Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. by Andrew Friedman

By Andrew Friedman

The capital of the U.S. Empire after global battle II used to be no longer a urban. It was once an American suburb. during this leading 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 household suburban existence. The Pentagon and the CIA outfitted of the most important workplace constructions within the state there in the course of and after the warfare that anchored a brand new imperial tradition and social global.

As the U.S. improved its strength out of the country by means of constructing roads, embassies, and villages, its topics additionally arrived within the covert capital as genuine property brokers, owners, developers, and landscapers who built areas and residing monuments that either nurtured and critiqued postwar U.S. international coverage. Tracing the relationships between American brokers and the migrants from Vietnam, El Salvador, Iran, and in other 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, international interconnection, and moral accountability from the post-WW2 interval to the current. commencing a brand new window onto the intertwined heritage of the yank suburbs and U.S. international coverage, Covert Capital also will provide readers a huge interdisciplinary and infrequently spectacular realizing of ways U.S. family and international histories intersect in lots of contexts and at many scales.

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“Loaded with beautiful insights and engaging revelations a few wooded swath of land simply outdoor 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 delusion 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 couple 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 actual property resources. In problematizing the bounds among the international and the household, and the political and the non-public, and in its sophisticated, interdisciplinary readings of spatial perform and architectural shape, Covert Capital is vital analyzing for students trying to interpret the landscapes of yank 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 whilst it camouflaged America's worldwide achieve. In tracing the emergence of Northern Virginia because the nation's ‘covert capital,’ he relocates the international within the household, exhibiting the neighborhood resources of imperial strength and the quotidian making of its multi-cultural brokers. Ever aware of the ironies of empire, Friedman deepens our knowing of yank strength via revealing the fabric designs of its difficult disavowals.” —Vicente L. Rafael, writer of The Promise of the overseas: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation within the Spanish Philippines

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Their personally designed transparent glass house opened itself to painful gender divisions and life-threatening emotional blowback from covert capital policy that rehearsed, in microcosm, the difficulties that arose in the covert capital when CIA families tried to manage a geopoliticized intimate life. The result for Alice Sheldon was unique. She developed her own cover story. Disguising herself as a man and changing her name, she claimed a second identity as science fiction writer I n t roduc t ion • 25 James Tiptree Jr.

But the CIA complex is a three-dimensional place. S. imperialism’s major theorists and activists, who saw Langley as the space necessary to manage a newly sprawling empire in the days of the Cold War. Eight miles from the White House, Langley achieved two things for the agency, according to conventional wisdom. The building’s fixed physical footprint ensured the CIA a lasting place in the federal bureaucracy, ushering the agency from seat-of-the-pants agent handling and improvisational coups around the world to a humdrum round of paper shuffling, technological eavesdropping, and oversight.

S. 72 I n t roduc t ion • 23 In time, whole CIA families spread across the landscape, such as that of Larry Devlin, the station chief in the Congo who supported Joseph Mobutu as he launched a coup in the country, marginalized Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba leading up to his assassination, and later returned to the Congo as a representative for Western diamond merchants. S. policy. They used strip mall pay phones to arrange secret meetings, bucolic split rail fences and park trails for dead drops, and placid suburban homes for safe houses.

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