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157 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documenting a sad waste of promise and talent.
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...
Published on March 13, 2002 by David J. Gannon

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More true than not
Why 3 stars - I think the book could have been a lot shorter and more concise.

Here is my opinion; there is enough of a public record on Mr. Jackson for us all to be able to objectively access that Jesse's number one constituency is Mr. Jackson himself. He is not a leader but an opportunist. Most African American's of note do not purport Jesse as a leader in...
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157 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documenting a sad waste of promise and talent., March 13, 2002
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David J. Gannon (San Antonio, TX USA) - See all my reviews
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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. Should we therefore dismiss what he says here?
No objective observer can do that. I was pretty ambivalent about the man generally but this book is, if nothing else, a "smoking gun" with a vengeance. Given many of the recent revelations that even Jackson himself has had to make in recent months and years, the case Timmerman makes is both thorough and impressive. Is all of it true? Who knows? That's not the main point. If even a substantial portion of it is true, the best you can say is that sleaze seems to be a core component of Jackson's personality and worldview.
There will be those who have a knee jerk reaction to defend Jackson and attack Timmerman. Of course, there are still people who say Nixon was railroaded. The hardcore Jackson supporter/hater will be swayed by nothing written here. The objective observer will have grave doubts about this man---and his legitimacy as a spokesperson for racial, social and economic justice.
The real shame is it's guy's like Jesse who crowd out those who have a genuine desire to do social good. The real crime of his life isn't the corporations and organizations he's shaken down, it's that in that process he represses by his actions those who would genuinely help their people. That's the truly unforgivable part of this sad, sorry story.
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225 of 242 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesse Jackson's reputation destroyed by the honest truth!, March 9, 2002
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 Amazon.com 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?" Hopefully, the U.S. Justice Department will read this book as well and feel compelled to finally indict Jackson. As Timmerman clearly shows in Chapters 2 through 8, there's plenty there for the Feds to go after.
Timmerman gets it all absolutely correct. Jackson has supported the insane idea of reparations for Blacks, has been a cheerleader for Black crime, has thrown tantrums whenever a Black person was mistreated, but completely ignored numerous events where Blacks injured or killed Whites. He has extorted various US businesses, incited riots, and has done everything except backflips to get his face on television at every conceivable opportunity. He "counseled" Bill Clinton on adultery while his pregnant mistress sat outside the Oval Office.
I hope Timmerman is prepared for the attempts the extremist Left will make to ruin his career and destroy him personally. They simply can't stand up to the stark reality which Timmerman lays out in his book. Kenneth Timmerman has done us all a valuable service by showing us the truth. I predict that this book will be a profitable best-seller for Amazon.com, as well as a text that will be cited and quoted for years to come. There's not much new in this book, as Rush Limbaugh, black columnist Walter Williams, and black radio host Larry Elder have been commenting on Jesse Jackson's misdeeds and lies for years. However, nobody else has come close to presenting the truth about Jackson so clearly, convincingly, and succinctly as Timmerman. It's a definite "gotta have" - buy it today at Amazon.com. You won't be able to put it down. Highly recommended!
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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LONG LAST:THANK YOU MR. TIMMERMAN, April 8, 2002
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David M. Boerin (Monrovia, California United States) - See all my reviews
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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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, someone has the guts to tell the truth about Jesse!, March 21, 2002
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In this book, Timmerman meticulously documents Jackson's rise to become the de facto power broker for his race. It starts with his involvement with Chicago gangs, then went on to the way he forced his way into Martin Luther King's organization (King did not trust Jesse and for good reason!). It goes on to document how the press gave Jesse his title of "Reverend" when he was not ordained by any church (he never corrected them) and of the sleazy shortcuts he used to finally get the title years later.
It details the start of his PUSH organization and how he used his political connections to avoid the required audits which would have exposed the organization for what it really is. It tells how he learned to use corporations and U.S. & state & city governments to bankroll his high living style and that of his family and cronies. It tells how he routinely refuses to help any downtrodden blacks unless they put up the cash first. Probably the most shameful (and least known) thing he did was connect himself with the dictators in Africa, cashing in on millions from them, at the expense of the race he pretends to protect. The way he wasted millions of dollars as President Clinton's "special envoy" will make you physically ill. It is high time that the facts about "Reverend" Jesse Jackson become known.
The only complaint might be that it makes for rather dry reading in some places, because Timmerman so carefully documents every detail. Also, he barely touched on Jesse's many extramarital affairs (but that would probably fill another entire book)! I thought I knew of most of Jesse's scandals, but I was wrong--I was astounded at the shear volume of criminal things this guy has been able to get by with! Thank you Kenneth Timmerman
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While I can't say objective - the facts speak for themselves, April 19, 2002
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What an eye opener! This books seems to be very factual. The events and circumstances surrounding the Reverend Jackson, excuse me so called Reverend Jackson, are appalling. This book shows a sad fact in America today. That the corporations, the press and even the average white person are petrified by the thought of being accused of racism against an African-American. And Jesse Jackson has taken full advantage of that to enrich himself and his family. This book is a must read for anyone who would like to see some of the details of the stories we have been seeing on the news. Adding credibility, in my opinion, to the facts presented in this book is the fact that this book has been reviewed on many news programs and talk shows and Jesse has refused to make any appearances rebutting the facts. Those that have attempted to defend him on these shows have reverted to pointing out the good he has done (I'm sure there are good things). This book presents information on the bad things he has done, with indepth information that does not appear on the evening news. This will not be the last book I read on the subject but I feel that it is a very important book for anyone to read that is interested in the man, the history and the smoke screen that Jesse has created.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What we knew all along, March 9, 2002
For decades the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson has been an icon for the liberal media. Seldom a word of media criticism about him has hit the papers. CNN even gave him his own TV program and paid him a fortune for it. But Jackson's days of being 'untouchable' may soon be over thanks to "Shakedown"
Published by the same publishing house that came out with the best-selling books, "Bias" and "Final Days.", Shakedown has even more bombshells than those two together. In 'Shakedown', the reader is invited to discover the REAL Jesse Jackson - the one the media will never report on, including how Jackson personally profited from "non-profit" groups whose funds were intended to help poor minorities and civil rights...
...how Jackson used his "public service" image to live the lifestyle of Donald Trump: jets, top class hotels, million dollar homes - the best of everything - you name it!...
...how Jackson earned the name "Action Jackson" because of his voracious appetite for women...
...how Jackson used his complaints of racism against major corporations as a method of out-and-out extortion and blackmail in order to reap millions for himself and his organizations...
...the special relationship Jackson formed with Bill Clinton during the Monica affair and how Jackson got millions in taxpayer funds for being a Democratic Party mouthpiece.
"Shakedown" will knock your socks off and there are many more shocking revelations about Jackson which, in the interests of good taste, are not printable here. In fact, if you believe what the author claims, you'll find that almost everything you heard about Jackson is a lie...
Jackson was NOT anointed by Martin Luther King to be his heir.
Jackson was NEVER even an ordained a minister.
Jackson was NEVER poor or victimized by racism, as he has alleged.
But it gets worse. Kenneth R. Timmerman reveals that Jackson acts more like a mobster than a civil rights leader. "Shakedown" reports on Jackson's ties to the Chicago mob and his ruthless methods: beatings, death threats, career destruction and verbal assaults that border on incitement to murder are all staples of the Jackson Treatment.
If, like many, many people the world over, you are tired of Jesse Jackson and fed up with the media cover-up of his outrageous behavior, you need to get "Shakedown." Unlike some other political publications, it has a genuine ring of truth to it. If only 10% of it is factual, this book should lead to a full Justice Dept. investigation of Jackson, his cronies and his shakedown business activities. He should be held accountable before the American system of justice.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We don't move our lips when we read!, March 10, 2002
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Great book, at just over 500 pages a quick read. Perhaps this will give impetus to genuine change in how we respond to race relations in this country. Poor MLK must have been spinning in his martyr's grave these many years with this charlatan driving the bus. One can only imagine where we would be if the struggle for civil rights had been treated as the just and noble cause it is instead of a sharpened screwdriver with which to glean a personal kingdom from corporate America.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, March 19, 2002
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When one visualizes so many corporate heads, falling over themselves to make a deal with Jesse, rather than face the wrath of Jeff Fort's El Rukn thugs, the head shakes almost nonstop. CNN, Anheiser Busch, IBm and others are mere pawns of his criminal enterprise. A must read for those who thought they understood Chicago, politics and Jesse. The research is impecable. The story is scary. The book is hard to put down.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scathing, March 10, 2002
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Timmerman does not conceal his scorn for Jackson in this exhaustively researched and meticulously documented book. By the time you are done plowing through the litany of his malfeasances, neither will you.

Not only are the well known fiascoes there, (Hymetown; Sister Souljiah; derisive remarks at the Holocaust memorial; corporate shakedowns; lying about being with Dr. King and his 'love child'), but he also documents other behavior far more shocking if less well publicized. His relationship with the El Rukn gang- that started in his earliest days of activism in Chicago helped propel Jesse to stardom and his half brother to life in a Federal prison.

Jackson had questionable dealings with the Nigerian military dictatorship. His incompetence in Sierra Leone helped prolong the bloody civil war. He strengthened the murderous RUF and forced the legitimate government to let the murders to gain power, resulting in further atrocities against civilians.

Timmerman even brings into question the legitimacy of Jesse using the title 'Reverend' and with good reason.

I have long held Jackson in contempt. This book provides an arsenal of reasons why.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JESSE JACKSON FINALLY EXPOSED !, April 1, 2002
There is not enough terrible things one can say to describe this [man], Jesse Jackson. After reading this book anyone with a an ounce of moral fiber will be filled with shock and outrage. American society has allowed this heathen to exist and thrive on our tax dollars, with the help of the biased media.
Kenneth Timmerman is to be commended for his courage to write such a book. It appears after reading this book that Timmerman has done his homework and has the documented research to support his allegations. Jackson has been very quiet of late, since this book has been released. I have not read anywhere that Jackson is pursuing legal recourse against the author for slander or libel. Curious, is it not.
It is refreshing that books such as this can still be published in our society; thank our forefathers for the 1st amendment. Now lets hope that the U.S. Justice Department or the IRS takes some sort of proactive measure. Especially now that most of there evidence has been outlined for them.
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Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson by Kenneth R. Timmerman (Paperback - December 1, 2003)
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