Many of the birds of prey that you see in The Catbird Seatwere first
revealed to me— and to the world— by a small number of dedicated
investigative reporters and, more recently, conscientious ‘whistleblowers’
who have had the courage to speak out at great risks to themselves.
Their revelations are often shocking — sometimes even hard to believe.
The one question that kept running through my mind as I read many of
these stories of high crimes and abject horror was: If these stories are
true, why aren’t they being reported in the mainstream media?
Then, the more I read, the more I understood. It all went back to one word
You see, what you and I are constantly being fed by the major television
networks, newspaper chains, and motion picture studios is exactly what the
POWERS THAT BE want us to see and hear.
My little chickadees, we ARE being manipulated and controlled.
From the products and services we buy to whom we vote for — we are being
From our moral and family values to our religious beliefs — we are being
From the cradle to the grave — we are being CONTROLLED!
Doubtful? Skeptical? Incredulous?
Then you really should read some of these eye-opening books.
In my original introduction, I stated that a good starting place was “The
Conspirators’ Hierarchy.” Then try some, or all, of these revealing works:
“Year of the Rat”,“The Laundrymen”, “The Buying of the President”, “The
Buying of Congress”, “Compromised”, “Boy Clinton”, “Betrayal”, “The Secret
Life of Bill Clinton”, “The Boys on the Tracks”, “Diplomacy by
Deception”,“Derailing Democracy”, “… and the Truth Shall Set You Free”,
or many of the other books you’ll find listed below.
To this list, I am now adding a more recently published book, “THE
CONSPIRATORS: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider,” by Al Martin. Read
this book for shocking revelations as to how and why MONEY, POLITICS
and GREED have brought on our current national crisis. This book will leave
no doubt in the mind of the reader that our NATIONAL SECURITY has
been crucially COMPROMISED by our nation’s highest leaders.
THEN . . .
Prepare to be shocked! Prepare to be enlightened!
Prepare to escape from your cages and …
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ABSOLUTE POWER: THE LEGACY OF CORRUPTION IN THE CLINTON-RENO
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, by David Limbaugh.
Sean Hannity, Fox News says: “David is an incredibly gifted researcher and writer.
He has been able to do what the mainstream media has been unwilling and unable to
do, which is to chronicle the unprecedented and dangerous corruption in the Justice
Department and expose how politics has been used to protect the Clintons. It is a
must-read for anybody who wants to restore honor, dignity, and integrity to our justice
Mark R. Levin, president of Landmark Legal Foundation, former chief of staff to
Attorney General Edwin Meese III in the Reagan administration says: “Absolute
Power is a meticulously researched and smashing indictment of the serial corruption
that was the Clinton-Reno Justice Department. In chapter after compelling chapter,
Limbaugh details frightening examples of Janet Reno’s abuse of her public trust to
protect Bill Clinton and his henchmen. This is an important book for citizens who value
liberty, the rule of law, and justice.”
AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, by David Icke.
From the back cover: “You are holding the most explosive book of the 20th Century. As
a leading book editor in the United States said after reading Icke’s manuscript: “It is
difficult to put into words the excitement I feel about this. It is a book that I have been
waiting to see for a long, long time. I knew it would come and now it is here. I am
practically overwhelmed by the sense of urgency I feel in getting this book to press and
into distribution.” David Icke exposes the real story behind global events. . . .
THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY, by Greg Palast
Publishers Weekly: Muckraking has a long, storied tradition, and Palast is evidently
proud to be part of it. In this polemical indictment of globalization and political
corruption, Palast (a reporter with the BBC and London’s Observer) updates the
muckraking tradition with some 21st-century targets: the IMF, World Bank and WTO,
plus oil treaties, energy concerns and corporate evildoers of all creeds.
Some of Palast’s reports are downright shocking (if familiar). He shows, for example,
how the WTO prevents cheap AIDS drugs from reaching victims in Africa and how
World Bank loan policies have crippled the economies of Tanzania and other
On the home front, he details Exxon’s horrific safety record before the Valdez disaster
and reveals the price-gouging by Texas power companies during the California energy
In Britain, Palast exposes the “cash for access” policies of the Blair administration, and
blasts the legal system for shielding Pfizer Pharmaceuticals from lawsuits by victims
who had defective Pfizer valves installed in their hearts. . . .
Vincent Bugliosi, author of “None Dare Call it Treason” and “Helter Skelter”: “Palast is
astonishing, he gets the real evidence no one else has the guts to dig up.”
BETRAYAL: HOW THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION UNDERMINED AMERICAN
SECURITY, by Bill Gertz.
The untold story of how the Clinton Administration sold out American security for
campaign cash and a fistful of foreign policy lies.
Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense, says: “Mr. Gertz has performed a
signal service by writing this thorough, frightening, and sad chronicle of how we fell from
our ability to provide leadership in the quest for peace without appeasement.”
James Webb, former Secretary of the Navy, says: “I know of no national security
reporter in the U.S. who is better sourced or more respected for accuracy than Bill
Gertz. His reporting is essential reading for those who wish to stay in the know.”
Brigadier General David E. “Bull” Baker, USAF (Ret) says: “Gertz takes the reader
from the icy waters of Puget Sound, where a Russian merchant ship fires a laser at a
U.S. Navy intelligence officer, to secret meetings inside the White House. Every
American who cares about this country and where we are going should read this book.”
Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz)says: “More effectively than any journalist in recent times,
Bill Gertz has uncovered a continuing parade of threats to our national security and
exposed the mishandling of those threats by government operatives. This book reviews
a litany of Clinton administration errors. Gertz tells it like it is.”
James Woolsey, former CIA Director: “This will be the Clinton administration’s least
favorite book on its foreign policy. But the rebuttals are likely to be long on adjectives
and short on refutation, for these tough charges are backed, the Gertz way, by fact after
fact after fact.”
THE BLUEGRASS CONSPIRACY: An inside story of power, greed, drugs and murder!,
by Sally Denton
When Kentucky Blueblood Drew Thorton parachuted to his death in September 1985 –
carrying thousands in cash and 150 pounds of cocaine – the gruesome end of his
startling life blew open a scandal that reached to the most secret circles of the U.S.
government. The story of Thornton and “The Company” he served, and the lone heroic
fight of State Policeman Ralph Ross against an international web of corruption, is one
of the most portentous tales of the 20th century.
The Wall Street Journal – “A larger than real-life thriller.”
James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor, says: “Plumbs the depths of the
American Nightmare … fascinating, compelling … a MUST READ.”
Publishers Weekly – “Presents a dramatic picture of a lengthy, unresolved criminal
investigation and a shockingly corrupt power structure.”
BOY CLINTON by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
The New York Times bestseller — this political biography includes the untold story of
gun-running and drug-trafficking at Mena Airport in Arkansas–plus the Arkansas origins
of Clinton’s financial irregularities from his 1996 campaign.
The New York Times says: “Tyrrell’s chief target is Mr. Clinton, the chief complaint is
that he is not honest … and the chief goal … is to prompt the Clinton war room to go
THE BOYS ON THE TRACKS by Mara Leveritt
In 1987, Linda Ives suffered a parental worst-nightmare when her son and a friend were
run over by a train, whose crew observed them supine and covered with a tarp before
impact. Law enforcement authorities in Bill Clinton’s Arkansas attributed the deaths to
a massive overdose of marijuana and dismissed the crew’s tale as optical illusion. Ives
compelled a series of investigations that began promisingly yet were inexplicably stifled.
As years passed, and more unsolved killings occurred, Ives assembled evidence that
the boys had stumbled upon a diffuse conspiracy involving CIA-backed air suppliers to
the Contras, who ran an enormous cocaine-trafficking operation from a remote airport
near Mena, Arkansas. A portrait emerges of state governance as a deeply corrupted
good-’ol-boy network, funded by drug money and protected by blackmail and violence.
Kirkus Reviews writes: “Unlike many works that have dug for the dirt of the Clinton
gubernatorial era, this is an authentically shocking, deeply unsettling portrait of
contemporary American power backstopped by arrogance and callous greed, and of the
drug war as a weapon of social control from which insiders enjoy impunity.”
BROKEN TRUST: Greed, Mismanagement, and Political Manipulation at America’s
Largest Charitable Trust, by Samuel P. King and Randall W. Roth
Susan Essoyan, in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin writes: It was the worst of times for
Bishop Estate, and many people would just as soon forget the scandal and struggle
that swept the trustees of Kamehameha Schools from their koa-paneled board room six
years ago. But Samuel P. King, a senior federal judge, and trust law professor Randall
Roth think there is much to be learned by examining the epic tale of a princess’ legacy
gone awry and the Hawaiian community’s fight to reclaim it.
“It’s a story that ought to be told, said King. “You’ve got to tell it, not just bury it. You
don’t want it to happen again.”…
The book reaches back more than a century to the days of Princess Bernice Pauahi
Bishop, who left more than 368,000 acres of land in trust for the children of Hawaii
through the Kamehameha Schools. It traces how her estate evolved into an axis of
power in Hawaii, and how that axis corroded to the point where Hawaiians rose up in
anger on behalf of their children….
Roth, a professor at the University of Hawaii, said Kamehameha Schools should benefit
from the public release of information, even if some is confidential, because “a lot of the
problems in the past resulted from extreme secrecy.”
“People who care about the trust need to be informed and vigilant if they hope to
protect and preserve Princess Pauahi’s legacy,” he said. “How is the trust served by
taking vital information about what happened and sealing it forever?”
Professor Edward Halbach, University of California at Berkeley School of Law, says:
“A sensitive and insightful story of Hawaiian culture and history…evolving into a
stunning, uniquely informed exposé about shameless abuse of a charitable trust and
shameful failure of public institutions.”
Peter Adler, President, The Keystone Center, says: “Broken Trust chronicles a 100-year saga about politics, law, and native rights in the Fiftieth State. There are people
on all sides of this conflict who would have preferred that the story be left behind, swept
under the rug, or just ignored. This book is a warning to the future and a lesson on
governance, power, and the management of big institutions.”
Howard M. McCue III, Chairman, Charitable Planning Committee, American College of
Trust and Estate Counsel, says: “The most significant legal dispute of our time … a tale
of unbridled ambition, infectious greed, and high drama, recounted in a fascinating
cultural context … a treat for anyone who enjoyed Michener’s Hawaii.”
Professor Evelyn Brody, Chicago-Kent College of Law, says: “With the verve and
insight of a Tom Wolfe, the authors expose the full range of human folly and bravery.
Broken Trust shows what happens when the immovable object of greed is met by the
irresistible force of virtue.”
Alan Morrison, Co-founder with Ralph Nader, Public Citizen Litigation Group; Senior
Lecturer, Stanford Law School, says: “This book is required reading. Anyone – and I
mean anyone – who regulates major charities or sits on their boards yet fails to read
this book from cover to cover deserves to be fired for malpractice. Broken Trust is a
textbook lesson in charitable trust mismanagement.”
THE BUYING OF THE CONGRESSby Charles Lewis and The Center for Public
How special interests have stolen your “Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of
This remarkable book describes how powerful industries and people influence our
representatives in Washington to pass legislation that benefits the special interests but
not the people. For instance, the food we eat is not as safe as it should be because of
inadequate meat-inspection systems; and dangerous chemicals and inadequately
tested medicines remain on the market because powerful companies profit from them.
Jill Marquis writes: “The Buying of the Congress is an expertly researched, well-written
work of investigative journalism.”
THE BUYING OF THE PRESIDENT 2000by Charles Lewis and The Center for Public
An informative and chilling look into the financing of presidential campaigns. Based on
data carefully culled from mountains of public records, this book is an incisive,
unbiased, non-partisan guide to the money power behind the candidates.
Who finances each candidate and how will their investment be rewarded?
(YOU SHOULD STILL READ THIS BOOK TO SEE WHO OWNS THE U.S.A. NOW!)
The New Yorker says: “The Buying of the President has become an essential
Ben Bradlee, Washington Post says: “The Center for Public Integrity is about the best
thing we have going for us.”
THE CASE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON by Peggy Noonan
Peggy Noonan states that she does not hate the first lady, she merely has contempt for
her. Noonan’s objections to Hillary Clinton and her husband (“to understand her you
have to understand him”) are based both on ideology and style— Noonan considers the
Clintons to be self-involved know-it-alls who “stand for one thing: maximum and
uninterrupted power for the Clintons.”
CENSORED 2000by Peter Phillips
The years top 25 censored stories. In stark contrast to the reports on the nightly news
and in the daily papers, Censored 2000 reveals what is being kept from the public by a
lower quality of reporting, the downsizing of newsrooms, and the media conglomerates.
Ralph Nadercalls it a book “that should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every
newsroom across the country.”
THE CHEATING OF AMERICA by Charles Lewis, Bill Allison and the Center for Public
How Tax Avoidance and Evasion by the Super Rich Are Costing the Country Billions–
and What You Can Do About It.
From the jacket: “Each year millions of income-earning adults and corporations do not
pay their fair share of federal income taxes–whether legally (tax avoidance), illegally
(tax evasion), or through shady means (tax ‘avoision’), and their numbers are rising
dramatically. In this explosive book, Charles Lewis, founder and executive director of
the Center for Public Integrity, and Bill Allison, a former researcher at the Philadelphia
Inquirer finger these culprits.
Super-rich individuals and corporations alike are increasingly using offshore channels to
hide money from the IRS, which seems to have given up on trying to catch them.
Meanwhile, the rest of the population suffers. . . .
With The Cheating of America, Lewis and Allison aim to unmask those who are stiffing
Uncle Sam, as well as the system that permits their activities. They reveal how blue-chip U.S. corporations take advantage of dubious shelters or move their taxable profits
Frequently these same corporations have availed themselves of cheaper labor
overseas, laying off thousands of American workers.
Some estimates show that more than a trillion dollars are salted away in offshore bank
accounts, beyond the reach of the IRS.
Lewis and Allison provide a richly detailed and colorful overview of the key players–
federal legislators, the IRS, New York banks, foreign ‘tax havens’– and the cottage
industry that teaches aspiring dodgers how to cheat successfully.
At the heart of the book are case studies of some of the most brazen individuals and
corporations, including the ‘Benedict Arnold Billionaires’ who have expatriated from the
United States in order to reduce or eliminate their tax burden.
With explosive investigative revelations and the authority of the Center for Public
Integrity behind it, The Cheating of America will further educate all those who ‘pay their
fair share’ while the financial elite dodge their responsibility to society.
Sure to enlighten and outrage, The Cheating of America is a must-read for every
The Catbird says, “The chapter entitled ‘Sweet Charity’ exposes some of
Kamehameha Schools / Bishop Estate’s outrageous efforts to cheat the IRS as well
as the Trust beneficiaries, beginning with the Trustees’ study to remove their
headquarters from Hawaii to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
Bill Moyers says, “The Center for Public Integrity has rescued investigative journalism
from the margins and showed us how important this ind of reporting is to the health of
Diane Sawyer says, “The Center for Public Integrity is the real thing– groups of
dedicated people who remember that journalism is about grit and guts and stamina and
razor-sharp instincts. They are, thank heaven, here to stay.”
Molly Evans says, “Even for those of us who for years have been collecting examples
of how legalized bribery works, Lewis & Co. have come up with some fresh and truly
outrageous stuff. Some of it is so bad, it’s funny.”
THE CHINA THREAT: HOW THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC TARGETS AMERICA, by Bill
Amazon #1 Best Seller.
The publisher, Alex Novak, says: “Bill Gertz has written the definitive book on China’s
threat to the United States. Highlights include: Espionage, how the People’s Republic
has infiltrated our government, our political system, and even our military to obtain
sensitive material … Economic Warfare, how the PRC subsidizes its industry and
exploits its labor force to damage western industries and economies . . . Diplomatic
Treachery, how PRC emissaries will say or do anything to gain advantage in matters of
trade or state . . .
COMPROMISED: CLINTON, BUSH AND THE CIA, by Terry Reed and John
The first documented expose of Bill Clinton’s involvement in illegal government activity
includes alleged evidence that George Bush was lying when he said he was “out of the
loop” regarding Iran-Contra activities.
A shocking, well-documented, first-hand account about the drug-smuggling and money-laundering activities of Clinton, Bush and the CIA.
THE CONSPIRATORS: SECRETS OF AN IRAN-CONTRA INSIDER, by Al Martin
From the Publisher: What if a criminal cabal, a white-collar crime syndicate, took over
the US Government?
Al Martin’s book is the true story of how it happened, a shocking expose’ of
unbelievable proportions, an uncensored look at what really goes on in the back rooms
of criminal power politics.
Al Martin explains the interaction of criminal corporate and government networks. He
tells the facts and names names, which no one has dared write or publish before. It’s a
real story of true conspiracy.
“The Conspirators” is the hidden history of government fraud and corruption. Al
Martin’s eye-witness account includes details of first-hand knowledge of US
Government sanctioned narcotics trafficking, illicit weapons deals and an epidemic of
fraud – corporate securities fraud, real estate fraud, banking fraud and insurance fraud.
Because of these criminal-government schemes, losses for taxpayers are in the
hundreds of billions of dollars. And the losses are still mounting daily.
AL MARTIN, a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and former officer in the Office of Naval
Intelligence, is America’s foremost whistle-blower on government fraud and corruption.
He lives at an undisclosed location, since the criminals named in “The Conspirators”
have been returned to national power and prominence.
Uri Dowbenko says in the Introduction: Al Martin is the man who knows too much.
About US Government fraud at the highest levels. About Iran Contra. And about the
conspirators who continue their dirty work.
He is a self-described fourth level player, just below George and Jeb Bush, and he has
first-hand knowledge of the dirty deals and scams that never stopped.
And why is this story still important? Because these frauds are ongoing (they just roll
them over) and they continue to cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year.
In the past, Lt. Cmdr. Al Martin, US Navy (Ret) has testified before Congress for the
Kerry Committee and the Alexander Committee, which investigated the illegal
operations of the so-called Iran-Contra Affair.
The book you are about to read is an astonishing true crime story that has been too hot
for prime time. In fact, Al Martin’s story is an unprecedented expose’ of high-level
government crimes, cover-ups and scandals. . . .
The Catbird says: READ THIS BOOK! Then, LEND IT TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO
READ! Then, when it’s returned, READ IT AGAIN!
THE CONSPIRATORS’ HIERARCHY: THE STORY OF THE COMMITTEE OF 300, by
Dr. John Coleman
CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH? Dr. Coleman, who worked for British Intelligence,
has expertly torn and laid aside the curtain of secrecy that has hidden the world’s
dirtiest financial and political corruption for decades.
This is the book that first opened the Catbird’s eyes.
READ THIS BOOK . . . and you’ll begin to see behind the mindless tripe you’re fed
daily on network television and in the newspapers. By the author of Diplomacy by
Deception. Highly recommended!
You will probably find it difficult to find this book in regular bookstores. To purchase any
of Dr. Coleman’s books, his 40 page news magazine World in Review (the only
political, science and economic news magazine that carries no advertisements) or any
of his monographs, please call the following toll free telephone number: 1-800-942-0821.
(NOTE: the enhanced and updated 4th edition of “Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The
Story of the Committee of 300” is only available directly from Dr. Coleman)
CORPORATE PREDATORS: THE HUNT FOR MEGA-PROFITS AND THE ATTACK
ON DEMOCRACY, by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, with an Introduction by
Of the world’s largest 100 economies … 51 are corporations, not countries. As the
most powerful institution of our time, the multinational corporation dominates not only
global economics, but politics and culture as well. But the mechanisms of corporate
control and the details of corporate abuses have remained largely hidden from public
perception— until now.
Investigative journalists Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman critique corporate
power from a human perspective. While mainstream media cheerfully laud big
business’s record profits, these journalists ask the real questions— Where is the profit
coming from? When working Americans’ incomes have dropped dramatically since
1980 — while salaries of corporate CEO’s have risen 500 percent in the same period —
is the economy really booming?
CUTTING CORPORATE WELFARE, by Ralph Nader
While the U.S. continues to experience unprecedented cuts in social service programs
and millions of Americans go without health insurance, corporations reap vast sums of
taxpayer money through “corporate welfare” — subsidies, bailouts, giveaways, and
loopholes. Ralph Nader explains the history and extent of this troubling phenomenon
and offers strategies for stopping it.
THE DAISY CHAIN: HOW BORROWED BILLIONS SANK A TEXAS S&L, by James
How did this country allow $250 billion to be stolen, squandered and finally sucked
down the drain in a scandal that Newsweek has called “the biggest financial mess in
U.S. history? The definitive answer lies in James O’Shea’s prize-winning account of
how the cleanest little savings & loan in Texas became the government’s black hole –
once Big Bad Don Dixon rode into town.
Congressman Jim Leach says, “Like Upton Sinclair’s THE JUNGLE, James O’Shea’s
THE DAISY CHAIN is more than a case study of an industry; it is a chronicle of financial
wilding, a manifesto for political reform.”
DAVIDIAN MASSACRE: DISTURBING QUESTIONS ABOUT WACO WHICH MUST
BE ANSWERED, by Carol Moore
An insightful and chilling account of what “really” happened to the Branch Davidians in
THE DEATH OF OUTRAGE, by William J. Bennett
John J. Miller says: “The Death of Outrage” urges the American public— which initially
displayed not much more than a collective shrug— to take issue with the president’s
private and public conduct. Clinton should be judged by more than the state of the
economy, implores Bennett. The commander in chief sets the moral tone of the nation;
a reckless personal life and repeated lying from the bully pulpit call for a heavy
sanction. … In each chapter, Bennet lays out the rhetorical defenses made on Clinton’s
behalf … and picks them apart.
DEN OF THIEVESby James B. Stewart
A #1 bestseller, “Den of Thieves” tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that
nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally
brought some of them to justice. Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart shows how
four of the biggest names on Wall Street – Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel
and Dennis Levine – created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and
almost walked away with billions.
DERAILING DEMOCRACY: THE AMERICA THE MEDIA DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE,
by David McGowan
William Blum says: “The greatest book of the year.”
Michael Parenti says: “A shocking revelation, a rich treasure of taboo information and
criticism about the undemocratic repression, militarism and aggression perpetrated by
U.S. elites at home and abroad. Every American should read Derailing Democracy.”
DIPLOMACY BY DECEPTION, by Dr. John Coleman
True and accurate account of the treasonous conduct by the British and American
governments. An account of how their citizens are deceived by policies provoking
actions that are totally detrimental to the well being of their citizens. Thoroughly
researched by a former British Intelligence agent, the book provides previously
unpublished information on the Gulf War and the Bolshevik Revolution. The chapter on
covert actions throws new light on the murder of Martin Luther King, the attempted
murder of Pope John Paul and other notables marked for elimination. By the author of
The Conspirators’ Hierarchy.
To purchase any of Dr. Coleman’s books, his 40 page news magazine World in
Review (the only political, science and economic news magazine that carries no
advertisements) or any of his monographs, please call this toll free telephone number:
DISAVOW, by Rodney Stich
The British Broadcasting Corporation says: “Extraordinary story … the kingpin of CIA
operations in the Pacific.”
Michael Levine, Attorney for Ronald Rewald, says: “Years from now, when all the so-called secret documents are no longer secret, you will find it was Ronald Rewald who
was telling the truth and not the government.”
DISNEY: THE MOUSE BETRAYED, by Peter Schweizer
The author states: “This is a work of journalism, not opinion. We interviewed hundreds
of current and former Disney employees, law enforcement officials, and reviewed
hundreds of documents (many of which are reprinted in the book) to produce this work.
… All of our sources appear on the record.”
Steven Fantina says: “While much hoopla has been made over the past ten years
regarding the Walt Disney Company’s departure from everything its founder embodied,
few exposes have probed as deeply or turned up a fraction as much dirt as this work
offers. In fact, the Schweizers explore some new territory in their frontal assault on
what may be America’s most dishonest company.”. . .
THE DRAGON SYNDICATES: THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON OF THE TRIADS, by
Book Description: What began more than 2,000 years ago in China has culminated,
according to UN sources, in the greatest potential criminal threat the world has ever
known. From San Francisco to Amsterdam to Bangkok to Johannesburg, the Chinese
Triads today engage in extortion, gambling, international prostitution, illegal immigrant
smuggling, money laundering, fraud, corruption, arms, and narcotics. . . .
Thomas Yan Ong says: “An in-depth study of the Triads. . . . Some of the
information in the book really took me by surprise because it seem too unreal to be
true. Information on Chiang Kai Shek, Philippine President Marcos, pirated Chinese
CDs, the Yakuza, and The Society of God Worshipers really surprised me. . . .”
DRUGGING AMERICA: A TROJAN HORSE, by Rodney Stich
Bjorn Viberg says: “The author is a former pilot who became an air carrier operations
inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1962. During his tenure with the
FAA he became aware of government corruption with regard to air safety as well as the
drug trade, and he’s been sounding alerts to an unwitting public ever since by writing
books and making guest appearances on radio and television. . . .”
DRUG LORD: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A MEXICAN KINGPIN, by Terrence Poppa
During the last years of his violent life, Pablo Acosta smuggled a staggering 60 tons of
cocaine a year into the U.S.— one third of the total U.S. consumption. Drug Lord is an
extraordinary inside look at how drug trafficking really works in Mexico.
ENDGAME: SOLVING THE IRAQ CRISIS, by Scott Ritter
Ingram says: Scott Ritter – the U.N. weapons inspector whose resignation…prompted
an international outcry – proposes a bold and innovative solution to the ongoing crisis in
Catbird says: This is the book the media tried to belittle and the Pentagon tried to ban.
That must mean there’s a lot of truth in it!
FEELING YOUR PAIN: THE EXPLOSION AND ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT POWER
IN THE CLINTON-GORE YEARS, by James Bovard
Wall Street Journal says: “Feeling Your Pain” is filled with horror stories, but they are
spun so engagingly that readers may feel pleasure even as they grit their teeth in rage.”
F.I.A.S.C.O.: THE INSIDE STORY OF A WALL STREET TRADER, by Frank Partnoy
This is the shocking story of one man’s education in the jungles of Wall Street. As a
young derivatives salesman at Morgan Stanley, Frank Partnoy learned to buy and sell
billions of dollars worth of securities that were so complex many traders themselves
didn’t understand them. F.I.A.S.C.O. is the first book to take on the derivatives trading
industry— the most highly charged and risky sector of the stock market. More
importantly, it is a blistering indictment of the largely unregulated market in derivatives
and serves as a warning to unwary investors about real fiascos, which have cost billions
of dollars to employee pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies and other
FORBIDDEN TRUTH: U.S.-TALIBAN SECRET OIL DIPLOMACY AND THE FAILED
HUNT FOR BIN LADEN, by Jean-Charles Brisard & Guillaume Dasquié, Translated by
From the back cover: “Was America involved in SECRET DISCUSSIONS with the
Taliban that involved the Taliban betraying Osama bin Laden? Did America threaten to
bomb the Taliban during these negotiations, saying ‘Either you accept our carpet of
gold, or we’ll carpet you with bombs!’? Have close ties with Saudi Arabia’s petro-dictatorship compromised America’s attempts to combat bin Laden and the al Qaeda
network? Here at last … is the explosive international bestseller that so outraged the
bin Laden family that a judge banned it in Switzerland, where one of bin Laden’s
brothers lives…. The result of three years of investigation by a leading French
investigative journalist and an intellegence expert, Forbidden Truth is the untold story of
Clinton and Bush administration attempts to stabilize Afghanistan and make it safe for
U.S. energy companies to build a pipeline ther. In particular, it details the secret
diplomacy between the Bush administration and the Taliban from February to August
2001 – talks that ultimately led the U.S. to make threats that may have helped stoke the
horrifying attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
FREEDOM IN CHAINS: THE RISE OF THE STATE AND THE DEMISE OF THE
CITIZEN, by James Bovard
Bryan Carey says: “Government Abuse of Power. James Bovard explains, point
blank, how the U.S. government has grown into an uncontrollable monster, negatively
impacting each and every one of us, and taking away many basic rights that were once
taken for granted.”
GLOBAL DREAMS: IMPERIAL CORPORATIONS AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER,
by Richard Barnet
From Booklist: “A sobering, well-researched, elegantly written “think tank in print” about
what globalization truly means. Unfortunately, corporations and their executives … will
most likely not heed the author’s gentle warnings. For, after all, the rush of big
business and governments to garner international impact is, at its core, unresponsive to
the needs of humanity … What will happen when, for example, jobs continue to
disappear and infrastructures to crumble.”
HELL TO PAY: THE UNFOLDING STORY OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, by
Richard Delaney says: “The author does a masterful fob of pointing out how the
Clintons gather their forces and develop strategy to overcome all the misdeeds they
have been involved in, until the public ends up forgetting about it or downplaying it. In
addition, she convincingly points out how Hillary, as the architect of most of the
manipulations, will use every issue, minority group, or organization to obtain power
even though caring little for them. Every potential voter in New York should read this
before November 2000.
THE HILLARY TRAP: LOOKING FOR POWER IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, by
James Dixon says: “At first I was skeptical about the publication of yet another book
about Mrs. Clinton, but The Hillary Trap has something for everyone who is curious
about the never-ending allure of the Clintons. Ingraham moves the debate about Hillary
beyond scandal rehash to a serious and pithy dissection of Hillary’s political agenda—
along with her personal/power-hungry decision to stand by The First Cheat. . . .”
HIROSHIMA IN AMERICA: FIFTY YEARS OF DENIAL, by Robert Jay Lifton and Greg
Thomas Powers says: “Hiroshima has been a half-healed wound to the American
conscience for fifty years. This painful and important subject has never been
considered as carefully, as fairly, or as deeply as it is now, in Robert Jay Lifton and
Greg Mitchell’s Hiroshima in America.”
Kurt Vonnegut says: “Hiroshima in America demonstrates that we can be a nation and
a technology without a conscience. As someone said long ago: ‘Conscience does
make cowards of us all.’”
HOW I ACCIDENTLY JOINED THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY: (AND
FOUND INNER PEACE), by Harry Stein
Steven Fantina says: “Why (Stein) considers himself part of the vast right wing
conspiracy … is that he believes strongly in integrity, personal responsibility, fidelity,
honor, patriotism, and a host of other virtues guaranteed to earn the disdain of
Clitonites. … While Clintonism is a recurring theme, this is a far more encompassing
autobiography detailing Stein’s transformation from Communist sympathizer to a
moderate American who leans conservative many times and liberal at others. . . .
IF THE GODS HAD MEANT US TO VOTE, THEY’D HAVE GIVEN US CANDIDATES,
by Jim Hightower
Molly Ivans says: “What a joy this boy is! If, like most of us, you’re wanting to look
beyond the political drivel of Election 2000, then this is far and away the most fun, most
honest, and most important book you can read.”
Warren Beatty says: “Most of what we have is chamomile. Jim Hightower is caffeine.
Read his book.”
Arianna Huffington says: “A literary Molotov cocktail hurled at a perched and
splintered political system that no longer works. The book reminds us that
Washington’s worst nightmare is an active citizenary. Clearly, the Gods meant to incite
and inspire us. They’ve given us Jim Hightower.”
J. Higgins says: “A Great, Great Book. Hightower is a stinkin’ genius. This book is a
must-read during this vacuous media-spectacle of an election year that we’re all
suffering through. He exposes the political big shots and boneheads for what they are,
and tops it all off with encouraging stories about real folks at the grassroots who are
working to take back our democracy. Power to the people!”
IN GOOD FAITH: The Inside Story of Prudential-Bache’s Multibillion-Dollar
Scandal That Defrauded Thousands of Investors and Fractured the Rock, by
From the jacket: The Prudential: the very symbol of integrity to the generations of
Americans who wished to make sure that their loved ones were provided for. This
book, the first full account of the largest scandal ever to rock the financial world, will
shake that confidence to its core….In this carefully researched and fascinating exposé,
an award-winning financial journalist explores the full dimensions of this scandal that
has brought devastation to countless investors…. In Good Faith is required reading for
anyone who wants to understand the full scope of this scandal that has threatened to
bring down one of the world’s financial titans.
THE INFORMANT: A TRUE STORY, by Kurt Eichenwald
Francis J. McInerney says: “Fiction? You will wish it were so. I read hundreds of
books a year, and this work is one of the best I have read in 2000. Kurt Eichenwald
deserves an award for getting it through the attorneys and then to publication. … This
book involves a company that many will not recognize. It is about the people who have
appointed their company “Supermarket to the World”. Now that level of arrogance just
begs the question of who are these people, and how do they operate? . . . Archer
Daniels Midland is responsible for many of those ingredients you will find on the label
of what you consume…”
Helen Holmes says: “A book you won’t put down! . . . Breathtaking story and
stupendous writing make it the winner it is.”
Greg Falzon says: “Can’t wait to see the movie! . . . After all the novels about
corporate espionage written over the years, this is one of the finest ‘true stories’ of
corruption I’ve ever read. Kurt Eichenwald tells a chilling story of corporate greed and
conspiracy that rivals any Grisham novel . . . I guarantee you won’t want to put this one
LAND AND POWER IN HAWAII, by George Cooper and Gavan Daws
The Maui News says: “The closest thing there is to a definitive text on politics in
modern Hawaii . . . This will be a valuable source for the long term observer and a
necessity for newcomers wanting to understand local politics.”
East West says: “The most important book published in Hawaii within recent memory.”
THE LAUNDRYMEN: INSIDE MONEY LAUNDERING, THE WORLD’S THIRD
LARGEST BUSINESS, by Jeffrey Robinson
The world is awash in dirty money, as much as $500 billion each year. Most comes
from drugs. Who’s laundering it? Bankers, lawyers, accountants, and money
managers— from Wall Street to Main Street. The Laundrymen shows how money
laundering corrupts the global financial system and keeps drugs on American streets.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says: “Oliver Stone should read this book. It has all the
ingredients needed for a great crime-horror movie. More to the point, it should be read
by anyone who wants to learn why the world is in such sorry shape.”
USA Today says: “In providing a clear, precise explanation and history of money
laundering, veteran business author Jeffrey Robinson has written what nearly amounts
to a textbook on the transformation of ill-gotten gains into seemingly legal currency.”
LEGACY OF LUNA: THE STORY OF A TREE, A WOMAN, AND THE STRUGGLE TO
SAVE THE REDWOODS, by Julia Butterfly Hill
A young woman named Julia Butterfly Hill climbed a 200-foot redwood in December
1997. She didn’t come down for 738 days. The tree, dubbed Luna, grows in the
coastal hill of Northern California, on land owned by the Maxxam Corporation. In 1985,
Maxxam acquired the previous landlord, Pacific Lumber, then proceeded to “liquidate its
assets” to pay off the debt— in other words, clear-cut the old-growth redwood forest.
When Hill arrived on the scene after traveling cross-country on a whim, loggers were
preparing to clear-cut the hillside where Luna had been growing for 1,000 years.The
Legacy of Luna, part diary, part treatise, and part New Age spiritual journey, is the
story of Julia Butterfly Hill’s two-year arboreal odyssey.
Joan Baez says: “Visiting Julia Butterfly was one of the most remarkable experiences
of my life.”
Patch Adams, M.D. says: “Julia gives such special shine to the word ‘possible.’ I think
better and with sweeter resolve knowing such as she dances in the trees. … Julia
answers the question: ‘Can one person make a difference?’ … Here are some recipes
for the human community to inspire anyone to action towards peace and justice.”
Steven Prussack says: “An Amazing Woman … An Amazing Story … Great Book!
Julia Butterfly’s book is a must read to any activist or person who believes that they
cannot make a difference in shining the positive light in a negative world. She is so
inspiring … I can’t wait to share this book w/ my family and friends. … She is such a
visual and creative writer. . . .
Laura Arana says: “I’ve always heard people say, ‘I loved this book so much, I couldn’t
put it down,’ but I’ve never had that experience. That is, until I picked up Luna. I was
up until 3 am finishing it, because I had to know what happened. And because I felt so
entranced by this woman and her story, I didn’t want it to end. … Now, I’ve loaned my
copy out to a friend, because this story shines— it will warm the coldest of hearts, and
soften the hardest of souls. … This is one of those special, sparkling books that truly will
make the world a kinder place. Please read it.
Tom Danaher says: “Julia writes with tremendous clarity of the personal transformation
required to move beyond social and planetary destruction as an acceptable way to pay
off the junk bond debts of corporate raiders. She wrote most of this book while in Luna,
and it shows in her complete focus. A fast, harrowing, rewarding read.
LOOTING AMERICA: GREED, CORRUPTION, VILLAINS, AND VICTIMS, by Stephen
Rossoff, Henry Pontell, and Robert Tillman
Fortune Magazine says: “A disturbing, fury-igniting story, and one every citizen-share-holder should read. Looting America is an outstanding book.”
Arianna Huffington says: “…highly readable and witty… An authoritative account of the
white-collar crime problem in the U.S.”
LOST GENERATIONS: A BOY, A SCHOOL, A PRINCESS, by J. Arthur Rath
University of Hawaii Press says: “Lost Generations, a boy, a school, a princess”,
provides surprising revelations on the trustees and the ‘Bishop Estate Scandal’ which
made headlines daily during the mid-1990s. A chapter “Bobby Harmon Loses His Job”
reveals what happened to a “whistle blower” who was the first person to publically
identify financial schemes others wanted hidden. Some of the chapters are titled: “Why
Can’t The Trustees Behave? ; Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle; Personal
Profiteering; Influence Peddling; Trustees the Nail, IRS the Hammer.” Book is listed on
the internet by amazon.com; Walden Books, Borders Books, Barnes & Noble, and
University of Hawaii Press. Kamehameha Schools is contesting court decisions on its
admission policies. The book urges helping “lost generations” of Hawaiians in other
ways and not excluding those who can’t meet the schools rigid “college prep”
Bob Krauss, Honolulu Advertiser columnist says: “Now that Thanksgiving is pau and
you are working on your Christmas list, I have the right gift for your literate husband,
wife, uncle, aunt, friend, boss, cleaning woman, handyman or minister. A book has just
come out called “Lost Generations: A Boy, A School, A Princess” by J. Arthur Rath that
gives you all the dirt that’s fit to print about the fall of the Bishop Estate trustees … The
last half of the book contains many more inside revelations about how the powerful,
secretive Bishop Estate back-scratching club came unraveled. To read today what they
got away with then seems incredible. But, as Rath explains, the Bishop Estate was so
sacrosanct that nobody dared criticize until Nona Beamer started the ball rolling. One
marvelous service this book performs is to document the contribution of former trustee
Oswald “Oz” Stender. He’s the real hero in this story, the person who blew the whistle
to save the estate. Stender provided Rath, a fellow student at Kamehameha, with the
details that make the last half of the book hard to put down.”
Jerome Klena, Honolulu Weekly, says: J. Arthur Rath’s Lost Generations is
simultaneously a journey of self-discovery, a history of the Hawaiian Islands and an
indictment of the political malfeasance exhibited by the Bishop Estate trustees who,
according to Rath, ultimately failed to honor the wishes of Princess Bernice Pauahi
Bishop’s desire to create an institution that would educate Hawaiian children. Rath
spent most of his early childhood being shuffled among foster homes and the homes of
relatives and family friends while his mother struggled to earn a living. By the 6th grade
he had gone through five schools in two states and on two islands. He had witnessed
first hand the effects of the depression on the Mainland and the bombing of Pearl
Harbor. However, in 1944 his life was changed. That is the year he entered the
Kamehameha School for Boys, an institution established for the purpose of providing
education to disadvantaged children of native ancestry. The school provided five years
of much-needed stability for Rath and became his only real boyhood home.
Kamehameha enabled Rath, and many other children, to turn their lives around. In the
1990s Rath’s former classmate Oswald Stender united Kamehameha alumni to take on
the corruption of the Bishop Estate trustees responsible for overseeing the school.
According to some, estate trustees grossly mismanaged the estate’s large financial
holdings and abandoned the school’s mandate to educate Hawaiian children. The
Bishop Estate Scandal galvanized the Hawaiian community in the 1990s. This is the
story of a fight to save a school, and in doing so, to rescue the children of the “lost
generations.” Told in the engaging talk story style of the islands, the book can be read
selectively or as a whole. It is meant to engender courteous listening, and invoke the
ho’oponopono, or healing power, of the Hawaiian people.
LOST RIGHTS: THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY, by James Bovard
The Wall Street Journal says: “Remarkable…Mr. Bovard’s unrivaled research has
resulted in a virtual encyclopedia of modern government abuse.”
Greg Shoom says: “A great but frightening book. The United States of America is the
greatest country in human history because it is the only nation ever founded on the
noblest political principle possible: the principle of inalienable individual rights. But
today this principle is undergoing an all-out assault by the enemies of liberty, and the
U.S. is being destroyed in the process. This book presents, in terrifying detail, just how
far the destruction of American liberties has gone. . . .
THE MERGER: THE CONGLOMERATION OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED
CRIME, by Jeffrey Robinson
Dennis Tonnozzi says: “An Outstanding Book. . . . I found ‘The Merger’ to be an
outstanding book, easy to read and filled with unforgettable characters. … I never
realized just how dangerous the world has become, and how dangerous the future will
be, unless we do something soon. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know
the truth behind the headlines!”
Alan Train says: “Truly frightening! I loved ‘The Laundrymen’ and couldn’t wait to
see this. But whereas ‘The Laundrymen’ worried me, this is truly frightening. Robinson
isn’t talking about some monolithic international crime syndicate, the picture he paints is
of ruthless, professional opportunists who understand that big business today must
think global. And these opportunities run very big businesses. ‘The Merger’ is the
single best book I’ve ever read on transnational organized crime, and should serve as a
warning to all of us that the war on crime is, like the business of crime, global.”
MERRILL LYNCH: THE COST COULD BE FATAL, by Keith Schooley
Stephen Jones says: “Merrill Lynch is ‘every man’s broker’ Its reputation has, for the
most part, been favorable, and it is the broker of Main Street, not Wall Street. Keith’s
story, however, sheds an entirely different light on what occurred and may offer an
entirely different explantaion for Merrill Lynch’s success…. Keith’s experiences set forth
dramatically everything that is wrong, unwise, and indeed unhealthy and unfair, about
arbitration proceedings.” (www.TheCostCouldBeFatal.com)
THE MONEY MEN: THE REAL STORY OF FUND-RAISING’S INFLUENCE ON
POLITICAL POWER IN AMERICA, by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Jon Davidson says: “A must-read for those wanting to understand campaign finance.
Having been active in politics and political campaigns for 10+ years now, and staying
current with the news of the day, I thought I had a pretty good working knowledge of the
campaign finance issue. That is, until I read Mr. Birnbaums’ excellent book, “The
Money Men”. I found out just how lacking in knowledge I was on this issue.”
Bill Press says: “Follow the money! Jeffrey Birnbaum not only documents how money
corrupts politics an politicians, he tells us how to fix it. If you love democracy and want
to save it, read this book.”
Senator John McCain says: “In The Money Men, Jeffrey Dirnbaum offers an informed
and highly readable critique of how pervasively political fund-raising affects the practice
of democracy in America.”
Senator Bill Bradley says: “Because of the dominant role of money in politics today,
Americans feel our democracy is not working for the majority. Consequently, campaign
contributions are up, but voter participation is at historically low levels. Before we can
engage in true democratic reform— and restore trust in our democracy— Americans
must know more about how our system works, and Jeffrey Birnbaum’s ‘The Money
Men’ will be thought-provoking for readers.”
THE MONEY AND THE POWER: THE MAKING OF LAS VEGAS AND ITS HOLD ON
AMERICA, by Sally Denton, Roger Morris
Amazon.com says: “There is no place like it. It is literally a beacon of Civilization….
Only Mecca inspires as many pilgrims.” So write Sally Denton and Roger Morris about
Las Vegas, Nevada, which emerged in the last years of the 20th century as America’s
fastest-growing city, and in the process, a family-entertainment and cultural center.
“But underlying that Las Vegas–and underlying the authors’ fine narrative–is an older,
decidedly less friendly city, one shaped by an “alliance of gamblers, gangsters, and
government” to cater to every kind of human weakness. This Las Vegas, populated by
notorious criminals, dangerous eccentrics, and ambitious empire-builders, exercised an
extraordinary influence on the nation’s politics and economy. Few presidents elected in
the last century did not come calling on the desert city to secure funds and favors, even
as Las Vegas’s thriving economy came under the control of a handful of powerful men.
“Full of strange episodes and characters, the history of Las Vegas is too little known.
Denton and Morris’s revisionist, past-as-prologue look at how Las Vegas came to be is
a startling, original work that adds much to our understanding of recent American
history.” –Gregory McNamee
Publishers Weekly says: “This ambitious, jolting investigative history simultaneously
explores the “secret history” of Las Vegas malfeasance and the expansion of the city’s
ethos of greed and artifice into a wholesale American model. Married co-authors
Denton (The Bluegrass Conspiracy) and Morris (Partners in Power) offer an expansive,
finely detailed, slightly convoluted cultural narrative, beginning with concise biographies
of key figures (mobsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel, news tycoon Hank
NO CONTEST: CORPORATE LAWYERS AND THE PERVERSION OF JUSTICE IN
AMERICA, by Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith
The legal rights of Americans are threatened as never before. In No Contest, Nader
and Smith reveal how power lawyers misuse and manipulate the law at the expense of
fairness and equity.
Gloria Steinem says: “By exposing the role of power lawyers and international law
firms as the amoral nerve center of everything from the savings-and-loan rip-off to the
shadow government of multinational corporations, Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith have
given us the good research and deep outrage we need to create social change. I hope
this book is read in every law school and by every citizen.”
ON THE MAKE: THE RISE OF BILL CLINTON, by Meredith Oakley
A biography of President Clinton written by a political reporter for the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette who has been chronicling Clinton’s political rise for the last 13 years.
THE O’REILLY FACTOR: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE COMPLETELY
RIDICULOUS IN AMERICAN LIFE, by Bill O’Reilly
The best-selling, hard-hitting and no-holds-barred broadside from the anchorman of the
Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor— what’s good about America, what’s bad,
and what’s completely ridiculous.
Jim from Wayne, NJ says: “Mr. O’Reilly has outdone himself with this book. He writes
with a clarity and genuine style that speaks to the soul of every American. He makes
sense out of mayhem and provides the reader with facts and applicable solutions. Mr.
O’Reilly stresses sensibility and personal responsibility in this wonderful book. It’s a
must read for anyone willing and wishing to expand and embrace the American
experience. . . .
THE OTHER SIDE OF DECEPTION: A ROGUE AGENT EXPOSES THE MOSSAD’S
SECRET AGENDA, by Victor Ostrovsky
From the jacket: “The truth about the death of Robert Maxwell and the story behind the
near assassination of George Bush are just two of the revelations contained in this
headline-making account of one man’s journey into the dark heart of the Mossad. . . .
“In 1990 Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad agent, became an international celebrity
when the state of Israel attempted to ban his first account of Mossad misdeeds, By
Way of Deception. Few who watched that book soar to the top of the New York Times
best-seller list anticipated that an even more shocking story remained to be written. . . .
“Frighteningly, the activities pursued by right-wing factions within the agency constitute
a massive abuse of power that has had global consequences. They include:
>> undermining the Arab-Israeli peace process through counterfeiting, assassination,
and support of religious radicals
>> facilitating lethal biological experiments on Palestinians and Soweto blacks
>> killing an Israeli general. a leading German politician, a Canadian scientist, and a
>> using “disinformation” to trigger American combat strikes against Israel’s enemies
>> and much, much more . . . “
On illegal human experimentation. . .
“During the time prisoners were taken to a holding facility in Nes Siyyona. . . . It was an
ABC (atomic, bacteriological, chemical) warfare laboratory. It was where our top
epidemiological scientists were developing various doomsday machines. . . . [The
Palestinians were used as] guinea pigs. . . . The scientists could make sure the
weapons they were developing worked … and make them more efficient.”
On the planned assassination of George Bush . . .
“In an effort to bring the right-wing government of Israel to the negotiating table, Bush
had put a freeze on all loan guarantees. . . . Upon making that decision, he was
regarded as the greatest enemy of the state of Israel. . . . A certain right-wing clique in
the Mossad picked the Madrid peace talks as its staging ground. . . . Three Palestinian
extremists were taken by a Kidon unit from their hiding place in Beirut. . . . [My
controller] called me on Tuesday, October 1. ‘They’re out to kill Bush,’ he said.”
OUT OF ORDER: ARROGANCE, CORRUPTION, AND INCOMPETENCE ON THE
BENCH, by Max Boot
Philip K. Howard, author of The Death of Common Sense, says: “Max Boot’s Out of
Order shines a brilliant but harsh light on the judges who run America’s courts, and
explains why Americans are fearful of our system of justice. Filled with stories that will
make your blood boil, Out of Order is a wake-up call to Americans to reform the way we
select judges, define judicial responsibilities, and hold judges accountable.
THE OUTLAW BANK: A WILD RIDE INTO THE SECRET HEART OF BCCI, by
Jonathan Beaty & S.C. Gwynne
“It started the way an investigative story should start: in San Francisco’s Chinatown on
a fogbound winter night, in the candlelight and shadow of the Empress of China
Restaurant. . . . This was early February 1991. Operation Desert Storm was in full cry
and the world’s attention was riveted on Baghdad and Kuwait City. Not much else was
going on, and in the news business the war was the only game in town. Beaty was
tracking weapons-related technology sales to Saddam Hussein, and he had
momentarily forgotten that he didn’t believe in coincidence….”
From the jacket: “…Time correspondents Jonathan Beaty and S.C. Gwynne didn’t just
report on the BCCI story: from the first tip, they became players in a game of journalistic
three-dimensional chess – full of murky leads and shady sources who often were not
what they seemed. Through their fast-paced, firsthand account, we are there as Beaty
and Gwynne arrange back-channel rendezvous; find a way around government
stonewalling; and slowly begin to trace the web of kickbacks, corruption, and cover-ups
that spanned three U.S. administrations and ensnared politicians and business figures
around the world.
“The Outlaw Bank shows how the BCCI was more than a bank with a portfolio of bad
loans and nasty clients like Manuel Noriega and the Medellin cartel. With offices and
agents in every corner of the world, the BCCI had become a clearinghouse for almost
anything: political bribes, untraceable cash, guns, tanks – even nuclear weapons. . . .
“The authors explain why top White House figures in the last two administrations knew
about the BCCI’s criminal activities yet remained silent as the bank built an empire to
service drug dealers.
“The Outlaw Bank is also the first book to go inside the BCCI’s “Black Network,” a
shadowy organization that handled the bank’s most sensitive transactions, including
arms sales to Iraq, Syria, and other bellicose nations; stolen military secrets; drug
deals; and even terrorism. Beaty and Gwynne show dramatically how the BCCI used
the Black Network to export its special brand of corruption to the most powerful circles
in countries around the world.
“Brilliantly detailed and wonderfully readable, The Outlaw Bank is the most
authoritative account of one of the largest and most disturbing criminal conspiracies in
history. It is also a detective story crammed with spies, mercenaries, and crooked
bankers. . . .”
PANIC RULES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GLOBAL
ECONOMY, by Robin Hahnel
Noam Chomsky says: “For years, people have been asking what to read to
understand the global economy, its institutions, its crises, the reasons for the particular
forms it has taken and their effects— and what they can do about it. … Robin Hahnel
has written that book.
Prof. G. Schneider says: “This is an excellent, easy-to-read, and compelling account
of the role international finance played in the Asian Financial Crisis. Hahnel also
demonstrates the deficiencies in the IMF response to the crisis. Overall, a superb
introduction to globalization, the destructive nature of unregulated capital flows, and the
irrationality and instability of the current global economy.
PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE, by Gore Vidal
Publishers Weekly says: “In this collection of essays, noted novelist and critic Vidal
turns his acerbic wit on the United States. Never shy about expressing his opinion,
Vidal questions U.S. assumptions regarding the Oklahoma City and World Trade
Center bombings: “That our ruling junta might have seriously provoked McVeigh and
Osama was never dealt with.” . . . Vidal gleefully skewers American capitalism and the
role of the religious right in American politics at every opportunity. Critics of American
policy and American life, as well as those prone to conspiracy theories, are likely to find
a lot of fodder. . . Vidal’s writing is powerful and graceful.
Booklist says: Vidal couldn’t find an English-language publisher for the first essay in
this collection, his response to September 11, until it became a best-seller in Italy. He
argues that Osama bin Laden’s attack on America pales in comparison to the
government’s attack on American civil liberties since September 11. Vidal views the
unwinnable wars on terrorism and drugs as the government’s excuse to implement a
police state, which he repeatedly compares to Nazi Germany. With his trademark wit
and imposing intellect, he attacks everything about the Bush administration’s response
to 9/11, from the president’s characterization of terrorists as “evil” to the war in
Afghanistan. . . .These essays are held together by Vidal’s belief that we must take the
McVeighs and the bin Ladens of the world seriously and not dismiss their actions as
simply “evil.” Vidal fans will find everything they love here: these essays are witty, often
convincing, and pull no punches.
THE POWER GAME: HOW WASHINGTON WORKS, by Hedrick Smith
A Pulitzer Prize winner takes readers inside America’s power center to reveal how the
game of governing is played in Washington.
RATS IN THE GRAIN: THE DIRTY TRICKS AND TRIALS OF ARCHER DANIELS
MIDLAND, by James B Lieber
Amazon.com says: “Archer Daniels Midland— popularly known as ADM, the
‘Supermarket to the World’– spends millions on ads during Sunday morning TV talk
shows and on public radio to burnish its popular image. But behind the facade lies a
vicious business eager to fix prices with its competitors and employ prostitutes in
corporate espionage, according to James B. Lieber’s muckraking account, ‘Rats in the
Grain.’ Lieber tells the story of why the FBI raided ADM’s Illinois headquarters in 1995,
as well as the events leading up to the raid and the trial that resulted. . . .”
RED DRAGON RISING: COMMUNIST CHINA’S MILITARY THREAT TO AMERICA,
by Edward Timperlake, William C. Triplett II
Regnery Publishing says: “No regime poses a greater threat to global security today
than Communist China. Armed with the most modern weapons of mass destruction—
some stolen from America’s own defense labs— the Communist Chinese government
is a brutal, expansionist regime that has targeted America and its democratic allies
around the world. “
RED MAFIYA: HOW THE RUSSIAN MOB HAS INVADED AMERICA, by Robert I.
Amazon.com says: “Amid his efforts to expose the Russian mob, Robert Friedman
learned from the FBI that ‘the most brilliant and savage Russian mob organization in
the world’ had put a $100,000 price on his head. Reading ‘Red Mafiya’ , it’s not hard to
see why: this is a brave book about a troubling subject. Friedman, a freelance
journalist, describes the research behind it: ‘I ventured into the Russians’ gaudy strip
clubs in Miami Beach; paid surprise visits to their well-kept suburban homes in Denver;
interviewed hit men and godfathers in an array of federal lockups; and traveled halfway
around the world trying to make sense of their tangled criminal webs, which have
ensnared everyone from titans of finance and the heads of government to entire state
security services.’ Their racket involves heroin smuggling, weapons trafficking, mass
extortion, and casino operation, among other activities. . . .”
THE RIGHT THING, by Scott Waddle, Ken Abraham
From the Inside Flap: “I’ll kill you before I allow you to take the stand to testify without
immunity,” my lawyer Charlie Gittins railed. “On second thought, I won’t have to – you’d
be killing yourself!”…
“I have to, Charlie, I did it. Nine people are dead because of me.”
In the span of eight minutes on February 9, 2001, Navy Commander Scott Waddle’s life
was forever changed. He gave the order to perform an emergency maneuver that
inadvertently caused the nine-thousand-ton nuclear attack submarine he commanded
to rip up through the water and smash into the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fishing boat….
From the cover: The UNTOLD STORY of the deadly collision of the nuclear submarine
USS Greeneville with a Japanese fishing vessel, and one man’s courageous decision to
do… THE RIGHT THING.
President George W. Bush says about Cmdr. Scott Waddle: “…This fine American
patriot is taking the heat… That says something about his character.”
The Catbird says: “If you want the story of Cmdr. Scott Waddle’s life, with photos of the
commander, his wife and his submarine; and, you want to know how the tragedy
destroyed his career and his peace of mind, this book may appeal to you. If you want
the real UNTOLD STORY about the ‘distinguished visitors’ program that was the
precursory cause of the sinking of the Ehime Maru, however, you won’t find it here.
“Perhaps, that’s why President Bush called him an American patriot for taking the
SAM SMITH’S GREAT AMERICAN POLITICAL REPAIR MANUAL: How to Rebuild
Our Country So the Politics Aren’t Broken and Politicians Aren’t Fixed, by Sam
Witty and profound, opinionated and informative, maverick journalist Sam Smith has
important things to say to politically disaffected Americans of all stripes.
THE SECRET LIFE OF BILL CLINTON: THE UNREPORTED STORIES, by Ambrose
Cited by White House press secretary Mike McCurry as the origin of every major
Clinton scandal story, Ambrose Evans-Prichard has done more than any other journalist
to expose the truth about the Clintons.
Michael Reagan says, “He is the Woodward and Bernstein of the current era.”
R. Emmett Tyrrell says, “For the past decade one of the greatest journalists covering
America has been Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. No one has developed wider contacts
regarding the botches and scandals of American government. No one has written more
elegantly and intelligently.”
SELLOUT: THE INSIDE STORY OF PRESIDENT CLINTON’S IMPEACHMENT, by
David P. Schippers
Explosive new best-seller by the former Chief Investigative Counsel of the House
Regnery Publishing, Inc says, “Back door deals, behind the scenes. As a former
Chicago prosecutor, David Schippers thought he had seen everything-treachery, double
crosses, sellouts. But what he saw behind the scenes at the Clinton impeachment
shocked him to his core. This is his story— the story from a man who knows more than
anyone else about what went on behind closed doors leading up to the impeachment of
President Clinton. David Shippers … a loyal Democrat, went against his party, the
press, and public opinion to build a powerful case against the most corrupt President in
American history and bring him to justice … And he tells you who took the dives …
STATE OF A UNION: INSIDE THE COMPLEX MARRIAGE OF BILL AND HILLARY
CLINTON, by Jerry Oppenheimer
The latest best-selling expose that’s getting a lot of attention because of Hillary’s
alleged racial slur. But that’s just a birdseed in a bushel. Read the book to get to know
the real Hillary and Bill lovebirds.
THE STRANGE DEATH OF VINCENT FOSTER: AN INVESTIGATION, by Christopher
Amazon.com says: “Ever since the night that deputy White House counselor Vincent
Foster was found dead in a Washington, D.C. park, conspiracy theories about his death
have abounded. Everyone from evangelist Jerry Falwell to talk-show host Rush
Limbaugh has weighed in with his or her own version of events: Foster was murdered;
his body was moved; the investigation into his death became a giant cover-up.
Christopher Ruddy, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review … has entered the fray
with The Strange Death of Vincent Foster.
As Ruddy goes over the evidence, it becomes increasingly clear that the initial
investigative work by the park police and the FBI was mishandled— evidence was
poorly collected and documented, the autopsy was hardly comprehensive, and
eyewitnesses accounts differed drastically. In addition, the role of White House counsel
Bernard Nussbaum in obstructing the police search of Foster’s office and belongings
was undoubtedly out of line. . . .”
William Sessions, Former Director of the F.B.I.: “Christopher Ruddy has detailed a
significant of facts and issues involving the death of Mr. Foster. His work is serious and
compelling. While enduring great criticism, he has tenaciously argued a persuasive
case that the American public has not been told the complete facts of the case. . . .”
TAKE ON THE STREET: The Ultimate Insider Reveals the Hidden Costs and
Dangers of Investing on Wall Street, by Arthur Levitt Jr., Paula Dwyer
Publisher’s Synopsis: “Investors today are being fed lies and distortions, are being
exploited and neglected. In the wake of the last decade’s rush to invest by millions of
households and Wall Street’s obsession with short-term performance, a culture of
gamesmanship has grown among corporate management, financial analysts, brokers,
and fund managers, making it hard to tell financial fantasy from reality, salesmanship
from honest advice. In TAKE ON THE STREET, Arthur Levitt–former chairman of the
Securities and Exchange Commission–shows how you can take matters into your own
hands. . . .”
TAKE THE RICH OFF WELFARE: by Mark Zepezauer, Arthur Naiman
Amazon.com says: Thank God the U.S. government has begun to cut funding of the
arts, humanities, and social services … but what are they going to do with all that
surplus cash? Although the popular media has been largely mum about it, most of the
welfare payments go to large corporations in the form of tax write-offs, subsidies, and
plain old handouts. This frightening and enlightening book … traces the flow of money
into such worthy projects as subsidizing nuclear power plants (the last one was finished
in 1973, but that doesn’t stop the U.S. government from spending $7.1 billion a year on
this vapor industry), tax breaks for the tobacco industry ($41 million last year), and
corporate expense account write-offs ($5.5 billion last year). Read it and weep.
Ingram: This tightly written, fact-filled book covers the S&L bailout, subsidies to the
agriculture, airline, automobile, chemical, energy, logging, media, mining, oil and
weapons industries, tax loopholes for accelerated depreciation, advertising, banking,
business meals and entertainment, capital gains, insurance and overseas marketing,
and much more. Tables, charts, illustrations.
THE TEN THINGS YOU CAN’T SAY IN AMERICA, by Larry Elder
Amazon.com says: “When Larry Elder talks, sparks fly, and he likes it that way. Fans
of the radio talk-show host from Los Angeles, who call themselves Elderados, have
dubbed him ‘the sage from South Central.’ … What’s it all about? Elder, a libertarian,
lays down his controversial views in his first book, which attacks the politically correct,
black leaders, feminists, gun-control advocates, and other ‘so-called liberals’.”
Thomas Kearney says: “Larry Elder is a courageous individual, a black man who
challenges the Democrat/left establishment of Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, et al on
his radio program, in print and as a guest on numerous TV talk shows. Elder points out
the irony that many so called black leaders who tell us that affirmative action is still
needed in employment and education and that racism is holding black people down are
themselves individuals who obtained success by working hard and staying focused. …
Elder laments that too many black Americans are poisoned by rhetoric that tells them
the deck is stacked against them. . . “
Lee Ellis says: “This is probably the most important book to be published in years. . . .
This book is so important in creating a better society and a stronger USA that it should
be required reading in all schools and colleges! Congratulations to Larry Elder for
giving us FACTS and not just mere unsubstantiated opinions. . . . The publisher should
be sure to get a copy into the hands of both Gore and Bush!”
Myra S. Shofner says: “I just received my copy and am on page 59. I had to stop to
rant and rave about it! I hope everyone in America will read it and I wish Larry Elder
and his wife would come to my house for dinner so we could talk about it. He hits the
nail on the head time after time. I can’t wait to turn the page and see what he says
next. Gotta go!”
UNLIMITED ACCESS: AN FBI AGENT INSIDE THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE, by
Gary Aldrich, Michael Reagan
Jack Anderson says: “Pure political dynamite!”
Michael Reagan says: “As Unlimited Access rocketed up the bestseller lists, the
Clinton camp discovered that its attempt to suppress the book had only inflamed public
curiosity. . . .
“Unlimited Access is meticulously documented, the only truthful insider’s account of the
Clinton White House, an eyewitness account of secrets that were meant to remain
forever hidden. It is crucial that these truths, as ugly as they are, be aired out in the
light of day, because the effects of this corruption radiate out into the nation and into
“Gary Aldrich has put his finger on the reason for all this sordid behavior within a single
administration: This White House has a completely amoral worldview….”
Rush Limbaugh says: “Unlimited Access blows the Clintons’ cover. Gary Aldrich was
a 30 year veteran of the FBI who became concerned, then disgusted about what Bill
Clinton and Al Gore were doing to the White House. Aldrich’s interest was in protecting
national security… Clinton’s and Gore’s interest was … in a craven, obsessive, and
dangerous drive to maintain power. The clash between two competing intgerests –
protecting the presidency v. selling the presidency – produced one angry but brave
former FBI Agent – and his truthful bestselling book.”
WASHINGTON ON $10 MILLION A DAY: HOW LOBBYISTS PLUNDER THE
NATION, by Ken Silverstein
Amazon.com says: “Washington on $10 Million a Day provides a detailed account of
how U.S. lobbyists receive millions of dollars from their clients to not just sway but win
opinions of our nation’s congress people. . . .”
Sitka@teleport.com says: “Yes, it truly is the age of retail politics. And Ken
Silverstein’s new expose shows the high price that must be paid to the lobbyists of K
Street to get troubled corporations and Third World dictators out of their various jams.
Silverstein introduces us to the likes of Tommy Hale Boggs, the brother of ABC News
diva Cokie Roberts, who charges $500 an hour to help oil companies boot Indians off
potential drilling sites … With this new book, Silverstein goes right to the corrupt heart of
the Beltway, where forgiveness for almost any crime against humanity is for sale at the
right price. Silverstein is one of the nation’s finest investigative reporters and this book
proves he is also one of the funniest. . . .”
WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD, by David C. Korten
Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu says: “This is a ‘must read’ book – a searing indictment
of an unjust international economic order, not by a wild-eyed idealistic left-winger, but
by a sober scion of the establishment with impeccable credentials. It left me
devastated but also very hopeful. Something can be done to create a more just
Ralph Nader says: “. . . this new edition expands and updates Korten’s laser-like
analysis of how global corporations dominate people and their governments, and the
miserable conditions that result when the few rule the many. Kortnen then shows
practical pathways to a realizable future of more just, prosperous, and sustainable
societies. This book will agitate your mind, elevate your soul, and engage your civic
Danny Glover says: “Like many of the people who attended the World Trade
Organization teach-ins in Seattle, I was motivated to be there because of David
Korten’s work. When Corporations Rule the World continues to be at the very center
of this expanding global dialogue…
Herman E. Daly says: “Korten is an honest witness to the disastrous betrayal of
common people and future generations that is being carried out by corporations,
governments, and multilateral banks. He cuts through the loud rhetoric of economic
growth and global economic integration to the facts of increasing poverty, inequality,
and dependence. I hope that this book is widely read.
Maude Barlow says: “When Corporations Rule the World spells out the reality and
consequences of a corporate-dominated globalization process and how it is
undermining democracy. It sets forth an agenda for regaining citizen sovereignty that is
an important starting point on the long road back to democracy.”
WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION?: CORPORATE GLOBALIZATION AND THE
EROSION OF DEMOCRACY, by Lori Wallach, Michelle Sforza, with Preface by Ralph
Whose Trade Organization is a ground-breaking book which documents the 5-year
record of the powerful World Trade Organization (WTO). Based on a year of intensive
research, this book reviews the specific cases and outcomes that have made the WTO
increasingly controversial worldwide.
THE WTO: FIVE YEARS OF REASONS TO RESIST CORPORATE GLOBALIZATION,
by Lori Wallach, Michelle Sforza, with an Introduction by Ralph Nader.
(This is a pamphlet version of Whose Trade Organization.)
YEAR OF THE RAT: HOW BILL CLINTON COMPROMISED U.S. SECURITY FOR
CHINESE CASH, by Edward Timperlake and William Triplett, II
From the book: “Our thesis is simple: The Clinton administration has made a series of
Faustian bargains and policy blunders that have allowed a hostile power to further its
aims in Washington. In the main, Bill Clinton and Al Gore did it for money…
In these pages, we will show that, in order to gain and hold onto power, the Clinton
administration has acted recklessly, allowing the wrong people to gain access to our
most important political and economic secrets. Any number of Chinese arms dealers,
spies, narcotics traffickers, gangsters, pimps, accomplices to mass murder, communist
agents, and other undesirables will appear in these pages, all associated in one way or
another with the White House and money…
Did the Clinton administration sell out America’s national security to one of this
country’s leading and most dangerous adversaries merely to raise campaign cash?
In the pages that follow, we will prove our answer, which is: YES.”
BIRTH OF A NATION (1915 ) – Directed by D. W. Griffith. Starring Lillian Gish, Mae
Amazon.com says: “A pivotal moment in film history. After The Birth of a Nation,
nothing was the same: not the way audiences watched movies, not the way filmmakers
created them. D.W. Griffith’s jumbo-size saga of the Civil War expanded the
boundaries of storytelling on the screen, conveying a richer, more complicated (and
certainly longer) tale than anyone had seen in a movie before. The delicate
relationships, the sad passage of time, the spectacular battle scenes all look as fresh
and innovative today as they did in 1915. . . . President Woodrow Wilson famously
compared it to ‘history written in lightning.’ That judgment has lasted.”
CITIZEN KANE (1941) – Directed by Orson Welles. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph
Quixoted42@aol.com says: “Simply the greatest film of all time. You’ve probably
heard intellectual snobs call this the greatest film in history, and you probably think it’s
just plain exaggeration and elitism. You’ll think that until you see this movie. Once
you’ve watched it all the way through you’ll realize how sometimes even snobs can tell
the truth. No other picture ever made matches this film in terms of sheer writing,
directing, camera work, acting, music, and feeling. . . .”
GREED(1925 – 75th Anniversary Restoration) – Directed by Eric von Stroheim. Starring
Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt.
A viewer from NYC says: “Greatest of Them All. I would give this unrivaled
masterpiece ten stars if possible. What’s really maddening is that every year when
would-be and never-was movie historians put together their hysterical list of “100
Greatest Movies of All Time”, it’s always “Citizen Kane” at the very top. Which goes to
show how illiterate these critics are. It was “Greed”, “Intolerance” and Cecil DeMille’s
underrated “The Cheat” (1915), which really paved the way for Orson Welles. “Greed”
is an amazing experience to sit through. I’ve seen it 50 times … and each time you’re
left stunned. . . .”
ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000) – Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Julia Roberts,
H. Luis Reyes says: “Based on a true story, Erin Brockovich recounts the challenges of
Erin and a law firm in bringing a multi-billion company (PG&E) to justice. A major sub-plot of the story is the challenging life of Erin herself, who has 3 kids, no husband and
difficulties finding work.”
THE INSIDER(1999) – Directed by Michael Mann. Starring Al Pacino and Russell
Crowe. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards.
Bryan Ayers says: “A Terrific Picture. ‘The Insider’ is by far the best motion picture of
1999. It focuses on the lives of Dr. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), vice president in
charge of research for Brown & Williamson Tobacco, and Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino),
a veteran producer for the much-respected ‘60 Minutes’ CBS news magazine.
“Recently fired from his cushy 6 figure job, Wigand soon faces the dilemma of whether
or not to violate his confidentiality agreement and expose the disturbing truth about
cigarettes, or to keep silent and protect his family. . . If you like an engrossing, thought-provoking movie with terrific performances, then ‘The Insider’ is the movie for you.”
The Catbird says: “This movie is based on the true story of two of America’s few
remaining heros. It shows to what lengths modern day corporate criminals will go to
control the media, the justice system and our lives. This is a present day story of the
struggle waged by two individuals to expose the deadly game being played by the big
tobacco companies. If you haven’t seen this movie, by all means see it as soon as
INTOLERANCE (1916) – Directed by D.W. Griffith. Starring Lillian Gish.
brintinacx from Williamsport, PA says: “This IS a 5 star film. Genius at every level.
The cinematography is jaw dropping. The sets are eye bulging. … It is definitely worth
having; as a matter of fact it’s a MUST!”
Philip Richards says: ”Intolerance is quite simply the greatest film ever made. It is a
NORMA RAE(1979) – Directed by Martin Ritt. Starring Sally Field, Beau Bridges.
Mark Taylor from Wales, UK, says: “One of the most powerful characterizations in
film history. Sally Field won her 1979 Best Actress Oscar for a very simple reason –
she gave one of the most powerful characterizations in cinematic history. … Thanks to
the central lead, this is one of the most powerful, moving and truly unforgettable films
(The theme, “It Goes Like it Goes” sung by Jennifer Warnes, also won an Oscar.)
PATHS OF GLORY(1957) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph
Ryan Costantino says: “Positively the Best War Movie Ever Made. Futility and War.
Stanley Kubrick understood that these two wretches were bound watertight. His display
of the harrowing and heart-wrenching decisions faced in war has never been matched.
… The audience is fully swept away by the confusion as to who the true enemy is and
the feeling is of regret that we, the audience, cannot help these unfortunate souls. . . .”
SILKWOOD (1983) – Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell,
Amazon.com says: “Based on the harrowing account of whistle blower Karen
Silkwood, this 1983 film directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Postcards from the
Edge) is as much a character study of a woman galvanized by injustice as a story of the
dangers of nuclear power and the extremes of corporate greed.”
ALMOST THE LAST WORD . . .
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