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This book is so well written and a definite page turner. What a riveting story and one that needed to be told, especially in the complicated clandestine world in which we live. It is heart breaking and encouraging at the same time, a poignant reminder of how a good man and family can get caught in a web and brought down, used and destroyed. It is also a reminder of how we need to be vigilant of our government. --Catherine St Clair

This book is a tale of two stories. The life of Dr Wall and his family plus a history of the CIA and its dealings with unsuspecting victims. The first pulls on your heart strings, the second is a cause for anger and concern. Woven together the book is a very worth-while read. I read the book on vacation and as soon as I finished it, I immediately handed it to my wife for her to read. Highly recommended!! --Bill Zaryski

About the Author

A native of Blakeley, Georgia, W. Henry Wall,Jr., DDS has four children and eight grandchildren and is an Atlanta oral surgeon. He previously served on Emory University's faculty. Hie quest to relieve his inner pain through the story of what happened to his Father is relived in vivid and page-turning detail.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth Books [2011]; First Edition edition (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603061088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603061087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is SO well written and a definite page turner! What a riveting story and one that needed to be told, especially in the complicated, clandestine world in which we live. It is heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time, a poignant reminder of how a good man and family can get caught in a web and brought down, used and destroyed. It is also a reminder of how we need to be vigilant of our government, ourselves and the people around us while at the same time remaining faithful to our callings.
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Dr. Wall genuinely spoke from his heart, and this seemed to be therapeutic for him. With all the adversity that he experienced as a child, he was able to excel in school, sports and work and I felt very proud of him.
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This is an incredible, real-life story that ought to get more recognition for its multi-dimensional portrayal of the tragedies besetting the life of a small-town Southern doctor that takes us all the way from the brutal racism of the mid-20th Century South to the doctor's incarceration on drug charges, where he apparently becomes a victim of the CIA's atrocious program of secretly drugging innocent Americans. In telling the story of his doctor father, W.H. Wall depicts the jealousies, rivalries, and callousness that sometimes underlie life in small-town America in a way that may shock some readers. Eye-opening, also, is the saga of how his father--a "liberal" by modern definitions--not only rose above the racism of his time and place and treated blacks and whites with equal respect, but spent much of his personal resources attempting to bring more modern medical practices to his rural community. These acts of common human decency made enemies out of some in the local power structure and set in motion the events that would lead to his father's undoing.

But the author is also honest in depicting Dr. Wall's slide into drug abuse that provided his enemies with the ammunition to do him in and, ultimately, led to his conviction and imprisonment in a federal prison. The word "tragedy" is vastly misused today, but it applies to Dr. Wall's life as it was used by ancient Greek dramatists.

Dr. Wall's journey takes an even more dramatic turn while in prison, where, according to his son, the doctor fell into the orbit of one of the CIA-directed doctors who were conducting secret drug experiments on unsuspecting patients. The author believes that this experience permanently marred Dr.
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This was one of the most intriguing books I have read in a long time. I found it hard to put it down. Sad to see what our government has done to american citizens. My compassion for the writer runs deep. How hard it must have been for him and his family.

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I liked the book very much and read it in on sitting.

I found the aggressive beginning kind of turned me off, but then the story levelled off and the last part really made up for my concern about the aggressive start.

I was well aware of the criminal acts of Dr. Cameron, who tortured Canadians who were seeking psychiatric care in Quebec . So it made me more confidant that Mr Wall's father was caught in a similar trap.

This book should be required reading for students of Ethics, Psychology, and Sociology.

The book arrived on time and was in excellent condition.
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This book is must reading for anyone lulled into complacency about government abuse of power. It reads like a novel except that every once in a while you might raise your head and say "wait a minute, this really happened." To real people. Loyal Americans, in an era of (mostly) peace. Ignorance of the long-term effects of drugs like LSD is no excuse. In fact, it's a reason to view the actions of twisted doctors and willing accomplices as particularly reckless; in fact, heinous.

At the same time this is a book about small-town America, especially the deep south. As the story unfolds, you feel like you're walking side-by-side with the teen-aged Dr. Walls, feeling the pressures, the humiliations, the shunning, and the occasional small victories. The book puts you right there in his tiny home town at mid-century, with the small-mindedness, racial injustice, and petty power struggles. At the same time, it's easy to extrapolate those dark elements of society to all places, and at all times. It wasn't really a simpler time, that Dr. Wall writes about.

One more thing to watch for in this powerful book. Dr. Wall, Sr., was at the heart of the author, and his unfortunate slide into drug addiction had a heart-rending ripple effect through his family and community. This book teaches caution, and care, in the actions we take as parents. Our impact on our children is profound beyond our ability to fully appreciate, at least until one reads a book like this one.
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A truly astounding book! If this were not a biography one would think it was a spy novel written by the likes of Tom Clancy or James Patterson. The horrors the U.S. government inflicted on the Wall family and so many others are unconscionable and illegal to say the least. To realize that a government agency used its cloak of secrecy to use humans as guinea pigs reflects its small regard for human life; the same government that is sworn to protect US citizens. Many people talk about corruption in third world countries know little about corruption of our own government. In this changing world where wars are fought unlike any in history emphasizes the need for our government to change and defeat the horrors displayed across the globe; not use their technology against its own citizens.

The strength, honor, integrity and ability to endure such a tragedy speak volumes for the Wall family. An honorable family whose father was a well-respected physician, multi-term Senator and visionary ahead of his time to be treated by the CIA in such a fashion is something everyone should become aware of. This well written book is a must read for all Americans!
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