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American Assassination: The Strange Death Of Senator Paul Wellstone Paperback – November, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-0975276303 ISBN-10: 0975276301 Edition: First Edition

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A meticulous, objective, and scientific analysis of the available relevant evidence that established beyond a reasonable doubt that this was no accident and explains why the death of Senator Paul Wellstone appears to have resulted from a political conspiracy.

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" Gripping and compelling. . . . With new evidence and scientific rigor, Drs. Fetzer and Jacobs systematically appraise the alernative explanations for the death of a United States Senator. Their conclusion--that Paul Wellstone was assassinated--is very disturbing. It should motivate local authorities to launch a formal inquiry into the death of this remarkable American."
--Donald T. Phillips

"Meticulous research . . . rigorous analysis. Their efforts lead us to only one conclusion . . . much of the circumstantial evidence incriminates Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent figures in the Bush Administration as having some involvement in Wellstone's death.

"This book represents a tremendous collaboration in courage. In chronicling yet another chapter in what has rapidly become one of the darkest eras in the history of American democracy, this book deserves far more serious attention than it will likely receive from the mainstream of American journalism and scholarship."
--David Gabbard
Professor, East Carolina University

"By unraveling the conditions under which he died, Four Arrows and Jim Fetzer have not only paid tribute to Paul Wellstone, they've brought to light the facts surrounding yet another suspicious plane crash in a lineage that extends back to Governor Mel Carnahan, Senator John Tower, and Representative Hale Boggs."
--Russ Wellen


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Drench Kiss Media Corp; First Edition edition (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975276301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975276303
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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212 of 224 people found the following review helpful By David R. Griffin on December 5, 2004
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The authors of this important book argue that Senator Paul Wellstone's death, 10 days before the 2002 elections, was an assassination, most likely ordered by the Bush administration.

Directly confronting the widespread tendency to reject all "conspiracy theories," the authors point out that "the idea that every theory that implies the existence of conspiracy ought to be rejected out of hand" is no more rational than the idea that every such theory should be accepted. Rather, "each case has to be evaluated on the basis of the evidence that is relevant and available in that case." On that basis, they argue, if we look at ALL the relevant evidence and employ the scientific method of inference to the best explanation, we must conclude that the theory that Wellstone was assassinated is far more probable than the official theory, according to which his airplane crash was an accident.

The evidence includes several facts suggesting that the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) colluded with the FBI in a cover-up:

1. FBI agents from Minneapolis arrived at the crash site within 2 hours after the crash, even though the trip from Minnesota to Duluth to the crash site would have taken at least 3 hours--so they must have departed before the plane crashed.

2. When asked for the times at which private flights had arrived in Duluth that morning, the FAA said the records had been destroyed.

3. Considerable disinformation about weather conditions was quickly given to the press.

4. Although regulations called for the investigation to be carried out by the NTSB, not the FBI (because the crash site was not designated a crime scene), the FBI agents were there for 8 hours before the NTSB team arrived.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Four Arrows on June 14, 2006
I am Four Arrows, the lead author of this book.(See also my newest text from the Univesity of Texas, "Unlearning the Language of Conquest: Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America).

I recently read Abruzzese's review and find it to be fairly on target, in spite of its negativity. I'm at least happy he recommended that people read it "as a starting point," for this is all we intended it to be. We express state that the questions, inconsistencies and logic of our arguments should be sufficient for a more in-depth investigation.

As for the book being too short, our motive for writing this book was to get it published before the 2004 presidential elections in hopes that it would at least offer a prima facia case sufficient to raise the kind of questions that MIGHT dissuade people to vote for Bush. We only had a few short months to turn the "new evidence" that sparked our writing the book to get in published in time. Perhaps such hopes were unwarranted in spite of rigged elections and an relatively apathetic, hegemonized public, but it was our long-shot hope nonetheless.

In our book we have some substantial "evidence" from interviews and analysis, but mostly we simply show enough inconsistencies and provide enough motive to make a good enough case to stimulate further investigation, which we ALMOST got from Senator Barbara Boxer, who has a copy of the book.

I agree that some of the language about JFK comparisons and "scientific rigor" were unnecessary, but three people being involved with the content, such things, as unfortunate as they might have been to our message, might be persuasive for other readers. In any case, the bottom line is there needs to be further investigations and on this Abruzzese agrees.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Oakley on March 16, 2005
I acquired American Assassination last year, the moment it was first avaliable. Opening it on my way to the busstop my eyes flooded. I loved Paul, that was indeed part of my emotion. But I had just had a dream about Seneca, that he was an old man who had taken a protective position at my front door. The preface of this book opens with a quote from the ancient. "The one who derives advantage from a crime is the one most likely to have committed it." I was grateful, a tremendous relief unlocking tears not only of grief, but terrible frustration. Someone was going to help us citizens who doubted the official line about what caused, and what did not cause, the plane to crash.

Having lived in Argentina at the beginning of the Dirty War, I was not able to grow up trusting implicitly what "the government" says. Having read my Argentine friends' names in the lists of the disappeared, I was not naive. After over 30 years of having sickening hunches verified in fact, I knew that my sickness over the death of Paul and Sheila and the others was nothing to apologize for. Still, it is a comfort to others and essential for the truth to learn the facts. Some time after the crash I became acquainted with articles written by Jim Fetzer. He was methodically recording his own investigation into the crash and also into the government's investigation. My gut feelings aligned with his findings. I have communicated with him - to get a closer feel for his character - which like Paul's is strong, full of energy and humanity.

Like the above quote, many of Seneca's sayings seem so obvious one might wonder why anyone ever bothered to preserve them. Contemporaries may not have had a method, or maturity, in their thinking that allowed clear perceptions regarding the human drama.
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