In impressive and often fascinating detail, she documents that the boundaries between war and peace have grown so hazy as to undermine hard-won global gains in human rights and the rule of law ... Brooks writes with clarity and epigrammatic wit, but the random oscillations of her views may annoy some readers. Can’t she make up her mind? Of course, she can. She is not one of those best who lack all conviction. Her honesty in the admission of second and third thoughts is a rebuke to the multitudes who can no longer remember that the Iraq war they denounce is the one they endorsed.
At its finest, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything is a dynamic work of reportage, punctuated by savory details ... When Ms. Brooks’s book lives up to its subtitle it delights. The author is a chipper field guide and canny ethnographer, writing with refreshing honesty about the folkways of the Defense Department, which often confound outsiders ... Ms. Brooks’s writing possesses a few grating tics...I also sometimes wondered who Ms. Brooks was writing for.