A disturbing look at the military state using evidence from committees of the Congress, whistle-blowers, and concerned citizens. Both Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower warned years ago of the vested interests driving the nation toward colossal arms expenditures. But we have continued to spend and spend unwisely. The horror stories of M-16s that jammed repeatedly in Vietnam, of $3-million M-1 tanks too complex to function, of the Dracula-like persistence of the C-5 transport plane and much more are lamentable examples of folly. The taxpayers want security, says Cousins, but the armament industry, with the help of its powerful governmental friends, uses fear and the Russian menace to whipsaw the budget up and up. In the meantime, security eludes us, military spending escalates, real needs go unattended and we risk total annihilation. The defense industry, Cousins contends, has grown so pervasive that it threatens to make clients and vassals of every productive activity in the nation. George Kennan, in his perceptive forward, talks about a ""distortion of vision"" and the ""suicidal quality of nuclear weapons."" Cousins lays out the facts, and a depressing picture it is. A thoughtful and chilling look at Fortress America, its architects, and its victims.