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The Resource Baseless : my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act, Nicholson Baker

Baseless : my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act, Nicholson Baker

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Baseless : my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act
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Baseless
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my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act
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Nicholson Baker
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My search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act
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eng
Summary
"Ten years into researching a book about the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean War, Nicholson Baker was frustrated and disheartened. In the course of his research, he had become deeply disillusioned with the process of FOIA requests. He has been forced to wait years in some cases, while other requests have been answered only with documents rendered inscrutable, or even illegible, by copious redactions. Rather than wait forever, with his head full of secrets about government atrocities committed by his own country, Baker sets out to keep a personal journal of his obstructed research instead. He begins documenting his correspondence with the government administrators who are charged with responding to, and thus stymying, his requests. The result is one of the most original and daring works of nonfiction in recent memory, a singular and mesmerizing narrative into the history of some of the darkest and most shameful secrets of the CIA and US government--all willfully concealed to some degree despite the existence of the so-called Freedom of Information Act. In his preternaturally lucid and unassuming style, Baker unearths stories of CIA programs involving weaponized insects and the deliberate spread of Lyme disease; dangerous military experiments carried out on unsuspecting American citizens; and devastating chemical munitions designed to inflict terrible harm on innocent civilians in far-flung countries. At the same time, he shares beautiful anecdotes from his daily life in Maine feeding his dogs and watching the morning light gather on the horizon. The result is an astonishing and utterly disarming story about waiting, bureaucracy, the horrors of war, and, above all, the deadly secrets the United States government keeps from its citizens"--
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10900588
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1957-
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Baker, Nicholson
Dewey number
  • 358/.3880973
  • 358.3882
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
UG447.8
LC item number
.B28 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • United States.
  • Biological weapons
  • Biological warfare
  • Intelligence service
  • Official secrets
  • Government information
  • Cold War
  • Biological warfare
  • Biological weapons
  • Government information
  • Intelligence service
  • Official secrets
  • United States
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my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act
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Baseless : my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act, Nicholson Baker
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1134461139
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 450 pages
Isbn
9780735215757
Lccn
2019043384
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780735215757
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illustration, map
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regular print
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(OCoLC)1134461139
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Baseless : my search for secrets in the ruins of the Freedom of Information Act, Nicholson Baker
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1134461139
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 450 pages
Isbn
9780735215757
Lccn
2019043384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780735215757
Other physical details
illustration, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1134461139

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