Review of "Bases abroad: the global foreign military presence"

by William C. Martel

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Bases Abroad: The Global Foreign Military Presence documents in great detail the locations of military bases throughout the world, the purposes these bases serve, and their sizes. The book stresses that bases are the concrete expression of foreign military presence but fails to develop a convincing thesis. It does not consider whether foreign military presence is a problem, whether we should worry about foreign bases in the future, or whether the end of the Cold War affects the issue. However, the book has value for those who wish to understand the vast array of military facilities worldwide.

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