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Reviewed by Lawrence D. Freedman

The title of Weinberger’s book might lead one to expect revelations about hidden geniuses responsible for great military innovations. But the impression left by this history of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, set up in 1958 largely to get a grip on the U.S. military’s space programs, is that many of its projects were delusional, wasteful, and at times downright dangerous. DARPA did play a role in some important developments, notably early research that led to the Internet, drones, and stealth bombers…

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