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Capturing the wear and tear of an idealism thwarted by decades of diplomatic compromise. Image: © Adam Bartos

International Territory: Official Utopia and the United Nations, 1945-1995

Christopher Hitchens and Adam Bartos

“Bartos’ remarkable photographs of the U.N. Building in New York look cold and formal. But only at first. Actually they are full of feeling. This is the haunted house of idealist bureaucracy, filled with the ghosts of promises and suffused with nostalgia for the utopian rigor of high modernism. Nobody has ever put that in a photo before, and Hitchens’ essay expertly peoples the empty spaces of Bartos’ work.”— Robert Hughes

Publisher: Verso
Hardback: 168 pages
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The De Facto Government of the United States

Charles A. Weisman

The Government of the U.S. has become by design a de facto—that is to say, factual—government, but not a lawful one. Subversive forces have, by legal means, gained control over the government, and all of law enforcement is also under their control, says the author. Weisman claims that proper American law based on biblical precepts has been superseded by “Marxist-Talmudic” law, thanks to traitors like Lincoln and Roosevelt, who were influenced by Jewish bankers and the “subversive groups” they used as fronts. SC

Publisher: Weisman
Paperback: 160 pages

Death and Taxes: One Citizen’s Fight for Freedom Against the IRS

Jeffrey F. Jackson

“The story of Gordon Kahl, a North Dakota farmer who became America’s ‘most-wanted’ fugitive. How had a World War II war hero become the target of one of the largest manhunts in FBI history? Was Kahl a racist, gun-toting fanatic? Or a victim of an IRS policy of harassing vocal tax protesters into silence to keep the rest of us intimidated? Did then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton conspire to cover up the torture and execution of Kahl?… Death and Taxes follows the documentary trail of Kahl as his body is exhumed for a new autopsy and we interview witnesses to two fiery shoot-outs between Kahl and federal agents.” 113 min.

Publisher: Country People
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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Gore Vidal

A collection of essays previously published in the Nation, with a new preface by the author. AK

Publisher: Odonian
Paperback: 95 pages

Dirty Truths

Michael Parenti

“This eye-opening and entertaining collection of essays investigates media and culture, conspiracy and state power, ideology and political consciousness. Parenti ranges over such crucial issues as free speech, the rise of neofascism, the relationship between wealth and poverty, the ‘terrorism’ hype, the continuing mystifications about the Kennedy assassination, and the deceptions and injustices of U.S. corporate global dominion.”

Publisher: City Lights
Paperback: 232 pages

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Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer

Edward Jay Epstein

“Hammer was 92 when he died in 1990. A lengthy front page obituary in The New York Times lauded him as a successful businessman ‘who long sought peace between the United States and the Soviet Union and financed research for a cancer cure.’… But the official version of Hammer’s life, which incorporated many of the major figures and key events of the 20th century, was in fact a myth, carefully nurtured and embellished for nearly 70 years.“ Aided by newly available sources, Epstein has put together a gripping portrait of a ruthless, audaciously manipulative opportunist whose self-inventions have until now been widely accepted… Hammer’s remarkable ascent was set in motion in 1922, when Lenin wrote a secret letter to Stalin designating Hammer as their official ‘path’ to the resources of American capitalism. In this role as Homo sovieticus, which was predicated on the idea that any means, no matter how ruthless or deceptive, was justified if it achieved the desired ends, Hammer created a place for himself on the international stage. How this was accomplished and maintained for the better part of a century is an amazing story.”

Publisher: Random House
Paperback: 420 pages

Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State

Richard Lawrence Miller

“The war on drugs is a war against ordinary people; starting with this premise Miller analyzes America’s drug war in all its social implications, from examples of enforcement strategies which don’t work to court systems which threaten victims… civil liberties are eroded in the process of conducting a war against drugs: many examples demonstrate this loss.”

Publisher: Greenwood
Hardback: 192 pages

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto

“By stars and red checks, by smiles and frowns, prizes, honors and disgraces, I teach kids to surrender their will to the predestined chain of command.” FLA

Publisher: New Society
Paperback: 104 pages

Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse

Martha F. Lee

“The radical underground environmental movement Earth First! emerged in response to rapid commercial development of the American wilderness. Founded by Dave Foreman and conservationist friends in the summer of 1980, Earth First! quickly became a provocative counterculture that ultimately hoped for the fall of industrial civilization… By the close of the decade, its proponents numbered in the thousands. Their insistence that there be no compromise in defense of Mother Earth meant that members became known for insurgent tactics such as arson, tree spiking and disabling heavy road equipment… By the late 1980s, Earth First! was the subject of a major FBI investigation. Foreman’s eventual denunciation of civil disobedience caused an inner split. One camp advocated strict biocentrism (an emphasis on maintaining the Earth’s full complement of species) and the other focused on environmental and social-justice issues. Author Lee was successful in gaining extraordinary access to information about the movement, as well as interviews with its members.”

Publisher: Syracuse University
Paperback: 200 pages

En Route to Global Occupation

Gary H. Kah

Former “government liaison” exposes the Secret Agenda for World Unification. A Christian view of globalism, with a special focus on New Age groups coordinating with World Constitution and Parliament Association. Masons = Lucifer. Spy for God. FLA

Publisher: Huntington House
Paperback: 224 pages
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The Entertainment Bomb

Colin Bennett

This is a rare treat indeed; a lot of really interesting ideas in a well-written delivery vehicle. The star of this book is a latter-day grotesque named Dr. Hieronymus Fields. Aside from his food-stained clothing, lurid diet and trademark grease-stained paper bag, he is best known for a book called Starpower. It postulates that the human need for deities, saints and points of reference (in both geography and time) will be met in the future, by celebrities. What gives this book its particular edge is that the good doctor works for the British Secret Service. Thus we see how an agency that wishes to manipulate and shape public perception interacts with these theories, and, we are made to wonder if this is not already taking shape out here in consensus reality.
“Entertainment State was now a muscular and questing animal, thirsty for depth-propaganda, desperately anxious that its liberally scattered first spores fell on fertile ground. Passing by him now was a gaggle of shifty pink-rinse lecturers in the now-approved Pop Culture courses at colleges and universities… He was glad to know that if Jimmy James and Tommy Trinder and Bo Diddley and Sharon Stone were to be seriously studied to the same depth as Einstein and Shakespeare, then a hell of a lot of resistance had still to be broken before the worn-down middle ground was captured and secured.” SA

Publisher: New Futurist
Paperback: 274 pages