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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day; Revised edition (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936296071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936296071
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presenting a chilling expose of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nation-wide child-trafficking and paedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places. The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union and took the author beyond the Midwest and ultimately to Washington, DC. Implicating businessmen, senators, major media corporations, the CIA, and even the venerable Boys Town organisation, this extensively researched report includes first hand interviews with key witnesses and explores a controversy that has received scant media attention. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andy on 8 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book pulls together the web of lies and coercion that took place, that have been told in the first account by John de camp himself. The bbc investigative team took statements from witnesses over 9 months some on film , many of whom later died or were imprisoned to silence them.
This account is a revisit and goes back and takes further statements and gets more evidence, to back up the 20 000 pages of evidence that was handed over in the Franklin case.

The child abuse and worse,worse than you can imagine, that is detailed goes from police officers to the CIA too politicians too the White house.

People are involved for different reasons and at different levels, its a system that has continued and still exists today. It doesn't make any sense at first , because it seems insane. This is actually in their interest.

When you read this and other accounts of what is really going on in America today, you will have nightmares,be warned,its easier to just watch the news and live in ignorance, but you are watching the criminals in this case, who appear in the news every day.
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By Kavy on 31 Aug. 2014
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Gripping, even though it is highly detailed.
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By Mrs Gillian Burrill on 4 Sept. 2014
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138 of 140 people found the following review helpful
Read it and weep, then seethe... 23 April 2010
By Thomas J. Breidenbach - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Deep politics" is scholar Peter Dale Scott's term for historical machinations such as drug-running and assassinations which form covert if systemic features of the contemporary state and which are all-too naively dismissed as "conspiracy theories." A number of people who study such matters seriously have long suspected that the scandal centering on Omaha, Nebraska's Franklin Credit Union in the 1970s and `80s forms the conceptual linchpin to a truly critical understanding of the perverse, brutal and predatory nature of power in late-imperial America. Having read former Nebraska State Senator John DeCamp's brave if somewhat desultory 1992 book on the subject, THE FRANKLIN COVER-UP, and watched the unaired British television documentary CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE on the internet, we have also sensed, with a certain despair, that the nature and details of this scandal were so shocking, ugly, confusing and strange as to forever defy broader public credulity and scrutiny. It is with a profound sense of relief, admiration and gratitude, then, that one reads Nick Bryant's THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL, which accomplishes the seemingly impossible: an eminently gripping, thorough and accessible account of perhaps the grimmest aspect of contemporary U. S. history.

It is amusing to see the sole negative reviewer on these pages (as of this writing) suggest that Bryant has gullibly relied only on the apparent victims of the scandal, when in fact the author has taken pains to bolster accusations voiced in his book with the testimony of law-enforcement, governmental, mental health, legal and social-service officials, as well as journalists and others whose professions and/or personal relationships brought them into the orbit of this lurid story.

Anything but the ramblings of a susceptible naïf, Bryant's book appears as a model of journalistic integrity and a triumph of the investigative craft. Relying on official court and law enforcement documents and an extensive array of interviews with those involved in a variety of aspects of the scandal, it conveys a massive amount of carefully corroborated and meticulously researched data while maintaining all the tension and drama of the very best true-crime narratives. Bryant's own natural skepticism allows him to ultimately ground what appear to be Franklin's most far-fetched elements--Satanism, mind control, and the trafficking of children among our nation's elite for the purpose of sex--in an historical context that casts these admittedly outlandish phenomena in an intelligible and empirical light. Bryant's treatment of these subjects is deft, and his light touch and firm command of the overall material combine to a disarming effect that is sure to challenge all but the most recalcitrant of doubters.

While it provides well over a hundred pages of documentation in support of its disturbing thesis that there appears to be validity to the wrenching accusations of gravely scurrilous behavior on the part of an elite element in our society, among the other merits of Bryant's book is that it dispels certain myths that have accrued about Franklin over the years, even as it deepens our understanding of little-appreciated aspects of the story, such as Alicia Owen's protracted legal nightmare. The author's treatment of the scandal is highly comprehensive, but also circumspect; aficionados will want to consult DeCamp's THE FRANKLIN COVER-UP to fill in the names of certain apparent perpetrators, a few of whose identities Bryant--unable to finally track down every source he pursued over the several years he has worked on this story--only alludes to. (As the skeptical reader will no doubt appreciate, Bryant does not overstep his bounds, though given the vast amount of information he has collected, he hardly needs to.) There are certain other details found in DeCamp's book, pertaining for example to the exact nature of the extreme abuse apparently suffered by certain victims, which Bryant does not reiterate; given the acute nature of these violations, Bryant's overall eschewal of the sensational, and his palpable concern and respect for the victims' dignity, this elision appears understandable, especially as these horrific accounts have found a life of their own on the Web. This said, the author's description of the abuse conveys its iniquity, and there is much in this book that will be new to readers of DeCamp, who as an attorney close to the case lacks Bryant's journalistic precision, clarity, sense of narrative structure, and critical distance. This is not said to detract from DeCamp's compelling book, but to point out that Bryant brings a great deal that is new to this important story.

In all, this is an enraging book, and toward its conclusion the reader reels in disgust at its main point: the subsequent abuse suffered by victims when they were subjected to the federal and state legal systems during the cover-up phase of the scandal. What this suggests about the state of our public institutions is one of the most disturbing aspects of this book. Still, aside from a cast of shameless villains there are heroes and heroines who emerge in the story, whose efforts in the face of obdurate corruption, selfishness and cruelty are--though it might seem a trite word in this context--inspiring. That these examples of human fortitude and decency finally have the chronicler in Mr. Bryant that they deserve is enough to reaffirm the faith in our species that this book otherwise shakes to its core.

Bryant's account of the Franklin scandal joins David Ray Griffin's extensive analyses of 9/11 and James Bamford's exposures of military-industrial and intelligence agency malfeasance as one of the most important historical documents of our time. In its own way, given the extremities of the depravity it confronts THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL is, if possible, even bolder than those valiant efforts. It is most highly recommended to anyone willing to face vicious realities that too many others remain too complacent, timorous or arrogant to acknowledge. It is must-reading for those seeking to comprehend the madness of our cultural moment, and who yearn for an example of a meaningful and courageous response to it.
82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Required reading! 28 Aug. 2009
By T. Gray - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nick Bryant's book is an excellent, even-handed investigation of a decades old scandal that is still being covered up to this day, and rewards the reader with even greater levels of detail and corroboration than the previous books on the subject (Franklin Cover-up and Carefully Crafted Hoax, both written well over a decade ago). Witness after witness corroborates the story of child trafficking and prostitution used to blackmail and ensnare powerful politicians, and the blatantly obvious cover-up that was "carefully crafted" by the FBI, law enforcement and the media. Readers of ex-Senator John DeCamp's book were probably already completely convinced of the corruption and cover-up surrounding Franklin, but Bryant's book nails that point home with even greater corroboration and updated information from the past few years. I would consider this book required reading and recommend it to everyone!
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Kudos to Nick Bryant and his "Franklin Scandal." 5 Sept. 2009
By Elliott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Franklin Scandal is a comprehensive account of how a few, powerful, conceited individuals can abuse children, strip them of there dignity, leave them voiceless, and then hide their evil deeds through a campaign of fear, intimidation and bribes. Nick Bryant is one of the few individuals who has had the resolve to stand up to these bullies and not be intimidated to write this gut-wrenching story. People can't believe something this sinister could happen in the "Heartland," Omaha, Nebraska. However, as a youth, I remember hearing warnings that I should "stay away" from Alan Baer's Brandeis department store. If people in Omaha knew about Alan Baer's pandering, why didn't someone do anything about it? I dare you to read this book. Read, not only Nick's stories, but, also, read the actual notes from the trials and the original documents found in the appendices.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This is TRUTH! 2 Mar. 2011
By Daniel Hagen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
i have lived in Omaha during the period reported in this book. I have worked as a police officer in the Omaha area and at the Villiage of Boys Town. I considered myself to be very objective and hold a BA, BS and MS degrees. I know many of the people mentioned in this book and many others involved in the investigation who are not mentioned in this book. I have spoken to the author. I believe the information in this book is ACCURATE! The exposure of evil depicted in this story is very plausible and a reflection of the highest level of integrity shared by author Nick Bryant. Kudos to Bryant for his selfless and couragous documentation of facts so incredible and unpleasant that most people choose to look the other way. How sad when money, politics, business interests and personal sexual conquests are more important to some than the well-being of children. Wake up and smell the stench! A must read for everyone.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By PEPPER'S GHOST - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nick Bryant's book is finally here after 7 years of research and it's the book you should read first after viewing the unfinished, not for broadcast & suppressed documentary film "Conspiracy of Silence" by Tim Tate, working for Yorkshire Television in the early 90's. This book gives the central uncovering of the scandal a readable and clarifying structure that will leave you in no doubt that what happened to these poor kids, the abuse they suffered at the hands of powerful people in US government, the judicial system, social services, education and more, is truthful and horrifying.

Bryant lays the key events of this case in front of us with an open, skeptical and rigorously unbiased investigative attitude, exactly what that it needs, so we can deduce for ourselves what really happened with the facts we know at this time. This case needs to be reopened no matter where it leads, the use of children as a commodity for whatever purpose is just unacceptable and is indicative of how western society now consumes everthing, absolutely everything, including it's own children, for the base satitation of any perverse human desires, the trafficking of others, drugs and much more by power elites.

The book also the documents how such a nefarious system works and how hard it is to stop because of the machinations of this sytem of abuse. It also asks questions of the other dark areas this case seems to be some sort of nexus for.

There is just too much evidence in the public domain alone to even suggest that this was some "carefully crafted hoax...", then and now.
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