Adam Moore's excellent new book, Empire's Labor: The Global Army That Supports U.S. Wars, documents how private, foreign contract workers are central to the US military's operations abroad. Rather than write about the high-profile security companies that gained notoriety because of their excessive violence in Iraq, Moore emphasizes the day-to-day work of the military, namely logistics and laundry. The book focuses on the recruitment and working lives of Filipino and Bosnian workers on US military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. Using ethnographic research, he poignantly illustrates how the military depends on these workers and how these workers understand their employment while abroad and when they return home.

Prior to this book, investigative journalists produced most of the best accounts of overseas workers on US military bases. Moore's scholarly perspective allows for a more historical and comparative approach. In this book, I saw the ongoing influence of Cynthia Enloe's feminist...

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