The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives

Nick Turse, Author
Nick Turse, Author Metropolitan Books $24 (290p) ISBN 978-0-8050-7896-1
Reviewed on: 03/03/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
In his exhaustively researched first book concerning the extent to which the ""military industrial complex"" has infiltrated the life of the average American, journalist Turse starts off by documenting how many times supposedly innocent consumer choices support major Pentagon contractors then covers similar ground in greater detail. Turse has up-to-date information on a previously well-covered subject and casts a wide net, including the movie industry, video gaming and military recruitment tactics in his analysis. Many of Turse's facts are purely economic, but some of them are astonishing. Who knew, for example, that in 2005, the Department of Defense spent $1.2 million on donuts in Kuwait? Or that Harvard received over $300 million in DoD funds in 2002, after being pressured, despite concerns about discrimination, to allow military recruiters access to its law school students? Though Turse offers plenty of interesting information, ultimately this book would have been more convincing if, instead of simply amassing and condensing such information, he had built a stronger argument about what it all means.
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