For Nobody's Eyes Only, by Author (Hardcover, 2013)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
Yet another fascinating, thought-provoking, informative, and enjoyable book
by Nick Redfern. I keep wondering how he comes up with new material that is just
as rich as what he's published previously. His consistent production of new
material bucks an unfortunate trend that began some years ago.
Many authors get into a groove in which they simply rewrite, update, or
spin what they've done previously. Several major fiction writers are guilty
of this, and have pulled in millions of dollars doing it. In nonfiction, the
practice is not as lucrative but is still being used. Some overlap is
actually helpful, but nonfiction writers should all follow Redfern's lead
and write a new book rather than try to peddle a retread as new.
This is a great book to read for its entertainment value, if nothing
else. But there is something else. The liberty movement has been gaining
momentum due to a perfect storm of factors. One of those factors is an
increasing awareness of criminal activity and cover-ups in what poses as a
federal "government" in the USA. Maybe the cracks in the facade began
appearing to the public with the Watergate fiasco, but in any case they have
recently become much more visible.
And that's important. The banksters and gangsters who run the system have
completely hijacked it to such an extent that today 20% of children in the
USA live below the poverty line (among industrialized nations, only Romania
is worse in this regard). Redfern isn't writing on behalf of the liberty
movement on on behalf of those seeking to restore lawful government. I'm
just saying that the increased awareness of hijinks in high places is one of
the factors fueling these and similar movements.
I also want to point out that while Redfern's revelations could be
dismissed as interesting tidbits of little relevance to our everyday living,
the reality is quite the opposite. He gives us a glimpse inside the
collection of organized crime syndicates whose activities result in that
child poverty statistic I quoted earlier.
Not that this single book is going to be the catalyst that finally brings
about badly needed change, but it is an important piece of that puzzle. It
will, if nothing else, provoke people to ask questions that the "government"
doesn't like to answer. For example, he points out that a significant number
of documents about the JFK assassination exist but aren't open to public
examination. Why? What is so dangerous to the ruling class that they hide
this information? Redfern doesn't go into the possibilities in this book
(doing so would require a separate, much larger book). But he does expose
the fact that an extreme cover-up exists.
The "hidden" JFK files are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In
this book, Redfern discusses many other examples of "missing" or "hidden"
information on debacles and events ranging from the Watergate break-in to
the death of Princess Diana to government experiments on human beings
(without their knowledge or consent).
Or how about the "suicide" in the woods, in which somehow there were no
fingerprints on anything the victim had with him? Generally speaking, people
who commit suicide don't wipe their prints off their eyeglasses or other
items after dying. Maybe some people aren't bothered by anomalies such as
this, but all of us should at least be curious.
Many "conspiracy theorists" will feed on the evidence and arguments
Redfern presents, to fuel their "violate logic and rules of evidence"
fantasies. But that says more about them than it does about this book (it
actually says nothing useful about this book). I bring this point up because
it's a common propaganda tactic to label informed inquiry into obvious
contradictions as "conspiracy theory."
While there are many nutjobs you can't take seriously, there are also
serious, intelligent, well-informed people who do not accept the official
explanations and mainstream views. Having read several of Redfern's books, I
have a problem tying him to the "conspiracy theorist" idea. I think it's
better to tie him to the "asking informed, intelligent questions based on
the data" idea.
In this book, Redfern maintains his tradition of writing in an engaging,
often witty style. But he never trades entertaining for truth. As usual, the
bibliography is extensive and impressive, with many sources that are simply
unimpeachable. For anyone who wishes to advance his or her understanding of
pivotal events in recent US history, this book (like several others by
Redfern) is essential reading.
The text consists of 18 chapters spanning 181 pages. There's also a short
introduction, an index, and a table of contents.