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Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy: A Watergate Saboteur Switches from Disrupting Campaigns to Spying on Employees Paperback – August 1, 2018
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Paperback : 410 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1939521718
- ISBN-13 : 978-1939521712
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : Cardinal Publishers Group (August 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
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It's the Real WaterGate timeline, Nixon's Re-Elect campaign is in full swing. The field of Presidential Democrats is large and are at each other's throats (with a little extra help from the Dirty Tricks squad) which is what this book tells the story behind the Front Pages.
Remember, it's just before the Digital Age of today. The time before FaceBook, Cell Phones and Google.
Understand how the separate Campaigns interacted with TV, Radio, Newspapers that made the daily and weekly News Cycle. The book is a great read for perspective as we see today's news feeds from WikiLeaks, Hillary's Private Email server, Russian Meddling and Mueller's political investigation. The Truth did come out eventually, with some people jailed, paid for their crimes and then life when on.
The Republic still survived.
The Political advice Kelly offers to the next generation of leaders in their respective parties, be they state, US or anywhere, it adds valuable structure to the dynamics of any group.
The second half of the book is also an interesting read, too about deception and spying with quite a few funny stories.
When I was asked if I wanted to read a memoir by a guy who was involved, of course I agreed.
Martin D. Kelly wasn’t just involved, it turns out he was knee deep in it! After Watergate, he left politics only to become a corporate spy, setting up listening devices, etc and a private investigator. He exposes many of the tactics he used both for Watergate and as a spy.
You would think this book would make for heavy reading however, Kelly has a wicked sense of humor and it turns out, the guy can write! I did get pretty angry in parts and certainly don’t condone many of the things he has done but this is a great read. I can’t help but wonder if he wrote his memoir now because he is getting up there in age and wants people to know what he did. Almost like a criminal badge of honor.
It is also easy to see the parallel from today’s politics and could be read as a “beware”. No matter what his motivation for publishing his memoir now, it is timely. There is never a dull moment and I can highly recommend it!
Readers will love Kelly's writing style. The author's "trickster" personality shines through from beginning to end in this humorous memoir. While, indeed, some of the issues peeked into are not funny--the author relates his life story and his adventures in such a down to Earth, easy going manner--that it is quite entertaining. Readers will not find a stuffy politician or corporate suit telling this story--just a regular guy who has a great storytelling technique.
Would I recommend Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy? With the current state of politics--and misadventures following both political parties daily, I think readers will enjoy reading a story of similar misadventures handled before the days of constant media shares. The author tells a real story in a humorous, authentic manner that creates a delightful read for readers. (Even those with minimal interest in politics and scandals.) If you enjoy memoirs--this is a unique one for readers, and I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.