Robert Parry, an award-winning investigative journalist, broke many of the stories now known as the Iran-contra affair, including the first story about Oliver North's secret network and the first story about Nicaraguan contra-cocaine trafficking. While working for The Associated Press, Newsweek and PBS Frontline, Parry covered the political intrigue of Washington and international hotspots from Iran to Haiti, from Israel to Nicaragua.
There is a cynical old saying that the victors write the history. For those of us brought up on Westerns that made the Indians the aggressors and the U.S. cavalry the peacekeepers, we know there's something to that. But it is one of the ironies of the long Cold War that it is the American people -- the supposed victors -- who are seeing their own history sanitize d and miswritten. Even as the archives of ex-communist nations are opened, ev en as truth commissions wring the painful reality out of ex-rightist regimes, the American people are the ones most thoroughly kept in the dark about the unsavory secrets of the past half century. Without doubt, the conventional history is more comforting, less troubling, the American government making the right decisions or at least ones justified by the exigencies of a long struggle against a ruthless enemy. To encounter the secret history is disturbing, unnerving. It comes with a sense of vertigo, the uneasy discovery that what one assumed to be true might not be. The secret history is a challenge. It is the unpleasant reality that exists beneath the surface of our time. It also is a history in danger of being lost, possibly forever. With a national news media absorbed by tabloid journalism and disinterested in serious research, many U.S. operatives who prosecuted the Cold War are agin g and passing away without their experiences being recorded. Other times, the glut of trivial information obscures the pieces of valuable evidence that do enter the public domain. At least in the near term, our understanding of this recent era -- and our nation's role in it -- is way off the mark. It is as if the final price for winning the Cold War is our national confinement to a permanent childhood, where reassuring fantasies and endless diversions shield us from the hard truth of our own recent history...
A very valued book in my library. I appreciate the details of how the drug cartels ran drugs into our country. Read morePublished 5 months ago by American Citizen
I wanted to understand what went on at that time.
people really need to see the real inside story. Highly recommend Robert Parry - all books
Parry dredges up all the stories that I remember seeing in the news, but then abruptly disappeared, with no follow up from our "liberal" media. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by SPF
Wow, what can one say about someone living in a fantasy world completely devoid of any reality! Never once does he mention the murderous bent of Daniel Ortega and the plight of the... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Scott Williams
I just finished reading this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I usually read for a short time in bed before falling asleep, but I often found myself still reading this book... Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Joseph M. Davis
Truth be told, even "fruitcake conspiracy theories" are right occasionally. This doesn't measure up that well. Read morePublished on March 18, 2005 by Odinsblade