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Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-up [Paperback]

Lawrence E Walsh
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17 Nov 1998
In its chilling and unsparing revelations, Firewall is the definitive account of the most dangerous breach of presidential authority since Watergate. With Ronald Reagan's knowledge and support, the United States attempted to trade arms for hostages held by Iranian terrorists; some of the secret money then funded the guerrilla activities of the Nicaraguan Contras, a counter-revolutionary group that Congress had specifically forbidden the administration to support. In this historic, first-person account, the independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation exposes the extraordinary duplicity of the highest officials of the Reagan administration and the paralyzing effects of the cover-up. "An important, perhaps singular, contribution. . . . For patient students of accountability in government, the book's extraordinary detail makes for must reading. Scott Armstrong, Washington Post "Not simply an important public accounting of an egregiously misconceived policy, but a cautionary tale of power. August Richard Norton, Boston Sunday Globe "We would never have known the truth about Iran-Contra without the tenacious seven-year struggle by the independent counsel in the affair, Lawrence Walsh, to get to the bottom of it. . . . Of first-rate historical importance. Doug Ireland, Nation

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  • Paperback: 952 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New edition edition (17 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393318605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393318609
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We would never have known the truth about Iran-Contra without the tenacious seven-year struggle by the independent counsel in the affair, Lawrence Walsh, to get to the bottom of it Of first-rate historical importance. --Doug Ireland"

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While I was at times confused by the legal problems Walsh's team were confronted with, I did clearly understand why Lawrence Walsh did not get very far with his investigation. Mainly it was because the targets of his investigation had designed a highly secretive plot and had the protection of the CIA or the National Security Council. Documents were denied or shredded, subjects lied or refused to testify all on the basis of "national security" or out of a belief that Congress had no right to interfere in foreign policy. After reading this book, I was shaken by the realization that under the guise of a "higher purpose" or holy war our democratic principles could so easily be dispensed with. Oliver North and President Reagan were rewarded with national affection despite showing utter contempt for the rule of law! Iran-Contra was a true case of Machiavellian politics because all of our most sacred principles were run over for the sake of the dictators ideology - that the end justifies the means. Firewall reveals the incipient dictatorship lurking beneath our fragile democracy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH will set you free!!! 5 Jan 1999
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Finally a book that exposes the TRUTH on the Reagan administration. Readers need to keep in mind that although Judge Walsh did his homework, he could not get a DESERVED conviction due to a strong GOP Congress and Reagan's "halo effect" in the press's and public's eyes who refused to believe the TRUTH that Walsh, et al uncovered.
This book sheds light on the Reagan administration for all it's worth: lies, corruption, cover-up, deceit, treason, cabal. Always an actor in the Oval Office.
America should re-examine this SAD, UGLY incident in American history (TRUE high crimes and FELONIES) and stop worrying about Clinton's sex life (low crimes and misdemeanors).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Story 15 Dec 1997
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While Firewall was excellent reading, I was able to broaden its conclusions by reading the biographies of Ronald Reagen and Oliver North.
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