cover image Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Andrew J. Bacevich, read by Sean Runnette, Macmillan Audio, unabridged, seven CDs, 8 hours, $34.99 ISBN 978-1-4272-0951-1

Bacevich, a retired colonel, critiques the unstated, unexamined premises, the "Washington Rules" that govern American foreign policy—even to the detriment of national security and domestic harmony. Bacevich is frustrated by the hamstrung debate, but Sean Runnette is not. He reads with a polite NPR softness at odds with the crusading, rabble-rousing tone of Bacevich's writing, but the contrast works better than might be expected. Runnette treads softly over Bacevich's reportage, picking out the most crushing indictments of the text and highlighting them by dropping his voice to an intimate whisper. The contrast between the ideas proffered and their accompanying emotions are distinct, and well-rendered. A Metropolitan hardcover (Reviews, May 24). (Aug.)