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The complex : how the military invades our everyday lives

Author: Nick Turse
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Turse
ISBN: 9780805078961 0805078967 9780805089196 0805089195
OCLC Number: 163708073
Description: x, 290 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 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.
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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. We are a long way from Eisenhower's military-industrial complex: this is its twenty-first-century progeny.--From publisher description.

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