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October Surprise Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0944276464 ISBN-10: 0944276466 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Tudor Communications Trade; First Edition edition (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944276466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944276464
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The author worked for Ronald Reagan during his campaign for the Presidency, then served on the White House staff, and the Department of Justice. In 1983 she was the first resignation of conscience from the Reagan-Bush Administration. "Their guiding principles were that loyalty to a royalist version of the Presidency was more important than the Constitution, and that the truth was a 'problem' to be solved."
She began to investigate the 1980 deal between the Reagan-Bush team and the Iran: if the Iranians held their Americans captive until Reagan was President, they would be better rewarded. And they were! Releasing the captives in October 1980 would have given President Carter a boost in the polls, and re-election in November.
Her book is filled with a many details, and their references. It lacks any pictures of the individuals involved; there is no index, which lessens its use as a reference book (deliberate?).
Chapter X, "The Sound of Silence" tells of her attempts to break through the censorship of Network Television. The Congressional Committee that investigated the selling of arms to Iran also refused to look into anything that occurred before 1984. No reason was ever given.
Barbara Honegger was first to write an excellent book on the subject. She noted that Richard Allen was also involved in the 1968 affair where Nixon's people tried to sabotage the American-Vietnamese talks in Paris. That trick also worked. If truce was declared in 1968, only 22,000 would have died, not 33,000 more.
But the real, unreported scandal of 1980 was the sabotage of the Desert One rescue attempt. Helicopters were sent out over the desert without air filters; the sand and dust soon ruined their engines.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on March 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
October Surprise, Barbara Honegger

Barbara Honegger joined the policy research team of the Reagan-Bush campaign, then worked as a Research and Policy Analyst. This 1989 book tells about the conspiracy to win the presidency by preventing an early release of the Americans held hostage in Iran. The Reagan administration believed it was more important than the Constitution (`Introduction'). They had contempt for the electorate. She resigned in 1983 and did the research for this book. Some of the witnesses used in this book are not sterling characters. Those who denied the "October Surprise" story are flawed deceivers (p.3). It explains the timing of the release of the hostages and why the Reagan-Bush administration sent arms to the Iranians since 1981 (p.4) even when there were no hostages. Some people who knew of the of the pre-1980 negotiations died mysteriously (p.5). This books lacks an Index to the many names in it.

The Reagan-Bush team was afraid of an "October surprise" where President Carter would gain the release of US hostages held captive before the election. They worked against this (Chapter 1). The Iranians were considering a release (p.8) but not to Carter (p.17). A false story was created to possibly delay the release of hostages (p.37). This no-win situation is explained (p.39). White House secretaries may have leaked debate materials (p.46). Chapter 2 tells about the changes in Iranian policy; did they get a better deal from Reagan (p.57)? Yes (p.59). The bomb on Pan Am flight 103 was originally linked to Iranians in retaliation for shooting down an Iranian civilian airbus (pp.116-117). If Carter tried for a hostage release was he outbid (p.141)?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dean T. Hartwell on August 22, 2012
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This is the book that convinced me of foul play in the Carter-Reagan-Anderson election of 1980. It is now ironic that many who believe correctly that Reagan's team traded weapons for the release of hostages in the Iran-Contra Scandal can't believe the same team made a similar deal (for the DELAY of release of hostages) with much higher stakes before the 1980 election.

Independent candidate John B. Anderson told me that a group of Iranians approached his campaign attorney, the late Mitchell Rosgovin, about a deal involving the procurement by Iran of spare military parts the nation had ordered before the embassy takeover. Anderson refused the offer and reported it to the Carter State Department. Does anyone seriously believe the Iranians would approach an independent candidate but not the main opponent of President Carter?

Honegger's book was so good that Reagan's ploy should not be considered a surprise anymore.
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