Early Reviews for “WAR: The Afterparty”

A cut and paste from the first four reviews on Amazon, all 5 out of 5 stars.

Top Customer Reviews

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Are you interested in politics and foreign affairs? Would you love to embark on a great adventure, but don’t have the time to spend or the gumption to stroll into who-knows-what? Then join Brian on his amazing escapade. Read this book and you can be right there with him as he makes his way around the world and through modern history, interviewing those in the know about the effects of some of the decisions our leaders have made, hopefully with the effect of pushing us to do better in our present circumstances. Brian provides helpful information along the way, but generally lets you come to your own conclusions — high-level analysis is for the most part reserved for the Afterword. There are no easy answers to questions of how and when the US should inject itself into difficult situations in far-flung places. But understanding what’s gone wrong in the past is a good place to start.


Format: Paperback

This book puts our foreign policy mis-adventures in a completely new light. Amazing chutzpah from a journeyman journalist who managed to get himself around the world and back — including two active war zones. From taking one of the most powerful Imams in Afghanastan over his appalling incitement of violence that lead to a woman’s death by stoning, to a face-off with a leader of the Nicaraguan Contras, Gruber teases out what happens after the cameras, troops and attention move on — or don’t. This is a must-read for anyone who wonders about our foreign policy How did we get here? Gruber has a few answers.


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Brian’s book is in the great tradition of true detectives on the beat investigating a case and chasing down the witnesses. Working the leads. Sometimes the beat is as interesting as the clues. The streets. Brian has lots to say about that as well as a brilliant analysis of his case– that is, what war and clandestine operations have done to the global population. This journey is filled with interviews with major figures in those wars and Brian stares into the heart of darkness with the eyes of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and a clear minded Hunter S. Thompson.


Format: Paperback

War: The Afterparty is silently passionate and immensely satisfying to read. A brilliant and thoughtful new-work— Gruber glides from one country to the next, each more fascinating than the one before. He travels to several countries and interviews the most ordinary citizens about the conflicts and the wars we left behind – nuanced, yet simple to understand.
War: The Afterparty is about the true human meaning and consequences of our wars. This is not another war or political book, but of the few truly great and enduring.
The proper question Gruber ask for the readers to contemplate is “… do we accomplish in war what we say we will and were the benefits of our interventions worth the costs? After the party is over, what are the war’s real effects”?

2 thoughts on “Early Reviews for “WAR: The Afterparty””

  1. Mari Rafaella Lemmkinn

    I heard your conversation with Brian Lamb of CSPAN Q&A last Sunday and was curious about your new book “War: The Afterparty, A Walkabout of Military Intervention.” I will buy it sometime in the near future. I will list my old email address, but I no longer have a computer and use one at the library. So, I do not check emails anymore. Do you write specifically about Adolf Hitler and his quest to rule the world, at any time? I cannot stand the thought of a Fourth Reich and hope any and all efforts to thwart off this evil is being pushed back each and every single day of our lives until backed into a corner where it cannot get out! No more genocide, hatred, abuses and killings. Let’s move toward a more benevolent, accepting world. Sincerely, Mari Rafaella Lemmkinn. Abbiamo Vinto! (We won!)

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. It mostly focuses on post-WWII but there is a lot about FDR. Hope you enjoy the book and feel free to friend me on Facebook. Brian

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