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Tomorrow's Battlefield : U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In Tomorrow's Battlefield, award-winning journalist and best-selling author Nick Turse exposes the shocking true story of the US military's spreading secret wars in Africa. You won't see segments about it on the nightly news or read about it on the front page of American newspapers, but the Pentagon is fighting a new shadow war on Africa, helping to destabalise whole count ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 17th 2015 by HAYMARKET BOOKS (first published April 27th 2015)
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Dolores Voorhees
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was not an easy read -- the four stars is about how much I learned from reading the book. AFRICOM (U.S. Africa Command) was launched seven years ago to enhance the national security of African nation-states, and to protect supposed threats to U.S. interests there. Instead, the region has become less stable very much because of our intervention. The ongoing war in Somalia, the break-up of Sudan and the subsequent civil war in the newly-created South Sudan, and wars in Nigeria, Niger, Ma ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If American politicians and media people had read this book when it came out in 2015, they would not be so surprised by the October 9 2017 death of four US soldiers in Niger. The author, Nick Turse, appears to be the sole journalist who has focused on the massive expansion of US military intervention in Africa dating back to 2007. The book is a great compendium of facts about that expansion, and not designed to be read as a narrative and probably not engaging to most casual readers. But Nick Tur ...more
Ken Schaefer
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good book on AFRICOM. This is a compilation of articles written by Nick Turse about AFRICOM. THe articles can all be found on This book confirms what I told Sen Russ Feingold at a town hall meeting , that AFRICOM would not be good for the people of Africa or the people of the UNited States. It would only be good for the capitalists and governments who seek increased capital and world power and would cause the increase of terrorism in Africa.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Important information. Detail needed because it is otherwise so hidden. However, tedious to read the detail.
Yngve Skogstad
Nick Turse investigates the extent to which the United States has become militarily involved on the African continent, but unfortunately isn't able to deliver concise answers, due to the prevailing sense of secrecy within the U.S. military, obstructing Turse's work. It's hard to write a truly exciting and revolatory book when the data that you rely upon is so limited.

Tomorrow's Battlefield lacks a narrative that propels the story forward, and neither does Turse provide a clear argument for why
Charlie Rosenthal
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Reads like the collection of columns it is, but very interesting.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here's a couple of articles the author has published in 'VICE News Africa' the last months that echoes the book, plus some updated info and numbers:

The war you’ve never heard of May 18, 2017

The U.S. military is conducting secret missions all over Africa Oct 25, 2017

The next Niger - What we know about America’s elite forces now operating in 33 African countries Nov 29, 2017
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
The book is a collection of articles that appeared on, edited for publiction by their author, Nick Turse, and as such, I couldn't give more than 3 stars for quality. But in terms of information, the author goes all the way and paints a complete geopolitical picture of the new scramble for Africa, if we could call it that, between The U.S. and China.

The description of all the US bases in Africa, as well as the accompanying map, is startling and very informative, as well as the en
David Smith
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Part of the reason a Clinton win is not good for our world. Ignore foreign policy at your peril.
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