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By Norman Mailer

Starting together with his debut masterpiece, The bare and the lifeless, Norman Mailer has time and again advised the reality approximately battle. Why Are We at conflict? returns Mailer to the gravity of the battlefield and the grand hubris of the politicians who ship infantrymen there to die. First released within the early days of the Iraq battle, Why Are We at battle? is an explosive argument concerning the American quest for empire that also includes weight this present day. Scrutinizing the Bush administration’s phrases and activities, Mailer unleashes his trademark ethical rigor: “Because democracy is noble, it truly is consistently endangered. . . . to imagine blithely that we will be able to export democracy into any kingdom we decide can serve ironically to inspire extra fascism at domestic and abroad.”
 
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“We’re overloaded with details nowadays, a few of it very likely actual. Mailer bargains a provocative—and persuasive—cultural and highbrow frame.”Newsweek
 
“[Mailer] nonetheless has the stamina to churn out hard-hitting criticism.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Penetrating . . . There’s lots of irreverent wit and clean pondering on display.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Eloquent . . . considerate . . . Why Are We at battle? pulls no punches.”Fort worthy Star-Telegram
 
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“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and bigger than the other author of his generation.”The ny Times
 
“A author of the best and so much reckless talent.”The New Yorker
 
“Mailer is essential, an American treasure.”The Washington Post
 
“A devastatingly alive and unique inventive mind.”Life
 
“Mailer is fierce, brave, and reckless and approximately every thing he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”The big apple overview of Books
 
“The biggest brain and mind's eye [in glossy] American literature . . . not like with regards to each American author considering that Henry James, Mailer has controlled to develop and develop into richer in knowledge with each one new book.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Mailer is a grasp of his craft. His language includes you thru the tale like a leaf on a stream.”The Cincinnati Post

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