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Washington, DC-based Andrew Kreig directs the Justice Integrity Project (www.justice-integrity.org) and three other organizations in business and civic affairs. He is an attorney, author, and public affairs strategist who has been listed in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America since the mid-1990s. He has lectured on government and business issues on five continents, including as co-keynoter at the annual Futures Summit of the National Association of Broadcasters. He co-hosts "MTL Washington Update," a weekly public affairs radio show, and has been on the air for more than six years. From 1996 to 2008, he was the president/CEO of the Wireless Communications Association in its worldwide advocacy to create a wireless broadband industry. Earlier, he was the association’s vice president/general counsel after working as an attorney with a national law firm and as law clerk to a prominent federal judge in Boston. In recent years, he has been a research fellow affiliated with two universities. In 1987, he authored Spiked: How Chain Management Corrupted America’s Oldest Newspaper, which was widely reviewed as a pioneering case study of the damage that news industry profiteering inflicts on the public. Reared in Chicago, Arkansas, and on the West Side of Manhattan, he won scholarships to attend Collegiate School, founded in 1628 and now the nation’s oldest educational institution. He holds law degrees from Yale Law School and the University of Chicago School of Law, and a history degree from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Eagle View Books (July 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988672812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988672819
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I recently finished re-reading Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, concerning the Western world in the 25 years prior to World War I; it is a book I first read some 40 years ago, and it remains an excellent historical account of that period. I followed that re-read of Tuchman with Andrew Kreig's "Presidential Puppetry." One of the "takeaways" from that juxtaposition of reading choices was realizing that, thanks to Tuchman, I knew far more about the "Dreyfus Affair," an event that rocked France for most of the 1890's that I did about the background of the two major candidates in the last American presidential election. How can that be? It is the era of the 24/7 "news cycle," and I routinely read major main stream media publications like the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" as well as significant internet-based news sources. Isn't that sufficient to have a basic understanding of the backgrounds of Obama and Romney? Apparently not. Kreig informs the reader that such knowledge "lacuna" is routine, even among reporters, and specifically relates an anecdote with Clare Nader, sister of Ralph.

Kreig was a reporter which provides him with an essential background on how the media works. Absolute censorship of an issue is rarer in America, though it does occur. Often a major event is reported "in passing," and "doesn't gain traction" while other distractive issues are reported ad nauseam. (And we don't even have to mention the "celebrity culture").Take, as Kreig does, the Presidential election of 2000, and the vote counting in the State of Florida.
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Andy Kreig participated in two press conferences at the National Press Club the week preceding presidential election 2012. He was a moderator of the October 24, 2012, conference laying out the entire electronic vote rigging empire of Karl Rove. And, he was one of two members of the national press who participated in a press conference the day preceding the election in which the filing litigation in Ohio against ES&S and the Ohio Secretary of State was reported from Columbus. Clearly, Andy Kreig functions at the cutting edge of the recurring problem the United States has with the integrity of its elections.

However, Andy Kreig does more than rehash recent news. In this important work Kreig provides readers with background for the hidden dynamics of the current electoral and political scene. As his title suggests "presidential puppetry" addresses the way that intelligence operatives, perhaps most prominently CIA, groom candidates for major political offices in the United States. According to Kreig this grooming includes helping to gain access to education on favorable terms and providing assistance with the exposure of the scandal of their political competitors.

Kreig does not discuss much about whether Pres. Obama functions with a gun to his head - the stick used to influence foreign leaders, according to John Perkins in "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man." Rather, he focuses on the carrots and the assists that have been given to Barack Obama over the course of his rapid rise in the political hierarchy of American politics.

This could not be more timely in view of the pending appointment of James Comey for a term of ten years as director of the Federal Bureau of investigation.
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This is one of the most serious, detailed public interest books I have ever read, and I do read quite a bit.

I am in Afghanistan, with very little time to myself, and regret I have not been able to sit down with this book and give it the double read that it merits. As with any book that I consider a potential blockbuster, I started with the index, notes, and bibliography. All three are deep. This book is both a citizen's primer, and a reference work that will stand the test of time in helping future generations of students. It is a starting point for truth in the public interest.

I am one of those very few non-fiction reviewers that is also a former CIA clandestine case officer and a career intelligence officer. My reviews of over 300 books on intelligence are easily found (each review leading back to their Amazon home page) are easily found by searching for < Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Intelligence (Most)> without the brackets.

Imagine my astonishment, then, when I get through the first part of the book and discover that Obama may be CIA's second wholly-owned president. Obama's parents appear clearly documented as non-official cover CIA officers (officers spy, agents are the people they recruit) responsible for spotting, assessing, and recruiting among the Islamic up and comers. This section alone makes this book priceless.

Now in fairness to Obama, it must be said that George Bush (Papa) is now known to have been a CIA non-official cover officer present in Dallas and probably also directly responsible for supervising the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I do not write such opinions lightly.
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