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286 of 299 people found the following review helpful
This book is a head turner. The topics covered will make your hair stand on end like it was electrified. Jesse Ventura has clearly set out to become the national conscience of our country. He feels compelled to attempt to expose truth everywhere he finds falsehoods being disseminated. There is one thing we can be certain of and that is that our government has been spreading lies by distortion, falsehoods, and deleing material facts for as long as we have been a country. This is entirely not unexpected since the first rule of government; any government is to preserve itself in power.

Ventura has been a former in your face governor of Minnesota, and I found him to be a breath of fresh air whether I agreed with him or not. Dick Russell has written more than a half dozen books, most of which have been about conspiracy and several in particular about the JFK assassination. I have found him to be forthright as well. The book is organized into 63 separate files spread through five different themes. Those themes are:

Part I Our Scandalous Postwar History

Part II Government, Military, and Corporate Secrets

Part III Shady White Houses

Part IV 9/11

Part V The War on Terror

You can see from the above the different conspiracies that are being covered, to determine whether or not you as a reader would have a particular interest in reading about these specific areas. I am personally familiar with more than 90% of the documents in the book, having read many of them in their original format. By the way, the documents you will be looking at are photocopies of the originals. This is both good and bad. It is bad from the standpoint that the fonts, writing, and formatting of the document may make it difficult to read. The positive aspect is that you are looking at copies of originals so there can be no disputing that what you are seeing is an ACTUAL document, and these are the real words that were written as outlandish as many of them seem to current readers. They are nevertheless TRUE.

In our country today are almost 900,000 individuals with top secret security clearances. The precise number is 854,000. In 1996, the government withheld from public inspective about 5.6 million documents labeled top secret. By last year that number had expanded to a mind boggling 55 million documents. There are 16 million new ones labeled top secret every year. There are still several hundred thousand documents being withheld regarding the JFK assassination in spite of the fact that it occurred in 1963, as absurd as that may seem.

What you will be shocked to hear is that the Obama Administration in the end seems to be as secretive as the previous Bush Administration was known to be. Our current President is really serious about punishing those who leak, and keeping secrets. Recently the Pentagon spent near $50,000 to buy up the entire edition, 10,000 copies of a first printing of a book called "Operation Dark Heart" by Anthony Shaffer which had to deal with Afghanistan.

Now this is recently. In the past I have seen direct evidence where certain elements in the US government bought out all existing books regarding the Kennedy assassination. This explains why sometimes when you are searching for an old book on the JFK topic and you scan the used book buys on Amazon, the prices are extraordinarily high for these books. Since they have been intentionally bought up by government sources, the handful that is left seem to sell for hundreds of dollars. An excellent specific example of this are works by scholar Peter Dale Scott like "Drugs, Oil and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Columbia, and Indochina". It sells for an absurd $101 new on Amazon. Somebody is making sure the information is very expensive to obtain.

Just some of the topics covered in Jesse Ventura's book include:

* Stand down orders were issued on 9/11 to prevent military planes from responding to the developing crisis.

* Bush stole the elections in both 2000 and 2004

* The CIA launched an entire propaganda campaign to buttress public acceptance of the JFK lone gunman theory.

* The CIA developed and printed an assassination manual

* Operation Northwoods several decades ago was developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to stage an attack on America, and make it look like Cuba had done it. This is particularly wild when you think about it. The document is real however, which in retrospect makes you wonder, what were the Joint Chiefs thinking at the time.

* We have special operations forces secretly fighting in Pakistan while members of the Pakistani government openly support the Taliban in their fight against America.

* My favorite is the CIA document that reveals there is no way to fix the corrupt Afghanistan government because our ally is actually the chief corruptor. Recently an Afghan Minister was caught by our people trying to leave the country with $52 million in American hundred dollar bills which was our money. They let him go with the cash when all was said and done.

My Problem or Caveat with the Book

I believe this book is very worthwhile. The documents are real. You have the photocopies in front of you, and there is usually about a page introduction for each document written by the authors. My problem is simply that the one page introduction is not nearly long enough to do anything called justice to the document or topic being covered. In other words, next to no effort went into the books preparation. Each of these endlessly fascinating topics which I have looked at myself could require a book to cover the topic. At the very least in my opinion, 4 or 5 pages should have been written to introduce the topic covered by the document.

Most readers are clearly not going to take the time to ferret out more information about these documents. It is therefore incumbent upon the authors to give the reader what the reader needs, and that is a more thorough understanding of the topic covered. Several more pages would have done the trick. These topics are just too important for the authors not to have done this. It would have also lent a great deal more credibility to what will be any reader's natural skepticism at much of what is being alleged in the book.

CONCLUSION:

As Americans we are heirs to the greatest republic man has yet to create. We are each responsible for our country, its wellbeing and what we pass on to the next generation. Each of us needs to know about the dark side of our country as well, and the topics covered in this book deal with the dark side. They are not pretty to read about, and some are indeed frightful, but we must be able to handle these documents, and what they mean, and help make our country a better country for it. I applaud the authors' efforts to bring these documents to light. An extraordinary Supreme Court Justice named Louis Brandeis once said that sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that certainly seems true at what is contained in this book. Thank you for reading this review.

Richard Stoyeck
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308 of 335 people found the following review helpful
Did you know that our government planned on intentionally killing our own soldiers and civilians to falsely justify an invasion of Cuba? That led to President Kennedy's firing of the General who was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That came on the heels of "SIOP-62"; the "Single Integrated Operational Plan" was an actual military proposal for the total nuclear annihilation of the entire Communist bloc in 1962. It was formally presented to President Kennedy as a recommendation and he was so furious that he literally stormed out of the meeting in disgust.
Understanding our history is vital because informing us of the near catastrophes of the past also helps us avoid them going forward. So if you think that "false flag" attacks and the rounding up of innocent citizens are the realm of overzealous "conspiracy theorists," then this book is a very important heads-up.

In "63 Documents," Ventura & Russell team up successfully again in a no-holds-barred exposé of government corruption:

#1: Links between past government perpetrations and today's political agendas, such as the CIA's Secret Assassination Manual: "Maybe they should change the name to the CIA's 'Secret First Degree Murder Manual.' How is it that we are allowed to kill other people if we're not in a declared war with them?"

#2: Delves into a series of government, military, and corporate secrets. Many veterans of the first Gulf War suffer adverse health conditions, yet the government denies the validity of Gulf War Syndrome. "What's it going to take for our leaders to consider the real cost of these endless wars?"

#3: A history of "shady" White Houses. Including an internal war "between Nixon and Richard Helms, director of the CIA... Time and again, the CIA thumbs its nose -- even at Presidents. So who runs this agency if the President doesn't?"

#4: The truth about the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001. "The question that's haunted me from day one is: "How come the world's biggest military superpower was somehow oblivious to rogue airliners in American air space for more than an hour?"

#5: Examines the true facts behind the "War on Terror"-- such as the CIA's destruction of detainee torture videos.
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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
The whole point of this book is that all the documents are in the public domain. Of course if you are a government worshiping goon, aka republican or democrat, then ignore all the facts, just like the Germans ignored the facts about Hitler, just like the Russians ignored all the facts about Stalin, Italy and Mussolini, China and Mao, etc.

The facts are irrefutable, evil people are, and have been, part of the the American government, just as the were in 1776 as part of England and all governments. The founding fathers knew this and gave us the constitution to combat these evil control freaks. Jesse brings admitted facts to the public because knowledge is the first step in retaining freedom.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
This book is for everyone that either has to defend their conspiracy theories or who says "the government wouldn't do that!". Ventura says the government DID infect soldiers, prisoners and prostitutes with disease, fake reasons to start wars, steal elections, stand-down on Sept 11 and has drawn up plans to defend the government AGAINST ITS CITIZENS. That means you. Jesse shows the documents to prove it and shows you how to find them too.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
These documents are not conspiratorial. These are verified, released, and on the public domain. Jesse introduces them, and you, the reader, can create your opinion on the information. While I don't personally find the WTC 7 documents in this book conclusive evidence of an inside job, I do believe that the documents prior to 9/11 present a foundation and prelude to how the "Elite" operate. What is fascinating and inspirational is how Gov. Ventura presents his opinion to the main stream media and every "newscaster/presenter/entertainer" argues with polemics and naive opinions. I have never seen "The View" panel more awestruck and at a loss for words as when Alex Jones and Gov. Ventura were on.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2011
63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read by Jesse Ventura is a must read book for every American. These aren't unfound "conspiracies" in this book. It features 63 documents that you can look up for yourself and read in full to see the truth for yourself.

63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read is a book that may have you start questioning the government, if you haven't already started to do so.

Jesse Ventura writes the intro to the documents as he would explain about them on his show Conspiracy Theories. This sets the tone for what you are about to read in the government document for that chapter.

This isn't an anti-America book. Ventura loves his country, but the shady practices going on with the government isn't something he could just ignore. He is a voice for the people, and in these times we need that more than ever. Someone actually willing to stand up for us and let us know what is going on.

The book is divided into five categories:
* Our Scandalous Postwar History
* Government, Military, and Corporate Secrets
* Shady White Houses
* 9/11
* The "War on Terror"

Each of the categories featured have documents that should be read by everyone. Some of my favorites from the book include: U.S. Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Warfare, Putting War Criminals to Work in America, Gulf War Illness and our Veterans, "Emergency" Detention Camps and Civilian Inmate Labor Program, and An Internet "Kill Switch"?

I highly recommend this book to everyone reading this right now. The time for us to be silent and oblivious to these things is over. Read this book ASAP!

* Thank you to the publisher of 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read, Skyhorse Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
With "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read," former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura takes critical aim at both Democrats and Republicans who have lied, cheated and stolen their way to almost complete control of the United States and much of the world. His use of actual declassified governmental records to prove his point weaves an undoubted web of deceit at our nation's highest levels. While many of the documents aren't new to individuals who have done their own research, Ventura successfully brings the documents together and uses them to create an indictment of the people and groups who are routinely left as the only ones smiling after wars, assassinations and failed economies. Instead of holding his cards close to the vest, Ventura encourages his readers to do their own research and gives them the tools to do so. His newest book is a fascinating game of connecting the dots to show the true face of world leaders.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2011
This book sheds a whole new light on the lies that our government tells us. It's hard not to believe Jesse, when the facts are presented in the book right from the horse's mouth. Anyone who is interested in the dark side of the government that nobody ever hears about, definitely NEEDS to read this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2011
I gave this book five stars based on the information and quality of the content, but Jesse, your work is much too important to have been printed so cheaply. The publisher should have enlarged the print and made a few more pages even if they had to charge a bit extra. I would have bought it anyway, but enjoyed the actual reading more. So tell your publisher that the next time you publish something incredible (and you will), we'd all like to read it without a magnifying glass...the printing was terrible.
Good job on the book. Opened my eyes to things I didn't know the full story on. Thank you for writing it. I'm a total fan of the truth. Thanks, Jesse...we do appreciate your efforts very much. Please keep on keeping on.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2011
The photo reproductions of the original documents were hard to read and a bit dry. Jesses' short preamble to each document was more interesting than the documents themselves, but his comments were short. This book is nothing more than a collection of photo copied documents with a short opinion of each one. It might have been better if the Governor had written a book and listed the documents in the bibliography.
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