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'If I had a Son': Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman 1st Edition

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Jack Cashill is an independent writer and producer who has written for Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard. Cashill writes weekly for WND and has authored nine books of nonfiction under his own name, five of which have been featured on Book-TV, and collaborated quietly on six others. Cashill also has produced a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938067215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938067211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in truth. I was a passive observer of media, but began noticing major discrepancies between how this case was initially presented (the angelic face of a 12 year old who wanted to be an engineer) and the subsequent evidence that emerged. I was disturbed that media continued to perpetuate the storyline of a young boy stalked, attacked, and shot in cold blood based on race, dismissing and minimizing major evidence that showed the contrary.

This book is well written and unfolds primarily chronologically. Although I already knew the major elements of the case and verdict, there is a feeling of suspense that builds, making the book difficult to put down. In addition, there is feeling of horror as the major media outlets continue to mislead the case, even falsifying information (most famously the edited 911 tapes) in order to support the intial storyline that was based more on fiction than fact. Cashill is able to present a lot of detailed information while keeping the book fast paced. This is not a "quick read" but it is a fascinating one.

I find it odd that it is mostly conservatives who have backed up Zimmerman. In the past, I tended to be more liberal, even supporting Obama. Whatever race or political party we are from, we should examine evidence with an open, unbiased mind. It's clear that the media and the Martin's attorneys tried to bury the truth. While my sympathies were initially and still are for the Martin family, we should not be afraid of truth. Because of the lies perpetuated by media, a hardworking man who cared about his community, along with his innocent family, have had their lives ruined.

There will undoubtedly be many people who rate this book one star and write hateful comments. Most likely, these are the people who have already based their opinions on assumptions and false information, and who will not even read this book.
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Cashill has done an superb job of research and writing on the Zimmerman/Trayon Martin fiasco.

He discusses the subject here: [...]

I followed the trial closely. The testimony was covered on several networks and was recast on You Tube. The defense posted copies of their motions on the internet and they are still available here: [...]. Trayvon's autopsy report is also available for download.

I also closely followed two of the very best blog sites that did original factual research and legal review as the case was proceeding. Cashill praises both:

Legal Insurrection [...] is run by a Cornell University Law professor and his team.

Conservative Treehouse: [...] is a group of very smart individuals who did phenomenal investigative work. So good was their research that the prosecutors mentioned them in a bitter remark in open court and the defense team appeared to be following them closely for nuggets that would help them.

Cashill mentions others that I did not follow.

The major media was incompetent when not actually evil in its misdirection. Two exceptions were Dan Abrams with CNN (sometimes MSNBC) and Megyn Kelly at Fox News. Abrams and Kelly were 'good' in the sense that what they said turned out to be correct. NBC was bad (and is being sued) for deliberately altering Zimmerman's police call to make it look as if he were racist. ABC seemed to have difficulty with photos showing Zimmerman's injuries. The NYT was as usual -- scandalously corrupt in its reporting. WaPo was not much better.

How were the media bad? Zimmerman was described as 'white' then 'white Hispanic'. In fact his great-grandfather is black. He has been reported as being ordered by the police not to get out of his vehicle.
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I got the ebook version, so I'm working from memory only. Apologies for perhaps being a bit vague.
The book is divided into 4 stages: The event; the generation of a media construct at odds with events; the trial: fiction vs truth; the aftermath: the consequences of media bias...
Cashill has a clear prose style with a tough just-the-facts-ma'am element and good pacing so that it reads like a gritty detective novel. This was very appropriate because there was a crime committed, the perpetrators got away, leaving several lives in ruin, all for power and greed motivations, and generated an ongoing crime spree of young thugs beating down isolated vulnerable whites- young, men, women, children, elderly--some times rape and murder added on-- motivations incommensurate to the violence, and sometimes vague and confused. With the power accrued, the perpetrators self-righteously press government to actions which further their ability to accumulate more power and money. Every step of the process is clearly and dispassionately laid out. It is an American Horror story and it ain't over as every day sees fresh atrocities and a cowardly media response.
The Conservative Tree House and other Blog sites are properly cited as the places were the only truth searching was happening. Cashill clearly leaned heavily on the meticulous research that , particularly the CTH produced. And I applaud his giving proper credit to the fine truth seekers who just wouldn't let go. The book is heavily documented but notes are gathered in the back so as not to clutter the flow of the text.
Finally, though I have minor beefs with the author, the book is very good.
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