- Series: American Empire Project
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; Reprint edition (March 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805089195
- ISBN-13: 978-0805089196
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is a deeply disturbing audit of the Pentagon's influence on American life, especially its subtle conscription of popular imagination and entertainment technology. If Nick Turse is right, the ‘Matrix' may be just around the corner.” ―Mike Davis, author of Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
“When President Eisenhower warned of the dangers to democracy posed by the military-industrial complex, he had no idea how far it would penetrate into every aspect of our everyday lives. 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.” ―Bill Hartung, author of How Much Are You Making on the War Daddy?
“Nick Turse's searing, investigative journalism reveals just how deeply embedded in our lives the war-making system is and why we should be viscerally alarmed. He exposes how, with a growing contingent of corporate/entertainment/academic/media collaborators, the Pentagon has not only garrisoned the globe, but come home to dominate the United States. For anyone interested in understanding the crisis this country is in, The Complex is indispensable reading.” ―Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone
“Americans who still think they can free themselves from the clutches of the military-industrial complex need to read this book. 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 exposé of the Pentagon's pervasive influence in our lives.” ―Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
About the Author
Nick Turse holds a doctorate in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University. He is the associate editor and research director of Tomdispatch.com, and has written for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, and The Village Voice, as well as for a host of online sites. Turse currently lives near New York City.
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“Certainly, the day is not far off when most potential U.S. troops will have grown up playing commercial video games that were created by the military as training simulators; will be recruited , at least in part, through video games; will be tested, postenlistment, on advanced video game systems; will be trained using simulators, which will later be turned into video games, or on reconfigured versions of the same games used to recruit them or that they played as kids; will be taught to pilot vehicles using devices resembling commercial video game controllers; and then, after a long day of real-life war gaming head back to their quarters to kick back and play the latest PlayStation or Xbox games created with or sponsored by their own, or another, branch of the armed forces.
More and more toys are poised to become clandestine combat teaching tools, and more and more simulators are destined to be tomorrow’s tools, and more and more simulators are destined to be tomorrow’s toys. And what of America’s children and young adults in all this? How will they be affected by the dazzling set of military training devices now landing in their living rooms and on their PCs, produced by video game giants under the watchful eyes of the Pentagon? After all, what these games offer is less a matter of simple military indoctrination and more like a near immersion in a virtual world of war, where armed conflict is not the last, but the first—and indeed the only—resort.”
Nick Turse “The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives” (140)