2016 National Book Award Longlist, Nonfiction

Andrew J. Bacevich

America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History Andrews Bacevich
America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History
(Random House/Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 978-0553393934

National Book Foundation: Who did you write this book for?
Andrew J. Bacevich: I wrote my book for the Americans—that's most of us—who have somehow have missed out on the fact that being at war has become our new normal. And I wrote it for the much smaller number of our fellow citizens—soldiers and their families—who know quite well what it means to be engaged in an armed conflict without end.


Retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades.

From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight.

About the Author

Andrew J. Bacevich is a retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, he served for 23 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. His three most recent books—Breach of Trust, Washington Rules, and The Limits of Power—were on the New York Times Bestseller List. A winner of the Lannan Notable Book Awards, he lectures frequently at universities around the country. He lives in Walpole, Massachusetts.


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