Review: In the Shadows of a Presidency by Daniel Estulin

4 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Banks, Fed, Money, & Concentrated Wealth, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Crime (Corporate), Democracy, Intelligence (Government/Secret), Misinformation & Propaganda, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class

Daniel Estulin

4 Stars – Useful Summary

The core of this book is that the Queen of England and the British Empire, with MI-6 prominently serving as a global saboteur and blackmail agent, is the heart of the Deep State, NOT the Rothschilds and NOT the Zionists.

The author buys in the 9/11 official narrative and relies too heavily on single sources (LaRouche, Madsen, Fitts) for each chapter while missing the giants (e.g. Peter Dale Scott on the Deep State) — this is an Internet sourced book, not a library sourced book.

He does, however, provide a useful compilation of insights, generally from others and woven together here for good effect, and I have no regrets about buying and reading this book along with his earlier Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses,  that again seeks to demonize the British while giving everyone else — particularly the Zionists and the Vatican — a bye.

Here are some of my notations:

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Worth a Look: Stalking the Viet Cong Inside Operation Phoenix A Personal Account

Intelligence (Government/Secret), Worth A Look
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Stu Herrington

Originally published as Silence Was A Weapon: The Vietnam War In the Villages (1982)

In a gripping memoir that reads like a spy novel, one man recounts his personal experience with Operation Phoenix, the program created to destroy the Vietcong’s shadow government, which thrived in the rural communities of South Vietnam.

Stuart A. Herrington was an American intelligence advisor assigned to root out the enemy in the Hau Nghia province. His two-year mission to capture or kill Communist agents operating there was made all the more difficult by local officials who were reluctant to cooperate, villagers who were too scared to talk, and VC who would not go down without a fight. Herrington developed an unexpected but intense identification with the villagers in his jurisdiction–and learned the hard way that experiencing war was profoundly different from philosophizing about it in a seminar room.

Also by Col Herrington:

Review: Traitors Among Us–Inside the Spy Catcher’s World

Review: The Kremlin’s Candidate (Espionage Fiction)

5 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
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Jason Meadows

5 Star Weakest of the Three But a Fine Conclusion

This is the final of three books written by a CIA clandestine operations officer who in my view has created a most extraordinary trilogy that not only should be required reading for every aspiring spy, but is recommended for every citizen as well. This is CIA at its best, with all of its problems revealed alongside its priceless contributions to the USA.

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Review: Palace of Treason (Espionage Fiction)

6 Star Special, Intelligence (Government/Secret)

Jason Matthews

6-Star Deeply Authentic Book About Nuances of Spying

After I read and then reviewed the first book, Red Sparrow, I was so deeply impressed that I immediately ordered the other two, this one and The Kremlin’s Candidate, intending to read them on airplanes.  That did not last.

This book went to my night-table, then to reading two hours past my bedtime, to last night when I could not put it down and read it until midnight.  That is not normal for me, particularly as a former spy who considers most spy books to be utter crap.

This is not only the most authentic and nuanced book I have read about spying and why human intelligence and particularly offensive counterintelligence and covert action matter, but it is spectacularly well put together.  The author is gifted in turns of phrase that make you laugh or cry or both.

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Review: Red Sparrow (Espionage Fiction)

6 Star Special, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
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Jason Matthews

6 Stars Best New Espionage Everything

I have reviewed over 300 books on intelligence, almost all of them non-fiction. Apart from the George Smiley series by John Le Carre the only other fiction book I can think of that garnered my respect was Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry.

This book, by a former SE Division (Soviet Division) Operations Officer also known as a Case Officer (C/O) is SENSATIONAL.  I bought it at the airport when my planned reading for the return flight turned out to be junk (Life After Google).

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Robert Steele: Could Robert Gates Create a Smart Nation as Chancellor of the Republic? Review of A Passion for Leadership by Robert M. Gates

5 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)

Could Robert Gates Create a Smart Nation as Chancellor of the Republic?

5 stars – Real potential at the intersection of education, intelligence, and research

American Herald Tribune, 3 July 2018

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Robert Steele: Intelligence at a Cross Roads: To Be Or Not To Be… Review of Principled Spying by David Omand and Mark Phythian

4 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
Robert David STEELE Vivas

Intelligence at a Cross Roads: To Be Or Not To Be…: 4 stars – A+ on Its Narrow Focus, C+ For Contextual Shortfalls

American Herald Tribune

25 June 2018

David Omand and Mark Phythian, Principled Spying: The Ethics of Secret Intelligence (Georgetown University Press, 2018), 286 pages, $32.95, ISBN-13: 978-1626165601.

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Review: Facts and Fears – Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James Clapper

3 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)

Grand Theft, Mass Murder, & Legalized Lies – Book Review as Epitaph

Robert David Steele

American Herald Tribune, 19 June 2018

3 stars – Errors, Lies, and Omissions

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Robert Steele: The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies – Book Review

2 Star, Articles & Chapters, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
Robert David STEELE Vivas

The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies – Book Review

2 stars – Opens with a Lie, Goes Downhill from There

American Herald Tribune

5 June 2018

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