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The Pentagon works with Hollywood to develop new robot weapons systems, and encourages Hollywood to glorify and sanitise military violence. The military works with computer manufacturers to develop more efficient ways of killing, and the products from that collaboration are fed back as cool new kit for the impressionable youth. Food companies are drawn into research on meals and drugs that will make soldiers stay awake for longer, be more alert and hyped up. Western society is becoming militarised in hitherto unimaginable ways. This is the new, high-tech military-industrial complex: it is everywhere and nowhere. Nick Turse draws this strange, frightening world-within-the-world into the light.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571228195
ISBN-10: 0571228194
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 143mm x 23mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Or, buy an iPod, kill an Iraqi.Freelance journalist Turse hits on a fact well-known to anyone in the film and television business: The military spends lavishly in the civilian sphere, and the private sector rushes to milk whatever it can from the defense budget. In the instance of Apple, he writes, the military equipped flyers and on-the-ground tacticians with PowerBooks. Did Steve Jobs make a push to get his products, and not Bill Gates's, into the hands of the troopers? That would be a different story, but that's not the one Turse tells, which doesn't hold many surprises for anyone who's been paying attention. The military has funded basic research at universities for a century; a newish development, as Turse properly points out, is that the R&D budget has mushroomed in the last few years, a byproduct of the growth of military spending in general. "Not surprisingly," Turse writes, "with this kind of clout, the Pentagon can often dictate the sort of research that gets undertaken (and the sort that doesn't)." True enough, but the same is true when Big Pharma buys drug-discovery research in chemistry departments, or when ADM funds ethanol research, and so on. Another sort-of-new development is the Defense Department's interest in video games as training devices, which has brought many a graphic-art and game-design graduate a paycheck. Throughout, Turse employs a tone of alarm and indignation. Whereas the military has paid enlistment bonuses since the days of Caesar, in his eyes such an inducement to serve constitutes "a potentially life-changing bribe." And whereas war has been a constant of human history, Turse professes surprise that innocents should be caught in the crossfire. A typical note: "Of course, many would have no need for high-tech prosthetics if, for so many years, the U.S. military hadn't pumped so much money into weaponry development, especially land mine research and production." But did the U.S. military plant ten million-plus mines in Afghanistan, that vast marketplace of prosthetic devices?For those who like their journalism fevered and their politics pat. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Nick Turse

Nick Turse is a historian who has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and the Village Voice and many online sites. He is thirty years old.

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