Review (Fiction): The Navigator

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Michael Pocalyko

5.0 out of 5 stars Riddle (Family) Wrapped in a Mystery (Spies) Inside an Enigma (Finance), November 29, 2014

This is a book that requires a tiny bit of patience in the beginning and an appreciation of nuances throughout. By the beginning of the second quarter of the book you should be hooked. I found it to be a quite stunning weaving together of history, capital flight, corruption, and international financial ineptitude at the trillion dollar level. It held me to the end, I just had to be there for all the pieces to come together at the end as they did. No spoiler from me!

A few non-fiction books that I have reviewed that complement this one include:

Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold
Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War
A Full Service Bank: How BCCI Stole Billions Around the World
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country
Flash Boys

Robert David STEELE Vivas
INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

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Nov 29

Review: Analyzing Intelligence: National Security Practitioners’ Perspectives Second Edition

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Roger George

5.0 out of 5 stars A Status Quo Book, Improved from 1st Edition, Still Pulls Punches, October 30, 2014

This is a very fine book, not least because of its inclusion of Jack Davis (search for <analytic tradecraft> as well as Carmen Medina (see them both at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog ), but it must still be categorized as a status quo book. Despite improvements from the 1st edition the authors still pull some punches — I dare hope that by the 3rd edition — and the book is certainly worthy of going forward — they will get tougher, perhaps in a new final chapter — Where Did We Go Wrong, Who Did We Ignore, How Do We Get It Right Now?

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Oct 30

Review (Guest): Pay Any Price – Greed, Power, and Endless War

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James Risen

5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than His Last One – Imagine What He’ll Write From Prison, October 14, 2014

By David Swanson

When New York Times report James Risen published his previous book, State of War, the Times ended its delay of over a year and published his article on warrantless spying rather than be scooped by the book. The Times claimed it hadn’t wanted to influence the 2004 presidential election by informing the public of what the President was doing. But this week a Times editor said on 60 Minutes that the White House had warned him that a terrorist attack on the United States would be blamed on the Times if one followed publication — so it may be that the Times’ claim of contempt for democracy was a cover story for fear and patriotism. The Times never did report various other important stories in Risen’s book.

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Oct 21