By Andrew Friedman
The capital of the U.S. Empire after international battle II was once no longer a urban. It was once an American suburb. during this leading edge and well timed historical past, Andrew Friedman chronicles how the CIA and different nationwide protection 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 workplace structures within the kingdom there in the course of and after the battle that anchored a brand new imperial tradition and social international.
As the U.S. increased its energy out of the country by way of constructing roads, embassies, and villages, its topics additionally arrived within the covert capital as genuine 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 somewhere else 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. starting a brand new window onto the intertwined background of the yank suburbs and U.S. international coverage, Covert Capital also will supply readers a large interdisciplinary and infrequently miraculous realizing of ways U.S. household and international histories intersect in lots of contexts and at many scales.
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“Loaded with attractive insights and engaging revelations a couple of 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 myth 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 international and the household, and the political and the private, and in its sophisticated, interdisciplinary readings of spatial perform and architectural shape, Covert Capital is key interpreting for students trying to interpret the landscapes of yankee worldwide power.” —Paul A. Kramer, writer of The Blood of presidency: Race, Empire, the us and the Philippines
“In this hugely cutting edge heritage of the U.S. empire, Andrew Friedman conscientiously delineates the suburban structure that formed at the same time it camouflaged America's worldwide succeed in. In tracing the emergence of Northern Virginia because the nation's ‘covert capital,’ he relocates the international within the family, displaying the neighborhood assets of imperial energy and the quotidian making of its multi-cultural brokers. Ever conscious of the ironies of empire, Friedman deepens our figuring out of yankee strength via revealing the fabric designs of its intricate disavowals.” —Vicente L. Rafael, writer of The Promise of the overseas: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation within the Spanish Philippines