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The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis : With Excerpts from "an Essay on Watergate" Paperback – January, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Pr; 2 edition (January 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932020844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932020840
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,361,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA-- In this adaptation of the script of a 1987 public television telecast, Moyers develops a carefully articulated argument against the abuses of executive power associated with the Iran-Contra affair and the Watergate break-in. He uses a variety of expert and man-in-the-street interviews to drive home the importance of an open, public discussion of issues and of an adherence to constitutional principles and prescribed rules of conduct by elected officials in a democracy. Throughout this book, Moyers traces the historical development of government covert operations and the erosion of democratic principles associated with covert action. Students deserve access to this well-reasoned polemic against governmental secrecy in a representative democracy. Moyers leaves readers not only with the information that Oliver North and others committed indictable offenses, but also engaged in activities that undermine the fabric of our government.
- Tom Irwin, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Bill Moyers was a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, a senior White House assistant(and press secretary) to President Lyndon Johnson from 1963 until 1967, the publisher of Newsday, a senior news analyst for CBS News, and the producer of groundbreaking series for public television. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy awards and nine Peabody awards. Among his bestselling books are Listening to America; A World of Ideas; The Power of Myth (with Joseph Campbell); and Moyers on America. His latest book is Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues. He lives in New York City.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Naughton on October 30, 2012
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In November 1987, a quarter of a century ago, prestigious, award winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers galvanized PBS viewers with an account of the events that led to yet another attempt by an imperial presidency to wage a secret war in defiance of the U.S. Constitution. This would not be the last.

Moyers traces back the Cold war roots and how the CIA became the new secret government-- We hired Nazis as American spies, and later, the mafia to kill Castro... Eisenhower's approval to overthrow Mossadegh and reinstate the Shah of Iran. Jacobo Arbenz in Gutemala who had to go and was replaced with American puppet Col. Castillo Armas.

According to Henry Steele Commager, who wrote the Introduction, "If there were lies during the Vietnam years - and lies there were--nothing can compare with the corruption of truth of the Regan administration.

Reagan said: "...American's will never make concessions with terrorist." That's what he what the president kept saying, but it's not what he was doing.

The Iran-Contra Affair. How did we let it happen? The Lies of Oliver North. Selling guns to boths sides. Half truths and whole lies.

The corruption of truth would carry on.

Vietnam. Watergate. Iran-Contra Affair. War in Iraq... Is it any wonder why Americans feel the way they do?

Eye opening and earth shattering...

This publication needs to stay in print!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quantum Kev on July 26, 2013
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I didn't quite realize this book was mostly about the Iran-Contra scandal - thought it was a more general review of Constitutional erosion. There were however, some very interesting tidbits in it, and I think it is a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in learning a bit more about the inner workings of the government, particularly as far as "arming rebels" goes, and the questionable ethics involved in those policies and practices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Thompson on January 27, 2013
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The events that transpired after WW2, the Council of Foreign Relations, National Security Council and the UN, these are just a few of unelected councils that make policy and implement them through our legislature and our executive office by executive orders.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R Adams on January 4, 2013
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very good eye opener for the civilian population in our time of need for a lot of answers of things that are happening around us, this book is a must read if you want answers
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mike manoloff on March 8, 2013
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Am very disappointed. Wanted a dvd, but had to settle for a book.....which never came. Of all my purchases, this is the only one that was a bust.
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