'I’m so pissed off after reading these books I can hardly type. But my ire begins with baseball—and the same is true for Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army colonel who lost a son in Iraq. Been to a game lately? Try to grab just a few hours of peace and fun, and what do you get? A toxic brew of manufactured religious piety and tin-hat patriotism, served up in force-feedings of ‘God Bless America’ and coercive ‘salutes’ to ‘wounded warriors’ bused in for the game. Bacevich, a West Point graduate who now writes perceptive, bristling essays and books from his perch at Boston University .  .  . ” (Jeff Stein, “The Worst Years of Our Lives,” Bookforum, September-November 2013).

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