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By Andrew Friedman

The capital of the U.S. Empire after international battle II was once no longer a urban. It used to be an American suburb. during this cutting edge and well timed background, Andrew Friedman chronicles how the CIA and different nationwide defense 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 strength, which formed family suburban lifestyles. The Pentagon and the CIA equipped of the most important workplace constructions within the state there in the course of and after the struggle that anchored a brand new imperial tradition and social international.

As the U.S. increased 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 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, international interconnection, and moral accountability from the post-WW2 interval to the current. establishing a brand new window onto the intertwined heritage of the yankee suburbs and U.S. international coverage, Covert Capital also will supply readers a wide interdisciplinary and sometimes awesome realizing of ways U.S. household and worldwide histories intersect in lots of contexts and at many scales.

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“Loaded with lovely insights and interesting 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 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 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 genuine property resources. In problematizing the bounds among the overseas and the family, and the political and the private, and in its sophisticated, interdisciplinary readings of spatial perform and architectural shape, Covert Capital is key examining for students trying 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 heritage of the U.S. empire, Andrew Friedman rigorously delineates the suburban structure that formed at the same time it camouflaged America's international achieve. In tracing the emergence of Northern Virginia because the nation's ‘covert capital,’ he relocates the international within the household, displaying the neighborhood assets of imperial strength and the quotidian making of its multi-cultural brokers. Ever aware of the ironies of empire, Friedman deepens our knowing of yankee energy by means of revealing the cloth designs of its tricky disavowals.” —Vicente L. Rafael, writer of The Promise of the international: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation within the Spanish Philippines

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Imperialism as a set of lived relationships in the home front that transcends the epochs that organize so much of American foreign policy scholarship and public culture. S. S. imperial culture and society as they trickle down to the present day. In these stories, similar characters emerge repeatedly. The tragedy of Edward Lansdale returned three decades later as the farce of Oliver North. Wallace K. Harrison and Max Abramovitz, the designers of the CIA, returned as Gerald Halpin and Rudolph Seeley, the developers of Tysons Corner’s Edge City.

S. power and its associated social debts. They came to the covert capital knowing more about the reality of the international activities of the United States than many of their new neighbors did. S. imperial inclusion, I consider the broad, if troubled, human communities formed by imperialism as they unfolded in the home front. Often debarking simultaneously, in overlapping communities, their migration stories stress the degree to which race, class, and status in the covert capital were not just the product of well-worn domestic narratives.

McLean in the fifties added something new to the equation: a break with the proximities and accountability of the capital. The strategic move dovetailed with an invigorating social one. The Georgetown parties were migrating to McLean for a greater novelty and rustic chic, one that, usefully, kept the parties well attended. 19 Many attendees arrived from their own Northern Virginia retreats. Desmond FitzGerald, the CIA’s millionaire Far East chief—​who ran guerrilla operations against communist China, steered attempted coups against T h e Cov e rt I n t i m ac i e s of L a ng l e y a n d Du l l e s • 39 Sukarno in Indonesia and later directed the CIA’s sabotage missions against Cuba and attempted assassinations of Fidel Castro—​had a farmhouse in Virginia at this time.

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