Category Archives: Book Reviews & Suggestions

Mearsheimer & Walt: The Israel Lobby

The following is a scholarly and mildly-worded work of reference which nonetheless provides explosive insight into the tactics and stratagems used by Israel and its supporters in the U.S.A. to ensure substantial and consistent American financial and military support for Israel’s colonization and subjugation of Gaza, the West Bank, and their hapless occupants. 

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“Courting Disaster” – Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden is a retired U.S. Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Marc Thiessen begins his new book, “Courting Disaster,” with something of a disclaimer: For reasons of security and classification, he says, he should not have been able to write it. He’s right. He shouldn’t have been able to write it. But I’m glad he did.

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The Battle of Britain ‘began over Orkney’ author claims

“Luftwaffe over Scotland”

By Les Taylor, reviewed by Stephen McGinty

Source: Scotland on Sunday

July 11th, 2010

THEY were “the few” whose role has been largely ignored. A Scottish historian has claimed that The Battle of Britain began not over the white cliffs of Dover, but the islands of Orkney.

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CW2 – Layne Heath

“Fortune had eluded Layne Heath. His brick business in Fort Worth had gone belly up. He had tried construction work and humping freight on loading docks, but without graduating far beyond the minimum wage. So to nurse his bank account and a romantic ambition, Heath pulled out his typewriter and tapped out a novel based on his days as a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam.”     –   Priscilla Painton, Time Magazine, June 12th 1989.

What can I say – this book is magnificent!  There is no substitute for the wealth of detail and the authenticity of technical and historical knowledge that can be brought to bear by a person who has actually been there and done the things of which he writes.  Layne Heath combines his knowledge and experience with an obvious writing ability to produce a spellbinding story of the day-to-day experiences of a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  His storylines are plausible, supplemented by a rich attention to detail which allows the reader to virtually share his experiences.  Although the ending is designed to accommodate a sequel, it was never written – most likely because the author put everything he had into one blockbuster of a novel that you will find very hard to put down until you are finished.  Utterly superb!

Jeff Goodall