A Nobel Dissent: Jay Nordlinger’s Peace They Say
Why hasn’t the American military ever won the Nobel Peace Prize?
It may seem an odd question, but it’s an apt one, and Jay Nordlinger keeps tugging at it throughout his new history of the Prize, Peace They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, The Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World. Indeed, Thomas Friedman may have been the most recent advocate of the notion when he suggested, in his column, that President Obama accept the 2009 award “on behalf of the most important peacekeepers in the world for the last century—the men and women of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.”
“…The sad acknowledgement of the steady decay of dreams deferred and chances lost is ingrained throughout the book. Rather than call attention to it, Hass infuses the whole spirit of the book with the putrid scent of decadence with casual references that seem like topical description at first, but soon sink deeper, inseparable from the overt content of the collection…”