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Since many of us are big LISTENERS, I'll be including links to the audible version of books, if available. Use the button below to download AND KEEP two FREE books!


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This book has received repeated mentions on the SHOW over the years. I'm CURRENTLY listening to it on AUDIBLE. So far, so good! Lots of "George Clooney is a spy" type stuff, without the George Clooney. Very well researched and not full of exaggerations or unfounded inuendo like I first expected. Example...

"The CIA recruited heavily at all of the Ivy League Schools in those days... Yale... The school's secret societies helped to make it a happy hunting ground... These groups serve as a social pyramid, because the process successfully narrowed down the elites of a class. Yale society boys were the cream of the crop, and could keep secrets to boot."

PUBLISHER

How did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, and-perhaps most important-have those forces really been vanquished by Obama's election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers in Family of Secrets, a compelling and startling new take on the Bush dynasty and the shadowy elite that has quietly steered the American republic for the past half century and more. Baker shows how this network of figures in intelligence, the military, oil, and finance enabled-and in turn benefited handsomely from-the Bushes' perch at the highest levels of government. As Baker reveals, this deeply entrenched elite remains in power regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

REVIEW

“Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims – a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in Family of Secrets. He's a man on a mission, desperate to stop the "methods of stealth and manipulation that ... reflect a deeper ill: the American public's increasingly tenuous hold upon the levers of its own democracy.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune


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Mumford explains the forces that have shaped technology since prehistoric times and shaped the modern world. He shows how tools developed because of significant parallel inventions in ritual, language, and social organization. “It is a stimulating volume, informed both with an enormous range of knowledge and empathetic spirit” (Eliot Fremont-Smith, New York Times

REVIEWS

Lewis Mumford was one of the 20th century's most important philosophers, and the two-volume set Myth of the Machine (Volume 1 is Technics and Human Development; and Volume 2 is The Pentagon of Power) are probably his most important books: the summation of his life's work. In writing as elegant as it is clear, Mumford makes plain the death urge that has always underlain civilization, which Mumford calls "the machine," and later "the megamachine." This is a social structure organized not around any organic human needs, but around the "needs" of the machines that have come to characterize and control our lives. These are crucial, incisive, devastating books. I cannot praise them highly enough. - Derrick Jensen


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In this concluding volume of The Myth of the Machine, Mumford brings to a head his radical revisions of the stale popular conceptions of human and technological progress. Far from being an attack on science and technics, The Pentagon of Power seeks to establish a more organic social order based on technological resources.

REVIEWS

This is my first Mumford reading. I have to say the guy is brilliant. Excellent writing and very inciteful. This book is very long and dense. You really can savor a couple pages and let it sink in before continuing on. There is lots of philosophy here that I have never thought about in the way Mumford has. I'm giving 4 stars for a couple reasons. The first is that I think he is just plain wrong on some things. He keeps forgiving past scientific achievers for "they know not what they did" with respect to impacts on society. Really a stretch on some points and it gets old after reading the Galileo, Copernicus, etc. were all just so blind to their own impacts. The other reason is that the totality of the book is difficult to get through. Pick any paragraph and it is written extremely well. But keep going and your mind starts to wander with the verbal torrent that continues to gush. It just feels difficult to connect with for me. - Neal Ekengren


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This is a fellow listeners seventh short story. The Self-Driving Killer is based on the topics discussed on the No Agenda show hosted by Adam Curry and John C Dvorak. Visit the Shop's No Agenda Literature section to see the entire Scott McKenzie collection of No Agenda inspired novels and short stories.

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From Scott McKenzie, author of One Day in Gitmo Nation and The Boy with Involuntary Social Network Disorder.

The day Theo passes his driving test, his father takes him to get his first car. They're struggling to find anything in their price range, until they discover a pop-up dealership with an offer on a self-driving car that seems too good to be true...

REVIEWS

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The Pumpkin and The Pantsuit
$10.80
By Todd Eisner, Jamie Barrett, Pete Harvey

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Become aware of the politicized material coming to a young mind near you....

PUBLISHER

Born of the question, "How do we explain the 2016 election to our kids?", this book is a cautionary tale of two big personalities who run against each other for the highest public office in the land.

REVIEWS

Perfect tone for the younger reader. My 6 year old loved it. For example, it explains that people considered Pumpkin a bully for saying he could grab others without permission, without referencing the actual crude statements. High enough level that parents can explain as much or as little as they feel appropriate. And even offers message of hope and perseverance at the end (or as they say, "not the end" of the story) - Cautionary Tales (Amazon Review)


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A classic and great book I often recommend to skeptical friends, who somehow, are now cheering for the same intelligence agencies responsible for destabilizing and rubble-lizing foreign countries, actions which those same friends oppose.

NOTE: there's a NEW CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN out there, I recommend you stick to the original. 

REVIEW

John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story.

Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led. --Alex Roslin (AMAZON user)


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No Campus for White Men shines a bright light on the growing obsession with diversity, victimization and identity politics on today's college campuses, and shows how it is creating an intensely hostile and fearful atmosphere that can only lead, ultimately, to ever greater polarization in American society.

REVIEW

Something's wrong on college campuses. Most of us are dimly aware of that. In this bracing and sometimes horrifying book, Scott Greer pulls off the bandage to reveal the suppurating wound beneath. Higher education is rotting in this country. After reading Greer's account, you'll think twice before sending your children off to school. --Tucker Carlson, co-founder and editor in chief of Daily Caller


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"Theee CIA book, great book" - Adam Curry #904

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With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.

REVIEWS

Is the Central Intelligence Agency a bulwark of freedom against dangerous foes, or a malevolent conspiracy to spread American imperialism? A little of both, according to this absorbing study, but, the author concludes, it is mainly a reservoir of incompetence and delusions that serves no one's interests well. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times correspondent Weiner musters extensive archival research and interviews with top-ranking insiders, including former CIA chiefs Richard Helms and Stansfield Turner, to present the agency's saga as an exercise in trying to change the world without bothering to understand it. Hypnotized by covert action and pressured by presidents, the CIA, he claims, wasted its resources fomenting coups, assassinations and insurgencies, rigging foreign elections and bribing political leaders, while its rare successes inspired fiascoes like the Bay of Pigs and the Iran-Contra affair. - Starred Review

Frightening. This is a wonderfully written disturbing history of the CIA. I finished this book wondering if the CIA represents the inevitable malfunction of all government bureaucracies, or specific to an American spy agency. I fear the former, and am left with grave concern that intelligence can act intelligently.  - Douglas, Audible listener


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The Boy with Involuntary Social Network Disorder is the latest novel from the author of One Day in Gitmo Nation, A Gitmo Nation Christmas Carol and The Foot on the Shore. It is inspired by the topics discussed on the No Agenda show, hosted by Adam Curry and John C Dvorak. Visit the Shop's No Agenda Literature section to see the entire Scott McKenzie collection of No Agenda inspired novels and short stories.

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Boy meets girl. Girl opens boy's eyes. Boy's life changes forever...

Paddy's just a regular guy. He drinks beer, watches football, chases girls and posts everything about himself online. Then he meets Laura, but he's shocked to discover that she lives her life almost entirely offline. She doesn't use social networks and doesn't even have a mobile phone.

But despite Laura's differences from every other girl he has known, Paddy is drawn to her, and she opens his eyes to the world around him. He discovers how social networks can be used to manipulate the public, and he finds himself faced with decisions that could lead him to abandon everyone and everything he knows for the chance of love and a real purpose in his life...

REVIEWS

If you listen to the No Agenda Show, you will love this book. It is a quick read and well thought out. The pacing is good and really will make you question your social media habits. Since reading this book I have uninstalled all the social apps from my phone. It's amazing what you see in the world when your eyes are up.  - Mike Giles (Amazon review)

This book hits home when it comes to social networks and the absurdity of it all. Great read. - Amazon Customer

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Although it appears the SHOW might not be big fans of this book, this FBI focused book was written by the author of LEGACY OF ASHES, a CIA history book which the SHOW does highly recommend. I felt including it could give readers a fuller look at two significant US agencies.

PUBLISHER

Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between national security and civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic.

REVIEWS

"Though Weiner is easier on the FBI than he was on the CIA in Legacy of Ashes, make no mistake, this is an unabashed indictment of the FBI. He makes pains to present a balanced history, letting the facts speak for themselves. Hoover's legacy is a wasteland." - Steven Bremner

“Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes so deep into the Bureau’s skulduggery, readers will feel they are tapping the phones along with J. Edgar Hoover. This is a book that every American who cares about civil liberties should read.”—Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side


The Technological Society
$12.35
By Jacques Ellul

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PUBLISHER

A penetrating analysis of our technical civilization and of the effect of an increasingly standardized culture on the future of man

REVIEW

The Technological Society is one of the most important books of the second half of the twentieth century. In it, Jacques Ellul convincingly demonstrates that technology, which we continue to conceptualize as the servant of man, will overthrow everything that prevents the internal logic of its development, including humanity itself -- unless we take the necessary steps to move human society out of the environment that 'technique' is creating to meet its own needs. - Robert Theobald, The Nation

As insightful and wise today as it was when originally published in 1954, Jacques Ellul's The Technological Society has become a classic in its field, laying the groundwork for all other studies of technology and society that have followed. Ellul offers a penetrating analysis of our technological civilization, showing how technology—which began innocuously enough as a servant of humankind—threatens to overthrow humanity itself in its ongoing creation of an environment that meets its own ends. No conversation about the dangers of technology and its unavoidable effects on society can begin without a careful reading of this book. A magnificent book . . . He goes through one human activity after another and shows how it has been technicized, rendered efficient, and diminished in the process.”—Harper's

 


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From one of the greatest French philosophers of the 19th century, comes a seminal study and critique of propaganda. Taking not only a psychological approach, but a sociological approach as well, Ellul’s book outlines the taxonomy for propaganda, and ultimately, it’s destructive nature towards democracy. Drawing from his own experiences fighting for the French resistance against the Vichy regime, Ellul offers a unique insight into the propaganda machine. 

REVIEWS

"The theme of Propaganda is quite simply . . . that when our new technology encompasses any culture or society, the result is propaganda . . . Ellul has made many splendid contributions in this book.”—Book Week

Amazing book!! There's three minds that I admire: the scientist,the philosopher but the mastermind is the social engineer behind any political ideology any social movement and even entertainments such as "sports" and music industry are the inventions of the social engineer and he uses it to give the unsuspecting individual his identity. You may never meet him but if you choose to adhere or identify with any of his creations he's got you. all he has to do is put in front you an appealing CULTURAL LEADER a politician, a movie star,a rockstar, a football player. He's gonna pull you to and fro so you'll do his will without you even knowing. This is why I sooo love this book ELLUL my favorite thinker. - Skelinton (AMAZON user)

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One Day in Gitmo Nation is a fast-paced thriller based on the topics discussed on the No Agenda show, a podcast hosted by Adam Curry and John C Dvorak. That's not to say you have to be a listener to enjoy the book. Regular listeners will be able to pick out references but this is a thriller written for everyone with the premise: what if all the conspiracy theories were true? Visit the Shop's No Agenda Literature section to see the entire Scott McKenzie collection of No Agenda inspired novels and short stories.

PUBLISHER

In the near future, the world stands on the edge of global governance. In less than twenty-four hours, the lives of seven different people will be forever entwined in a global conspiracy that will result in the President's assassination. This edition contains two bonus short stories: The Foot on the Shore and A Gitmo Nation Christmas Carol.

REVIEWS

This book does show every reason why we're in serious trouble. We've have been dumbed down and are being controlled. Turn off the TV for a week (at first) and start reading and you will see that we are being controlled. 1984 is already here. The government can't put camera's in your house. However, you can when you buy a TV with a camera in it and then you Internet Service Provider gives access to the TSA. Wake up and read this book. - Jes (Amazon Review)

This was a very enjoyable read with no slow downs in the plot. Take a ride with the conspiring elites and open your mind to the possibilities of the topics in this story actually happening without you knowing. Some are far fetched while others are not. I could not put this book down and hope to find more books like it. - JP (Amazon Review)

NO AGENDA SHOP RECOMMENDATION

Killer read, super relevant to the show.

AUTHOR

You've seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don't know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. 

I'm a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs-as much as any one person can. 

REVIEWS

"While the observation that the Internet favors speed over accuracy is hardly new, Holiday lays out how easily it is to twist it toward any end... Trust Me, I'm Lying provides valuable food for thought regarding how we receive -- and perceive -- information." --New York Post

"Eye opening stuff. Loved the book. It changed the way I think about the media and how I plan on approaching bloggers in the future. Not that I plan on creating fake email accounts but recognizing their mindset and finding a way to give them what they want is invaluable. I thought I was doing that already but after listening to the book, I recognize that I haven't been.' - Ruben Gamez


NO AGENDA SHOW RECOMMENDATION

This book has been highly recommended by John C-eeeeeeeehhh Dvorak, where the C stands for "comprehensive".

Publisher

Many people are surprised when they first learn that trade is only a small element of the World Trade Organization, but the WTO actually covers a huge array of subjects never before included in trade agreements. Whose Trade Organization? is the definitive guide to the reign of this undemocratic “trade” regime that has sparked protests from Seattle to Quebec to Genoa. With case-by-case studies, the book exposes the lopsided agreements and secret tribunals that are the tools of the WTO’s trade, and reveals the aggressive corporate agenda at its core. This myth-busting guide explains cutting-edge conflicts over rainforest destruction, genetically modified foods, sweatshops, lifesaving drugs, and many other global issues. And it offers critical and timely prescriptions for challenging the WTO and building a public-centered, democratic alternative.

REVIEW

Just what are all those protesters so upset about, anyway? This book will tell you. It's a quick, accurate, well-composed book examining the effects of the WTO on developing countries' poverty, health care, natural resources, and human rights. This review doesn't need to be lengthy: Look, there are lots of books on the WTO. If you want the accurate summary to understand this issue simply, this is it. - Amazon Reviewer


Hollywood Made in China
$29.95
By Aynne Kokas

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Brand spanking new book for 2017. What could be more fitting for No Agenda listeners than learning about how a global superpower is buying up media to shape the messaging that millions receive through their entertainment. Its REAL its REAL!!! Well, that's admittedly my sensationalist take on the book, I havent read it yet so check out the REVIEWS below for a more grounded grasp.

PUBLISHER

China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001 ignited a race to capture new global media audiences. Hollywood moguls began courting Chinese investors to create entertainment on an international scale—from behemoth theme parks to blockbuster films. Hollywood Made in China examines these new collaborations, where the distinctions between Hollywood’s “dream factory” and Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" of global influence become increasingly blurred. With insightful policy analysis, ethnographic research, and interviews with CEOs, directors, and film workers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Los Angeles, Aynne Kokas offers an unflinching look at China’s new role in the global media industries. A window into the partnerships with Chinese corporations that now shape Hollywood, this book will captivate anyone who consumes commercial media in the twenty-first century.

REVIEWS

“Americans and Chinese are collaborating in film production, but Kokas shows that their motives are different: American producers want revenue and brand recognition in the huge Chinese market; the Chinese government wants a positive image for China in its global competition with the United States. A pathbreaking book on a fascinating subject.” —Harry Harding, University Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia, and Visiting Professor of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
 
"Hollywood Made in China captures the complexity of the rapidly changing dynamics between Hollywood, globally dominant for almost a century, and a rising China, which represents both a tantalizing market and a potential competitor, forcing Hollywood to co-produce on a large scale to get access to that market. Kokas reveals rich cultural interactions and a complex cast of moguls, bureaucrats, and workers, while brilliantly advancing our theoretical understanding of a new phase of cultural globalization." —Joseph Straubhaar, Amon G. Carter, Sr. Centennial Professor of Communication, University of Texas at Austin


NO AGENDA SHOW RECOMMENDATION

This book was talked about on the SHOW and they vouched for the author as a bipartisan exposer of Washington corruption.

PUBLISHER

In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they’ve earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs. Now, Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments.

In his New York Times bestselling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out, Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws. In Clinton Cash, he follows the Clinton money trail, revealing the connection between their personal fortune, their “close personal friends,” the Clinton Foundation, foreign nations, and some of the highest ranks of government.

REVIEWS

“Schweizer lays out compelling patterns in which the timing of policy decisions or international deals relative to donations, transcends coincidence - or at least, merits closer inspection. He narrates with crisp prose and illuminating detail.” - Forbes

“On any fair reading, the pattern of behavior that Schweizer has charged is corruption.” - Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School Professor

“The most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle” - The New York Times

I'm kind of startled by this book. There is never a 'smoking gun' moment but there IS a shocking pattern of behavior that must have taken incredible effort to research. The media seems to have failed to do the hard work of researching to this depth, but they are on the story now that Schweizer has pointed them in the correct direction. I was amazed by how this book was both incredibly readable and incredibly well-sourced. I could easily work through it and if something caught my interest I could quickly dive deeper into the sources provided, many of which were available online. - Ismeta, Amazon Reader


1984
$13.42
By George Orwell

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With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover edition. “Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”— The New Yorker

In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.

REVIEWS

In the 1960's I first read this book. It has been a guiding reminder through these years of how fragile freedom and democracy can be and of how important it is to be vigilant and aware of trends that may destroy them! - KR (Amazon Reader)

The greatest thing about this book is the government itself. A common saying in this book is [paraphrased] 'he who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past'. Orwell goes into detail on how to accomplish this, and delivers on all of the horror, both stated and unstated, that goes along with it. The even more classic line 'War is Peace' is brought up, and explained in such a way that I even found it plausible in a severely twisted sort of way. And the worst part? All of this misery, terror, and oppresion? It's entirely believable that it could happen to us. The government doesn't need any sci-fi tech to take absolute control, and they don't need it. Heck, North Korea is doing something similar right now! - James B (Amazon Reader)
 


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A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

REVIEWS

Since it was written in a time when the English was somewhat different in America, the reader must adjust
to the way Lewis wrote the book. However, old-timey sayings aside, this is an incredible piece of fiction.
It Can't Happen Here parallels what an American regime, like that of Adolph Hitler's in Germany would
be like as it unfolded. The main character is a small town newspaper editor, who enjoys his life and the
way things have gone in his town and state, for much of his life. Doremus Jessup, the main character, is
even able to convince himself to stay out of the way of an administration that becomes more and more
authoritative and dictatorial. Unfortunately, things develop rapidly around the country and the regime's
bad deeds end up in Doremus' town and he's no longer able to ignore it. The ease at which this turns from a cozy and sleepy small town to outright war on any critical voice is quite drastic. There is tension and unease sprinkled here and there, but the reality hits Doremus and when it does, he starts to act in any way he can. The country is virtually a loss and men like Doremus, who just wanted to enjoy what they had accomplished in life and not become overly political, became the ones that begin the resistance. I'll say no more, so nothing is given away.

I read this book over two days time and could not put it down. This is quite simply one of the most remarkable and prescient books I have read in years. - VG (Amazon Review)


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The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

REVIEWS

Very well written and researched reporting on Germany in the early days of Adolph Hitler's push to become Chancellor. It is certainly reinforcement (as if this was needed) of the incredible evil of this regime. So some of this is old news, but what interested me is the politics and infighting among the state department personnel. The degree of backbiting and antiSemitism within the department is quite revealing. The central character of the book is William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Mr. Dodd appears to be a moral individual, who has an insight on the plans that Hitler has for treatment of the Jews and the future ambitions with regard to acquiring territory and domination of his neighbors. Many of his superiors in the U.S. State Department fail to believe this Cassandra, with the resulting consequences. I thought this was a very important read for any student of history and for the casual reader as well, in hopes we might never fail to recognize such evil again. - Doc B (Amazon Review)