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Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control Paperback – May 1, 2012

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“In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation.” —Barbara Ehrenreich

“The first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America’s extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home.” —Ann Wright, US Army colonel (ret.) and former deputy chief of mission for US embassies in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and elsewhere

“A compelling mix of humanity and factual data.” —Foreign Policy in Focus

“Thoroughly researched, hard-hitting ... so very timely, and so very much needed.” —Tikkun --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of the peace group CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, she is the author or editor of eight books. Her articles appear regularly in publications such as the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, AlterNet and OpEd News.

Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and one of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2010 and 2011. She has recorded close to two hundred titles. Hillary splits her time between Santa Monica and New York. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: OR Books; First Printing edition (May 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1935928813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935928812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was hoping for a book that was simply factual and spoke with in depth knowledge about this newly developing field/weapon. While I appreciate the human elements to the authors arguments, I felt she relied to heavily on emotional appeal from the reader to make her point, than on solid facts. I happen to know a great deal on this topic and was not impressed by the many factual mistakes made. These mistakes lead me to question the authors credibility in the few areas brought up, that I had not previously been aware of. With that said, I wouldn't recommend the book. It is a mix of accurate and inaccurate information driven by agenda. I'm not arguing for or against the authors position with relation to the growing field of unmanned aviation, I simply don't think this is the best source for you to look to if you are truly interested in gaining an understanding of this newly developed field/weapon.
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This new book by leading American anti-drone activist and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin is a must-read for anyone interested in the bitter reality of the ongoing US drone wars. It will be of interest to researchers, journalists, activists, ethicists, legal analysts, and the general public.

Any initial fears that this is merely a sensationalistic, superficial analysis of the problems of drone warfare quickly vanish as one begins reading. With over 300 notes and citations, the book supplies an unparalleled, sweeping perspective on the entire problem, alluding, in one way or another, to all the main issues. It contains a lot of details about drones that probably hadn't occurred to you before. (For example, did you know that drone-launched Hellfire missiles travel faster than the speed of sound? A strike victim doesn't even hear them coming.)

Overall it's an excellent, and perhaps essential starting point for research on US drone warfare.

The style is extremely readable, without loss of depth or impact. Medea Benjamin has an amazing command of the facts, a consequence of her sheer passion and commitment to the topic. There is no political agenda here -- it is not marred by 'leftist' or 'rightist' prejudice. Rather, what comes across is an intense humanitarian motivation. She is writing from the heart, with pure and trustworthy instincts, accompanied by a high degree of intellectual and journalistic skill.
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Drone warfare is a commonplace occurrence in our daily news media now, but 15 years ago it was barely functional. How did it rise to become a very deadly weapons system used to kill enemy combatants in the modern day? Find out by reading this book.
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It's not the most polished or focused book imaginable, but Benjamin is first and foremost a peace activist, not an investigative journalist. To her credit, the parts of the book that focus on Drone warfare: how it developed, how much money is involved in their production (hint: it's A LOT), how they are used, and the basic ethical/legal dilemmas involved in secretively killing people from the sky thousands of miles away receive a marginally thoughtful summary, and she obviously put a lot of research (though nowhere near enough to make this book as powerful as it could be) into the topic.

Honestly, this is a subject which just needs a stronger, more disciplined writer, one who is able to focus in persistently on the ramifications of these machines, and not someone who will hijack their own work with hopelessly naive, 3rd rate reasoning about "just-war theory" and the embarrassingly negligible role that the U.S.'s already hopelessly emasculated peace movement has played in bringing more attention to how totally insane and terrifying the implications of drone warfare are.
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I admire the author, Medea Benjamin. I have seen here grilled on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture", the best, most in depth political show on television in my opinion that delves into politics and much more including drone warfare and climate change. How would you like it if a foreign government sent drones to take out drug traffikers or terrorists, and your innocent children, spouse, neighbors and friends were killed under the ill-conceived concept of "collateral damage". President Barack Obama is much better than neocon Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney would have been, but he was not the progressive that we believed he would be, especially when he refused to process Wall Street CEOs, torturers, and continued drone attacks that promote new generations of Muslims to hate and terrorize us. After reading Drone Warfare, I am even more convinced that it is an ill-conceived program that taints what we are supposed to be about: Liberty & Justice for all! Kudos for Medea Benjamin!
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Ms Benjamin has the courage of her convictions and lays out the facts clearly why she feels so strongly about the drone killing program. Medea has been a hero of mine ever since I watched a video of her interrupting John Brennan's "pack of lies" press conference. It was sickening to listen to him saying that there have been no civilian casualties from the drone program. Ms Benjamin spoke the truth and was physically dragged out of the room. The image of her with her hands and feet pushing back against the door frame like a monkey while continuing to yell the truth is burned into my consciousness. Seriously, brutally killing people with sky-robots is immoral as well as counter-productive. It has been a singular recruitment tool for the terrorists. Why not? How would you react to a loved one being blown to bits by a Hellfire missile?
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