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To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, Pows and the New Media Defeated John Kerry Hardcover – December 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Pr (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979984157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979984150
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...a definitive and page-turning recounting of what really happened, as told by those who were there to participate and give witness." -- Dr. Jerome Corsi, Ph.D, co-author: Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry

"...a must read for journalism professors and students." -- Tom Maguire, Just One Minute

"...a remarkable and painstakingly notated historical account of the cultural war that coursed beneath the 2004 presidential election." -- Cheryl Chumley, Human Events

"...brilliantly and accurately shows how patriotic and courageous Swiftboaters told the truth about John Kerry when the mainstream media wouldn't." -- B.G. Burkett, author: Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation was Robbed of its Heroes and its History

"...provides thorough sourcing, demonstrating that 'the story about the story' is as credible as the original Unfit for Command..." -- Dr. Henry Holzer, FrontPage Magazine

"...scrupulously documents the most dramatic story of the 2004 campaign." -- Scott Johnson, Power Line --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

To Set the Record Straight is the inside story of how an ad hoc collection of veterans and political activists overcame their opponents' efforts to silence and marginalize them, and delivered the explosive truth about John Kerry's past to the public during the 2004 presidential campaign. It is a story of justice and vindication long delayed, of an insurgent assault on the old media by a new wave of online reporters, and of the long struggle of America's Vietnam veterans to make their way home. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Great book and great read to be enjoyed by every Amercan!
Fred Blanchard
Actually, the documentation provided in this book makes it a chilling read to see how the media can distort, lie, and manufacture whatever point they want to promote.
C. Anderson
Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler accomplished their goal "To Set The Record Straight".
Bruce W. Obermeyer

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60 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Crouch on January 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Every time the term Swiftboating is used to describe incorrect criticism I wince. To this date, not one statement made by the Vietnam veterans who went on record with their recollections about John Kerry has been factually disputed. To those who think they already know everything about this subject, Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler have the answer. "Not so fast!" This book, To Set the Record Straight, presents not only further revelations about the Vietnam era and its repercussions, but also an examination of the media's attempts to influence the election by suppressing the original dissemination of information by these men who felt called to duty in a new way. The book is compelling reading. It is well documented. It contains chilling facts regarding collusion with the North Vietnamese. Read it for yourself and wonder why those who have served with honor have been relegated to an inferior position to John Kerry, the man who still has not released his military records.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael T Kennedy VINE VOICE on March 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read Unfit For Command and followed the story in 2004. I also followed the Bush TANG story, which is discussed in this book as an example of the attempt by the MSM to defend Kerry by attacking Bush's war record. I notice a couple of the one-star reviews and comments here try the same approach. I supported McCain in 2000 and was aware that Bush was not running on his war record. I also saw a thorough examination of the Bush TANG story on a left-wing web site in the spring of 2004 that concluded there was no "there" there. If 60 Minutes has used blogger Kevin Drum as a researcher instead of ideologue Mary Mapes, they would have saved some embarrassment. That story is in this book. This book also details the slavish support of Kerry on the part of the TV networks and the major daily newspapers. That behavior, I think, contributed to the decline in ratings and subscriptions that threaten to make them relics of the past. It also includes an excellent description of the rise of the alternative media, which swamped the defenders of Kerry and even coined the term "a guy sitting in his pajamas" to describe bloggers. The history of the rise of bloggers is an integral part of the story. I highly recommend it for that and several other reasons. Other reviews have adequately covered the factual basis of the story and the credentials of the Swiftboat vets. The book is more than that. It is history and anyone interested in the role of blogging in politics should read it for that story. I bought several copies for Vietnam vet friends, including my brother-in-law who was an 18-year-old rifleman in the same part of Vietnam where Kerry "served." He will enjoy it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Wilson on January 26, 2008
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Outstanding work. If anyone has any doubts about "Unfit for Command", and the motives of the "Swiftboat Vets", they must read this book. Balanced, fair, and thoroughly researched, this book will put any doubts to rest. I bought two, one for my friend, who WAS a Kerry believer.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2008
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Army veteran, two combat tours in VN, 20-year career, retired Lt. Col., writer of novels and writer references.

I'd seen parts of this story online and kept up with the Swift Vets in the campaign against Kerry. This book dug its talons into me and wouldn't let go until I'd finished. Overnight.

Astonishing that Kerry would be so blind as to expect to be either lionized or ignored by those he condemned. I was a contemporary witness to and victim of his attack on vets as war criminals.

Frightening that he would be the first VN vet president.

Astonishing that O'Neill and the others, including Scott Swett, were exactly the right people at the right time, so eloquent, so well-researched, so relentless against the ruthlessness of an enemy allied with and tougher than the VC and NVA.

Frightening that the old media would even risk disgrace rather than keep an open mind and tell the simple truth.

Astonishing. And frightening. That Carville and Davis and McDougald could be allowed to scream at O'Neill and that John was exactly the right, calm respondent to rise above them. I coulda never done it.

Authors: Thanks for your book and your service in bringing down Kerry's campaign simply by letting the truth be told in one wonderfully documented book.

Once I catch up on the sleep I lost while staying up to read this book and the horrific struggle all SwiftVets went through, I'm gonna be greatly satisfied that justice can be had, after all. Just not from those the institutions you'd expect to be just.

I am in awe of those who took the risks to tell this truth. You have restored my belief in honor.

I await the full disclosure of John Kerry's records and original discharge.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Blanco on January 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Over the years I have answered questions and explained to any number of friends who sincerely wanted me to explain not only my personal experiences as a Viet Nam veteran ('72 -'73) but also how the war was "lost." When I would tell them that in my opinion the American media had as much to set the course for the war with their "agenda driven" reporting of Tet '68 as any other single institution, they would realize that our "loss" was really a great military victory. But I was only one person. When the first book came out it focused on Kerry but it had the effect of providing a forum for others to individually set the recored straight about what really happened. This book comes full circle. It gives us a really good inside picture of the MSM, how back then they abdicated their roles as the fair and impartial reporters of what was going on in the world but also how a small group of men (and a few women) were able to wrest the microphone and pen from the MSM to give others a platform to tell the world what really happened then and what was happening now.

The point is made early in the book but nevertheless it was interesting to read the details of how a group of amateurs were able to stand up to the pros and expand the number of participants at the forum.
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