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Barry & 'the Boys' : The CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History Hardcover – September, 2001

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Rating: Excellent! ... the book blows more holes, as if more were needed, in the Warren Commission’s Lone Gunman theory. -- BookReview.com

This book surpasses the level of Wow. It has enough revelations for ten books. It is extremely highly recommended ... -- MidWest Book Review

About the Author

Daniel Hopsicker was the Executive producer of a business show airing internationally on NBC when, while shooting a feature story in Arkansas during production of the pilot for a new show, he became aware that, in the words of one top federal law enforcement offficial, "Things ain't always been jes' right round here."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Cow Press (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970659105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970659101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen M. Walker VINE VOICE on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Our government is in the hands of a criminal family. This book makes that clear. This book is about a lot more than Barry Seal, and for further discussion of what this book IS about, you can join the email list CIA_DRUGS@yahoogroups.com
This book covers a span of time that begins pretty much with the cold war, but it's really the root of a lot of stuff that is going on today. Barry Seal was dealing drugs for George Bush. Barry Seal was involved with Iran-Contra. Barry Seal's assassination was ordered by Oliver North. Running drugs in and through this country has financed covert operations that would be beyond imagination if they weren't all too true. If your family has been torched by the scourge of drug addiction (as too many families have been) you can not afford to turn away from this horrendous truth. Even more, it is no small detail that Afghanistan is known for its opium production. It's important to know this, and to learn as much as possible about it. Even more important is to work together to figure out what on earth we are going to DO about it -- beside "Pledging Allegiance to the Flag." There's a lot more to this flag than flying it -- and a lot more to democracy than voting. We're losing our freedoms, we're losing our country, and we are losing our lives to a conspiracy that is a lot more than a theory. Read this book. Than read the rest of my reviews. Do your own reading. Maybe we can figure out what to do before it's too late. With liberty, and justice, for ALL.
My only criticism is that the book could have been more readable. I wasn't crazy about the style of the language, but maybe that's just the style of the investigator (Hopsicker) in the work that he was doing. It's not my style. That doesn't make it a bad thing, just a little harder for me to follow, that's all.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By David H. Stern on July 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Barry & `the Boys': the CIA, the Mob, and America's Secret History" is a book that will expand the audience for parapolitical literature. "Barry and the Boys" is written to appeal to the serious student of Deep Political arrangements as well as the "casual interest" reader looking for something to help him or her understand today's news while simultaneously being entertained.
This journalistic tour de force presents the story of Barry Seal's career in intelligence and drug and gun running - from its inception as a teenager working along side Lee Oswalld in the New Orleans CAP under David Ferrie, to its conclusion, "in a hail of bullets, with George Bush's private phone number in his wallet."
It is rare these days for a single work to offer more than a few minor details of new information to add to our overall understanding of cold war crimes of State. It is even more rare to find a book in this category that satisfies both the intellect's need for new information and the heart's desire for human interest and style. Hopsicker's work - the result of two and a half years of full-time field investigation, living out of suitcases and pushing the limits of his own personal safety in his quest for "the story" - delivers all of this by the planeload.
Hopsicker ultimately got his story, and oh, what a story! Though he obviously did an enormous amount of research on the body of work already available, the details are all Mr. Hopsicker's - hence, no footnotes. But what his work lacks in scholarly annotations, he more than makes up for in old-fashioned sweat and shoeleather. The book is filled with the product of interviews with the principle participants from both sides of the Barry Seal saga.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Robert A Millegan on May 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
An amazing story. Barry Seal was just a kid who flew well, That talent lead him straight into the arms of the shadowy world of "clandestine services." Daniel Hopsicker has really brought an amazing story to the American public. This book exposes the underbelly of corruption and assassination that has run rampant in our republic. This book has much to tell about the JFK assasination major players. Seal met Lee Harvey Oswald at Civil Air Patrol summer camp—along with David Ferrie. Hopsicker's revelations about Ferrie's involvement with intel agencies and extracircular activities are astounding. The whole book breaks much new ground. Barry Seals's photos and documents tell a story all in themselves.
It seems that Barry Seal was getting ready to talk and through Barry and 'the boys', Barry gets his wish.
Barry and 'the boys' lets the chips fall where they may. Hopsicker takes swings and lands on corruption no matter what party.
A must read!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tim Johnson on May 21, 2005
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Call me stupid, call me naive but I am continually surprised by the falseness and dishonesty of the United State's government in virtually all the reading explorations I undertake. I do not start these explorations with an outcome in mind: true, I have my normal bag of philosophies and mind-sets that any person alive in this world carries with them. But what has numbed my mind has been the extent of the duplicity that the US government has undertaken in that government's attempt to make the world safe for the further expansion and, at the least, protection of their economic system. Hopsicker, in this wonderfully enlightening book, mentioms at least six other books that continue unmasking various aspects of this mammoth cover-up and I will have my future filled with further frustrations regarding a government that the world has accepted as upright and straight-dealing on the international stage. How wrong we have been!

"Barry and the Boys" is a chronicle of American governmental lying-to both the media and, worse, to the legislative branch of their own government all in the name of countering an evil, as they saw it, greater than the evil they were perpetrating on the American people. I believe all that I read in the pages of this book; further, I believe that now that the genie has been released, as of the Bay of Pigs and the Kennedy assassination, there can be no going back and now that genie must be fed continuously so that it will not devour, not only America, but my world also.
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