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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147747594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477475942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Turse is a journalist, historian, and the author of Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Turse's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation, among other publications. His investigations of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Terminator planet tells it like it is... It provides great information,is fact filled.
Victor Morgan
I expected an objective 'history' and the book is a collection of very biased commentary surrounding why UAV's a are bad.
PVS
Your government will of course lie about it, as this book clearly shows they are lying now, but it will be too late then.
Alex Bell

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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sergio on June 5, 2012
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Superb! As usual Turse and Englehardt are in the fore front of asking tough questions, telling hard to hear truths and igniting their readers to consider the Drone war being waged in the Name of all Americans. In the tradition of Chalmers Johnson, the issues of "Blow Back", Nation Sovereignty, Legality, and Morality are addressed in each essay.
They point out that the United States has lit the fuse on a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) arms race, we have established the rules, "the rules are there ain't no rules" and have even begun to export this deadly technology to other nations. Finally they take a look our Drone eat Drone future.
Fact filled, with information provided by the pentagon, and front line journalist, it's a must read for all concerned with a future that will include scores of nations, settling scores by remote control.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry J. Bennett on January 28, 2013
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The USA has been carrying out "targeted killings" of "terrorists" using drone aircraft piloted by airmen sitting safely in a building halfway around the world from where the drones are striking. These are touted as "surgical strikes" implying that they kill only the person or persons at whom they are aimed. It isn't so and this book explains why not very accurately and concisely, and how we are creating the next generation of terrorists by killing women and children as well as terrorists with them.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Victor Morgan on June 13, 2012
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Terminator planet tells it like it is...
It provides great information,is fact filled.
Refreshing to see facts presented & their sources named,for a change!
If you want to see the future, read Terminator Planet - the future is now...and looks like it's only going to get worse for those on the receiving end of the Drones....
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The book's title is incorrect. The title should be "Nick and Tom's opinion of Military UAVs .... and we don't like them". I expected an objective 'history' and the book is a collection of very biased commentary surrounding why UAV's a are bad. Also, the commentary and stories repeat themselves thru out the book.
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By R. Bouick on September 24, 2014
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Poorly written. The pages ooze paranoia. Poorly thought out points. Book looks cheap, no original information. Just typical internet rumors put into book form. Save your money, buy a book that wasn't published in someone's garage!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Olsen on May 17, 2013
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Watch the T.V. and you're suspposed get the feeling that Obama Invented Drones...WRONG..Read this Book and get caught up on the History of Drones...A must read if care anything about our Killing Machines..
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Maurer on April 4, 2013
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The two prolific authors have compiled the most detailed and pointed blog entries from TomDispatch.com in the last two years, or so, edited and revised in this POD volume for cohesive and salient reading. While the Terminator analogy is apt, Turse and Engelhardt emphasize that, despite the difference between the technology's reach and its grasp, a lot of human misery and political damage can still result in the arrogant attempt at closing the gap.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on March 5, 2013
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"Terminator Planet" by Nick Turse and Tom Englehardt is a good introduction to America's secret drone program. The book consists of twelve articles published between April 2009 and May 2012 with light editing and postscript. This eye-opening book should interest everyone concerned about America's military-industrial complex and its stranglehold on our democracy.

Mr. Turse and Mr. Englehardt provide excellent background material about what is known about the program. We learn how drones were imagined to play a significant part in supporting America's strategy for global hegemony. We begin to understand the sprawling complex of bases, training facilities and command-and-control centers that keep the drones in the air. The authors discuss how these Terminator-like machines have proven useful in projecting power in the Middle East and other flash points deemed critical to American empire.

The authors pull no punches as they critique this highly dubious enterprise. Fundamentally, drones represent the latest in a long line of high-tech solutions that to date have failed to cure America's fatally flawed foreign policies. Death and destruction by remote control tends to alienate populations and thus causes more (not less) socio-political instability. As the current generation of drones are not as advanced or reliable as commanders wish they should be, the authors fear yet another costly international arms race. Regrettably, the drone program appears likely to remain with us for years to come inasmuch as drones represent the kind of low-cost, ultra-controllable option the military establishment desires.

I highly recommend this important and timely book to everyone.
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