Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World


By (author) Trevor Paglen

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  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 36mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 12 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0525951016
  • ISBN 13: 9780525951018
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, 1 map
  • Sales rank: 1,364,525

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Trevor Paglen is a scholar in geography, an artist, and a provocateur. His research into areas that officially "don't exist" leads him on a globe-trotting adventure into a vast, undemocratic, and uncontrolled black empire - the unmarked spots on a map, where our military conducts its most clandestine operations. Run by an amorphous group of government agencies and private companies, this empire's annual budget is over $40 billion, yet almost no one knows how it works or what it does.Paglen spies on the covert site at Groom Lake, Nevada, taking photos from a mountain top thirty miles away. He visits the widow of Walter Kazra, who, while working construction at Groom Lake, was poisoned by the toxic garbage pits there. The U.S. Air Force defense to his estate's suit? The base does not exist. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.Whether it's from a hotel room in Vegas, secret prisons in Kabul, buried CIA aircraft in Central American jungles, Washington, D.C., suburbs, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, Paglen's reporting is impassioned, rigorous, relentless - and eye-opening. Blank Spots on the Map is an expose of a world that, officially, isn't even there.

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