“The United States of War” appears Oct. 13

Dear friends,

Thanks to help from many of you, I’m thrilled I can say that my new book, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State, will arrive in bookstores on October 13. A short summary and information for faculty are at bottom.

You can now pre-order The United States of War. You can get a 30% discount when you order through the University of California Press and use discount code 17M6662 (see also attached flyer). As with my other books, I’m lucky enough to be able to donate the proceeds from the book to nonprofit organizations serving victims of war and other forms of violence.

A great 1-minute video introduces the book here: https://youtu.be/gND6qmFnooo

Read a chapter at: https://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigation/the-costs-of-war/

Join me for my October 13 Politics and Prose book launch and get information about other book talks here: https://www.davidvine.net/events

Learn more about the book at: https://www.davidvine.net

With thanks to everyone who helped make the book possible, and wishing you good health in this hard time,


Book Summary

At a critical moment for the world, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State is more important than ever in exploring why the United States has long been a United States of War—that is, why the U.S. military has fought wars or engaged in other combat in all but 11 of its 244 years of existence. Telling a story that spans Columbus’s 1494 arrival in Guantanamo Bay and the rise of a global U.S. empire, The United States of War shows how the U.S. military has shaped our world, from today’s endless wars to the prominence of violence in everyday U.S. life. The book confronts the tens of millions killed, wounded, and displaced by U.S. wars, while offering proposals for how we can end the fighting.

For People Teaching at All Levels

I am happy to share draft chapters of “The United States of War” for use in classes. The Preface is here: https://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigation/the-costs-of-war/

This recent article offers ideas for teaching about war: https://radicalteacher.library.pitt.edu/ojs/radicalteacher/article/view/791

Also helpful may be New York Times coverage of my recent co-authored Costs of War Project report showing that U.S. post-9/11 wars have displaced 37 million people and my Guardian op-ed calling for the US to repair damage inflicted on the displaced.


David Vine
Department of Anthropology
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016 USA

My new book, The United States of War, launches October 13

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