The Imagineers of War

The Imagineers of War

The Untold History of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World

eBook - 2017
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A-- The Imagineers of War is a compelling and groundbreaking history in which science, technology, and politics collide.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
ISBN: 0385351801 (electronic bk.)
9780385351805 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 355.040973 WEI
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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pterry25
Jul 24, 2017

Very informative. It is a good reminder of what America does best - seeing around the corner. Some of what DARPA initiated moved the world forward. The ending was a tad sad - while dealing with medical challenges that are the result of war is good. It seems anticlimactic. More busywork. But seeing around the corner - envisioning the future - has a lot of fits and starts.

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StarGladiator
Mar 26, 2017

One grows so tired of reading so much non-fiction which is really fictional - - so coming across this stupendous work of enormous scholarship is euphoria-inducing; Sharon Weinberger enlightens one and all with Real History - - the reader is left with mixed thoughts and opinions, pondering what-might-have-beens and equally as appalled as President Kennedy at some of their crazy ventures, along with too many Pentagon SNAFUs!
I cannot emphasize this enough - - this book is the result of enormous scholarship - - reportage of the First Order!
[Sidebar: Ms. Weinberger even includes the hilarious sham of SRI's paranormal program. I first read about this in New York Magazine around 1976. The SRI physicists {not the kind I have ever heard of before???} - - according to their complementary, gee whiz! article, claimed that one of them had moved a small pebble-sized sphere with the power of his mind, and said:
// If one can PK {psychokinesis} a speck of dust, why not a star? \\
His claim was never verified nor validated, but assuming it had been real, which I don't, the order of magnitude of the energy expenditure involved - - as any real physicist would have told us - - would be extraordinary! ! !
Also, it turned out these so-called physicists at SRI were also practicing scientologists - - need I say more???]
A quote from the author: // The intellectual reductionism of TED talks . . . \\ Man oh Man! I love this author!!!!

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