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A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments Paperback – January 1, 2011
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H. P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and newspapers across the nation and is the author of the novel The Heap. He lives in Tampa, Florida.
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For instance, in the Kindle version one sentence reads, "The existing report quotes Guastefeste's report in which he states, This provocative quote is also extremely frustrating...
The hard copy version (which I have) reads, "The existing report quotes Guastefeste's report in which he states, 'in view of the facts set forth it is requested that the case remain active.' This provocative quote is also extremely frustrating...
The part that is missing is in italics. After this I found one other occasion in which the same thing occurred. I cannot go on trying to pick these things out. I am going to notify Kindle. I am not upset, because I imagine these things happen, but they should fix the problem.
I have a Nexus 7 and an iPad 3 and they both exhibit the same problem. I also checked the Cloud Reader and it was the same, so it's definitely the Kindle format.
Otherwise, so far this is an amazingly dense book, full of history regarding a cross-section of covert subjects hitherto unavailable to the general public at such depth.
cheers - Ot.
UPDATE: Kindle is going to refund my money and forward the problem to the publisher. Kudos to Amazon.
Make no mistake, this isn't a light read by any measurement - it's over 900 pages long and filled with lots of dates, names, locations, project names, military acronyms, etc. To me, there's nothing more engaging. However, for readers that need more of a narrative, it may seem dry at times.
The most important part of this work, is the information that the author has compiled in the very last "book" (this work is actually separated into 5 different books, which are then separated into chapters). The last book really covers the reason why Frank Olson was killed, and who was involved.
A riveting read, and although it was hard to put down, it still took about 2 months to knock this out. I'm already thinking of re-reading it again. I especially can't wait for the upcoming book mentioned by the author about Operation Climax (project STORMY?) and George Hunter White. Albarelli's attention to detail, and his meticulous gift for sorting out and connecting facts is just what these types of subjects are yearning for.
This book is incredible!!! It really shows like nothing else I have seen before how CENTRAL the MKULTRA Bluebird, Artichoke stuff was. I am continuously amazed at how VIRTUALLY ALL the key players of CIA then and later during JFK assassination were in some way or another involved in these 3 programs from at the latest 1953. It really repositions these programs in terms of ones schema of CIA history, because it shows that the idea of compartmentalization, can obscure as much as reveal: your Kirkpatrick's might know one angle of a program and your Edwards' might know another, but they both knew important stuff very very early. Given the latter's role along with Houston in later "investigations" of the CIA, it is impossible for the readers new gleaning about the MKULTRA part not to affect his her view of the whole of CIA's later history.
In short this book is a game-changer for even folks who are well-read on this topic and its wider implications for US Cold War Policy and society. I recommend people get this book now. Never has such an ostensibly esoteric book been so general in its ramifications. Especially recommended for readers of these two absolutely foundation shaking books:
Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
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