Covert Capital Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U. S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia

ISBN-10: 0520274652
ISBN-13: 9780520274655
Edition: 2013
Authors: Andrew Friedman
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

The capital of the U.S. Empire after World War II was not a city. It was an American suburb. In this innovative and timely history, Andrew Friedman chronicles how the CIA and other national security institutions created a U.S. imperial home front in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. In this covert capital, the suburban landscape provided a cover for the workings of U.S. imperial power, which shaped domestic suburban life. The Pentagon and the CIA built two of the largest office buildings in the country there during and after the war that anchored a new imperial culture and social world.As the U.S. expanded its power abroad by developing roads, embassies, and villages, its subjects also arrived in the covert capital as real estate agents, homeowners, builders, and landscapers who constructed spaces and living monuments that both nurtured and critiqued postwar U.S. foreign policy. Tracing the relationships among American agents and the migrants from Vietnam, El Salvador, Iran, and elsewhere who settled in the southwestern suburbs of D.C., Friedman tells the story of a place that recasts ideas about U.S. immigration, citizenship, nationalism, global interconnection, and ethical responsibility from the post-WW2 period to the present. Opening a new window onto the intertwined history of the American suburbs and U.S. foreign policy, Covert Capital will also give readers a broad interdisciplinary and often surprising understanding of how U.S. domestic and global histories intersect in many contexts and at many scales.American Crossroads, 37

Introduction
The Covert Intimacies of Langley and Dulles
At Home with the CIA
Saigon Road: The Co-Constituted Landscape of Northern Virginia and South Vietnam
The Fall of South Vietnam and the Transnational Intimacies of Falls Church, Arlington, and McLean
Iran-Contra as Built Space: U.S. Imperial Tehran in Exile and Edge City's Central American Presence
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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