House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

James Carroll (Author)

Product Details

Mariner Books
Publish Date
June 01, 2007
6.0 X 1.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.65 pounds
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About the Author

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar-in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.


A prodigious historical synthesis, with pressing importance for our times, and also a deeply engaging story. --Tracy Kidder, author of My Detachment: A Memoir

House of War is a masterful achievement...[Carroll's] prose is elegant, his viewpoint bold. --Howard Zinn, author of The People's History of the United States

[Carroll has] the historical depth, elegance of style, and moral complexity to have taken the full measure of [the Pentagon]. --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

One cannot understand the impact of the Pentagon on US foreign policy...without reading James Carroll's House of War. --Lawrence Korb, former Undersecretary of Defence under Ronald Reagan

[An] unequivocally mesmerizing account. . . . Certain to be one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of the season.

Booklist, ALA

[James Carroll] brings to shocking life the truth of Randolph Bourne's dictum: 'War is the health of the state.' --Garry Wills, author of Nixon Agonistes and Henry Adams and the Making of America

Altogether excellent, and essential for understanding the birth of America's empire. Kirkus Reviews, Starred

An aggressively compelling history. Publishers Weekly, Starred