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Nick Turse

Nick Turse

Nick Turse, an award-winning journalist and historian, is the author of The Complex and the research director for the Nation Institute’s TomDispatch.com. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation. Turse’s investigations of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.

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  • The Complex - An Interview With Nick Turse - Part 1

    Tom Engelhardt interviews Nick Turse, author of The Complex: How The Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.

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    Tom Engelhardt interviews Nick Turse, author of The Complex: How The Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.

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    Nick Turse discusses Kill Anything That Moves on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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    Nick Turse discusses Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, with Bill Moyers.

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Where are you from?
New York City metro area

Who are your favorite writers?
Ann Jones
Gloria Emerson
Wolfgang Schivelbusch
Anna Maria Hong
Tom Engelhardt
Seymour Hersh
David Rabe
Sven Lindqvist
Tim O'Brien
James Kunen
Rebecca Solnit

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Tom Engelhardt, The End of Victory Culture

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Does investigative reporting count?

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
(Tie) Never trust a journalist.
Follow the money.

What is your favorite quote?
"All of us who have written on the [Vietnam] War have been hammered, but it's important to speak out."—Gloria Emerson

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: Why didn't you also mention X in that article.
A: You can't fit everything in a 2500 word piece.

What inspired you to write your first book?
While writing article on the inextricable ties between the video game industry and the U.S. military, I began to realize that the Pentagon had thoroughly infiltrated the entire civilian sphere in complex, covert ways that were unknown to most Americans and felt the need to do something about it.

Where do you write?
Generally my office (wherever that happens to be). For this book, much of the writing was done at Harvard University's lovely Radcliffe Institute

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Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civiliansThe American Empire ProjectWinner of the Ridenhour Prize for...

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"Fascinating, no matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum."—WiredNow in paperback, a stunning breakdown of the modern military-industrial...

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