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January 3, 2009

Books for 2009

Here’s some of the books I’m reading, and will post about, in the early weeks of 1999:

U.S. Vs. Them by J. Peter Scoblic (already being processed and included, largely in the US International Relations project);

Angler by Barton Gellman (another Cheney bio, probably will add to the two Iraq projects, the 9/11 project, the Propaganda project, and the International Relations project);

Torture Team by Phillipe Sands (mostly info for the Prisoner Abuse and Civil Liberties projects).

One of these days, I’d like to work on John Dean’s Watergate biography, Blind Ambition, but updating and extending the Watergate project isn’t one of my main priorities right now.

What are you reading this year?


  1. Frost/Nixon by David Frost, the Rough Guide to Australia, and Matter by Iain M. Banks.

    Already read Torture Team – very relaxing as I didn’t have to mine it for info ;). Angler is on my list and Reflections of a Cold Warrior is on its way to me as I write this.

    Comment by kevinfenton — January 7, 2009 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  2. LOL, I can’t imagine Torture Team being relaxing on any level. When I want to relax, I read Jim Butcher novels. And don’t take notes.

    Comment by Max — January 7, 2009 @ 11:51 pm | Reply

  3. Never Surrender by Jerry Boykin. Pretty interesting book. Quite a contrast between his devout Christian beliefs and his Delta Force employment. He was the Delta commander for Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu (10/93).

    I read Angler. I remember thinking as I read, why are Addington and Cheney so fixated on torture? They were obsessed with using torture. IMO, the “overreaction to 9/11” theory is nonsense, so I don’t buy that as an explanation. At the end of the book the author attempts to show how Bush gained control in his second term, in effort to dispute the “front man” theory. IMO, Cheney was the POTUS throughout and Bush was the front man but Bush and Cheney were on the same page. So the notion of Cheney leading Bush astray is nonsense. They both appear to be advocates of The Shock Doctrine (Naomi Klein’s term). The Shock Doctrine could explain Addington and Cheney’s torture advocacy but it’s difficult to understand how the political/media establishment let them have their way.

    Comment by Mike — January 8, 2009 @ 2:36 am | Reply

  4. Mike, excellent observations on the Bush/Cheney lust (I can’t think of a better term) for torture. I honestly believe that aside from their seeming conviction that torture is a reliable and valuable interrogation tool, they used it because they liked the idea of it. As for the hideously compliant media and political establishment, I’m still waiting for some accountability — preferably involving tribunals and jail terms.

    Comment by Max — January 8, 2009 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  5. A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America

    America finds itself in a time of crisis. For anyone remotely in touch with the state of our republic, there is a growing sense of dread that whatever is wrong is getting much worse much faster. Voters clamor for “change,” and politicians promise to deliver, but does anyone really know what changes are necessary, or even what changes they want? Is America still the land of opportunity? Is it still the land of the free? Do we still know what freedom is?

    This book attempts to answer those questions. To do so, it goes back to the beginning to rediscover the meaning behind our most sacred words, and the truth about our natural rights. The answers that this book provides will surprise even the most informed reader, and will reveal the long-forgotten secret behind America’s former prosperity and greatness.

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    Tom Mullen is a writer, musician, and self-employed business consultant. He is a native of Buffalo, NY, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English at State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1989. Tom now resides with his family in Apollo Beach, FL. His writing and music are accessible on his blog at http://www.tommullen.net.

    Comment by Tom Mullen — January 22, 2009 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

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