Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

“Thoroughly researched, hard-hitting … so very timely, and so very much needed.”—Tikkun

Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen.

CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who controls these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use. In vivid, readable style, this book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we are carrying out from the air will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing—to us.


  • “In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation.”
  • “Medea Benjamin's well-researched book [is] both a justifiably angry sourcebook and a call to action for the growing worldwide citizen opposition to the drones.”
  • “A compelling mix of humanity and factual data.”
  • “The first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America’s extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home.”
  • “Thoroughly researched, hard-hitting … so very timely, and so very much needed.”


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    Verso Books is proud to represent once again at this year's Left Forum. The conference, which will take place May 30-June 1, will bring together some of the most important contemporary leftist activists and scholars. 

    To ring in the weekend, catch two Verso authors at the Friday evening plenaryMarina Sitrin, author of They Can't Represent Us!: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy, and Stanley Aronowitz, author of the forthcoming Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers' Movement, who will join Cornel West and Immortal Technique to consider "Why Revolution Now? What Revolution Now?" The discussion will be moderated by Amy Goodman. 

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  • Medea Benjamin at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

    Medea Benjamin, anti-war activist and author of Drone Warfare, appeared at the 2013 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest with Tribune foreign correspondent Colin McMahon. In this discussion, Benjamin discussed the motivation behind writing her book, the government’s lack of acknowledgement concerning drones, and the disturbing precedent that drone warfare sets for the future. She recounts from her investigative research, recalling how those in targeted areas denounce drone warfare as “a form of collective punishment… ‘In your war on terror, you are terrorizing our communities’”.

    Click here to access the BookTV video of the talk in full at the C-SPAN video library.

  • Medea Benjamin spars with Obama over the use of drones

    President Obama's speech yesterdy at the National Defense University included statements on the military's plans to continue the use of drone strikes overseas. Activist Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, repeatedly interrupted the address, eventually forced from the premises but also causing Obama to depart from his text and admit, "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to... these are tough issues, and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong."

    Read the New York Times's coverage of the event here.