Brian Thomas Gallagher
Soldiers of Reason:
The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire
by Alex Abella
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When Gerald Ford’s secretary of defense, James Schlesinger, opined that “Spengler was an optimist,” the world finally had the obiter dictum to sum up the trenchant doomism at the heart of the cold-warrior mentality—and the coldest of the cold warriors were at the rand Corporation, where Schlesinger had worked before ascending to the secretariat. In fact, his quip would serve well as rand’s motto.
Although rand has arguably been the most influential nongovernmental policy organization in American history, until Alex Abella’s Soldiers of Reason there was no comprehensive history of its inner workings, presumably because rand preferred it that way.
However, Abella was granted unprecedented access to the rand archives—save the top-secret material, of which one imagines there is bales. Having granted access, one
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