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Book Recommendations for the DP Community + Reviews

Hi everybody, I just wanted to post some reading ideas for those of you interested in the Fed, American Imperialism or American History. One book I think you all must read is the Creature From Jekyll Island by G Edward Griffin (this is a book many of you are probably familiar with and is all about the history of centralized banking). Another outstanding book none of you are likely familiar with is Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and the Evangelism in the Age of Oil written by Gerald Colby (authors are of more liberal perspective but give outstanding history on the use of covert ops in Latin America and trade agreements and general US political, military and economic history. I like this book better than the Blowback series by Chalmers Johnson, another outstanding series of books).

Another great book (perhaps a little of topic) I would recommend is Environmentalism Ideology and Power by Donald Gibson (all about the history of extreme environmentalism, I think this is a great book. Gibson is a very good author and is more of a liberal but still provides great prospective and information). I have provided reviews below for all three of these books below that I previously posted on Amazon to give you more information about the topics in the books if you are potentially interested in reading. Jekyll Island and Thy Will Be Done are two of the best books I have ever read and I would put them in my top 5 easily. Environmentalism is a great book but not of the same caliber. Keep in mind that these books offer a different perspective than a libertarian view but I think you will agree with the diagnosis but not necessarily the treatment.

If any of you find this useful give me a bump and I can make other book recommendations, just let me know I can give you some other ideas of what maybe interesting.

First Jekyll Island

This was a truly fantastic book and receives my highest level of recommendation. I read this book in four days I couldn't put the book down it was too good. One of the best books I have ever read. One of the best overviews of the Fed and central bank structure, history, and establishment in one source. Superb overview of American Monetary history from pre-revolution up until WWI. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in economics, history, politics, or thrillers.

If you do not know the meaning of the words Federal Reserve, fiat money, fractional reserve system, or money then you will have you will learn a great deal about money and banking in this masterpiece. This book details the fraud that the Fed is and how the Federal Reserve robs and plunders the American people and has put our nation at risk through the issuance of Fiat money. The book also gives a great explanation of how fiat money is an influencing factor for a nation to wage wars. You will learn how central banking is the single most powerful group in our world and you learn how they dictate and own almost every government in the world.

The main topics in the book are: how inflation works, the evolution of central banking over the past 400 years, the role of central banking in history, the history of money in banking in America pre-revolution to WWI with the addition of the Savings and Loan Crisis, the responsibility of bankers of drawing America into WWI, the role they played in the Bolshevik revolution, the role of the Federal Reserve played in causing the great depression, the dangers of a fractional reserve banking system, the difference between Commodity Money (metal coins), Receipt Money (paper money with 100% commodity backing), Fiat Money (pieces of paper with no value but declared legal currency, current Federal Reserve Note and today's US Dollar), and Fractional Money (Paper money with a % backing of a commodity), the rise of the Rothschild family and their important role in history, the rise of the Morgan family, and the secrecy of the formation of the Fed and their players.

Some side topics in the book are the plan by certain individuals and secret groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Fabians who wish to form a global government through the use of central banking and a common world currency. Also the author exposes some specific schemes of these groups such as crafting an environmental crisis which is not real. (ie global warming, if you wish to learn more about this topic I recommend Environmentalism: Power and Ideology by Donald Gibson which details the history and corruption of the environmental movement).

If you liked this book I would recommend Thieves in the Temple by Andre Eggelletion and a DVD titled, the Money Masters by Bill Still. Off topic from banking but detailing how the world really works I would also highly recommend both Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil by Gerald Colby and Battling Wall Street by Donald Gibson

Overall this a fantastic book, I would have a hard time finding anyone who would not greatly enjoy this book and come away with a wealth of knowledge. If you really have no idea about the Federal Reserve and money then after this book your life will be divided into two time periods before reading Jekyll Island and after reading Jekyll Island as your whole perception of the world will change. I would suggest reading this book carefully and slowly especially if you are new to the topic. It is a large book 588 pages, I would suggest reading each section as a mini-book. If you read one section a week you can retain the information and tackle the book in 6 weeks. The book is organized very well and each chapter has an introduction and a summary. I would say that this is a book to own not just to read.

Thy Will Be Done:

This book is simply superb in the information it presents. This book receives my higest level of recommendation. Colby spent 19 years researching the material for this book. The story is largely told through quotes, letters, and words of the Rockefellers, Presidents, Politicians, and big business leaders.

The book covers many topics. There are two main story lines. The first is the invasion of foreign lands and people using religion as the means to pacify the indigenous people, with the central focus on SIL and Cam Townsend. I found this part of the book interesting but not as interesting as the other topics in the book.

The other story line emphasized politics, economics, and influences from the Rockefellers; focuses on Nelson and his manipulation of presidents and use of government authority for his (and his family's) own interest. The most interesting topics were Nelson's manipulation of FDR and establishing a branch of government to push the Rockefeller Latin American interest, Nelson's authority and power over the CIA. Nelson's manipulation and pushing of the Cold War and an "American War Economy," The Rockefeller Kennedy struggle, Business interest in the Vietnam War, LBJ and Nelson Rockefellers personal friendship, and the crafting of the "Dollar Zone" by David and Nelson that models modern day NAFTA and CAFTA.

The book also has very interesting insight on the Kennedy assignation without ever mentioning conspiracy. The book highlights hatred of Kennedy from both David and Nelson Rockefeller, briefly mentions the Kennedy and the Steel Crisis, highlights the Kennedy movement from private to government loans to government to government loans something which David Rockefeller deeply resented Kennedy for. The book also goes into detail about the wrongdoings of the CIA and the Bay of Pigs and later describes the CIA investigation in the 1970s, which was headed by and manipulated by Nelson Rockefeller.

Another Review pointed out Battling Wallstreet by Donald Gibson. This is an excellent book which can be read in conjunction with the JFK material in Thy Will Be Done. Dr. Gibson's book focuses on the economic politics of JFK and the opposition JFK faced from the Rockefellers and big business. Highlights the Steel crisis in great detail and goes more into the objectives and motives certain business interest. Again never mentions any conspiracy.

Thy Will Be Done is an essential must read book if you want to understand what is wrong with politics. It is packed with loads of information, I suggest reading it slowly and taking time to think about the material. The behind the scenes looks of politics and economics is guaranteed to greatly interest anyone interested in economics, political science, or history. Like one reviewer said this is a book to own not just to read. I have gone back cited and re-read many sections.


This is a fantastic book; it easily receives 5 stars for the superb content and analysis. Dr. Gibson is simply a guy with terrific work who does not receive the attention he should. I highly recommend reading Gibson's "Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency" first that way you can become familiar with Gibson's work.

This book goes into great detail about the money that created the environmental movement and why. Environmentalists may not like this book; if you are an environmentalist, read with an open mind. Dr. Gibson shows how big oil and other so called opponents of environmentalism actually created and fund the movement in the past and today. Gibson demonstrates the stranglehold these individuals and companies still control and manipulate the movement. Gibson does not mention anything about pollution as good or bad. He makes very brief mention (less than a page) of global warming and how the scientific community is in disagreement on the issue.

Gibson demonstrates that the individuals and companies who fund the movement have specific economic and ideological goals. One of the core messages behind the environmental movement is to stop the progress of technology. Technology is the largest economic force of redistribution of power and wealth in society. Many economist and social scientist acknowledge this reality. This is one of the many factors Gibson demonstrates as to explain why big business pushes the environmental movement.

The book emphasizes the Rockefeller and Ford connections to the environmental movement, as well as the many extreme environmentalists who believe that the world's population should be reduced by 80% and call for a return back to oppressive and intense labor. The book offers a terrific explanation as to why the environmental movement is against religions such as Christianity.

Gibson investigates the origins of Earth Day and how it was originally perceived as a corporate buyout and propaganda model. If you are environmentalist and consider yourself to dislike oil companies, ford corporation, and other seemingly destructive companies to the environment; then prepared to have your mind blown as you find out these are the very companies that control, created, fund, and shape the entire environmental movement. If you end up reading this book and like it or want to know more about the power groups involved in the book I recommend you to read both "Battling Wall Street" and "Communication Power and Media" by Donald Gibson.

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dude seriously

this is a book and I should do a review on your book reviews. I was thinking of starting a thread on where someone should start to understand liberty/monetary policy and foreign policy in relation to ron paul and his perspective. it seems like your books are good informative books but something for someone with either a lot of time on their hands or is a speed reader. I would like to know what people would recommend for a jumpstart to the ron paul train.

I have read, liberty defined and end the fed. Both are pretty solid. However, I wonder if there are other books, better books to introduce the federal reserve or some of the unique things about RPs perspective that I could recommend to borderline folks. by borderline I simply mean those that like some of what RP says but either aren't convinced on others or don't exactly know what he is referring to on other topics (and most likely it would be monetary policy).

I know peter schiff has several books out and there is hazlitt (which I am reading now), mises, hayek etc.

Any recommendations would be great. And it's ok if you say have people read liberty defined. I just haven't gotten to all the other books yet so don't know if they are a better starting point or not.

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I have liked all of Ron Paul's books: if a friend

is antiwar, his A Foreign Policy of Freedom is a great choice. If they are VERY antiwar, I'd recommend a website, antiwar.com for very complete current coverage.
Ron Paul's Revolution is also very good with a wider scope. And Tom Woods's books on history and economics are very readable, being best sellers.

Ron Paul is a physician and

Ron Paul is a physician and twelve-term congressman from Texas, and his third presidential run.

Buchanan documents his

Buchanan documents his concern across a wide front. For example, the combination

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