Parts of this book were good. The sections on recruiting and propaganda are particularly informative and disturbing. The intro didn't work for me. Why should I or a fictional character care if I buy 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
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Peter Van Buren. David Vine. Chalmers A Johnson. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. Home Learning. Description "Fascinating, no matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum. 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.
He 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 Marvel Comics and NASCAR. Similarly disturbing is the way in which the military, desperate for fresh recruits, has tapped 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. Other books in this series. Add to basket. Blowback Chalmers Johnson. Who Rules the World?
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In impressive detail, Nick Turse shows how the military is now tied to everything from your morning cup of Starbucks to the video games your kids play before turning in for the night. It's not just political anymore--it's personal. Turse sounds the alarm bell about the militarization of everyday life.
Now it's up to us to do something about it. For anyone interested in understanding the crisis this country is in, The Complex is indispensable reading.
For example, the gimmicks the Pentagon uses to deceive, entrap, and sign up gullible 18 to 24 year-olds are anything but voluntary. Nick Turse has produced a brilliant expos of the Pentagon's pervasive influence in our lives. He is the associate editor and research director of Tomdispatch. Turse currently lives near New York City. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
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The Complex : How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives
At some point while readers are perusing his The Complex , Tomdispatch. The idea seems to be that readers will have had no idea, none, about the extent to which the military has thrust, crawled, and seeped into practically every aspect of our society over the past few decades. There is no moment like that in The Complex , though it's certainly not for a lack of evidence. Evidence, in fact, is the only arrow Turse seems to have in his quiver as he goes about describing the exact extent of the modern military-industrial complex. Starting out with a day in the life of an imagined couple Rick and Donna , Turse details how every single one of the brands they use and encounter throughout their life have some connection to the military. Whether it's their computer by Hewlett-Packard military contractor , the foodstuffs in their pantry all of whom supply the military, from Sara Lee to Hershey , their Saturn in the garage owned by GM, which also makes the Hummer , or their iPod yep, even Apple works for the men in uniform , everything is tied into what Turse calls The Complex, or more tellingly, "the real Matrix.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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 food companies are drawn into research on meals and drugs that will make soldiers stay awake for longer, be more alert and hyped up. This is the new, high-tech military-industrial complex. Nick Turse draws this strange, frightening world-within-the-world into the light. Read more Read less.
The Complex by Nick Turse