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In this explosive account of wrongful acts and ongoing cover-ups, Jesse Ventura takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people.

For too long, we the people have sat by and let politicians and bureaucrats from both parties obfuscate and lie. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor, the media is complicit in these acts of deception. For too long, the mainstream press has refused to consider alternate possibilities and to ask the tough questions. Here, Ventura looks closely at the theories that have been presented over the years and separates the fact from the fiction.

In Ventura's eyes, the murder of Abraham Lincoln and the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King all need to be reexamined. Was Watergate presented honestly, or was the CIA involved? Did the Republican Party set out to purposefully steal two elections on behalf of George W. Bush? Has all the evidence been presented about the 9/11 attacks, or is there another angle that the media is afraid to explore? And finally, is the collapse of today's financial order and the bailout plan by the Federal Reserve the widest-reaching conspiracy ever perpetrated?

©2010 Jesse Venture and Dick Russell (P)2010 Tantor

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“If you're talking outspoken, unconventional, and no-holds-barred, you're talking Jesse Ventura.” (Larry King)

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  • Lee
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 11-24-10

Extremely disturbing and Thought provoking

Extremely thought provoking,shocking and revealing. You must listen this audio book. Your prospective
of how our government handles crucial governing from political decisions to investigative inquiries will never be the same. Thanks Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell job well done,and i hope more to come.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Lots of things you didn't know but should

Not your typical "conspiracy" type book. Actually well presented and tells truths that most Americans do not know but should.
I lived in MN when Jesse was elected governor. I always thought he had run just to raise the ratings of his radio program and thought he was just as surprised as the media when he actually won. Though he ran as an Independent, in office he acted more like a Republican than he comes across as in this book. If he had acted according to the attitudes he presents here, he would have been begged to governor again. Anyhow, he presents some very interesting facts here that every American should know. For instance, did you know that John Wilkes Booth was not a "lone assassin" when he shot Lincoln? It is known that he was part of a conspiracy and was part of a group that attempted other assassinations that same night, but our history books keep telling the same story over and over. I won't spoil it by telling you some of the more interesting things Jesse reveals. You need to listen for yourself, decide for yourself. You need to be informed -- and if the media won't tell you, maybe you'll let Jesse tell you.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Geir
  • Oslo, Norway
  • 12-05-10

Surprisingly good

I was rather skeptical to this book, in particular having seen one episode of the poorely produced TV show with the same topic. However, right away this book get into analysis and reflections that were amazingly interesting. There are no hard claims of this and that, but constant appeal to probabilities, reasoning and the rationality against the official explanations and 'truth'. Truly an eye opener and it gives food for reflections and though. It is far from the platitudes one (may) expect from this author. I highly recommend it to the politically and historically interested, being it Republican or Democrat, left or right on the political scale.

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  • Steen
  • Silkeborg, Denmark
  • 11-05-10


Absolutey a great book.
I just read this one, and Legacy of ashes. US seems to be in big trouble.
Good luck US.
Skip your two party system, and become a real democracy :-)

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  • Deborah
  • Bedford, IN, United States
  • 10-28-10

You'll sure know where he stands on many topics.

You've got to love the guy. He does put his "money where his mouth is". Quite forthright in his views, and, who knows? Perhaps there are grains of truth in his theories.

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  • Guillermo
  • Rochester Hills, MI, United States
  • 03-29-10

Worth Hearing and Highly Outrageous

The first half of the book was mostly historical, explaining several things that we've been taught wrong. Due to how old the topics were they were interesting to hear but not inflamitory.

The second half of the book, however, hits closer and closer to current day; and Jesse and Dick cover items I knew in parts (hence know are true) but go much deeper than I ever suspected.

Thanks Jesse and Dick for writing this.

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  • Steve
  • Metung, Australia
  • 08-05-10


Great book, very interesting BUT the narrator is so boring and monotone. This book could have kept my attention 100% more with a lively narrator.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very Interesting

If you are looking for information on aliens or fake Moon landings, this book is not for you. Gov. Ventura details some information on the Kennedy assassinations, MLK, Malcom X, 9/11, and Watergate. The author even touches on recent questions with very compelling arguments and facts. Many of the information presented, I do not want to believe is true. However other books I have read on similar matters only corroborate the author's story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

Great book, a must read.

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so true

excellent read, agreed with all information and wonderful validation for me for what I already knew

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  • Al Green
  • 01-15-18


Really struggled to finish this. mainly focused on assassinations! and all political conspiracies. no mention of UFOs or Roswell

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  • Shane
  • 04-07-13

addictive listen

Loved this. I admire jesse ventura. He says what he thinks and if yoi dont like it he is not bothered.

Some of the theories are sceptical but some really makes you think. Vary scary if true. Specially the MK Ultra mind control bit.

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  • Rheannen
  • 07-20-16

Intriguing and Compelling

I really enjoyed this audio-book. Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell have done some thorough research to present some interesting arguments for a number of conspiracies throughout American history.
The great thing about this book is that they try to avoid the sensationalism associated with the word 'conspiracy' by providing a lucide definition of what they mean by conspiracy - forget aliens and faked moonlanding claims.

Some of the conspiracies discussed are historically factual, and the bulk of Ventura's argument on this account is that they haven't been discussed in the teaching of modern history and as such we fail to learn from them or understand how different institutions have interacted and reacted with each other historically.
Other conspiracies are still contended but some compelling arguments are put forward for them. Some delved into may seem like a bit of a stretch, but even then it is intriguing listening to the manner in which Ventura argues for them.