The Complex

The Complex

How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805078961
Branch Call Number: 338.47355 Turse 03/2008
Characteristics: x, 290 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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Apr 10, 2013

Outstanding book by Mr. Turse, backed by easily veriafible sources. Nick lucidly writes of the sinister outcome of the Edward Bernays-led disinformation division of the CIA/Pentagon. Read this well-researched book while you also read the opposite context, Corey Mead's "War Play" - - the contrast between the two books will be most thought-provoking!


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