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Library Journal : Amazon Review :
In this book based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer, journalist Weiner probes the way the Pentagon has used secret budgets to fund huge military programs.
This has grown to the point that there are now more than 100 multimillion- and multibillion-dollar weapons systems, many of them nuclear weapons designed to fight and win World Wars III and IV, built without the awareness of the public or even the Congress.
Weiner takes a close look at programs such as the Stealth bomber and provides fascinating detail from Congressional testimony.
The thesis of the book–that secrecy in government military programs is antithetical to democracy–is well documented and hugely important.
As the Cold War draws to a close and military budgets come under attack, the public and Congress may tend to forget the defense establishment’s inclination toward secrecy and self-perpetuation.
Weiner’s book serves as a timely reminder that this would be unwise.