Complex How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives

ISBN-10: 0805078967
ISBN-13: 9780805078961
Edition: 2008
Authors: Nick Turse
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Description: A mind-boggling investigation of the allpervasive, constantly morphing presence of the Pentagon in daily life--a real-world "Matrix "come alive Here is the new, hip, high-tech military-industrial complex--an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system  More...

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A mind-boggling investigation of the allpervasive, constantly morphing presence of the Pentagon in daily life--a real-world "Matrix "come alive Here is the new, hip, high-tech military-industrial complex--an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system of systems that penetrates all our lives. From iPods to Starbucks to Oakley sunglasses, historian Nick Turse explores the Pentagon's little-noticed contacts (and contracts) with the products and companies that now form the fabric of America. Turse investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: the Pentagon's collaborations with Hollywood filmmakers; its outlandish schemes to weaponize the wild kingdom; its joint ventures with the World Wrestling Federation and NASCAR. He shows the inventive ways the military, desperate for new recruits, now targets children and young adults, tapping into the "culture of cool" by making "friends" on MySpace. A striking vision of this brave new world of remote-controlled rats and super-soldiers who need no sleep, "The Complex "will change our understanding of the militarization of America. We are a long way from Eisenhower's military-industrial complex: this is the essential book for understanding its twenty-first-century progeny.

Introduction: A Day in the Life
Kicking it Old School
The Iron Triangle
The Military-Academic Complex
The Military-Petroleum Complex
Global Landlord
Today's Corporate Bedfellows
Starbucks Goes to Gitmo, iPods in iRaq
These Boots Are Made for Killing
A Sneak Peek at the Military-Telecom Complex
The Military-Doughnut Complex
The High Life
How the Waste Was Won
La Dolce Vita War on Terror
That's Entertainment
Six Billion Movies and No Separation
A Virtual World of War
Pimp My Pentagon
The Complex Goes Recruiting
An Army of (No) One
The Militarization of MySpace
The Dirty Dozen
The Mad, Mad World of the Military
The Pentagon Goes Golfing
Patriotic Pork
Stars and Hype
The Military-Corporate-Conference Complex
Weaponizing the Future
Living Weapons Labs
The Wild Weapons of DARPA
Captain DARPAmerica
Baghdad, 2025
Complex Conclusions
The Homeland Security State
Bibliographic Essay
Acknowledgments
Index

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