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Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Parry, a 35-year veteran of Washington journalism, broke many of the stories now known as the Iran-Contra Affair while working at The Associated Press and Newsweek. He now edits the investigative news Web site, Consortiumnews.com.
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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: The Media Consortium; First edition (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893517055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893517059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric C. Petersen on July 17, 2014
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Parry's tenacity for following up stories - over decades - is not only awe inspiring but what is apparently needed to get to the bottom of stories the political class in D.C. wants permanently buried. The book starts with a look at some Supreme Court decisions where the conservative members of the bench (especially Scalia) use selected passages from the Federalist Papers to support their positions as "originalists." Parry skewers these arguments, many made in direct opposition to what the framers clearly intended. (This raises the larger question about the Court's decisions in recent years - is the body of common law any longer applicable to the Supremes' decisions or are they simply pulling examples of convenience out of the air to support their prejudices?) Next up is the 1968 election where Nixon allegedly killed the on going Paris Peace Conference about the Vietnam War, an "October Surprise" that gained him the election - and allowed the war to continue for four more years. The main part of the book deals with Reagan's sundry secret activities in Iran, starting with alleged meetings of his confidants (Bush, Casey among others) prior to the 1980 election that ensured the American captives would not be released prior to his gaining office, a story that had credence from the get-go as the hostages were released within minutes of Reagan's swearing in. Then we move on to Iran Contra, massive arms deals to Iran with Israel as the middle man, and then the peculiar shift of U.S. favoritism toward Saddam as the Iraq-Iran War progressed. A theme that flows though these and other nefarious acts by those in power in Washington is how successfully they manage not only to cover their tracks, but keep them covered -when Watergate first broke the FBI refused to investigate as one example.Read more ›
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we got so far off track in this country. Having lived through the Nixon era, I could never understand why it took so long to get out of Vietnam after his election...now I know. Nor did I ever understand why the Iranians held the hostages until Reagan was sworn into office...another mystery solved. Parry's style is so easy to read and follow, I finished the book in one day.
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This is a must read for anyone who has family or friends who worship Reagan and all things Republican , or suffer through holiday family dinners listening to uncle Pete rant about how liberals have destroyed the country & if we'd only turn on Fox News we would know that! All joking aside, Mr. Perry hits the nail on the head about how the narrative has been co -opted by corporate owned media & corporate owned politicians, who have quite skillfully revised our nation's history and are using it to further their agenda.
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Assuming this guy's research is as good and honest as it appears, the way he connects the Republican interference in peace negotiations prior to the 1968 election, to Watergate, and once again the Republican undercover attempts to keep Iran from releasing our embassy hostages in the run up to Reagan's defeat of Carter, is chilling. My take, I'm afraid is cynical.

Though Parry clearly favors the Democrats over Republicans (as I do), his very thorough and gripping story suggests to me that no political party nor candidate has any moral compass when it comes to gaining or holding power.
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Great that someone outside the controlled media has a forum to speak out.
Hard hitting and well researched. the truth can be scary sometimes.
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Well written and logically presented, Parry's narrative creates appetite for more--
especially about American forefathers cynically employed with a virtually religious
image of their righteousness and infallibility.
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I read the book with some trepidation. I was afraid this was one of those conspiracy theory kinds of books. I also did not want to believe that President H.W. Bush and Robert Gates could and would lower themselves through personal ambition to subvert a standing Democratic president to elect a Republican one--Ronald Reagan.

That Richard Nixon might do that to subvert Vietnamese peace talks to win the presidency did not surprise me, but to read and see proof that Reagan, HW Bush, and Robert Gates would do so really brought me a great deal of distress.

In the end, I couldn't poke holes in his arguments and documentation. That brought me sadness and gladness.
Sadness that Republican leaders who always trump patriotism would allow personal ambition to harm this nation for political gain. I felt gladness that at least now I know the truth. I also see this same attitude in the current Republican vendetta to subvert President Obama's programs for the sake of regaining power. Observing these real time events makes Parry's book seem plausible.
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Excellent! Unfortunately, disconcerting to learn even more about the decades of success by the right-wing propaganda machine, their extreme thirst for power, their remarkable amounts of spending and deception to further unusual policies and promote otherwise unelectable candidates.
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