Morals Under the Gun: The Cardinal Virtues, Military Ethics, and American Society

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Toner (international relations and military ethics, Air War College) argues that the armed forces adhere to a set of standards that benefit everyone. He places the cardinal virtues wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance at the center of the military ethos, and urges against Machiavellian ethical reasoning. He also stresses the application of these values to civilian life, and presents the soldier as a kind of moral exemplar. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"The first book I have seen that describes the complex, underlying problems in detail while remaining fully engaging and accessible. A compelling read."--Peter S. Bowen, President, The Sangreal Group

“Compares the moral values of the American military today with civilian society and has positive things to say about the military’s moral code.”—VVA Veteran

“An impassioned and challenging work, one which should lead every reader to a close examination of his or her own behaviors and beliefs. . . . Rightfully addresses a crucial, if often overlooked, element of professional military education: morality in the conduct of the profession of arms.”—Marine Corps Gazette

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James H. Toner, a former U.S. Army officer, is professor of international relations and military ethics at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base. He is the author of, among other books, True Faith and Allegiance: The Burden of Military Ethics.

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