Synopses & Reviews
World War III has yet to happen, and yet material evidence of this conflict is strewn everywhere: resting at the bottom of the ocean, rusting in deserts, and floating in near Earth orbit.
Military Waste offers a unique analysis of the costs of American war preparation. In his book, Joshua O. Reno examines the lives and stories of American civilians confronted with what is leftover and cast aside when a society is permanently ready for war. Based on ethnographic and archival research, Reno demonstrates how obsolete military junk in its various incarnations impacts people and places far from the battlegrounds ordinarily associated with warfare. Using a broad swath of examples, from excess planes, ships and space debris that fall into civilian hands, to the dispossessed and polluted island territories once occupied by military bases, to the militarized masculinities of mass shooters, Military Waste reveals the unexpected and open-ended relationships that non-combatants on the home-front form with a nation permanently ready for war.
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