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    DescriptionIn a work that combines ingenious journalism and bizarrely encoded art, author/photographer/investigator Trevor Paglen uncovers 75 never-before-seen-in-public military patches that reveal a bizarre secret world of the American military. Paglen investigates classified weapons projects and intelligence operations by examining their own imagery and jargon, disclosing new facts about important classified military units?here known by peculiar names (?Goat Suckers,? ?None of Your Fucking Business,? ?Tastes Like Chicken?) and illustrated with occult symbols and ridiculous cartoons. The precisely photographed patches?worn by military personnel working on classified missions, such as those at the legendary Area 51?reveal much about a strange and eerie world about which little was previously known. The author has also assembled an extensive and readable guide, based on extensive interviews with military sources and government records, to the patches included here, making this volume perhaps the best available survey of the military's black world?a $27 billion industry that has quietly grown by almost 50 percent since 9/11.

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    I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me
    Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World
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    By (author) Trevor Paglen
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 137
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 184 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9781935554141
    ISBN 10: 193555414X

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    Melville House Publishing
    Publication date
    23 February 2011
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    Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and geographer. He is the author of Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (coauthored with A.C. Thompson), Blank Spots on a Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, and Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes. He lives and works in Oakland and New York City.
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    Praise for Trevor Paglen and I COULD TELL YOU. . . " Gives readers a peek into the shadows . . . Department of Defense spokesman Bob Mehal told "Newsweek "that it 'would not be prudent to comment on what patches did or did not represent classified units.' That's OK. Some mysteries are more fun when they stay unsolved." --Karen Pinchin, "Newsweek" "An art book that presents peculiar shoulder patches created for the weird and top secret programs funded by the Pentagon's black budget... an achievement." --Timothy Buckwalter, "San Francisco Chronicle" "" " Some of the worst crimes in the American landscape are hiding in plain sight, and nobody has ever pursued them more thoroughly or explained them more chillingly and engagingly than Trevor Paglen. What he is doing is important, fascinating, and groundbreaking." --Rebecca Solnit, author of "Wanderlust" " The iconography of the United States military. Not the mainstream military, with its barsg