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The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline Paperback – November 1, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0882791340 ISBN-10: 0882791346 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Western Islands (November 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882791346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882791340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Does America have a hidden oligarchy? Is U.S. foreign policy run by a closed shop? What is the Council on Foreign Relations? It began in 1921 as a front organization for J.P. Morgan and Company. By World War II it had acquired unrivaled influence on American foreign policy. Hundreds of U.S. government administrators and diplomats have been drawn from its ranks - regardless of which party has occupied the White House. But what does the Council on Foreign Relations stand for? Why do the major media avoid discussing it? What has been its impact on America's past - and what is it planning for the future? These questions and more are answered by James Perloff in The Shadows of Power.

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This book is a must read for anyone remotely interested in politics.
Dustin G.
Read this book, and encourage others to do so -- it's the only way we, as ordinary people, can begin to take back our country.
James P. Brett
It is time for a followup to this well written, factual and revealing book.
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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful By James P. Brett on January 11, 2001
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The book is a very compelling read. The listing of CFR members in the back is quite enlightening too! A 'man of the people' will NEVER rise to the presidency. Even if he has his own money, the 'shadow government' controls the mass media, and thereby profoundly affect candidacies.
Being a republican, I always had a high opinion of President Reagan. The author shows clearly how Reagan's actions did not match his rhetoric. This was not unique to Reagan, either. The average American doesn't understand how our President's policies are shaped by people outside the 'constiutional government'.
This book has 'the other side' of American history of the 20th century, and it's nothing like you or I learned in school! This is, of course, by design. Read this book, and encourage others to do so -- it's the only way we, as ordinary people, can begin to take back our country.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1999
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This book could be titled " Suppressed American History of the 20th Century." Perloff traces the history of the American Establishment, through its political arm, the Council on Foreign Relations. The aims of the CFR and the Establishment are clear - a World Government, removal of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. What is more frightening is the Establishment control of the media and education. Please read this book! You will never watch the news the same way again.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2004
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In case you have ever wondered what is going wrong with America then you REALLY need to read this book. It is quite an eye opener. After reading about the JFK assisination from other books (and the lingering question about why he was killed) then reading on the internet about Executive Order #11110 -- it all becomes plain. The money is what is behind the CFR and the CFR is behind the IRS, the Federal Reserve and the US Government. After hearing about the "Shadow Government" from other sources -- it becomes clear that James Perloff is talking about that very thing. It is also quite obvious that it doesn't matter if a Democrat or a Republican in the Whitehouse -- we are going to get the same result either way because neither party is "running the show."
This book is very well researched. It gives dates, names, places, photos, etc. It is not a conspiracy book that just says: "I feel this way..." or "I think it is this way..." It is a book that gives facts. Enlightening facts at that. It is a book that easily untangles the web of deception, monopolies, greed, money, politics, and power. If you have lived your life believing everything the mainstream "Establishment" news tells you then you DEFINITELY need to read this book. Things in America are not what they seem. There is more going on behind the scenes. MUCH more. And it is sinister.
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184 of 212 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Waters on July 29, 2004
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I'll start out by saying that this book is a somewhat useful overview of the Council on Foreign Relations, but I would also say that I have reservations as well. Perloff handles the early history of the CFR in some detail and writes very well about his subject. For that reason I gave the book 3 stars. However, as he progresses toward more recent history (1980 and on) he begins generalizing more and more and his bias begins to show.

The CFR was created in 1921 by wealthy old-line families and (primarily) Wall Street power brokers. Membership is invitation only and members follow a strict rule of 'everything is off the record' as far as what is discussed at meetings and dinners. Considering how many CFR members are in the government, the secrecy creates the first big problem. How can you have transparency in a democratic government if key figures are not allowed to reveal issues and strategies discussed 'off the record'. At the very least it creates a conflict of interest. The public record of the CFR is their publication 'Foreign Affairs' -- a very influential journal read by most policy makers in Washington.

To make his point, Perloff notes (p. 7) that as of early 1988 (publication year of the book) there have been 14 secretaries of state, 14 treasury secretaries, 11 defense secretaries, and lots of advisors and less senior officials throughout the legislative and executive branches of government. That's a pretty hefty number of individuals from one organization to occupy such powerful positions in just 67 years. Perloff also points out that many major changes in American policy were not only instigated by CFR members, but were published at some prior point in 'Foreign Policy'.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By qrnow on October 11, 2005
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Perloff's Shadows of Power is a fact based account of the real power behind the American political system. The CFR (Council on Foriegn Relations), an invitation only organization, is the North American sister organization of the RIIA (Royal Institute of International Affairs). The CFR, with David C. Rockefeller as it's Honorary Chairman, permeates the highest levels of government (Current members include Dick Cheney, Condaleeza Rice, Teddy Kennedy, Bill Frist, Colin Powell, Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, John McCain, John Kerry and the list goes on and on). Media organizations and their highest ups like Rupert Murdoch, Catherine Graham (Washington Post) and all of his media empire (Fox News etc.) as well as reporters like Barbara Walters etc. are also members. And as Perloff makes clear, the organizations goal is to create a one world elitist government.

Once you read and digest the facts that Perloff presents in an orderly fashion, it becomes clear that we are being led down a primrose path by a group of insiders connected to the international banking community and very high level power brokers who keep a low profile and operate in the shadows (Hence, shadows of power.).

This book is not about Conspiracy Theory. It is about Conspiracy facts. If you want to peek behind the curtain of power or can't make sense of the moves of our politicians, this book will begin to clear the haze of confusion for you.

I would also recommend a companion book by John McManus- The Insiders which provides a current list of CFR members. Good overview of the CFR and Tri Lateral Commission that takes you through each Presidency since Carter and traces the CFR members and their moves.
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