Lord of War

In a world in which Hollywood's cash cow is worse sequels to bad movies, the rare occasion of a movie that appears to involve some thought is a rare joy. One such movie is Lord of War (2005), an insightful commentary on arms sales disguised as a drama. As a movie, it was less than amazing, but as food for thought, it was more than filling. In fact, the film is sufficiently true to real events (not least its indictment of the US Government as the largest arms dealer in the world) that they were unable to secure funding in the US and had to look overseas. Despite general critical acclaim, it was not nominated for any awards.

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You're a Heinlein fan, and you've read Starship Troopers a million times, but maybe you didn't even bother to see the movie because it didn't have the armor. Your favorite vehicle in Macross is the Cyclone and you cheered every time bullets ricocheted off Robocop. You are a powered armor freak, and you need to read this book.

Now, there are reasons to read this book other than the simple involvement of powered armor. People who need more should continue reading; some people have already clicked over to buy the thing. They're making the right move, but they may not yet understand why. But why? Because this is one of the best science-fiction books ever written. I know that if more of you were less jaded by statements like that, I'd be getting boatloads of hatemail already, but I'm prepared to back up my statement.

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For those of you who have been looking for evidence that a working version of "Star Wars" can be built, consider the following proof offered by Caspar Weinberger: "If such a system is so unattainable, why have the Soviets been working desperately to get it for over 17 years?"
— USA Today

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Dear Mr. Seldes: I cannot remember the exact wording of the statement to which you allude; but what I meant was that ... a man who calls himself a 100% American and is proud of it, is generally 150% an idiot politically. But the designations may be good business for war veterans. Having bled for their country in 1861 and 1918, they have bled it all they could consequently. And why not?
— George Seldes
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