First Platoon

by Annie Jacobsen
First Platoon
  • ISBN-13: 9781524746667
  • Author(s): Annie Jacobsen
  • Subject: Warfare & defence
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Group
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Publication Date: 14-01-2021
  • Format: h/b

Availability: In stock

£23.99
First Platoon is an American saga, a story that illuminates a developing transformation of society made possible by new technology. Part war story, part legal drama, foreboding at every turn, it is about identity in the age of identification. About human biology (physical bravery, trauma, PTSD, amputation, ghost pain) in the age of biometrics (iris scans, fingerprint scans, voice patterning, detection by odour, gait, and more). About the power of point-of-view in a burgeoning surveillance state. Ultimately, it is an investigative expose that reveals a post-9/11 Pentagon whose identification machines have grown more capable than the humans who must make sense of them. A Pentagon so powerful it can cover up its own internal mistakes in pursuit of endless wars.
About the book

First Platoon is an American saga, a story that illuminates a developing transformation of society made possible by new technology. Part war story, part legal drama, foreboding at every turn, it is about identity in the age of identification. About human biology (physical bravery, trauma, PTSD, amputation, ghost pain) in the age of biometrics (iris scans, fingerprint scans, voice patterning, detection by odour, gait, and more). About the power of point-of-view in a burgeoning surveillance state. Ultimately, it is an investigative expose that reveals a post-9/11 Pentagon whose identification machines have grown more capable than the humans who must make sense of them. A Pentagon so powerful it can cover up its own internal mistakes in pursuit of endless wars.