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The RAND corporation is probably one of the most influential corporations since the end of WWII, yet so few people inside or outside of America have heard about it. This book explores the origins of the RAND corporation by following the lives of its members from the early years all th. .

The RAND corporation is probably one of the most influential corporations since the end of WWII, yet so few people inside or outside of America have heard about it. This book explores the origins of the RAND corporation by following the lives of its members from the early years all the way to the end of the 20th century. The book looks at the lives of RAND alumni showing how they came to join RAND, what they did there, and exploring their legacies since leaving. These alumni span the entire spectrum of American political and economic life, with names such as Daniel Ellsberg, Herman Kahn, Paul.

The RAND Corporation continues today-as brilliant, controversial and, in Abella's view, amoral as ever-with . Soldiers of Reason is an outstanding, significant book

The RAND Corporation continues today-as brilliant, controversial and, in Abella's view, amoral as ever-with the complicity of all Americans. Soldiers of Reason is an outstanding, significant book. Remarkable is the book's disclosure of Rand's contrived answer to Marxism, the rational choice economic theory, justified avarice which helped spawn our current financial collapse.

Alex Abella (born 1950) is an American author and journalist best known for his non-fiction works Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire (2008) and Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the.

Alex Abella (born 1950) is an American author and journalist best known for his non-fiction works Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire (2008) and Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States (2003, with Scott Gordon). Abella was born in Cuba in 1950. His family left the country after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. The family settled in New York, where Abella attended Columbia University on a Pulitzer scholarship.

RAND, which Pravda called the academy of science and death, was the brainchild of the Army Air Forces

Soldiers Of Reason book.

Soldiers Of Reason book. The first-ever popular history of the RAND Corporation, written.

It was a magnet for the best and the brightest-and also the most dangerous.

Born in the wake of World War II as an idea factory to advise the air force on how to wage and win wars, RAND quickly became the creator of America’s anti-Soviet nuclear strategy

The author, Alex Abella, characterizes the Rand Corporation immediately .

The author, Alex Abella, characterizes the Rand Corporation immediately addressing the common misconceptions about i. Soldiers of Reason is seemingly written with the purpose of convincing the reader RAND is responsible for many American victories and points them out chronologically according to the point in American history all the way from the end of the second World War to the present.

Born in the wake of World War II, RAND quickly became the creator of America’s anti-Soviet nuclear strategy. A magnet for the best and the brightest, its ranks included Cold War luminaries such as Albert Wohlstetter, Bernard Brodie, and Herman Kahn, who arguably saved us from nuclear annihilation and unquestionably created Eisenhower’s "military-industrial complex." In the Kennedy era, RAND analysts and their theories of rational warfare steered our conduct in Vietnam. Those same theories drove our invasion of Iraq forty-five years later, championed by RAND affiliated actors such as Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, and Zalmay Khalilzad. But RAND’s greatest contribution might be its least known: rational choice theory, a model explaining all human behavior through self-interest. Through it RAND sparked the Reagan-led transformation of our social and economic system but also unleashed a resurgence of precisely the forces whose existence it denied -- religion, patriotism, tribalism.With Soldiers of Reason, Alex Abella has rewritten the history of America’s last half century and cast a new light on our problematic present.

Comments: (7)

Rasmus
I spent a good part of my 20 years in the Army dealing with the emergency action system for nuclear release and on nuclear targeting. Never knew the thinking behind a lot of things we did. I also participated in the First Gulf War (deserts shield and storm) with the G3 of 101st Airborne Division as a fire support office. From reading the book the strategy behind th operation
Is no clearer than it was at the time.
Iphonedivorced
The definitive book to the date of publication on the RAND corporation.
Antuiserum
The author claims to have unprecedented access to RAND's files, and yet his book provides no surprises to anyone familiar with the towering figures of that still-mysterious institution and its enormous influence. We hear some amusing anecdotes about eccentric geniuses at work and petty political rivalries, but too little of substance. This is a light and enjoyable read, but I would recommend a broader history of the Cold War to anyone truly interested in the subject matter.
Kesalard
I was looking for a detailed review of the history, and more importantly the influence of RAND on US policy and this hits the nail on the head. In addition you get a real sense of the 'Mad Men' social era in which these guys operated. Reads like a political thriller in places. Excellent book!
Neol
Facinating read. Fun to go back in time and read about the early architects of our current day policies and world vision. ALso scary to think that so many of the participants made their way into business and government positions - not surprised about our war and foreign policy decisions of the past 25 years, now knowing where it all started from.
Rare
Soldiers of Reason is an outstanding, significant book. It demystifies the enigmatic Rand Corporation think tank, which helped put America under the spell of the Military-Industrial Complex suffered during Vietnam, that yet lingers. Remarkable is the book's disclosure of Rand's contrived answer to Marxism, the rational choice economic theory, justified avarice which helped spawn our current financial collapse. This book is an excellent, enlightening chronicle that explains how, in the name of the Cold War and military might, the fabric of America was twisted and shaped into what it is today.
Bandiri
This book is a mixture of a history of the origin of RAND, combined with a biography on several of the more noted personalities, especially those connected to the neo-con movement, and ending with an odd discussion on Chalabi and the Iraq war.

I found the book interesting, but would disagree with his attitude towards RAND. The book focuses on the personalities of some of the key people, with Albert Wohlstetter being perhaps the most significant person throughout the book. I learned a lot about many of these people, including Daniel Elsberg. I do think that Abella is overly critical of the methodology of RAND, including rational choice theory and systems analysis. Rational choice has been the key economic model for the last 50 years and has demonstrated its explanatory power in numerous cases. And systems analysis has also shown how models from operations research and other disciplines have led to substantial improvements in society. I think the author takes several of the people at RAND who were practitioners of these approaches and with their personal and political agendas. He also attaches to RAND many people who have fairly tangential connections to it.

For example, he ends with a chapter on the Iraq war and the role of Chalabi. He gives credit & blame to RAND indirectly because several of his backers had RAND connections.
The RAND corporation is probably one of the most influential corporations since the end of WWII, yet so few people inside or outside of America have heard about it. This book explores the origins of the RAND corporation by following the lives of its members from the early years all the way to the end of the 20th century. The book looks at the lives of RAND alumni showing how they came to join RAND, what they did there, and exploring their legacies since leaving. These alumni span the entire spectrum of American political and economic life, with names such as Daniel Ellsberg, Herman Kahn, Paul Nitze, and Thomas Schelling among others. Between them, the members of RAND accumulated accolades and influence, staffing numerous presidential administrations, winning Nobel Prizes, and starting their own corporations. The book begins with RAND's origins under the Air Force General Curtis LeMay, through its separation from the US Air Force, and onto a think tank whose contract work spans the entire world with research in countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Throughout this work, the author takes pains to connect the dots from one Rand member to another, showing how these connections affected not just government policies, but also the modes of thinking in pop culture, scientific and academic circles, and within large institutions such as the US government and big corporations. Reading this book helped me understand the driving forces in modern thought.
Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire download epub
Biography & History
Author: Alex Abella
ISBN: 0156033445
Category: Business & Money
Subcategory: Biography & History
Language: English
Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (May 4, 2009)
Pages: 408 pages