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The Devil's Chessboard
Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
David Talbot - 2015-10-13
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Unveil the dark truths of America's past with The Devil's Chessboard. Written by the founder of, this explosive portrayal of Allen Dulles reveals the man who transformed the CIA into a powerful and secretive colossus. Discover how Dulles saw himself above elected law and manipulated American presidents, colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German war criminals, and Mafiosi. From assassination attempts on foreign leaders to subverting nationalist governments, this book offers a new perspective on America's rise to world dominance. Get ready for a shocking exposé of American power.
Dave Collum
@EBjorseth @BigBonghorn Already read it. Great book, BTW.      source
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Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - 2006-12-26 (first published in 1984)
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Discover the science of compliance in this captivating book that uncovers the factors that influence people to say "yes" to a request. Scholarly research is combined with real-life techniques and strategies gathered from sales, fundraising, advertising, and other positions that commonly use compliance tactics. The author has organized the tactics into six categories based on psychological principles: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. Widely used in both classes and the business world, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of persuasion.
Dave Collum
@DeonOpperman1 Also, in the brilliant book, "Influence", the author emphasizes the profound importance of doing favors for people and leaving them with a sense of emotional debt to you.      source
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The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
James Dale Davidson - 1999-08-26 (first published in 1997)
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Learn how to adapt financially to the next phase of Western civilization with The Sovereign Individual. Renowned investment advisors James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg provide strategies for navigating the radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The book explores the shift from an industrial to an information-based society and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of disaster. This insightful read replaces false hopes and fictions with new understanding and clarified values.
Dave Collum
@Michael_P_USA I am reading "The Sovereign Individual". It is one of those books that gets in your skull and rattles around. Although 1997, it is in no way a dated explanation of what is happening 25 years later.      source
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The True Believer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
Eric Hoffer - 2010-01-19 (first published in 1951)
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The True Believer delves into the theme of political fanaticism, examining how individuals become extremists. Written by San Francisco dock worker, Eric Hoffer, this book is a landmark in the field of social psychology. With praise from Arthur Schlesinger Jr., it offers a visionary, provocative look into the mind of a fanatic, and is an essential read for understanding today's world. This is the first and most famous book within the Harper Perennial Resistance Library series, a collection of excellent classic works that reveal the nature of truth, resistance, and authoritarianism.
Dave Collum
@TonyClimate I think you would massively appreciate Eric Heller's, "The True Believer." It is about mass movements--how they start, where they get their fuel from (fanatics), and why people join in. The book climbed into my brain and camped out. Climate changers are a classic.      source
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How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It
John Abramson - 2022-02-08
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This eye-opening book uncovers how Big Pharma's profit pursuits corrupts medical knowledge, to the detriment of doctors, American healthcare, and our health. The author, Dr. John Abramson, reveals the systematic dysfunction of our healthcare system, which spends an excessive amount annually while ranking lowly in the world for good health. With patient stories and years of research and access to the medical-industrial complex, Sickening boldly exposes the financial interests at the core of the problem and offers a path towards meaningful reform.
Dave Collum
For those who liked "The Real Anthony Fauci" or those who skipped it, I highly recommend "Sickening" by @DrJohnAbramson. Brilliant. Only weakness is he was too busy writing his book to notice the covid vax was more of the same. Be happy to chat, John.      source
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How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism
Sharyl Attkisson - 2020-11-24
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Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson exposes how partisan bias and gullibility have sabotaged American journalism. She reveals the struggles inside newsrooms where journalism used to rule and how facts that don't fit the narrative are ignored. Attkisson features insider accounts from dozens of current and former top national news executives, producers, and reporters who speak candidly about the media's devolution. She finds hope in the potential for courageous, counter-narrative news reporting to revive journalism.
Dave Collum
.@SharylAttkisson talks about corrupted narratives in the media. Her book, "Slanted" is excellent...      source
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The Rise and Fall of American Growth
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
Robert J. Gordon - 2016-01-12
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Discover the revolution that transformed American households and workplaces in The Rise and Fall of American Growth. With historical anecdotes and economic analysis, this critical read weaves a vivid narrative that challenges the belief that economic growth will continue relentlessly. Economist Robert Gordon argues that escalating inequality, a stagnant education system, an aging population, and rising debt will hold back productivity growth. As we face an uncertain future, this book is a tribute to a century of remarkable change and a warning that tougher times may be on the horizon.
Dave Collum
@NewLowObserver Try Robert Gordon's book. It's really great...      source
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Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - 2017-10-03
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Discover the power and purpose of slumber with this international sensation of a book. Sleep expert Matthew Walker examines every aspect of our physical and mental well-being, from learning and mood to regulating hormones and preventing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. In this “compelling and utterly convincing” read, Walker explains how to improve our lives by harnessing the benefits of sleep.
Dave Collum
Hey @APompliano: "Why We Sleep" might be an answer to your question about most important book.      source
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Spy the Lie
Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
Philip Houston - 2012-07-17
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Learn the proven techniques of three former CIA officers on uncovering lies in "Spy the Lie". This captivating book reveals how to recognize verbal and nonverbal deceptive behaviors, and how to ask questions that elicit the truth in everyday situations. With fascinating anecdotes from their careers, the authors showcase the life-altering consequences of unmasking a lie in hiring, investing, parenting, relationships, and more. A game-changer, this book has a dramatic impact on your future.
Dave Collum
@verity_douglas I've seen a ton of Gates videos. He was like a teenager trying to explain the dent in the car. It was non-stop waffling. If you read a book or two on this, you'd see all the tells. Try "Spy the Lie".      source
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry