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New York Journal of Books Reviews "War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences" by Mary Dudziak
NYJB Reviewer Jerry Mark Silverman writes, "Ms. Dudziak’s answer to those questions is that a failure to recalibrate our thinking about what must be accepted during times of “war” poses a threat to Americans’ civil liberties."
Mr. Silverman also writes, "This book is not so much about those “wars” as it is about the concept of “wartime.”
“Once we enter [wartime] we expect the rules to change. Some burdens are more tolerable because we think of war as important and exceptional, and also because, by definition, wartime comes to an end. . . . [But] Once war has begun, time is thought to proceed on a different plane. There are two important consequences of this shift: first, we have entered a time that calls for extraordinary action, and second, we share a belief that this moment will end decisively, so that this shift is temporary. Because of this, built into the idea of wartime is a conception of the future.""
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