The Three Trillion Dollar War

The Three Trillion Dollar War

The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict

Book - 2008
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Apart from its tragic human toll, the Iraq War will be staggeringly expensive in financial terms. This sobering study by Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda J. Bilmes casts a spotlight on expense items that have been hidden from the U.S. taxpayer, including not only big-ticket items like replacing military equipment (being used up at six times the peacetime rate) but also the cost of caring for thousands of wounded veterans--for the rest of their lives. Shifting to a global focus, the authors investigate the cost in lives and economic damage within Iraq and the region. Finally, with the chilling precision of an actuary, the authors measure what the U.S. taxpayer's money would have produced if instead it had been invested in the further growth of the U.S. economy. Written in language as simple as the details are disturbing, this book will forever change the way we think about the war.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.
ISBN: 9780393067019
0393067017
Call Number: 956.7044 STIGLITZ
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: War -- Economic aspects -- Iraq.
War -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Finance -- United States.
Additional Contributors: Bilmes, Linda

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