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Shakedown: Exposing The Real Jesse Jackson Hardcover – March 4, 2002

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Kenneth R. Timmerman, a reporter with more than two decades of experience, has written for many magazines and newspapers including Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and The American Spectator, and has appeared on Nightline, Sixty Minutes, and many other television programs. He lives in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife and five children.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc. (March 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261656
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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163 of 173 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gannon on March 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in Chicago, Jesse Jackson's home base, one always heard the whispers and innuendo about Jesse Jackson--and not just from his enemies and detractors "on the right". This is a man who has always walked a fine line.
Jesse has been controversial within the civil rights community, where many believe Jackson had greatly exaggerated and manipulated the truth about the scope and nature of his relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr., pushed other spokespersons aside to assure the spotlight stayed firmly on Jesse himself, talked one game while playing another with his various operations-particularly Operation Push and his relationships with various corporations, and so on. There were always rumors about his personal life. And, most interestingly, rumors within the religious community, where many wondered how anyone could take "Reverend" Jackson seriously given he had no actual, visible religious life to speak of.
Of course, the "powers that be" in Chicago didn't always-heck, lets be honest, virtually never-dealt with Jackson and his fellow travelers with much integrity, honesty or respect. That rumors and innuendo surrounded Jesse was no real surprise-they surrounded the perceived enemies of the Chicago power structure in all cases regardless of race, creed or nationality. So, one heard all this but remained skeptical-it was what you expected. Nonetheless, one always had a bit of a queasy feeling about Jesse-something just didn't jive there.
Apparently there was a reason for that. Kenneth R. Timmerman's book raises question by the boatload. Well, actually, it makes allegations and accuses Jesse of great improprieties by the boatload. Does Timmerman have an obvious agenda? You bet he does-this is no fan by any stretch of the imagination.
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234 of 251 people found the following review helpful By "jamaal_michaels" on March 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, one which should be on the shelf of every American home and which should be taught in every school. It sheds light on how an immoral, hate-filled man can manipulate the U.S. political system for his own gain. Once released, Timmerman's book "Shakedown" instantly shot to the top of the sales list, and rightfully so. Many Americans have long suspected that Jesse Jackson was not just the glib, rotund, 'rhyming 'n' rapping' religious figure and civil rights activist he tries to portray himself as. Timmerman shows that Jackson has long used the mantle of civil rights to camouflage his own fraudulent schemes and to distract public attention from his scandals. In the process, Timmerman also shows how the Democratic Party enabled and cheered Jackson on, using him as a racial attack dog for their own corrupt ends. This is a truly fascinating book, and is well worth both the price and the time required to read it.
As A Black man, I've always been disgusted by the hypocritical, racist antics of Jesse Jackson Sr. Unmistakably, this vicious scam artist has done more to set back race relations in the United States than the KKK ever dreamed of. Kenneth Timmerman finally shines the light of truth and clarity on this scheming, conniving con man, and meticulously details his numerous, unbelievable crimes and outrages. Timmerman has extensively footnoted and verified his research, so there will be no way Jesse Jackson or the usual Democratic Party character assassins can deny this, although they'll try. The most pressing question I had after reading Timmerman's factual reporting was, "Why on Earth isn't Jesse Jackson now serving a 'natural-life' sentence in prison somewhere, for multiple convictions on extortion, racketeering, fraud and tax evasion charges?
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful By David M. Boerin on April 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
At long last we see the REAL Jesse Jackson. The nerve of this man to equate himself with the poor and down and out. I remember well his boo hooing about Senator Glenn " In space while I was down here scrapping for dimes" SICK,SICK,SICKMr Timmerman pulls back the curtainon this charlatan for all of us to see.His "Reverend" title and how he got it,his dealings with a cult like street gang,the blackmail tactics he uses on corporations for personal gain instead of helping the poor.His racist attitudes towards Jews. His tactic of using race as the reason for "being persecuted" when he cannot squirm his way out of a scandal such as his half brother(Noah Robinson)who has had indictments of various felonies.His connections with African dictators who are nothing but thugs and butchers. He has a fifteen room house in Chicago and fourteen-room mansion near Howard University. Yeah he's is soooo poor.Mr. Timmerman also details how his [followers] fleeced the american tax payer becasue of the gutless politicians who cower in the faceof this modern-day snake oil salesman. To those who may say all theses thing are lies, then all the"good Reverend" needs to do is sue Mr.Timmerman otherwise he,his [followers] and the poeple who continue to send this man money, must accept the truth.This book should be read in social studies classes in our schools to show how human nature takes an ugly turn.This book is explosive,well researched,well presented and an extensive bibliography to cross check the sources.Mr Jackson will have a hard time explaining away this book. Once again,thank you Mr. Timmerman.
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