Breach of Trust

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

American Empire Project

Andrew Bacevich; Read by Sean Runnette

Macmillan Audio

Download Image Andrew Bacevich; Read by Sean Runnette Breach of Trust

Available Formats

BookAudio BookeBook

A blistering critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power and Washington Rules

The United States has been “at war” for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For ordinary citizens, as former secretary of defense Robert Gates has acknowledged, armed conflict has become an “abstraction” and military service “something for other people to do.”

In Breach of Trust, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.

Citing figures as diverse as the martyr-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the marine-turned-anti-warrior Smedley Butler, Breach of Trust summons Americans to restore that principle. Rather than something for “other people” to do, national defense should become the business of “we the people.” Should Americans refuse to shoulder this responsibility, Bacevich warns, the prospect of endless war, waged by a “foreign legion” of professionals and contractor-mercenaries, beckons. So too does bankruptcy—moral as well as fiscal.

Connect with the Author

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

1
People’s War

War is an unvarnished evil. Yet as with other evils—fires that clear out forest undergrowth, floods that replenish soil nutrients—war’s legacy can include elements that may partially compensate (or at least appear to compensate) for the havoc inflicted and incurred.

For the United States, the Civil War offered one such occasion. To preserve the Union and destroy slavery, Americans served and sacrificed without stint. The citizen-soldiers who responded to the charge contained in the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”—“As

Read the full excerpt

Download excerpt

Back

Media

Watch and Listen

Andrew Bacevich interviewed on The Tavis Smiley Show.

Andrew Bacevich discusses his book 'Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country' on The Tavis Smiley Show.

Share This

Andrew Bacevich on CSPAN's Q&A

Andrew Bacevich discusses 'Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country' on CSPAN's Q&A.

Share This

Andrew Bacevich interviewed on The Colbert Report

Andrew Bacevich discusses 'Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country' on The Colbert Report.

Share This

Andrew Bacevich interviewed on Democracy Now!

Andrew Bacevich discusses 'Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country' on Democracy Now!

Share This

Andrew Bacevich interviewed on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Andrew Bacevich discusses 'Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country' on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Share This
Back

Reviews

In the Press

‘Breach of Trust,’ by Andrew J. Bacevich - NYTimes.com
Andrew J. Bacevich examines American militarism and the gulf between citizens and the all-volunteer Army.
- The New York Times


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Andrew Bacevich; Read by Sean Runnette

Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, served for twenty-three years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is the author of Washington Rules, The Limits of Power, and The New American Militarism, among other books. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Bacevich
Sean Runnette

Andrew Bacevich

Official Sites

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Breach of Trust
How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
Andrew Bacevich; Read by Sean Runnette

Award

Massachussetts Book Award - Honor Book

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427235299
ISBN10: 1427235295
Audio Run Time: 7:00
$23.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805082968
ISBN10: 0805082964
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$26.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
9/9/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250055385
ISBN10: 1250055385
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$16.00

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805096033
ISBN10: 0805096035
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$12.99
Back

From The Publisher

Macmillan Audio

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back