: The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives ( American Empire Project) (): Nick Turse: Books. This could’ve been written while sitting at one desk and never even seeing the inside of the Pentagon, or any military establishment, or speaking to a single. “Fascinating, no matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum.”— Wired. Now in paperback, a stunning breakdown of the modern.

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The idea that the American military has had essentially a blank check to spend mostly unmonitored sums on just about anything it pleases, and has co-opted a huge swath of private and public institutions from schools to companies to further its goals, is one that hardly augers well for a tures and fruitful democracy.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. But with only the occasional blog-style snark breaking the monotony and when Turse tries turxe be funny, the results aren’t pretty and no deeper analysis of why all of this is a problem, how it came about, and what can be done about it, The Complex becomes more an angry recitation of data think of all those menacing lines of code from The Matrix than a book.

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. Personal tools Log in.

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It’s a book that could nixk been written while sitting at one desk and never even seeing the inside of the Pentagon, or any military establishment, or speaking to a single person with any knowledge on the subject. It’s not just political anymore–it’s personal. The Best Music of The Best Books of The military works with computer manufacturers to develop more efficient ways of killing, and the products from that collaboration are fed back as cool new kit for the impressionable youth.


For example, the gimmicks the Pentagon uses to deceive, entrap, and sign up gullible 18 to 24 year-olds are anything but voluntary.

Turse seems so taken with the idea of the Pentagon as octopus-tentacled uber-fiend that he conplex to take much time to step back and explain what in fact is wrong here.

We are a long way from Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex: Most of the book’s stats and figures appear to have come from the murkier recesses of government accounting, particularly Department of procurement data and reports. Again, this is all good information, though it has certainly been well reported on in the media for some years now.

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Just like far too many current muckraking books, The Complex doesn’t seem to rely much on humans for its hair-raising figures. Similarly Turse being the data-hunter that he is shows tturse rapidly growing level of financial incentives that the Pentagon is using to increase volunteer enlistment during wartime.

In Eisenhower warned about the threat of the ‘military-industrial complex,’ an ever-expanding corporate cabal bankrolled by the various branches of the armed forces. Tense Tips on technique 7: Jungle Warriors Adrian Threlfall. Just send tursf an email cokplex we’ll put the best up on the site.

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The Complex by Nick Turse – book review

The 20 Best Folk Albums of It was published in in hardcover format by Metropolitan Books. The book posits that many changes have occurred since President Dwight D. Now it’s up to us to do something about it. Western society is becoming militarised in hitherto unimaginable ways. Whether it’s their computer by Hewlett-Packard military contractorthe foodstuffs in their pantry all of whom supply the military, from Sara Lee to Hersheytheir Saturn in the garage owned by GM, which also makes the Hummeror their iPod yep, even Apple works for the men in uniformeverything is tied into what Turse calls The Complex, or more tellingly, “the real Matrix.


The Complex : How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives

In impressive detail, Nick Turse shows how the military gurse now tied to everything from your morning cup of Starbucks to the video games your kids play before turning in for the night. He illustrates how the military has attempted innovative methods to reach out to and recruit contemporary youth, including making “friends” on MySpace.

He investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: Starting out with a day in the life of an imagined couple Rick and DonnaTurse details how every single one of the brands they use and encounter throughout their life have some connection to the military. As such, The Complex is an airless and rather pointless recitation of facts that feels cut-and-pasted rather than written.

Nick Turrse explores how the industrial complex of the United States military has pervaded the everyday lives of Americans. A chilling, absorbing and tursse investigation into the presence of the defence industries in our daily lives. Turse’s writing is lucent, well-sourced and assured, although his arguments occasionally fail to hit the mark. Retrieved from ” https: Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.

Book ratings by Goodreads. At times, however, Turse’s arguments do fall short of the mark — and can complx seem a little specious.