- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: The Media Consortium; First Paperback Edition edition (September 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 187982308X
- ISBN-13: 978-1879823082
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trick or Treason: The 1980 October Surprise Mystery First Paperback Edition Edition
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In Parry's self-image, he must be one of the few journalists with the guts, public-spiritedness, and tenacity to unlock official secrets. The reporter castigated his kowtowing colleagues, as he perceives them, in Fooling America and here picks up the idle spear of investigation and chucks it at a favorite target theory: that Republicans connived with Iranian mullahs to delay release of imprisoned American diplomats, thus denying President Carter an election-eve boost. So Parry received a commission from the Frontline PBS program to ask two questions about July and October 1980: Where was Bill Casey, and where was George Bush? This book is the raw material for the ensuing documentary, which aired in 1991. Parry answers neither question definitively, but he questions their alibis (that Casey was at a history seminar and Bush on a golf course), makes great hay of omissions in their personal records, and finds to his satisfaction that each could have skittered off to secret meetings. Parry himself went around the globe, heavily skeptical of those with something to tell him about the "surprise." A musty mystery with many angles and cold leads, this should revivify the interest of patrons who took in, or were taken in by, Gary Sick's October Surprise. Gilbert Taylor
Trick or Treason is a real-life who-done-it with profound implications for our understanding of the corruption of political power in Washington. Without this book, we can't begin to understand the story of the October Surprise, the ensuing Iran-contra scandal, and the Iraqgate scandal that followed. Trick or Treason is necessary reading if future scandals of this magnitude are to be avoided. --Peter Kornbluh, co-editor of The Iran-Contra Scandal and senior analyst at the National Security Archive
A crack investigative reporter, Parry gives the reader a taste of how it feels to go after one of the biggest--and toughest--stories of the [1980s]. This real-life detective story is populated by more knaves and charlatans than a spy novel--from seedy arms dealers to sleek power brokers in expensive suits. Parry's odyssey spans three continents and a universe of tantalizing leads, triumphs, and frustrations. If you think that the October Surprise questions have been answered, read this and think again. --Gary G. Sick, former national security advisor and author of October Surprise
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The act on the part of the Iranian Khomeini government of releasing the 444 American hostages being held in Teheran as a protest against President Carter not sending the deposed Shah of Iran back to his native country for trial on the very day of Reagan's inaugural, along with other tantalyzing facts gnawing at the imagination, prompted Parry to go to work in earnest. Some of his reports from The Consortium, the Arlington, Virginia think tank in which he is involved, were produced on the PBS documentary series "Frontline."
When a Congressional investigation cleared the Reagan campaign team led by William Casey from any collusory wrongdoing with the Khomeini regime prior to the election of making a deal to withhold release of the hostages in exchange for arms, Parry was suspicious. He was tenacious enough to locate a discarded report from the Russian government in a remote storage room on Capitol Hill. The report which, no doubt, was believed to have been permanently discarded, revealed knowledge of future CIA director Casey, Reagan running mate George H.W. Bush, and another future CIA director, Robert Gates, having secretly met with Iranian government operatives during the 1980 campaign in Madrid and Paris.
While GOP political operatives such as Congressman Henry Hyde and Senator Mitch McConnell were successfully able to squelch any further Congressional investigation into the so-called October Surprise, this controversy turned out to have legs of its own, bolstered by Parry and other courageous Americans seeking the full story. As the mainstream media sought to dismiss the October Surprise theory, maintaining that the only testimony relates to a few loose cannon Middle East weapons operative types, the story is much more involved. A former head of French intelligence has corroborated the account revealed in the Russian report, while Ari Ben-Menashe, an Iranian born Jew who was an Israeli secret intelligence operative, testified before Congress that he participated in Paris meetings between senior Iranians and Republican emissaries.
This might be history from better than two decades ago, but it is dynamite-laden in its implications for the Reagan legacy, which would have resulted from what amounts to a coup, a dirty tricks pre-emption of the U.S. government to steal a presidential election. The charge becomes all the more credible based on other instances in 1968 and 2000, when Republican dirty tricks resulted in victories for Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, by respectively destroying peace negotiations by the Johnson administration that could have ended the Vietnam War and scrubbing the election rolls of legitimately qualified African American voters by a team led by candidate Bush's brother Jeb, governor of Florida, and his secretary of state, Catherine Harris.