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Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-Up of Gulf War Syndrome Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Insignia Pub; 1St Edition edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965240037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965240031
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eddington, a former CIA analyst who now describes himself as a "public activist," has written two books in one. The first seeks to reveal what the author claims is a "conspiracy" and "duplicity" by high-level officials aimed at denying that U.S. forces were exposed to chemical agents during the Gulf War. The second argues that the author and his wife were the target of an "unofficial...blackballing" that eventually led to their resignations from the CIA. Unfortunately, both stories are so contaminated with emotional language that it becomes hard to separate fact from feeling. Although the book is heavily footnoted, some parts are personal reminiscences subject to debate. Eddington delights in taking on senior government and military officers, naming names (sometimes only initials), and pointing accusing fingers while staking a claim to the moral high ground. The reader is left confused: Was Gulf War syndrome the result of incompetence? Or is it a tale poisoned by the scent of the author's personal vendetta? An optional purchase.?John J. Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Levels tough indictments...Pat and Robin Eddington are true patriots." -- Matt Puglisi: Assistant Director, Persian Gulf War Era Veterans, The American Legion --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fred on June 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading the book Gassed in the Gulf and it is the only one that I have found that telles like it happened. I do not know where the person from Ohio was but I was in the Gulf 90-91. Even the DOD said that it was not a sonic boom over our camp at Al Jubyl. Not when within 20 seconds of the explosion your face goes numb (Page 73 of book that was me, Fred Willoughby The book is right on what happened. It is well told andd the CIA and DOD are still doing all they can to keep this from becoming a big seller. It should be mandatory reading for everyone thinking about going into the service. Really enjoyed the book. Thank you Pat Eddington for trying to help us Vets.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gulf War Veteran on October 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dear Readers,
I urge you to read this book if you are truly concerned about this issue and then get the Senate Committee book indicated at the end of this review. I grew up in Ohio as well as the other reviewer and I can tell you and especially him that he is wrong. I spent 17 months hospitalized after being "gassed in the gulf" and medevacced out unconscious to Germany following a total body seizure and over 6 hours of loss of consciousness. The 12 eyewitness written accounts of what had happened to me were gathered by my Brigade Commander and he included a personal statement that accompanied my medevac file. That portion of the file was sealed and CLASSIFIED was written over its outer jacket. I personally saw over 300 seriously wounded long term nerve gas related patients come in and out of the research ward of one of the military's largest hospitals for over one year. I didn't even recognize my own wife at 2 months after the medevac and could barely speak. Mr. Clueless from Columbus may believe whatever bull Schwarzkopf or any General wants to feed him, but it will never dispute the true eyewitness facts of that war that have rarely been told. In fact many of us now retired army and marine disabled veterans from the Gulf question whether he even received the reports of chemical contamination or whether he wanted greater confirmation due to the relatively low number of serious nerve agent injuries. Columbus should know how the military works and how reporting up the chain of command sometimes gets turned around right on top of you because most careerists are too worried about their ratings to report anything negative to, for example, a Brigade level commander. YOU MUST REMEMBER, the Media was under complete military control during the Gulf War.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I'm a longtime reader of intelligence-related books. I have a serious interest in how the most secret parts of our government work or don't work.

Patrick Eddington has written a book that makes me feel like I'm on the inside, walking the halls of Langley, meeting disappointments and frustrations, denials and evasions at every turn. This is not a dry expose of government misdeeds. This book presents, in active, personal narrative, the journey from discovery to action to reaction to confrontation to breaking past the wall of CIA and DOD denials of the chemical exposure of our Gulf War veterans. You watch Patrick and his wife experience career blockages when they try to pursue the truth.

You might think a book like this would be depressing. But it's rather energizing. Full of first-hand knowledge as well as documents (some printed in full at the back of the book,) this is one of those rare books that inspires and empowers. For as frustrating as it is to see high level people in the government making the worse choice at every fork, there is also the beauty of seeing Patrick and his wife braving the storm in the hopes of helping those who would have given their lives to protect the rest of us. I don't mean to play down the hard data he presents to make his argument, but what makes the book a fasinating read is the narrative of the personal events along the way. It's a story of fierce compassion, gritty integrity and an honest-to-goodness commitment to doing the right thing. How refreshing!<P
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Having watched DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs take us through the Agent Orange coverup step by step for financial reasons, I am neither surprised nor amused at our governments finesse as they attempt to deal a similar (albeit more deadly) hand to the Persian Gulf Veterans. Eddington and his wife have exhibited courage in their work. This book is a must for anyone who would try to understand how adept our government has become in stonewalling the truth and rewriting history to suit their needs
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In this book, the Eddington's give inside information on the subject of the government,'s coverup.For those who have been touched by this issue, who have been outraged by the government's brazen attempts to explain serious health issues as "post traumatic stress", and who have known for years that the explanations have been lies, this book is a must read.

Gassed in the Gulf is thoroughly researched and factually written. In addition to providing an explanation for the causes of Gulf War Syndrome, it provides information with which the American public can begin to hold our representatives accountable. Read it. Ask. Act.

Our troops needed our support during our nation's war. They need it even more now, during their own, less public, wars. This book will provide information with which we can begin to ask the right questions, and demand truthful answers
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