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William Hughes is a Baltimore author, attorney and actor. He has been writing political commentaries for over 30 years. His last book, Andrew Jackson vs. New World Order, historical fiction, is available online. Baltimore Iconoclast is his way of summing up his experiences living in one of America's greatest cities.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595215513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595215515
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,153,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A G Mastracci on October 29, 2002
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Being orginally from the Baltimore Md. area and having lived during those times referred to I really enjoyed the book. At lot of the articles I was familiar with but did not have the in depth knowledge of them. I especially enjoyed the chapters on Mary Avara, who I knew personally,loved and admired, and " Soft Shoes" a legend in his own time along with Harry Agro and Tom Ward. Hopefully the author will do another perhaps on the polictical lives of the aforemented with more insight on some of the great political characters of the area and times.Keep up the good work.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Johnson on November 7, 2002
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I found this book very interesting, since I lived in Maryland for some time. I particulary enjoyed the articles on the politicians, such as: Gov. William Donald Schafer, Rep. Helen Bentely, Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., State Senator Harry "Soft Shoes" McGuirk, and former Rep. Parren J. Mitchell, one of the great heroes of the African-American community.
For a time, I also lived in the Middle East. I found Mr. Hughes' article on the "Agony of Lebanon" very insightful and ringing with the truth. And, although, I am not of the Catholic faith, his defense of Pope Pius XII from his Christian-bashing critics was very compelling for me. Also, appreciated the accurate account of the U.S.S. Liberty, which the U.S. government is covering up.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book to anyone, expecially those of you that have lived in Maryland. This author has a great love of this state and first hand experience with many of the great people that have made Maryland what it is today.
Carolyn Johnson
Florida
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2002
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William Hughes' life is built on conspiracy theories. He tries to defame Israelis regarding the USS Liberty friendly fire incident even though the CIA, Senate, Congress, Navy, and several other groups have all ruled the attack was an accident.
C.I.A. report June 13, 1967 no malice; attack a mistake
U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry June 18, 1967 mistaken identity
Report by Clark Clifford July 18, 1967 no evidence ship was known to be American
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 1979/1981 no merit to claims attack was intentional
National Security Agency 1981 Mistaken identity
House Armed Services Cmtee 1991/1992 No support for claims attack was intentional
The last investigation was spurred by White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, who, after meeting with Liberty veterans, referred them to Representative Nick Mavroules, chairman Subcommittee on Investigations of the House Armed Services Committee. After a one year investigation the matter was closed, the investigators evidently finding nothing to support conspiracy claims or any Israeli intentions to attack a US ship

There was no malice, there was no conspiracy to attack the ship. DON't waste your time or money with this book.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2002
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Apparently the previous reviewer read only one chapter of the book, the USS Liberty attack by Israel, and he missed that one by a mile. Ward Boston, a major player in the U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry now says the court was a fraud and a sham and the participants were ORDERED to come to the conclusions they did in spite of the fact that Boston and Adm. Kidd both knew the attack was intentional. The Court has been the basis for all of the Israeli claims which called all survivors liars and anti-Semites. The rest of the book was particularly enjoyable, at least for me, an ex-resident of the Baltimore area. I think most residents of Maryland would particularly enjoy the book, I highly recommend it.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Geha Yuja on October 29, 2002
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In addition to the variety of interesting issues the book covers, I particularly appreciated the comments on the agony of Lebanon as a result of Israel's ferocious and devastating invasion of this peaceful and beautiful country in 1982, which resulted in the killing of more than 18000 people in less than 6 months, most of them civilians.
There is also a brave and well founded indictment of the US Government cover up of Israel's deliberate attack against the SS Liberty which caused so many innocent American victims many of whom or their surviving relatives are still crying for justice 35 years after what happened to them or to their dear ones.
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