer Is No

A Nation Lost

Moral Awareness in Korea

The Absolute Weapon

12. Recognitions

Bad Weather over America

Antisemitism and Israel

Palestinian Pain and Hope

Millennial War

To Love America

13. Lost

Ridding the World of Evil

Unintelligence

Was the War Necessary?

The Habit of Revenge

The War Is Lost

14. War Spreads

From Politics to Resistance

Antiterrorism Creed

Boykins Bigger God

Full-Spectrum Dominance

15. Every Occupation Ends Badly

The Solution Is the Problem

Day of Remembrance

JFKs November

Of Thanks and Mercy

Why Peace Won't Come

Captives: Hussein and Hiroshima

A Year in America

16. The Passions of War

But McGovern Was Right

State of the Union

Dying for a Mistake

The Real Passions of Christ

A Wall Across the World

An Obscene Portrayal of Christ's Passion

One Year Later

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805077032
Subtitle:
Chronicles of an Unjust War
Author:
Carroll, James
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Publication Date:
20040803
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.686 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The title of this unbridled attack on the Bush administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks is ironic. It refers to President George W. Bush's off-the-cuff post — September 11 remark that the United States was about to embark upon 'this crusade, this war on terrorism.' A former Catholic priest, Carroll won a National Book Award for his brutally frank Vietnam War-era memoir, An American Requiem, and is a Boston Globe columnist. His latest book consists of 88 of his columns from September 15, 2001, to March 16, 2004. They are presented chronologically, for the most part, grouped into chapters with short introductions, and they amount to a stinging indictment. Carroll lobs verbal grenade after verbal grenade at the White House, attacking the president for what Carroll terms 'coercive unilateralism.' The Iraq war, Carroll said in a May 2003 column, 'was a pack of lies, and Washington's war on terrorism is a cynical manipulation of fears.' The president, Carroll says, 'betrayed...the young men and women whom he so carelessly sent into harm's way.' Carroll touches upon other aspects of national and world politics, including his opinion of the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ ('It is a lie. It is sick'), and the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, but the focus here is on the Iraq war. Agent, Don Cutler." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A journalistic page of glory. With unerring political as well as moral instinct, Carroll has shown that it is possible to see and understand the true nature of awful events — not only afterward, with hindsight, but even as they unfold, when it counts most."
"Review" by , "The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself and others. James Carroll brings to bear — I hope not too late — the moral clarity we so badly need."
"Review" by , "Devastating and deeply humanistic . . . James Carroll's critiques of our foreign policy offer a unique combination of historical knowledge and moral perspective. For people concerned about the mixture of religion, politics, and terrorism (ours and theirs) in today's world, Carroll is the ultimate guide."
"Review" by , "Crusade is the most compelling report and analysis that we've had yet of the Middle East conflict, specifically Iraq, and all in wonderfully readable style . . . Those who are uncomfortable about our commitment in Iraq as well as those who have made up their minds against it will find here both literate and compelling support."
"Synopsis" by , From Carroll's first rejection of "war" as the proper response to Osama bin Laden, to his prescient verdict of failure in Iraq, to his never-before-published analysis of the faith-based roots of current U.S. policies, this volume by the "Boston Globe" columnist displays his rare insight and scope.
"Synopsis" by ,
"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

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