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Seeds of Fire: China And The Story Behind The Attack On America Paperback – January 15, 2001

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A fusillade of disconcerting facts pointing to pathetic performance by mainstream America's press as a vehicle for responsible investigative reporting." -- Mark Dankoff, Christian News and Freedom Writer

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Author Gordon Thomas - whose new book, Seeds of Fire: China and the Story Behind the Attack on America, skyrocketed to 49 in sales rank listings in two days, has just learned that Jonathan Pollard - the spy convicted of espionage against the United States 17 years ago - was secretly visited in his U.S. Federal Prison on Monday, January 7 by former Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Natanyahu. Pollard - who is a central figure in Thomas' Seeds of Fire - was convicted of espionage against the United States. "But I am told on the highest authority in Israel that Natanyahu's visit is the first step in persuading the Bush administration to set him free so he can go to Israel, the country for whom he spied," said Thomas. The author is renowned for his contacts in Mossad, the Israeli secret service. His book was the preview bestseller to Seeds of Fire. Titled Gideon's Spies, it took Thomas two years to research and write. Mossad directors and other key officers granted him exclusive interviews. In Seeds of Fire he details how one of those officers, former Operations Chief Rafi Eitan, ranks Pollard as the most effective spy Israel has ever had. Eitan told the author in a taped interview that he would "only wish to have Pollard free again before I die." "His targets were the innermost intelligence secrets of the U.S. He stole more than the Russians ever did," said Thomas. Esther Pollard, the spy's wife, said, "This was a very personal meeting between Bibi and Jonathan. I cannot tell you what Bibi said. But it was an excellent meeting. A very long meeting, and it left Jonathan filled with hope." The ex-Israeli prime minister traveled to Pollard's prison in North Carolina and spent hours with the spy alone, said Thomas. Mrs. Pollard added that her husband has been kept in solitary confinement during his life sentence. She said that previously Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu had tried to secure Pollard's release as part of a package deal with former President Bill Clinton at the Wye talks - but failed. "But CIA chief George Tenet has let it be known that if Pollard is freed it could be a resignation matter for him," said Thomas. "Tenet regards Pollard as a man who nearly wrecked the CIA intelligence gathering operations throughout the globe," said Thomas. "He believes that if Pollard is sent back to Israel he could have something useful to do for Mossad," he added. "Seeds of Fire describes Pollard's never before revealed role in the theft of the most important software in the U.S. intelligence arsenal." Seeds of Fire is backed by over 100 pages of never before published documents that not only show how the theft was carried out - but also how it eventually led to China having a copy of it. "Seeds of Fire shows how China used it to prepare itself to become a new Superpower. Quoting from a CIA Briefing paper - prepared by incumbent CIA director George Tenet for President Bush - Thomas reveals the agency's fear about a coming conflict with China. Hours after Gordon Thomas had revealed exclusive details in Seeds of Fire about the full intent of China's threat, it was confirmed today by the CIA - and followed up by ABC News and the Associated Press. Said Dandelion President Carol Adler: "Not for the first time, Gordon Thomas has set the news agenda with is revelations. There are many more in Seeds of Fire which we believe will find their way into the mainstream news media in the coming days. But remember: you read it here first!"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Dandelion Books; Edition Not Stated edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893302547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893302549
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gordon Thomas is a political and investigative journalist and the author of 53 books, published in more than 30 countries and in dozens of languages. The total sales of his works exceed 45 million copies.

Thomas' most recent bestseller is Gideon's Spies: Mossad's Secret Warriors. Published in 16 languages and 40 countries Gideon's Spies is known throughout the world as the leading resource on Israeli intelligence. An updated edition will be published in 2012 by St. Martin's Press. Gideon's Spies was made into a major documentary for Channel Four in Britain, which Thomas wrote and narrated, called The Spy Machine. The Observer called The Spy Machine a "clear" picture of Israeli intelligence operations, and The Times called it "impressive," and "chilling."

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dankof on January 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Gordon Thomas's Seeds of Fire is a thorough and frightening expose of Israeli and Communist Chinese intelligence operations against the United States. Thomas documents the role of the Israeli Mossad and LAKAM intelligence agencies in stealing the PROMIS computer software program from Inslaw, Inc., doctoring the program with a backdoor computer microchip, and subsequently employing British media magnate and Mossad asset, Robert Maxwell, to sell the pirated copies to intelligence agencies and commercial banks worldwide, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Communist Chinese CSIS. This operation enabled Israeli and Chinese intelligence to siphon American nuclear secrets from the Los Alamos computers, courtesy of the PROMIS computer software. Establishment Republican figures like Ed Meese and former Texas United States Senator John Tower also play a disturbing role in the PROMIS tragedy, chronicled in detail by Seeds of Fire.
Thomas also provides over 300 pages of eyewitness accounts and original documents pertaining to the events at Tiananmen Square in China in June of 1989, with a disturbing analysis of the compromising character of the political and business relationship of key figures in the American corporate and governmental establishment to the Communist Chinese government. He follows this with disquieting information about the links of Communist Chinese intelligence to both Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sean Carberry on December 28, 2001
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As a longtime observer of politics, particularly those of the British, Irish and American varieties, I am fascinated by Gordon Thomas's book, Seeds of Fire, for two reasons. First, through his meticulous research, information sources, and informed sense of how the world works, Thomas has given us a remarkable insider's picture of what goes in in Beijing, Washington, Afghanistan, and other sensitive spots - a picture that one cannot hope to receive from normal perusal of national and global media. Second, one has to ask the question - if we didn't have knowledgeable insiders like Gordon Thomas to give us at least a glimpse of what goes on in governments of democracies (as well as in less tolerant systems), how on earth would we know what our leaders are really doing in our collective name?
At least in the United States (and to a lesser extent in Ireland), Freedom of Information Acts provide some purchase on the vast amounts of information that governments and their bureaucracies wish to keep from the public they allegedly serve. In the case of Britain, despite his fine promises, Prime Minister Tony Blair has yet to introduce similar legislation, in spite of being re-elected with another overwhelming majority this year. One has to wonder why.
When Thomas's superb reporting of the cataclysmic events in China during the student uprest, and the horrors of Tiananmen Square, are laid beside the CIA briefings on that country up to 2015 (provided for the incoming Bush administration), the reader is invited to come to his or her own conclusions about the future role of China in world affairs - conclusions that could easily interfere with a good night's sleep. And his handling of the manner in which the U.S.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Xtal guy on December 6, 2002
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Don't let the three stars fool you, as Seeds of Fire is, I believe, essential reading for those who are interested in the consequences of reform in hostile nations. It's also key to understanding the brutality of some nations, in particular those that practice communism, in their pursuit to quell the masses. Nobody can be certain that their rights (in this case the student's constitutional right to demonstrate as per the Chinese constitution) will forever be secure; no matter where they live.
However, the deduction of two stars was for the following reasons. First, this book is NOT a compilation of reasons why some believe that China will go to war against the US by 2015. That is the premise under which the book is promoted, but it simply isn't true. Not only does the author not provide a modicum of reasoning as to why China would even want to do this, but he tries to demonize China by pointing to its domestic policy in the handling of the student uprising to claim that it is indicative of potential conflict in the realm of foreign policy. Clearly, how a nation handles the affairs of it's own people is going to differ from how a nation handles the affairs of citizens from other countries. Basically, if you are looking for a book which discusses the threats of China on the US in the possibly near future, you had better look elsewhere.
Next, the book is a little disjointed. It can basically be broken into three parts:
1) The sale of enhanced PROMIS to foreign countries by Mossad agents to steal national secrets.
2) The Student uprising of 1989 in Tiananmen Square and the resulting massacre
3) A Pentagon report on the status of many nations (not just China) dealing with their potential threats to the US.
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