A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It
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  • July 2008
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A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It

Mike Gravel and Joe Lauria

Foreword by Daniel Ellsberg

"Mike Gravel lived up to my initial impression of him as perhaps the only member of the Senate who took his oath to the Constitution more seriously than his political standing in the club. This is a rich feast of accumulated wisdom." —Daniel Ellsberg, from the Foreword

In this candid portrait, former two-term senator from Alaska and current presidential candidate Gravel expounds on his views of the military-industrial complex, the imperial presidency, postwar US foreign policy, and corporate America; critically assesses figures he worked with, such as Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy; and reveals the private life behind the public persona. When he isnt being actively silenced, Senator Gravels voice is generally acknowledged to be the most refreshing and honest of all the 2008 presidential candidates.

About Mike Gravel and Joe Lauria

MIKE GRAVEL is most prominently known for releasing the Pentagon Papers—the secret official study revealing the manipulations of successive US administrations that misled the country into the Vietnam War. In 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United States. His publications include The Senator Gravel Edition: The Pentagon PapersJobs and More Jobs, and Citizen Power.

JOE LAURIA is a New York–based journalist. He has covered foreign policy at the United Nations for nearly two decades for numerous newspapers, including the Boston Globe, the Montreal Gazette, and the Johannesburg Star. His articles have also appeared in the Sunday Times of London as part of its investigative unit, the New York Times, the Washington PostNew York magazine, and the HuffingtonPost, among other publications.

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