The ultimate compliment for any form of political satire is to be taken seriously by the people it is skewering. On that scale Report from Iron Mountain, which has been a lightning rod for both Right and Left since its appearance, could hardly be more successful. The hoax, written in perfect think-tankese, captures the mix of Olympian detachment and awesome cynicism that has flowed out of Washington for much of the American Century. Lewin's book (and he really did write it) exposes the mindset that we can thank for Vietnam and so much else.
Report from Iron Mountain was bolstered, if not trumped, by reality--the Pentagon Papers and the Pax Americana, a Defense Department plan to take over Latin America, emerged soon after. But the book's enduring popularity, particularly among those who never got the joke (apparently Lewin had to sue to get right-wing groups convinced of the book's authenticity to stop printing and selling copies) suggests that the governmental worldview that Report from Iron Mountain lampoons--as well as the paranoia that that immorality unleashes in the citizenry--is very much with us. --Michael Gerber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Of the countless volumes I have read and reviewed here, I cannot name a more sobering treatise on importance of war. While the attributed author, Leonard C. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larry Gilstrap
I read about this book in Prouty's book JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate, and I wanted to see for myself whether this was a satire or possibly the real thing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Evelyn Uyemura
Interesting how much thought went into it.. Interesting how history, the internet information highway seems to make much of the book seem plausible todayPublished 11 months ago by Edward Collins
This book is an absolute master peice.
A must buy. Warning: it will give you nightmares for weeks. In a world of perpetual war this book brings much clarity.
Sorry, but it isn't. Here are some excerpts:
"It is the incorrect assumption that war, as an institution, is subordinate to the social systems it is believed to... Read more
This book, written in a time when people were more naive about their governments, is a fictional piece of satire. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Master Luke
No global warming for 17 years last I heard. I won't delve into the email scandal, the hockey puck graph fraud and all the other frauds committed by the global warmers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JetFleet
my profession was in the meadia and newspapers, printing industries. and in the 1960's while working in the newspaper business this report of Iron Mountain was known and i had a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by ernie lake
Some say this was a hoax, a work of fiction, but if you look at what was written in the light of what is going on in the world today, it sends shivers up one's spine. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Mallett