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By Andrew Friedman
The capital of the U.S. Empire after global conflict II was once no longer a urban. It was once an American suburb. during this cutting edge and well timed heritage, Andrew Friedman chronicles how the CIA and different nationwide safeguard associations created a U.S. imperial domestic entrance within the suburbs of Northern Virginia. during this covert capital, the suburban panorama supplied a canopy for the workings of U.S. imperial energy, which formed family suburban existence. The Pentagon and the CIA outfitted of the biggest place of work structures within the nation there in the course of and after the battle that anchored a brand new imperial tradition and social global.
As the U.S. increased its strength overseas by means of constructing roads, embassies, and villages, its matters additionally arrived within the covert capital as actual property brokers, householders, developers, and landscapers who developed areas and dwelling monuments that either nurtured and critiqued postwar U.S. overseas coverage. Tracing the relationships between American brokers and the migrants from Vietnam, El Salvador, Iran, and in different places who settled within the southwestern suburbs of D.C., Friedman tells the tale of a spot that recasts principles approximately U.S. immigration, citizenship, nationalism, worldwide interconnection, and moral accountability from the post-WW2 interval to the current. establishing a brand new window onto the intertwined background of the yankee suburbs and U.S. overseas coverage, Covert Capital also will supply readers a large interdisciplinary and sometimes fabulous knowing of the way U.S. family and international histories intersect in lots of contexts and at many scales.
“Loaded with lovely insights and interesting revelations a few wooded swath of land simply outdoors the nation's capital, Covert Capital is a version of interdisciplinary scholarship, unearthing the startling connections among panorama, empire and conspiracy.” —Eric Avila, writer of Popular tradition within the Age of White Flight: worry and fable in Suburban Los Angeles
“Brilliantly charting the myriad corridors stretching among Northern Virginia and the far-flung corners of U. S. intervention, Andrew Friedman’s Covert Capital introduces readers to a few of mid-to-late twentieth-century suburbia’s open secrets and techniques: autocratic allies ensconced in leafy cul-de-sacs, different nations’ futures labored out at poolside, cocktail chatter crossing CIA resources with genuine property resources. In problematizing the bounds among the overseas and the family, and the political and the non-public, and in its sophisticated, interdisciplinary readings of spatial perform and architectural shape, Covert Capital is key examining for students looking to interpret the landscapes of yankee worldwide power.” —Paul A. Kramer, writer of The Blood of presidency: Race, Empire, the USA and the Philippines
“In this hugely leading edge background of the U.S. empire, Andrew Friedman rigorously delineates the suburban structure that formed while it camouflaged America's international succeed in. In tracing the emergence of Northern Virginia because the nation's ‘covert capital,’ he relocates the overseas within the household, exhibiting the neighborhood assets of imperial strength and the quotidian making of its multi-cultural brokers. Ever conscious of the ironies of empire, Friedman deepens our figuring out of yankee strength by way of revealing the fabric designs of its complicated disavowals.” —Vicente L. Rafael, writer of The Promise of the overseas: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation within the Spanish Philippines