Unmanned

Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare
By William M. Arkin (Hardcover Book, 2015)
UNMANNED is an in-depth examination of why seemingly successful wars never seem to end. The problem centers on drones, now accumulated in the thousands, the front end of a spying and killing machine that is disconnected from either security or safety.

Drones, however, are only part of the problem. William Arkin shows that security is actually undermined by an impulse to gather as much data as possible, the appetite and the theory both skewed towards the notion that no amount is too much. And yet the very endeavor of putting fewer human in potential danger places everyone in greater danger. Wars officially end, but the Data Machine lives on forever.

Throughout his career, Arkin has exposed powerful secrets of so-called national security and intelligence. Now he continues that tradition. The most alarming book about warfare in years, UNMANNED is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of mankind.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $27.00 US/$30.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316323352

    • On Sale Date: 07/28/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book, Audiobook

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UNMANNED is an in-depth examination of why seemingly successful wars never seem to end. The problem centers on drones, now accumulated in the thousands, the front end of a spying and killing machine that is disconnected from either security or safety.

Drones, however, are only part of the problem. William Arkin shows that security is actually undermined by an impulse to gather as much data as possible, the appetite and the theory both skewed towards the notion that no amount is too much. And yet the very endeavor of putting fewer human in potential danger places everyone in greater danger. Wars officially end, but the Data Machine lives on forever.

Throughout his career, Arkin has exposed powerful secrets of so-called national security and intelligence. Now he continues that tradition. The most alarming book about warfare in years, UNMANNED is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of mankind.

William Arkin, national security consultant to the New York Times, is one of America's premier military experts, having served in Army intelligence in West Berlin during the Cold War. He has written more than a dozen books and been at the center of countless exposés. At the Washington Post he conceived and co-authored the landmark "Top Secret America" investigation, and co-wrote the national bestseller of the same name. He is also the author of American Coup. He lives in Vermont.
  • Praise for AMERICAN COUP:

    "Bill Arkin has a knack for stirring our national pot on uncomfortable issues that must be addressed. Today's world demands unconventional views on unconventional security challenges facing the United States. Bill asks tough questions of our security institutions, and the right answers demand a delicate balance between national-security preparedness and constitutional protections afforded to our citizens." (USAF (Ret), commander of US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. 2007-2010).

  • "If anybody else had written this book, I would urge caution. But Bill Arkin has explored every nook and cranny of American national-security policy for decades, from nuclear-weapons targeting to war plans for the invasion of Iraq, and his reputation for sober accuracy is rock solid." (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda).

  • "What makes this book interesting and valuable is its close reading of official documents in search of clues to undisclosed power structures. Arkin is a careful student of military doctrine, a neglected genre rich with insights waiting to be discovered." (Secrecy News).

  • "A systematic discussion that provides a well-documented basis for assessing future developments." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "If Bill Arkin doesn't know it, it isn't worth knowing." (author of The Generals).

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Unmanned
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $27.00 US/$30.00 CAN
  • Pages: 256
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316323352
  • On Sale Date: 07/28/2015
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