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Sinister ForcesA Warm Gun: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft Paperback – June 27, 2011
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About the Author
Peter Levenda has researched the material for this book over the course of 25 years, visiting more than 40 countries and gaining access to temples, prisons, military installations, and government documents. He is the author of The Secret Temple, Stairway to Heaven, and Unholy Alliance. He lives in Miami. Dick Russell is the author of Black Genius: And the American Experience, Eye of the Whale, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. He is a former staff writer at the Hollywood Bureau of TV Guide Magazine and a former staff reporter for Sports Illustrated. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Family Health and the Village Voice. He splits his time between Boston and Los Angeles.
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This book's got it all: UFOs, Satanists, Nazis, MK-ULTRA, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and the Prince of Darkness himself, Richard Nixon. Everything is claimed, nothing is proved, but all is made to sound definitive and unimpeachable. Oliver Stone's got nothing on this Levenda guy. I guess I was looking for something a little more Robert Anton Wilson, whose work is enormously fun to read. But this stuff? So dense and convoluted it's nearly impenetrable.
Parts of it are aggravating, too. For example, the author presents Ronald Reagan's Christian faith as nearly fanatical in its intensity, and portrays Reagan's belief in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as a kind of unhinged extremism. As it happens, most mainline Protestant denominations happen to believe in the End Times and Second Coming as if not imminent then certainly inevitable. The tone of the author's description of Reagan's very Christian, very traditional beliefs reminded me of a New York Magazine interview with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, when Scalia admitted to believing in the existence of the Devil. The interviewer was clearly taken aback by Scalia's admission. So why was the interviewer so shocked? Because clearly no one in the reporter's very secular personal and professional circles would ever profess belief in such an archaic notion as the Devil. Religious faith--and all that goes with it--were alien to her experience. Same thing here.
Speaking of belief, I think conspiracy theorists like to believe the 'secret history' stuff they believe because it makes their lives more exciting somehow. I guess if they think there really are Agents of the Illuminati lurking around every corner and behind every bush, then life must indeed seem pretty exciting. It also gives the tinfoil hat crowd a certain thrill of superiority to know They Know The Real Truth while the rest of us are just so many sheep obliviously grazing away on the hillside.
The real Real Truth is that most of us are hopelessly gullible, easy marks for con men of one sort or another. That's just the way we are. That's just human. I'm part of that humanity, as gullible as the rest, a sucker for a sob story or a convincing narrative. This book wasn't a convincing narrative. It wasn't even fun to read.
I did enjoy the in-depth study about the many splinter groups of Islam over the centuries. Peter is on point when he says that Americans have never been informed or given pause to learn about Islamic history. Maybe because the West always needs its Boogeyman painted in broad terms. Anyway, off I go.
Also, spiritually, sense this work touches on spiritual things, I got the impression that the author is coming at this material as a "good witch" who is chronicling those on the shamanistic path who became bad. There is a section in book 3 where he writes about the God of the Old Testament as being evil and that it was the serpent, who gave the key to wisdom, as being the true god. And finally, as in the Matrix movies that are referenced in the work, the first 2 books are better that the third and the third was not able to rise to the anticipation of solving the puzzle laid out in the first 2.