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The Pentagonists: An Insider's View Of Waste, Mismanagement And Fraud In Defense Spending
The Pentagonists: An Insider's View Of Waste, Mismanagement And Fraud In Defense Spending
By A. Ernest Fitzgerald
Houghton Mifflin, 1989, 344 pp.

This is a bitter broadside by a man with plenty to be bitter about: Fitzgerald was fired by Richard Nixon for blowing the whistle on the C-5A transport and has been isolated within the Pentagon ever since. This surely is the season for fresh thought about what is wrong with the Pentagon, but Fitzgerald's salvo is too broad to provide either diagnosis or prescription; his targets range from simple greed to the alleged crisis in America's industrial system.