Alternative Media - Books
Look for those books with sufficient details to be cross-checked with independent sources. Talk shows, blogs, and journal articles just don't do the job.
Look for books which draw the facts together in new and interesting ways. Often the facts are well known, and the "politics" is in the interpretation ("spin", "framing").
Remember, you are a US citizen, and thus responsible for thinking for yourself. I've tried to warn where I think a book goes off track, but the final assessment is yours. Remember also that the "opposition" is very good at psyops, and that includes "false flag" and "poison well" books. I may have been duped.
It is a good idea to start with History, to get a feel for how humans and societies operate (including slavery, mass murder, conspiracy, propaganda, psyops, true grass-roots movements vs "astroturf", etc.).
Next read these texts, taking the time to check for internal consistency, valid citations, and compatibility with what you already know of events and human nature.
Simon Lovell. "How to Cheat at Everything: A Con Man Reveals the Secrets of the Esoteric Trade of Cheating, Scams, and Hustles". Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003. ISBN 978-1-56025-973-2.
Ok, so you don't care to learn how to palm cards, deal second cards, switch in loaded dice, win bar bets, or work carny games. You should still at least skim this book. It is about human nature. It works for cheating gamblers, and it works for cheating power blocs,.
David Brock. "The Republican Noise Machine". Crown Publishers, 2004. ISBN 1-4000-4875-5.
Traces the right-wing agenda of attacks and lies from Joe McCarthy through Nixon, Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan, the neocons, Bush I, Gingrich, Bush II. Talking points honed at tax-exempt think tanks funded by Coors, Koch, Scaife, et al. "News" converted to "opinion", and converted again to direct channeling of press releases.
John Perkins. "Confessions of an Economic Hitman". Bernett-Koehler Publlishers, 2004. ISBN 1-5765-301-8.
Inside story of using hyped economic forecasts to sell megaprojects to political entities. Halliburton and Bechtel get the contracts, the locals get eco-disasters, the banks get massive govt-backed loans, and the "corporatocracy" gets perpetual control of the forever-indebted entity. (Snohomish County, are you listening???)
The book is not particularly well written, the raw data was more or less reported in The Economist, Business Week and similar sources over the past couple of decades, and the WTO protesters knew the basic outline. But Perkins provides the insider's perspective. Yes, the system really does work that way...deliberately.
I recommend the book because it gives in a nutshell the grand strategy of 20th Century world affairs. This is a story of multinational corporate wealth-and-power conquering nation states and non-assimilated cultures. You have to understand this context before you can understand anything else.
Remember as you see George Schultz pop up now and again: Schultz was the one who vetted George "W" Bush very early on as someone who would be useful in politics.
William Blum. "Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II". Common Courage Press, 2004. ISBN 1-56751-252-6.
The author's thesis is that the US has repeatedly intervened in democratic struggles, on behalf of US corporate interests. Well researched and cited.
Kevin Phillips. "American Dynasty". Penguin Books Ltd, 2004. ISBN 0-670-03264-6.
Solid research on the Bush/Walker/Prescott family. Perkins was a bit player. The Bushes are the real McCoy.
David Hoffman. "The Oklahoma City Bomb and the Politics of Terror". Feral House, 1998. ISBN 0-922915-49-0.
This one qualifies as a genuine "conspiracy theory" book. Plenty of typos, several key items not cited or cited with "private communication with author", and lots of innuendo and arched brows. Why include it? Because it is a good source of a) hypotheses, and b) details and citations to be confirmed independently. It is also startling in that it foreshadows the 9/11 events almost perfectly. 3 years before they occurred.
It is nominally about the McVeigh bombing of the Murrah Building. Yet as it peels back the onion, we meet FBI agents and informants, ATF agents and informants, CIA cutouts, neo-Nazis and their funding sources, Mafia connections, Iran/Contra, drug cartels, Iranian/Iraqi/Palestinian/Israeli intelligence services, and Texas oil money (as in Bush family).
Far more importantly, we meet witnesses not otherwise involved. All they have to offer is their personal observations of specific events at specific times. Which is important when you see that these reports repeatedly contradict the "official" story.
The author eventually touches on the JFK assassination, the MLK assassination, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing, the Waco firestorm, ATF efforts to destroy the "militia" movement, and finally the Murrah bombing.
The author's thesis is that it was a sting gone bad. The ATF, FBI, and CIA were watching (and participating in) an Iraqi bombing plot. Or maybe it was actually a Mossad plot, intended to make Iraq and Iran look demented. Anyway, the FBI/ATF/CIA intended to defuse the bomb at the last moment, and thus get great headlines but no damage. They understood the Iraqis were using neo-Nazis as the patsies -- which was Ok, because that would tar the whole militia and thus the "Patriot" movement. They lost control of the operation... something to do with 2 Ryder trucks and several John Doe 2's.
That was the author's message. What I took from the book, from the vantage point of post-9/11, is a pattern:
Michael C. Ruppert. "Crossing the Rubicon". New Society Publishers. 2004. ISBN 0-86571-540-8.
Ruppert arrays his facts re 9/11 as if before a jury in a homicide case. Motive, means, opportunity. Small (and large) pieces of evidence dovetailing with meticulous timelines to reach the conclusion.
Eventually he comes to conclusions re the perpetrators. However, the value of the book is not in the conclusions but in the detailed research, and the tieing-together-of-threads. Particularly in the context of perkins04 and phillips04, the weight of evidence is compelling.
Some of his material (e.g., in the chapter on PROMIS) is pretty farfetched. My working hypothesis is that he generally is on the right track, and got parts of PROMIS right, but was misled on the technical stuff he does not have the background to evaluate. If the misleading was intentional, it sure does give an opening for critics to exclaim, "See, he is a total crackpot." (I have since learned this is known as a "poison well" operation. Dan Rather was booted via such an operation.)
Therefore I reserve judgment on the full text and just recommend it as a source of data and hypotheses. As Norman Davies said in "Europe, A History", not all conspiracy theories are correct...but some are.
James Moore and Wayne Slater. "Bush's Brain". John Wiley and Sons, 2003. ISBN 0-471-42327-0.
James Baker has been called the Bush family consiglieri. He certainly earned that when he smoked the Democrats in the courts in 2000, to say nothing of his role in Carlyle Group.
Here is Karl Rove as "W"'s Machiavelli. In the context noted above he is a tool for getting the corporates into power and keeping them there.
Greg Palast. "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy". Penguin Group, 2004. ISBN 0-452-28391-4.
Article after article exposing the stuff we don't see in the US corporate media. Bitesized analyses. Palast is touching the same topics noted above, but with reference to very specific events.
NIST reports on WTC collapses. Sept 2005 final report. (Not including WTC 7)
I am just beginning to study the engineering of structures, impact analysis, explosions, crashes , thermal insulation for structural steel, etc., so it will take a while to understand and validate in my own mind these NIST studies. In fact I may never reach an adequate skill-base to comment usefully on the NIST work.
I can usefully say there are red flags. The forensic evidence was contaminated and then destroyed very early. Subsequent work has been via simulations, which presupposes an experience base -- but we have no experience of one building collapsing this way, much less three. Further, the heart of scientific inquiry requires open investigation of candidate hypotheses, butNIST focused only on proving that the airplane crashes did the job:
"The structural analyses were guided, and where possible validated, by observations made from the review of thousands of photographs and video recordings." (http://wtc.nist.gov/oct05NCSTAR1-6index.htm)
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