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World Affairs Council of NH presents Andrew Bacevich

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Bestselling author Andrew Bacevich will explain why the world’s best military doesn’t win wars when he speaks to the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in October about his latest work, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers & Their Country.

Known for his powerful insights into the American military system, Bacevich is the author of The Limits of Power and Washington Rules. In Breach of Trust, to be released in September, he follows up with a blistering critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the citizens who send them off to war.

Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: creating 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. 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.

Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and served for 23 years as an officer in the U.S. Army.


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.


About The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is the state’s only nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs by providing programs for the public, hosting international visitors and enriching global education in schools.