As someone who has learned a great deal about Allen Dulles through the lens of the JFK assassination, I was pleased to learn that a full spec biography of the Dulles brothers had finally been released. To be blunt, their legacy has quite possibly led to the decline and possible end of America as we know it. This book exposes the sordid marriage between capitalism, evangelism and militarism. While those things didn't exactly start under the Dulles brothers, they certainly exacerbated their use in the creation of post war American Foreign policy.
The saddest aspect of their legacy can still be seen today in the blind, flag waving, money grubbing, anti progress stalwarts that dominate both the right wing as well as the left. If you want to know who the early CIA was, just imagine the neighborhood bully who picked on you as a child as he grew up, got in trouble with the law and instead of being held to task for his crimes was instead given a job by a covert wing of the government to wreak mayhem in foreign lands, even assassinating leaders to pave the way for Pro western, business friendly dictators, trained by US of course, to take control of their resource rich nation.
Most children have played 'Cowboys and Indians' or some variant involving good guys and bad guys, but most children grow out of this naive view of the world and recognize the world for the multi cultural melting pot that it actually is. The Dulles brothers, were not those children. They saw the world in purely black or white, us vs them, Christianity vs all other religions and they made sure to spread that view throughout the third world and beyond to achieve their ends no matter the cost.
Yeah, that's about the best part of the book right there.
Oddly, I would actually compare this book 'The Brothers' to another book "Brothers" by David Talbot. The two books are diametrically opposed only in the character of their subjects. The Dulles brothers were the stark opposite of the Kennedy brothers and yet both of their histories intertwine throughout some of the most dangerous moments in recent American history. Where the Dulles brothers created bloodshed and chaos to drive the flames of the Cold war, the Kennedy brothers tried, in their later years, to clean up the mess, thus leading to the inevitable conflict between the clans.
I found the subject matter very interesting but the overall narration, while still good, was very monotone in parts and it was easy to lose track, especially if you're listening to it at work.
This is an important book for anyone interested in the true history of the United States, and not the flag waving propaganda spouted by ultra right wing and slightly less right wing 'left wing' to have on their shelf. If you want a sequence of books to truly understand the nature of this country as it is today, I would recommend you have Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States, followed by this book, and to round off the trilogy, JFK and the Unspeakable by Jim Douglass. Read those three books at the least and you'll have a far better understanding of our modern problems and conflicts than you will ever get from corporate media.
I love the gritty, haunted house feel of this Horror Comedy show. I like guts and gut busters and this book has both.
The only thing I would have done would be to include more 'screen time' for some of the secondary characters. Even though it's a book, it feels like the 'actors' playing certain characters didn't get the contract they wanted so they only agreed to do one or two scenes.
This guy is Sandman Slim as far as I'm concerned. No one else can bring the grissly, Christian Slater drawl to this character like Andrews. I've always enjoyed his narration and appreciate his broad range of voices from common street thugs to God and Lucifer.
All of the Sandman Slim books make me laugh and this one was no different. Though being the climax of this particular story arc, it is understandably grim and less jovial than the others. The ending after the ending was the most shocking because of what happens to one of my favorite characters... but you'll just have to read it to find out how that works out. ;)
While this book wraps up a long story arc, the author himself has said that it won't be the last Sandman Slim novel. Needless to say, the universe is not the same after this book, so it'll be neat to see what he does next.
Absolutely! It's a well sourced and documented account of the dark side of America's history that everyone should know about.
Henry Wallace because in a time of rampant militarism and increasing worldwide violence, he still stood strong for the common man and the hope that the world could achieve peace.
There are too many to list, but if I had to pick one, it would be the scene leading up to the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The true horror of what our leaders did to an already beaten people is shocking and should serve as a stark reminder of just how cruel politics and the war industry really are.
Henry Wallace's speech about taking America into the "Age of the Common Man". His words then are more relevant now than ever. Our country, as well as the world, has been a constant struggle by those few, the ruling class, against the rest of us, the working and middle class and while we far outnumber the rulers, we are still swayed by propaganda and cheap advertising.
If you want a more complete understanding of not only current events but of American History overall, this is a definite 'must-read.' For too long we have been raised and educated in a society that only tells us one side of the coin, thus sabotaging our critical thinking skills and leading us to make decisions based on half truths and outright lies. If you care anything about the democratic process you have to be willing to question the official account, you have to look askance at the popular myths and you certainly have to reevaluate your heroes. Despite the best efforts of the ruling elite, militarists, Wall St., etc. to paint the world in a black or white, us vs them, portrait, the world is in fact a vibrant palette of beauty and horror. Good people do bad things, bad people do... uh... bad things and then there are those who I would call fundamentalists. The 'Anti" crowd. They view every kind of move toward progress or peace as evil communist/terrorist plots and they justify sabotaging or outright destroying any such movement. These people are in positions of power and they exercise their will with often lethal intent to force the world to conform to their distorted world view. These people are a greater threat to the world in which we live than any leftist, progressive, anti-war movement and this book exposes them for the villains they are. This should be required reading in High School, when so many kids are being fed lies and heroic myths about the so called 'Greatest Nation' on Earth. We have to potential to be great. We have achieved great things in our short history, but we THE PEOPLE have to educate ourselves and stand up to these corrupters who lust for power and wealth at the expense of reason and sanity.
I loved the thoroughly documented facts presented in this book, as well as learning the hidden history of our country and its military apparatus.
Though there are many characters, Allen Dulles, Vincent Bugliosi, Tom Hanks and others, I can't say that any of them are my favorite because they each contribute to a false perception of American History that has ultimately damaged our country.
He makes it easier to take in the information which can be otherwise very dry in text form. It's just easier to hear someone speaking to you.
Having known a lot of this information beforehand, I wasn't shocked by anything but the information about the CIA's infiltration into Hollywood was particularly disheartening for the future of cinema and television.
Jim DiEuginio delivers another fantastically researched and documented take down of the 'Lone gunman" myth as presented by the Warren Commission and Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History. While a large part of this book focuses on Bugliosi's massive tome of disinformation and barely researched half truths, some of the most interesting sections of this book are about the CIA's influence on Hollywood, especially since the release of Oliver Stone's JFK. Considering how important it is for a supposedly free country to have an artistic medium which criticizes and inspires careful reflection of authority and misguided policies it's particularly disturbing just how controlled the Hollywood scene is. The author discusses four important people in the recent shaping of American History in film and television, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Chase Brandon and Phil Strub. The first two we all recognize, the latter two were fascinating if not obscure characters to learn about, for they are direct military liaisons between the West Coast and the military establishment. These two men have the single handed ability to shape scripts and even completed movies if they believe it in any way portrays the military in a negative light, even if the subject presented is 100% true. They can withhold military resources used for filming, which could potentially skyrocket the budget of a film and thus make it harder for a director to present their vision. An example would be 13 Days, about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The author does an excellent job of exposing this shady influence in what I would only classify as the slickest form of propaganda I've yet seen from the military establishment. This book is further proof that we as artists and creators need to keep challenging the status quo and to bring to light the uncomfortable truths of our own history, because right now we are suffering from ignorance. This is a relatively small part of the book but, in my opinion, is the single best reason to get it because of how important it is. DiEuginio is a class act and this work is further proof of it.
What can i say? Abraham Lincoln and vampires, on the surface it sounds weird and kind of makes you go hmmm, but having listened to it i have to say this is one of the more surprising reads/listen that I've had in awhile. The story is written in an almost autobiographical way from Lincoln's "Lost Journal" and comes off quite believably. The intertwining of historical fact and butt kicking action is truly unique and makes for a fresh idea that entertains and educates. I learned quite a bit about Lincoln's life from the historical POV and the vampire killing action that acted as the filler between these events gave the book a balanced pace that didn't bore me.
Overall this is an enjoyable listen with a good narrator and a fresh style of fiction writing.
I've only recently taken the red pill and have fallen down the rabbit hole into the world of conspiracies and secret societies and what a ride it's been! Being an author myself, when I first heard of Robert Anton Wilson and his own unique experiences I knew i had to get this book. Quite simply, this book is Awesome! I've never really done drugs but man after listening to this book I feel like i've lived through the sixties and then some, sure it skips around a lot going from time to time and place to place but the way it all comes together as you listen to it is magnificently executed and very reminiscent of how I came across several revelations in my own life, a memory here, a smell there and suddenly everything just clicks.
Now the audio quality isn't exactly the best, it sounds very dated but at the same time the narrator's grating "smoker" voice fits the story quite well and has very much grown on me. He is almost a character unto himself from time to time.
A word of caution though, if you come into this book with no knowledge of "conspiracy theories" or "Illuminati" you might get lost, i've personally read a lot of literature on the subjects and was pleased to see how these two writers connect all the dots to make a cohesive worldview, and regardless of your stance on the subject, if you can open your mind just enough to make it through this book you'll definitely see the world with a new perspective... one way or another.
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