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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prestige and Ability of FRONTLINE, Serve Well The Reader
The prestige and ability of FRONTLINE, serve well the reader in explaining what October Surprise was about. This superb document is a spin off of the April 16'91 PBS-FRONTLINE piece, also analysed in the April 15'91 article in the NYT, and book of the same year, by Gary Sicks. Perry provides the investigative journalism that is the perfect complement to Sick's, a...
Published on April 27, 2000 by T. Manning

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3.0 out of 5 stars December Surprise?
Mr Hare writes a review in which he gratuitously throws in the charge that Nixon stole the 1968 election and that Bush II stole the 2000 election by having his brother Governor Jeb Bush remove "qualified African-Americans" from the voter rolls in Florida. Both charges are false. The Nixon charge is just flat absurd, completely made up. The Bush charge makes no...
Published on March 3, 2004 by Robert Haston


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prestige and Ability of FRONTLINE, Serve Well The Reader, April 27, 2000
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T. Manning (Rockville, MD USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery (Hardcover)
The prestige and ability of FRONTLINE, serve well the reader in explaining what October Surprise was about. This superb document is a spin off of the April 16'91 PBS-FRONTLINE piece, also analysed in the April 15'91 article in the NYT, and book of the same year, by Gary Sicks. Perry provides the investigative journalism that is the perfect complement to Sick's, a whistle blower and formerly insider. It is extremely important to have this documented evidence of the real level of corruption that hunger for power and abuse of power bring to a democracy. The most mazing point is the continuity between the October surprise and then the Irangate and worse Iran-Contra - gates all the wy to the Irakgate and the Gulf War that is with us even now at the soor of the new millenium. Whatever human frialties and menial distortions of the truth coming of this present Clinton - Gore Administration, are extremely pale in comparison with the documents and facts of the October Surprise and consequences. The proclaimed dignity of the Reagan Bush consecutive White - Houses is a big myth that brought the USA to the verge of, even worse than the present ones, wars, and pernitious corruption and entrechment of governments in other countries which we now fight at great expense, human expense included. Mr. Perry does the ultimate service in explaining the very complicated and still current October Surprise seed of political and governmental deception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reagan Coup?, January 19, 2004
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William Hare (Seattle, Washington) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery (Hardcover)
Robert Parry is a thorough professional journalist in the best tradition of the late I.F. Stone. His sharp reportorial instinct was aroused by activities spinning around the 1980 presidential election, in which Ronald Reagan achieved a great breakthrough for the American right in ousting Jimmy Carter.
The act on the part of the Iranian Khomeini government of releasing the 444 American hostages being held in Teheran as a protest against President Carter not sending the deposed Shah of Iran back to his native country for trial on the very day of Reagan's inaugural, along with other tantalyzing facts gnawing at the imagination, prompted Parry to go to work in earnest. Some of his reports from The Consortium, the Arlington, Virginia think tank in which he is involved, were produced on the PBS documentary series "Frontline."
When a Congressional investigation cleared the Reagan campaign team led by William Casey from any collusory wrongdoing with the Khomeini regime prior to the election of making a deal to withhold release of the hostages in exchange for arms, Parry was suspicious. He was tenacious enough to locate a discarded report from the Russian government in a remote storage room on Capitol Hill. The report which, no doubt, was believed to have been permanently discarded, revealed knowledge of future CIA director Casey, Reagan running mate George H.W. Bush, and another future CIA director, Robert Gates, having secretly met with Iranian government operatives during the 1980 campaign in Madrid and Paris.
While GOP political operatives such as Congressman Henry Hyde and Senator Mitch McConnell were successfully able to squelch any further Congressional investigation into the so-called October Surprise, this controversy turned out to have legs of its own, bolstered by Parry and other courageous Americans seeking the full story. As the mainstream media sought to dismiss the October Surprise theory, maintaining that the only testimony relates to a few loose cannon Middle East weapons operative types, the story is much more involved. A former head of French intelligence has corroborated the account revealed in the Russian report, while Ari Ben-Menashe, an Iranian born Jew who was an Israeli secret intelligence operative, testified before Congress that he participated in Paris meetings between senior Iranians and Republican emissaries.
This might be history from better than two decades ago, but it is dynamite-laden in its implications for the Reagan legacy, which would have resulted from what amounts to a coup, a dirty tricks pre-emption of the U.S. government to steal a presidential election. The charge becomes all the more credible based on other instances in 1968 and 2000, when Republican dirty tricks resulted in victories for Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, by respectively destroying peace negotiations by the Johnson administration that could have ended the Vietnam War and scrubbing the election rolls of legitimately qualified African American voters by a team led by candidate Bush's brother Jeb, governor of Florida, and his secretary of state, Catherine Harris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Prestige and Ability of FRONTLINE, Serve Well The Reader, May 3, 2000
This review is from: Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery (Hardcover)
The prestige and ability of FRONTLINE, serve well the reader in explaining what October Surprise was about. This superb document is a spin off of the April 16'91 PBS-FRONTLINE piece, also analyzed in the April 15'91 article in the NYT, and book of the same year, by Gary Sicks. Parry provides the investigative journalism that is the perfect complement to Sick's, a whistle blower and formerly insider. It is extremely important to have this documented evidence of the real level of corruption that hunger for power and abuse of power bring to a democracy. The most amazing point is the continuity between the October surprise and then the Iran-gate and worse Iran-Contra - gates all the way to the Irak-gate and the Gulf War that is with us even now at the door of the new millennium. Whatever the human frailties and menial distortions of the truth coming out of this present Clinton - Gore Administration, they are extremely pale in comparison with the documents and facts of the October Surprise and consequences. The proclaimed dignity of the Reagan Bush consecutive White - Houses is a big myth that brought the USA to the verge of, even worse than the present ones, wars, and pernicious corruption and entrenchment of governments in other countries which we now fight at great expense, human expense included. Mr. Parry does the ultimate service in explaining the very complicated and still current October Surprise seed of political and governmental deception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good research as is in all his books, July 14, 2014
This review is from: Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery (Hardcover)
I can't say enough about this. really good research as is in all his books. wish I had read them sooner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars December Surprise?, March 3, 2004
This review is from: Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery (Hardcover)
Mr Hare writes a review in which he gratuitously throws in the charge that Nixon stole the 1968 election and that Bush II stole the 2000 election by having his brother Governor Jeb Bush remove "qualified African-Americans" from the voter rolls in Florida. Both charges are false. The Nixon charge is just flat absurd, completely made up. The Bush charge makes no sense. Broward County was and is run by Democrats. COUNTIES maintain voter rolls, not the State. Jeb Bush as Governor has no mechanism by which to do anything about who is on the voter rolls. Broward County screwed up, no one forced them to have the confusing butterfly ballot. But if someone cannot figure it out, they can ASK THE OFFICIALS at the polling place. Every Florida polling place has signs urging voters to ask questions if they have a problem.
By the way, I am anti-Bush, I think he's incompetent. His pro-illegal-alien proposal is insane, his war was based on twisted logic. But Gore ran a poor campaign, and although he got more votes than Bush, Bush got more electoral votes. Those are the rules,baby.
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