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It's a Long Book, but Worth Reading,
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This review is from: Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time (Hardcover)The late Dr. Carroll Quigley, professor was a professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University. He was, as his book reflects, brilliant, egotistical and opinionated. He also was a confirmed socialist who believed the world could be a better place if the educated elite ruled.
Former President Clinton said in 1992: "...As a student at Georgetown, I heard that call clarified by a professor named Carroll Quigley, who said to us that America was the greatest country in the history of the world because our people have always believed in two things: that tomorrow can be better than today and that every one of us has a personal, moral responsibility to make it so."
Unfortunately, Dr. Quigley revealed the game plan of the elite when the elite (a shy group by nature and not at all given to republican government) didn't want it publicized. Far from wanting to hide this "network" (as he called it), Quigley was proud of it.
"I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies...but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known."
Thus, unfortunately, Tragedy and Hope was pulled from bookshelves nationwide and recalled faster than an exploding Easter Bunny, never to be published again, except for a highly abbreviated edition. But if you can pick up a copy of this book, you'll find how things often worked behind the scenes of government and the worldwide ambitions of "the network."
If you simply want to know about the network and how it operated up until this book was published, I recommend Dr. W. Cleon Skousen's "Naked Capitalist," which I believe is still in print.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2008 7:39:34 PM PST
David Sassen says:
"Thus, unfortunately, Tragedy and Hope was pulled from bookshelves nationwide and recalled faster than an exploding Easter Bunny, never to be published again, except for a highly abbreviated edition. But if you can pick up a copy of this book, you'll find how things often worked behind the scenes of government and the worldwide ambitions of "the network.""
I'm curious -- do you feel at least a LITTLE ridiculous saying that a book is being suppressed when you're commenting on it on Amazon? I mean, "if you can pick up a copy of this book"? It took you longer to type that comment than it would have taken to buy the book.
And is this the highly-abbreviated version? It's 1400 pages -- I'd hate to see the unabridged version.
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Frank Boglev says:
exactly my thoughts. Please provide clarification
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Tim Jones says:
You don't know the history of the book. It had to be 'pirated' to have a second run printing. His publisher told him they were not going to issue more runs and they destroyed the plates. The tale of the suppression is quite long, but suffice to say, demand for the originals were so high, people were paying 600 dollars for a copy.
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I don't know that "highly abbreviated" is really accurate. My recollection is that a version of the second half of the book was published in paperback, though not hardback. It was used as a textbook for one of Dr. Quigley's SFS courses for many years.
I was lucky to have attended Dr. Quigley's classes at GU and found him definitely the most memorable and effective teacher I have ever had. He was famed for three-hour final exam questions of the order of "Please describe the development of civilization since the retreat of the Wurm glacier." Amazingly, after taking his class, one could answer such a question!
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james warren says:
Sounds simple: Write a review of a book and describe the author as:
--brilliant, egotistical and opinionated
--A confirmed socialist
Identify the author TWICE as a "professor" in the FIRST sentence of the review.
Then quote Slick Willie Clinton quoting two prosaic maxims from the "professor" that could have come from Adolf Hitler, Pee Wee Herman or even Rush Limbaugh.
Further identify the author as "elite."
Draw a bizzare conclusion that the "elite" are against "republican government" AND that the book itself was somehow mysteriously pulled out of circulation because its contents were just a little too close to revealing the SECRET BEHIND ALL THE WORLD'S POWER.
It's stuff like this that helps Americans keep feeding themselves their binge diet of anti-intellectualism and xenophobia and passing it off as being socially aware and politically informed.
Far too many people today are denigrating knowledge, dismissing higher education and ignoring pragmatic experience--all qualities that are mockingly brushed off as too "elite." Incredible as it may sound, the word "elite" has to many conservatives become a code word for pale, effeminate, glasses-wearing "LIBB-rells" who (because they think they are so much better than you are)are deliberately conspiring against the common man. It's just a recapitulation of the "Sarah Palin Syndrome" : It is only the "ordinary folks" who are brave, clean and reverent and so don't need "all that there fancy book-learnin' " to become, say, President of the United States.
Unfortunately, this is not a book review. Now I can't tell you what it IS, but I can tell you what it is NOT.
It is not a book review.