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Frank Dorrel and Joel Andreas. Addicted To War


Frank Dorrel




Addicted To War





The New 2015 Updated Edition of ADDICTED To WAR is now available. ATW author Joel Andreas has added America's Drone Wars (on the cover), Obama, Bradley Manning, Tomas Young, ISIS, Syria and has updated the number of deaths in Iraq & Afghanistan and the money spent o­n these wars.


We have also added 5 new endorsements for the book: Medea Benjamin, Cynthia McKinney, Col. Ann Wright, David Swanson and Glenn Greenwald. The book was last updated in 2004. Since 2002 close to 240,000 copies have been distributed in English.


ADDICTED TO WAR takes o­n the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. It tells the history of U.S. foreign wars - from the Indian Wars to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - in comic book format.


With 74 hard-hitting pages, this book reveals why the U.S. has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country. Packed with historical photographs and quotes from people in the military, the government, and big business, ADDICTED To WAR explains who benefits from these military adventures, who pays, and who dies.


Addicted To War is being used as a history textbook in hundreds of high schools and colleges. It is carefully documented with 164 reference notes.


Howard Zinn, author of 'A People's History of the United States' says: - "Addicted To War is a witty and devastating portrait of U.S. military policy, a fine example of art serving society."


ADDICTED To WAR is also endorsed by Veterans For Peace, Noam Chomsky, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ramsey Clark, Ron Kovic, S. Brian Willson, Father Roy Bourgeois, Kathy Kelly, Michael Parenti, William Blum, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, Kris Kristofferson, Rev. James Lawson, Blase Bonpane, Patch Adams, Cindy Sheehan, Michael Franti, Fernando Suarez del Solar, and Col. James Burkholder.


Check out the ENDORSEMENTS PAGE to read what these people have to say about ADDICTED To WAR.


Read this book! Buy a copy for friends and family members! Give a copy to a teacher! Send o­ne to your congressperson or senator! Use this book to help educate yourself and others and help rid our country of its addiction to war!


Read the entire previous 2004 edition of ATW o­n our web site HERE.


SPANISH EDITION is also available!

ADICTO A LA GUERRA ahora en español.


Thanks for being concerned about this very important issue of U.S. militarism. I hope you will consider ordering a copy of Addicted To War, my DVD: What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy, and a copy of Blood o­n the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson.


There is a discount for ordering two or all three of these excellent educational tools. If you are interested in ordering multiple copies to share with friends, family members and others, please see our Order Page.


In Peace,


Frank Dorrel


Addicted To War

P.O. Box 3261

Culver City, CA. 90231-3261


Phone: 310.838.8131

Email: fdorrel@addictedtowar.com

or fdorrel@sbcglobal.net




Joel Andreas






I wrote the first edition of Addicted to War after the U.S. war against Iraq in 1991. The major news media had been reduced to wartime cheerleaders, and people in this country had largely been shielded from the ugly realities of the war. My aim was to present information difficult to find in the mainstream media, and to explain America's extraordinary predilection to go to war. Ten years later, events compelled me to update the book. The September 11 attacks provided an opportunity for George W. Bush to declare a "War o­n Terrorism," which in practice turned out to be an endless binge of war-making. The second edition was published in early 2002, following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. The Bush Administration then turned to preparing for a new war against Iraq. A thin rhetorical veneer about combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction hardly concealed its underlying aim: to impose a new U.S. client regime in the Middle East and assure control over a country that has the world's second largest known oil reserves. As the present edition goes to press, the U.S. is occupying Afghanistan and Iraq. In an effort to quell armed resistance, the U.S. military is taking harsh punitive measures against the civilian populations of both countries, feeding a spiral of violence that has repercussions around the world and is placing us all in greater danger.


This book chronicles over two centuries of U.S. foreign wars, beginning with the Indian wars. During this time, America's machinery of war has grown into a behemoth that dominates our economy and society and extends around the globe. Although the Bush Administration has been particularly bellicose, this country's addiction to war began long before Bush came to power and will undoubtedly survive his departure. The costs of this growing addiction are now being felt more acutely at home. Soldiers and their families are paying a heavy price, but everyone is affected. Skyrocketing military spending is contributing to huge government deficits, causing sharp cuts in domestic programs, including education, health care, housing, public transport, and environmental protection. At the same time, the "War o­n Terrorism" is being used as an excuse to step up police surveillance and erode our civil liberties. I hope this book will spur reflection and debate about militarism, and encourage creative action to change our direction.


It's impossible to thank all of the people who have contributed to the creation of this book here. Instead, I will mention o­nly three: My mother, Carol Andreas, who introduced me to anti-war activities; my father, Carl Andreas, who first encouraged me to write the book; and Frank Dorrel, whose tireless promotion made a new edition both possible and irresistible.


Joel Andreas, May 2004


77 pages with footnotes

Perfect Bound Paperback

Third Edition Copyright 2004

ISBN 1-904859-01-1




Happy Holidays Leo,


Hope all is well with you and your family. Congratulations o­n the progress of your book. I think I have told you before that my grandmother (on my mother's side) came to Philadelphia from Odessa back around 1918 or 1919.


Our daughter Emily came home o­n Saturday for Christmas break and will be here until January 16th. She has o­ne more semester at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and will be graduating in May.


My wife Jane has been back o­n chemotherapy treatments since last January. The results have been good. Chemo saved her life 4 years ago. So we thinkit's a good thing. We've been married since 1988. She is the Love of My Life!


We are hoping that: PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson & The Peace Movement - will be finished by February or March of 2016. Director Bo Boudart and his team (which I am part of) have been making a lot of good changes to it since we screened the rough-cut version at The Peace Center in Culver City o­n August 1st. I think it's going to be a great film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKIjfUAnPvY&feature=player_embedded. Bo has signed Peter Coyote to narrate the film. I think Peter is the best narrator there is. And Jackson Browne has donated his beautiful anti-war song: "LIVES IN THE BALANCE" to the film for free: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms5J2U_ySdI. It has been taking a long time to finish but I think it will have been well worth it. Brian is o­ne of my biggest heroes in the anti-war movement. All of his essays are well worth reading at: www.brianwillson.com. You can watch his amazing interview with Amy Goodman in 2011 at: www.democracynow.org/2011/10/28/blood_on_the_tracks_brian_willsons. You can read his short Bio at: www.brianwillson.com/autobiography


Love & Peace,


Frank, Jane, Emily, Bernie, Ozzy & Litzi (Jane's mom)



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