The fascinating history and unnerving future of high tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on American citizens

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“A groundbreaking book about the promise and peril of wide-area motion imagery on and off the battlefield. Arthur Michel Holland's thoughtful and probing work calls for urgent consideration of the rapidly expanding uses—public and private—of automatic surveillance technology.”

—Linda Robinson, author of One Hundred Victories


“Unsettling but balanced...Alarming but not alarmist, this study leaves readers with an informative and persuasive look at how society might regulate cutting-edge technology to assure both individual privacy rights and the government’s ability to guard public safety."

—Publisher’s Weekly

“There is endless value in gathering data from every angle—especially from above. Arthur Holland Michel‘s new book, Eyes In the Sky, powerfully unpacks the evolution and morality of modern aerial surveillance. For the military and beyond, Holland Michel deftly outlines how we can delicately balance the technology’s limitless potential with its resultant impacts on our daily lives.”

—General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal, former commander of Joint Special Operations Command and author of Team of Teams

“How will it feel to live our lives under the gaze of aerial cameras that capture and record all of our public movements and analyze them for signs of suspicious behavior? If this sounds like dystopian science fiction, Arthur Holland Michel has some news for you: this technology is already here, and it’s being tested not only on distant battlefields, but over American cities. Eyes in the Sky is an immensely readable and vitally important account of the development and deployment of surveillance technologies that will have profound implications for free societies. It belongs on the desk of every policymaker and on the bookshelf of every informed citizen.”

—Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

“Engaging and timely, Arthur Holland Michel’s portrayal of the ubiquitous eye in the sky shows how it makes us all safer, but also may mean the end of privacy. His work uncovers the groundbreaking history of some of the world’s most advanced imagery surveillance programs and demonstrates a dizzying array of technological capabilities that have the potential to permanently alter many aspects of our society forever.”

—Richard A. Clarke, New York Times best-selling author of Against All Enemies and former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism

"Eyes in the Sky is an invaluable guide to a new era of 'smart' persistent surveillance."

—Trevor Paglen, artist and author of Blank Spots on the Map

Shortlisted for 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award