National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (Paperback)

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism Cover Image
Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days


Former CIA analyst reveals why pumping more money into US military spending destabilizes both the economy and long-term national security

About the Author

Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a senior analyst at the CIA and the State Department as well as a professor of international security at the National War College and an intelligence adviser to strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s. He has authored several works, his most recent is the critically acclaimed "The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA"

Praise For…

"Formidably well informed and written with exceptional clarity, Mel Goodman makes a compelling case that now is the time to return the U.S. military to its constitutional role of defending the nation." -- Robert White, Former Ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay, and Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

"In National Insecurity Mel Goodman shows how every president since Eisenhower has ceded authority to the Pentagon, to the detriment of our security and our democracy. But he doesn't just lament this dangerous condition -- he provides a road map for demilitarizing our security policy at abroad and at home." -- William D. Hartung, author, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

Praise for The Failure of Intelligence:

"An important and eye-opening account for policy makers and concerned citizens alike."Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"In this study, Mel Goodman tells us that of the misunderstandings, mistakes, and misapplications of American intelligence and force that we've seen since 9/11 are nothing new -- our CIA has been at it since the early days of the Cold War. But Goodman also tells us, with fresh information and insight, about the CIA's successes in those years and, most importantly, he names names again and again. His purpose is not payback, or 'Gotcha,' but to right a dangerous wrong."Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker

"Mel Goodman's career in intelligence has positioned him perfectly to document the Failure of Intelligence, as he has in this critical, timely book. Mel Goodman thoroughly details the Bush administration's lies and manipulations in the lead up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, as only a CIA insider could. As the lame duck Bush Administration beats the drum for war with Iran, Mel Goodman's Failure of Intelligence is essential reading."Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

One of the agency's prickliest and most highly regarded analysts, Melvin A. Goodman, has given us an insider autopsy. . . . What is most valuable here is the amassing of insider details.” Bookforum

Product Details
ISBN: 9780872865891
ISBN-10: 0872865894
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 461
Language: English

Membership Benefits


 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card