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Drone: Remote Control Warfare by Hugh Gusterson (MIT Press, £18.95)

In this excellent book, the anthropologist Hugh Gusterson argues that drones have fundamentally transformed the nature of war. Their use blurs traditional distinctions between combatant and civilian, conflict and peace, homefront and war zone. They also change the very meaning of the battlefield. No longer a defined piece of territory, it is now a globally-distributed network of machines and humans. A drone lifts off from a secret Afghan airbase, flown by a pilot sitting in an air-conditioned trailer outside Las Vegas, fed…

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