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

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Penguin, Feb 5, 2009 - History - 352 pages
Welcome to a top-level clearance world that doesn't exist...Now with updated material for the paperback edition.

This is the adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a road trip through a shadow nation of state secrets, clandestine military bases, black sites, hidden laboratories, and top-secret agencies that make up what insiders call the "black world."

Here, geographer and provocateur Trevor Paglen knocks on the doors of CIA prisons, stakes out a covert air base in Nevada from a mountaintop 30 miles away, dissects the Defense Department's multibillion dollar "black" budget, and interviews those who live on the edges of these blank spots.

Whether Paglen reports from a hotel room in Vegas, a secret prison in Kabul, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, he is impassioned, rigorous, relentless-and delivers eye-opening details.

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User Review  - cblaker - LibraryThing

I had no idea the breadth of the black world. The American espionage complex employs 4 million people. The budgets involved are enormous and what the funds go to is at best unclear. Unfortunately, but ... Read full review

BLANK SPOTS ON THE MAP: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

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Cerebral, unconventional tour of sites deemed top secret by the U.S. government.Paglen (I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me, 2008, etc.), the son of an Air Force physician ... Read full review


Facts on the Ground
A Guy in the Classified World
Unexplored Territory
Chapter 5Classified Résumés
The Other Night
The Observer Effect
Money Behind Mirrored Walls
Nonfunding the Black World
Plains of Death
Anything You Need Anywhere
Screaming Their Heads

Blank Spots in the
The Precedent
Acknowledgements INDEX

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Trevor Paglen, Ph.D., has published numerous research papers in academic journals and his writing has appeared in The Village Voice and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. He is the author of I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me and Torture Taxi. He is also an internationally recognized artist who exhibits frequently in major galleries and museums around the world. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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