4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, not the total map, January 10, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it has some real gems that I have not seen elsewhere, and on the other it can be very tedious. It was not until I was halfway through the book that I realized it was originally written in 1984, and that explained to me why I was suffering from epoch-shift in reading the book.
Certainly I recommend the book for anyone trying to piece together a mosaic of history, or better said, alternative history as this book is very much in the vein of those books written by iconoclasts that dispute the version of history taught in the schools, i.e. the “approved” history as written by the powers that be happy to treat humans as commodities. Looking more closely at the bibliography I see that the references are mostly from the 1960-1970's, and the most recent are from the 1990's. The book is dated, plain and simple.
There are inconsistencies that in my view reflect the book's age, for example, this book is still in the mode of a “world government” being part of the illuminate plan, when nothing could be further from the truth–the 300 families that control the world's finances love chaos as long as it does not reach their enclaves. I fear they have forgotten the lesson learned by the rich in New York in the 1920's — the plague does not play favorites.
On an upbeat note, as I was reading this book I imagined a global online museum / editorium in which one could see on the wall any topic such as illuminati, and very rapidly visualize the references, the faces, the location, the connections, and so on. That day will come, and when it does, it will be based on Twitter not Google.
Bottom line: a must read if you are doing research and trying to piece together a very complex mosaic, less so if you are just reading.Do use Look Inside the Book to go through the table of contents, that is an excellent free way to understand what is in the book.
Here are ten other books off the top of my head:
Five books on Information Pathologies (Governments, Media, Corporations Lie)
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth'
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
Rule By Secrecy
Weapons of Mass Deception
The Power of Israel in the United States
Five books on 1% looting the world with help of corrupt governments:
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future – and What It Will Take to Win It Back
The Naked Capitalist
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Deer Hunting With Jesus
Best wishes to all,
THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust (both paper and kindle)