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The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives is a book about the United Statesmarker military, written by journalist Nick Turse. It was published in 2008 in hardcover format by Metropolitan Books. The book describes the vast changes in the industrial complex of the U.S. military from the days of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to 2008, its affect on American society, and how the military and private business spheres interact with each other. The book received positive reviews in Mother Jones and Inter Press Service, and critical reviews by Jeffrey St. Clair of CounterPunch, and in Kirkus Reviews.


Nick Turse received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Sociomedical Sciences. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled: "'Kill Anything That Moves': United States War Crimes and Atrocites in Vietnam, 1965-1973", and it utilized the war-crime archive and historical texts to analyze the doctrine of atrocity. Turse is the research director of, a project of The Nation Institute.


In the book, Nick Turse explores how the industrial complex of the United States military has pervaded the everyday lives of Americans. Turse investigates the relationship between the Pentagon and the Hollywood entertainment industry, military actions in the civilian sphere, and joint projects between the U.S. military and companies including NASCAR and Marvel Comics. Turst describes how military tacticians and flyers were outfitted with Applemarker PowerBooks. He illustrates how the military has attempted innovative methods to reach out to and recruit contemporary youth, including making "friends" on MySpace. Turse notes that the research and development budget of the military, and its spending in the private sector, has increased dramatically over the last few years. The book posits that many changes have occurred since President Dwight D. Eisenhower's military-industrial complex, and relates the changes to the present day.


The book was reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, where it was recommended: "For those who like their journalism fevered and their politics pat." Tom Engelhardt of Mother Jones magazine wrote: "Whatever you do, don't miss Nick Turse's The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives. It's an eye-opener on the degree to which we are, without realizing it, a militarized society." Jeffrey St. Clair of CounterPunch was critical, and commented: "This is a Bush-bashing book that maliciously elides the uncomfortable fact that many of the contractor scandals that penetrated the mainstream press in Bush-time where [sic] actually set in motion in the 1990s." Ali Gharib reviewed the book for Inter Press Service, and noted: "Turse's book carefully tracks the Defense Department's money trail to everything from traditional defense contractors to a handful of Southern catfish restaurants to Dunkin' Donuts."

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