- We kill because we can: From soldiering to assassination in the drone age, Laurie Calhoun, Zed Books, 2015.
- Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of High-Tech Assassins, Andrew Cockburn, Verso, 2015.
- Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare, William M. Arkin, Little, Brown and Co., 2015.
We Kill Because We Can is a 300-page tirade on drones from cultural critic Laurie Calhoun. Focusing on the use of drones for targeted killing, each chapter is more or less a self-contained polemical essay, with titles such as ‘Strike First, Suppress Questions Later’ and ‘The New Banality of Killing’. I can’t disagree at all with Calhoun’s overall argument that “both the practise of and propensity towards institutional killing has been transformed by this new technology.” However the tone of seething rage did begin to grate after a while. Perhaps best kept as a resource to be dipped into if your anger about drone warfare needs re-kindling. Read more