Book Reviews

How We Nearly Broke The US Military

How We Nearly Broke The US Military

I grew up during Operation Desert Storm and I would one day enlist to serve during Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom; and I'm not alone - my entire generation has had one single unifying fact that binds us together:  we've been a generation at war.  More specifically, we've been a generation that has been engaged in an unconventional war with very asymmetrical forces and we've seen a complete overhaul of the modern war fighter.  As a result of my employment within the Department of Defense, coupled with my insatiable curiosity, I have been following our engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq with great interest.

So it should come as no surprise that when former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, released a new book - I jumped at the chance to read it.

World War Z

World War Z

I just devoured this book, and quite frankly, I'm a little upset that no one here has recommended it to me before now. It is probably, hands down, the best interpretation (written or visual) of a zombie outbreak that I have ever enjoyed; up to and including The Walking Dead. That's right, I said it; I think this book eats The Walking Dead for breakfast and defecates 28 Days Later.

From the greed and capitalism that lead people to capitalize on fear with "miracle drugs" which, due to the psychological fractures of the "Quishies" (or Q's), seemed to work and gave first world nations hope, to the skeptical bureaucracy that enabled an administration to ignore and obfuscate a rising global epidemic, we see a "realistic" insight on how the world could come crashing down.