Fred Cook, journalist, magazine article writer and author of The Unfinished Story of Alger here turns his spotlight on American military and political policy, foreign and domestic, in the Cold War era. The author's thesis, set forth with jolting vigor and detailed documentation, pictures the United States as a modern garrison state whose political platform is based on armaments and the economics of a continual threat of war. It is the author's contention that this situation has been brought about by a ""wedding"" of Big Business and The Military, and the marriage has been kept going by their combined propaganda efforts. The Warfare State is dramatically outlined in a series of chapters with such provocative headings as: Madison Avenue In Uniform and Shelters Are To Bury You each chapter forming a complete and separate essay on individual aspects of the Warfare State while advancing the theory that we are enmeshed in a political program that can only lead to nuclear destruction. The author quotes extensively ""from the record"" and the sources are identified with footnotes. This is more than excellent reportage: names are named and events recorded, but Mr. Cook draws his own conclusions.