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Wednesday, March 31

Now that Gibson has the Republican nod in NY-20, maybe his book will become more affordable

What do President Barack Obama and Republican candidate for New York's 20th Congressional District Col. Christopher P. Gibson have in common? Both are published authors, albeit on different subjects and with vastly different bottom lines.

You can snag a new paperback copy of Obama's The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Crown) for as little as $1.50 on Amazon.

A copy of Gibson's 172 page academic report on the interaction between civilian leadership and military officers, Securing the State: Reforming the National Security Decisionmaking Process at the Civil-Military Nexus (Ashgate), will cost you up to $90! The publisher lists it with a 10 percent discount at $80, the best price I found was a used copy for $72.38.

That's 48 cents per page minimum. I used to think 75 cents for a newspaper was pushing it. At least now we know how he's going to fund the campaign.

I can't find it in the Mowhawk Valley and Southern Adirondack Library Systems catalog!

What is this long titled, short written, quite expensive publication about?

As put by LTC Peter Molin in the Sept/Oct 2008 edition of Military Review, "Colonel Gibson argues that the U.S. government lacks sufficient institutional structures and protocols to ensure that its 'civil-military nexus' functions efficiently. He identifies a pendulum-like oscillation between opposing concepts and practices during the post-World War II era."

A preview of the book can be found here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you get what you pay for. Empty rhetoric is cheap, and real leadership isn't. Let's hope the voters of NYS recognize they can get a real bargain...

Real leadership for the cost of exercising their right to vote and picking Gibson.


April 1, 2010 at 7:20 AM 
Anonymous kathiep said...

I don't understand how the author feels he can compare a book obviously written as a scholarly work to books obviously written as part of a political campaign as Mr. Obama's were. The fact that Mr. Gibson wrote the book shows that he is willing to examine the issues and form intelligent conclusions. He is more interested in changing things for the better than making his name to attain public office. Isn't that exactly what we want in our political leaders? As far as the price discrepancy, Mr. Obama's goal was to write a persuasive political speech and get it into as many hands as possible to make a name for himself. Mr. Gibson was writing a text for people in his field. Have you looked at the price of text books lately?

April 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM 

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