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

( 5 )

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Paperback
$13.65
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$16.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $8.00   
  • New (11) from $8.00   
  • Used (6) from $12.23   
Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$12.99
BN.com price

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

As in his previous books, artist and geographer Paglen (Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights) explores the clandestine activities of the U.S. military and the CIA, giving readers a thorough and provocative tour of places that officially do not exist. Paglen has a brisk reporting style and is an engaging storyteller. His journey into what he calls the "black world" of classified locations-from research facilities to secret prisons-this time takes him across the country and around the world. The classified region he describes is shockingly vast, well funded, and not accountable for its activities. At times, Paglen has a subtle touch, allowing the facts he describes gradually to convince the reader of how essentially undemocratic all this secrecy is. Unfortunately, his approach at other times seems unnecessarily theatrical. For example, his description of camping out in a hotel room in Las Vegas to watch planes come and go comes off as a bit gimmicky. Such narrative is likely meant to make the book more readable, but the story Paglen is telling is gripping enough without any stunts. Highly recommended.
—Rachel Bridgewater

Kirkus Reviews
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, became fascinated by military secrecy while growing up around the world. Working on his doctorate in geography at Berkeley, he fed his fascination by studying government maps, some of which redacted locations on the ground. Believing such secrecy to be anathema to American democracy, and in some instances a violation of the Constitution, he set out to visit those sites, sometimes openly, sometimes through subterfuge. His tour included Air Force bases in California and Georgia; a weapons laboratory in New Mexico; staging areas in Honduras and Afghanistan; a remote section of the Mojave Desert; government agency buildings in the D.C. area; even downtown Las Vegas, where from an 18th-floor hotel room he used a telescope and other instruments to chart comings and goings between the airport and classified installations elsewhere in Nevada. Although Paglen is angry about the countless billions of dollars spent to establish and maintain such sites, he is rarely shrill. Instead, he hitches his anger to a scholar's analytical mind, demonstrating that even the most determined government cannot keep sites completely secret, given their physical manifestations on the ground. "Just as a Band-Aid announces the fact that it conceals a wound," he writes, "blank spots on maps and blacked-out documents announce the fact that there's something hidden. Secrets, in other words, often inevitably announce their own existence." Although the text mainly follows Paglen's investigative trail, it sometimes cuts away toother individuals fighting for government disclosure by litigating, charting objects in space or whistle-blowing. Educational and engaging. Agent: Ted Weinstein/Ted Weinstein Literary Management
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451229168
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 798,622
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Prologue 1

1 Facts on the Ground: Berkeley 7

2 A Guy in the Classified World: An Air Force Base in California 20

3 Unexplored Territory: Downtown Las Vegas 32

4 Wastelands: Basin and Range 49

5 Classified R?sum?s: Mojave Desert 62

6 Fiat Lux: Alamogordo, New Mexico 80

7 The Other Night Sky: A Few Miles North of the U. S. Frontier 97

8 The Observer Effect: 3,000 km Altitude, 63.4 Degrees Inclination 126

9 Blank Spots in the Law: Berkeley and Las Vegas Revisited 138

10 The Precedent: Robins Air Force Base, Near Macon, Georgia 152

11 Money Behind Mirrored Walls: Farm Credit Drive, Washington, D.C., Suburbs 168

12 Nonfunding the Black World: United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., 20515 186

13 Plains of Death: Outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras 208

14 Anything You Need Anywhere: Aguacate 229

15 Bobs: Kabul 242

16 Screaming Their Heads Off: In the Dark, Around the World 255

Epilogue 274

Notes 283

Acknowledgments 309

Index 311

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 8 of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 8 of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)