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63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

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The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bullshit, according to Jesse Ventura. In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate non- partisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk readers through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors. I...more
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Published April 4th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published March 31st 2011)
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Don
Ventura could had no doubt listed more than likely many more than just the 63 documents within this book.

Amazing the evilness behind closed doors in Washington: be it the Pentagon or the White House.

Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Baby Bush have made billions of dollars for themselves and their friends and I do feel they knew about 9/11 before it occurred. The most horrible documents is the tale of massive Stock purchasing that went on in the days leading up to the Twin Tower impacts. The 9/11 investigati...more
Mason
This is one of the most conclusive anti-government books I have ever read. That's because it's not a book of someone's opinion, it's a book filled with actual documents and some opinion to go with it. The documents cover many things, like the 2000 Florida vote crisis, the Gulf of Tonkin incident (or lack thereof), the CIA's assassination manual, the experiments we ran on our own troops in Iraq, the blind eye we have to genocide when we can't gain anything from it, the war on terror, and what rea...more
Spike
DIdn't actually finish it, I'll go back someday. I can't take it all in at once, moving on for now.

If you're into scrutinizing actual documents that will make your head spin over the US government's most controversial decisions from the past century, this book is for you. If want more of a narrative, other books would be better.

One quote that caught my eye though: "I'd rather face the terrists everyday than give up any of my freedoms." Compelling stuff.
Michael
Interesting collection of government documents that deal with the many unethical actions continually perpetrated by elected officials, the military, and intelligence agencies.
Michael
Great book. Lots of revealing information about our government that you'd have no idea was happening behind the scenes if not for this book.
Brad
Sometimes you know what you're going to get when you begin a book. Sometimes you're pleasantly surprised. Then there are times when you wonder why you wasted your time. This effort from Jesse Ventura settles into the first two categories for the most part, with only a smattering of the third. Many of the 63 documents result in interesting reads all on their own, independent of Ventura's commentary. The former governor's stance on nearly every issue is well known to those who pay attention to suc...more
Joshua
This is a review of the Kindle addition.

Aaagghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

This is all I can yell in my head as I read this book. There are too many $pelling and grannnnar error$ to mention. It is absolutely infuriating to try and read when there'$ hardly a sentence without an 0bviou$ mi$take. This is a bo0k from a big name author and pre$unnably a book by an even bigger name publisher, thus I expect more. (I'm begiming to think that an eighth grader could have put together a more coherent read. I'm beginning...more
Kelly
OK,wow just doesn't begin to cover it and what the @#%$ doesn't even begin to release the emotions.This book made my eyes bulge, my heart hurt, and my head shake in disbelief and hang in shame.

I'm one of those people that takes most conspiracy theories with a grain of salt...look at the leaves the forest seems huge, but step back ten paces and its really two trees growing closely. This book provides the info and lets you come to your own conclusions.

My conclusion: Our government is a back-door...more
Todd Russell
I enjoyed the short intros to each of the 63 documents by Jesse Ventura but was unable to read any of the 63 documents on my e-reader because I was prohibited from zooming in. This is like selling cotton candy made out of plastic.

In some cases links were provided to the documents on the web, but in most were not. This ruined the reading experience because I couldn't continue on and read the actual document being written about. At the very least the documents could have been transcribed for the e...more
Angel
I gave it the two stars because overall, the book was just ok. It was not bad, just ok. For me at least, some of the material were things I had encountered in other readings. The other reason for the lower rating is that some of the document scans are a bit difficult to read. His commentary on the documents are the best part of the book. You can overall scan the documents as you see fit. Having said that, I think this is a book more people should be reading, especially people who may not be as w...more
Scott Lupo
Gotta' love Jesse. His previous book, American Conspiracies, had a lot more Jesse commentary on each subject. This book is mainly the actual documents that back up his commentary. I have to give him credit for doing his research and sifting through the immense amount of data out there. If you have never been to WikiLeaks you should check it out. It's not easy going through tens of thousands of documents. While Jesse may go overboard or exaggerate at times, he really does bring the dark, underbel...more
Kirsten
"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul this unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of statesmanship."
-- Teddy Roosevelt

Former Governor Jesse Ventura is getting to be the go-to guy for conspiracies in this country. Not the crazy conspiracies of guys wearing tinfoil hats or Tea Party birthers.

No, he presen...more
Peter Meyers
Parts of our government are self sufficient paranoids planning for things they have no business in ( what is a civilian prison camp?). Less conspiracy and more documentation of our governments over reach. This shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone. My favorite part is his defense of wiki leaks. This is the only current material the rest is mostly declassified documents showing ridiculous thought patters of decade old politicians. It requires the reader to connect the dots to infer modern day rel...more
Bob
Some of this just plain baffled me. It sure got me pissed off at our government, but why should that bother me? I think everything is a conspiracy. That's my theory.
If you want a conspiracy theory take on global warming you should check out the documentary film "Cool It" on DVD.
So, what else is new? Look at it this way. Since the dawn of civilization for governments, corporate leaders, religious hierarchies, and military top brass, etc. lying has often been the best way to get what they want...more
Evan
Interesting, but because so many documents were covered, none were discussed in great detail. Not a bad book if thought of as a starting point for the topics rather than the end all be all.
Brian
I'm not a big fan of Jesse's tv show because you normally can't get hard evidence or a true source. Though, Jesse's books are a lot better. Why? Because he normally provides you with sources so that you yourself can look into it and make up your own mind. This book is literally direct proofs for what he says. Some things are disturbing, some are over glorified, some make you question what is really going on that you a don't know. Can't argue with direct sources. Should be handed out in high scho...more
TJ Shelby
I had things I really liked and disliked about this book. Ventura uses documents that have been released via the Freedom of Information Act to create a book of conspiracy topics. In truth, I would much prefer to have read an entire book on each of the 63 documents written by an actual investigative journalist.

The most intriguing part of this book were the brief commentaries Ventura gave before each of his photocopied documents. However, they were brief and sometimes, easily flawed.

All this bein...more
Stephen Morgan-MacKay
I consider myself to be an admirer of Ventura's investigative analyses, but this book is more of a compilation of documents and less of his opinions and commentaries on those documents. I was really annoyed with the fact that this book reads TERRIBLY on my Kindle as the documents are almost impossible to read with the option to zoom in. Overall, I found this book to be disappointing in that Ventura could have brought some relatively new information to the table and, just maybe, connected the dot...more
Lisa
I was hoping to like this book a little more because I really like Jesse Ventura. I just wasn't in the mood to read all the government documents so I pretty much just read his summaries. I also wasn't surprised by what I read. I believe the government is corrupt, that people within the government do bad things, that the government thinks money is more important than people, and that government/spy/assassin movies have some truth to them. I'd recommend this book to people who are into politics an...more
Brian
This book shows documents that were once hidden or classified by the US government. These documents were hidden because the government was afraid that the release of these documents would cause public chaos. Most of these documents were from during WW2 and the Cold War. One of the recent documents was a report on how and how fast the twin towers fell. That showed the material that the twin towers were made of. The author uses a lot of complex words and phrases in the text when analyzing the docu...more
Becky
Excellent look at how crooked our government really is. Has the actual photocopied real documents and links to where you can look at them yourself. Obviously they aren't made up. My favorites were the docs on JFK, and operation northwoods. There is also some that show how we also gave safe harbor to nazi war criminals after world war 2 in exchange for the technologies they gained through experimentation. Definitely an eye opener. I always knew the government was corrupt but this is plain scary.
Shawn
Interesting information, the book shows copies of actual government documents that most of us would find offensive and shocking. The book was a bit unorganized and the copies of the documents were difficult to read.
The main thing I find odd about Ventura is that he lives in Mexico. Yes, the United States is becoming oppresive, but Mexico is a completely corrupt, freedomless hellhole under the total control of drug lords. Strange that Ventura would choose to live there.
Deadhacker
Not the most entertaining book I've read, but that's due to the dry nature of most of the material, which are extracts from government documents. Ventura makes his own, usually blunt & insightful, comments before each. I enjoyed his comments enough that I plan to read at least one other book by Ventura, one that contains more of his own thoughts. The extracts cover a lot of topics. I found the most interesting to be the two chapters about electronic voting fraud.
Rosalía
This "book" is really in essence a bundle of documents and not an entertaining way to pass the time and it really isn't meant to be. Some may view current political issues as a method of raising important questions. I know I do but I also get so emotionally riled up, causing me to close the book lest I combust in fireworks of emotion.I returned Jesse to the library. You may have the balls or ladyballs to read it beginning to end.
ej cullen
Like a soft-hearted jury member, I decided to give this convicted literary offender another chance at rehabilitation. Mistake. This one is worse than the last one. How one can make a book with this title disinteresting calls for major effort, and Jesse provided it (along with help from someone named Dick Russell, who along with the ex-governor, can't put two lucid sentences together.
Jeff
PROS: Interesting topic.

CONS: Perhaps it was just me, but between the small print on some of the "secret" documents and how long it took to read some documents, I quickly lost interest. I couldn't even force myself to finish this book!

I read another one of his works, "DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans," and liked it. Unfortunately that sentiment didn't hold for this book.
Djalyv
Yeah, interesting documents but this was the audio version and the guy they chose to read it never once changed his tone. I would've rather heard it read by Gilbert Gottfried just to stay awake. Maybe the print version would've been better...but one forewarning...the book is what it says it is. 63 [boring, long-ass, mostly redacted] documents. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Clair
Actaully very fascinating and terribly scary...especially the documents related to GTMO, torture, the intentional exposure of US soldiers to diseased for vaccine experimentation, etc., etc., etc. You really should read this book as it's not nutty conspiracy tripe, but actual declassified US government documents with short intros by Ventura and Russell.
Eric G
This book was very disappointing. Perhaps I expected more than the usual. This book should have been listed as a book for people who are completely naive about our government. No new revelations in this book. That being said, the intros to the documents were not boring and overly sarcastic. I love sarcasm, but not when it is hacky.
Lucy Chronicles
Completed via audiobook. The reader's voice was lulling. A different voice-over actor should be utilized for the next version. It is further dull as largely reading off of FOIA documents found from various institutes. The documents themselves were sad, fascinating and disgusting; government is force pure and simple.
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Jesse Ventura is an American politician, actor, author, veteran, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.

Ventura served as a U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team member during the Vietnam War. He had a long tenure in the World Wrestling Federation, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 1951, James George Janos, later known as Jess...more
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