PUBLISHER'S NOTE

I first discovered the original 1992 edition of Addicted to War about five years ago. I thought it was the best book I had ever read, revealing the true nature of U.S. foreign policy and U.S. militarism. I located the author, Joel Andreas (who also illustrated ATW), and convinced him to update the book. In April of 2002, I published a new edition with the help of AK Press. The response has been tremendous. Since then, over 200,000 copies have been distributed in the United States and Canada.

Addicted to War is being used as a textbook by hundreds of teachers and college professors. Many peace orgainizations are selling the book at anti-war rallies, teach-ins, and smaller events. It is showing up in schools, churches, and public libraries. More and more bookstores are carrying it. Individuals are ordering multiple copies to give to friends, co-workers, and relatives. I have received thousands of calls, email messages, and letters from people telling me how much they love and appreciate this book!

A Spanish edition of Addicted to War is now available in the United States. A Japanese translation has sold over 70,000 copies. Editions in Korean, German, Danish, Thai, Finnish, Indonesian, Italian, Czech, Hungarian and other languages have also been published. There are plans to make an animated documentary film based on the book. All versions will help get the book's anti-war message out to greater numbers of people around the world.

I want to thank Joel Andreas for giving us a powerful educational tool that reveals the sad and painful truth about U.S. militarism. We are honored that some of America's most courageous peace educators and activists have endorsed the book. Thanks to Yumi Kikuchi and Gen Morita for their support and for making the Japanese edition of Addicted to War possible. Thanks to the Veterans for Peace and to other anti-war organizations listed at the back of the book for using ATW to help raise awareness. Thanks to AK press for co-publishing ATW with me. Special thanks to my friends, to my family, and to S. Brian Willson, for supporting this project from the beginning

Finally, I want to thank you -the reader- for your concern about the issues addressed in this book. I encourage you to use it to help bring about a change of consciousness in this country. Please consider taking a copy to a teacher who might use it in class. Take a copy to your church, synagogue, or mosque. Send one to your congressperson, city council member, or someone in the media. Show it to friends and family. And please also encourage them to listen to or watch Democracy Now! hosted by Amy Goodman, which is now on over 375 radio and television stations across the country. I also recommend the web site: www.goodfilms.org for excellent anti-war films.

Education is the key. It's up to each of us to do our part. We can make a difference, all of us together. People around the world are counting on us to end our country's addiction to war.

Frank Dorrel, November 2005