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63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  796 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Skyhorse (first published March 31st 2011)
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Don
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ventura could had no doubt listed more likely many, 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 investigat
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Mason
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Michael
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: conspiracy, history
Interesting collection of government documents that deal with the many unethical actions continually perpetrated by elected officials, the military, and intelligence agencies.
Kʜᴀɴ
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This book isn't that kind on which you apply rapid reading(what I exactly did). This books is that kind when you have plenty of time to research and digging.
Thiago S.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
63 doc... é um livro que garimpei por semanas pois achei sua premissa interessante: o autor, Jesse Ventura, é ex-governador de Minnesota, esteve no Vietnã, foi lutador de WWE...de maneira louvável , se mostrando um "verdadeiro patriota" se voltou (pelo menos aparentemente) contra as mentiras do governo norte-americano e lançou a obra com 63 (em homenagem a JFK, assassinado em 1963, muito provavelmente pela CIA) documentos "sensiveis" que, mesmo estando disponiveis na internet, não são tao conhec ...more
Ash Ryan
Unlike in his previous book, American Conspiracies, this time around Ventura actually provides documentation in support of his conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, in most cases his conclusions simply don't follow from the documents he presents, and in some cases are outright contradicted by them.[return][return]Also, some of the documents that he seems to think are the most shocking and to which he devotes a lot of space are really pretty tame, unless you're incredibly naive I guess...for instan ...more
Paul Belanger
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book follows on the coattails of "American Conspiracies." While some of the documents were interesting to read, and shocking, many were completely unreadable to my tired eyes. Eventually I began either skimming or just skipping them. The most interesting part was Mr Ventura's commentary on the documents. The format in "American Conspiracies" was much better, in my opinion. I wish he had done the same thing here.

Growing up I had always heard, "If you don't vote, you don't have the right to c
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John Mabbs
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another typically excellent book from Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell.
The declassified documents from the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding Operation Northwoods in 1962 make compelling and disturbing reading. That plans were laid out to deliberately and falsely accuse Cuba of having attacked US cities, sunk ships in Guantanomo Bay, lobbed mortar rounds into the base, exploded a drone aircraft over international waters, filed fake casualty figures that a helpful media would publish in order to arous
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Tim
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was full of a lot of interesting information. I just wish there was more pages of what he had to say about the documents. Also some of the documents were really hard to see so I had to skip them.
fran
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
63documents the publishers don't want you to read

I have seen Jessie Ventura on his now defunct TV show and thought this book would be interesting,but it is so VERY poorly edited as to be almost totally unreadable. What a shame.
Laura L White
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Total waste of time.
Richard Croner
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and scary! I have no idea whether or not what is in the book is accurate fact or opinion. The book on Kindle is very hard to read due to format issues but I did stick it out to the end.
Brad
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Kelly
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, nf-misc
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
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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
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George Richard
The book was fine, lots of interesting "secrets" but the formating for Kindle/smartphone sucks. The paperback must be better but stay away from the electronic version.
Gabe Hawkins
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
This book is “American Conspiracies” all over again, but with some added context courtesy of allegedly official government documents. Once again, credit where it’s due, some of the documents are interesting. But the conclusions that Ventura develops are a quantum leap at their most rational.

The whole time I was reading this, it felt like Ventura just badly wanted the government to be behind everything from 9/11 to the Twinkie debacle from a few years ago. The target audience for the book is lik
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Scott Lupo
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Mark Geise
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This was basically what I expected, but I expected it to have more commentary from Jesse. It is basically 63 scanned documents from government archives and outside sources divided up into five parts: Our Scandalous Postwar History; Government, Military, and Corporate Secrets; Shady White Houses; 9/11; and The War on Terror. I think he did a good job choosing relevant and eye-opening documents. However, I like to follow these types of things on a regular basis, so I had already read excerpts or s ...more
Peter
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Kirsten
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-2013
"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
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Bob
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction, 3-star
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
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TJ Shelby
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Brian
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Gwen
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I have always found myself interested in wikileaks documents, but this book wasn't what I was hoping for. I wanted a selection of important documents that I could read and form my own conclusions about, not read an author's rather forceful views that seem bent on stirring up trouble instead of contemplative thought. Many of the documents he was outraged at I couldn't bring myself to much incredulity towards. Instead, I found his opinions overbearing and distracting from my own reading of the ori ...more
Becky Herrera
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Robert Risher
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a difficult time rating this one, but when it comes down to fulling its purpose, the book is spot-on. It's extremely thought provoking, it provides incredible reference material, and the author's opinion is kept to a minimum in favor of the presentation of actual government documents. I've already begun researching for myself the material within, which is the exact aim the author had in mind. Based on that, I have to give it 5 stars. If you have any concern over the current state of govern ...more
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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
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