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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2006
The world we live in is a dark, dark place. We think that it is relatively bright because we have become accustomed to the dark. We watch CNN and think what we are seeing is news. We hear officials speak and we think we are hearing candor. We have lost the ability to recognize that 2 pluss 2 equals 4. A spade no longer appears to be a spade.

This book is not a look into a hidden world that has recently been uncovered. It is not a look at an experiment gone wrong. It is a look at the world we live in. The inhuman cynicism and callousness that Ganser describes and documents in this book is the rule, not the exception. It can be found everywhere.

The information that is disclosed in this volume describes the tip of the iceberg. The icerberg that you and I inhabit. You are standing on it right now.

Read this book. Open your eyes.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 February 2007
D. Ganser's book is frightening. He shows how a secret stay-behind network (Gladio) that should only become effective after a Warschaw Pact invasion of Western Europe, became an all important factor in Western politics, after the wealthy and powerful understood that their real enemies were the strong communist parties in Western democracies and the political parties of the left.

As John Prados says in his excellent introduction: `in country after country, Gladio influenced, violently or not, political processes through fear and terrorism. Police and security services protected perpetrated crimes and antidemocratic `state sponsors' created terrorist networks.'

It was everything except a benign game of play. In Italy alone, the strategy of tension was responsible between 1969 and 1987, for 14591 (not less) acts of violence with political motivation. There and elsewhere, bombs exploded in Bologna, Munich and Istanbul leaving hundreds of dead and crippled.

Other dirty `tricks' were torture, coup d'états, election fraud, assassinations, disinformation, provocation and false flag operations. In one word, a destructive spiral of violence.

This warfare planning group was linked to NATO, the Pentagon and the CIA and operated completely outside democratic control from the nationally elected legislators. It made a joke of national sovereignty.

A must read for all those who try to understand the world we live in.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2010
This book shows that since the war MI6 and the CIA have consistently flouted all that the word democracy stands for - stopping at nothing to promote the cause of rabid anti communism. Assassinations, bombings in public places blamed on communists, jerrymandered elections, suppression of free speech and lies presented to the press as facts are small beer next to engineering civil wars. Think of something despicable a government might do to further nefarious ends and the chances are one or other of the "security organisations" of either Britain or the US has carried it out. If you did not believe the CIA were capable of carrying out the demolition of the twin towers - this book could change your mind. The English is halting and would bear editing (The author IS Swiss) but the content is explosive. Order it from your library.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
If you wanna be truley informed about what has been happening around the world for the last 50 years, this is a very very good place to start, and if you wonder why you shold fork out £75 listed at the time I bought it, I have to say the info on "Operation Gladio" alone is well worth it! The reason for this high price is that they (they being the world powers behind things like Gladio) dont want people to read it.

If you truley wanna be informed, spend the money and read this book! you owe it to yourself!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2009
A seminal work in which Danielle Ganser provides us with the coordinates to help us put things like the so-called War On Terror into their proper contexts. He shows that the majority (if not all) of the western European governments, supposedly democratic in nature, have engaged in activities which can only be described as undemocratic since the end of WWII. The necessity to "prevent the spread of Communism" is an invalid question when examined from the standpoint of the democratic will; for if the majority favour Communism then, theoretically, that is what democracy is all about. And there can be no question of degrees; democracy either exists or it does not. Like free speech, you cannot have democracy up to a point.

That there has since the 1990s been little public accountability (despite public acknowledgement that the activities did take place) raises crucially important questions about the validity of the War On Terror, British involvement in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, and many other similar occupations and internal conflicts as well as many of the events which have been attributed to "terrorists" over the past decade or so. For not only do we not know that the countries involved actually dismantled the stay-behind armies in the 1990s, we don't know which countries ran stay-behind armies in each others' countries - and whether these were likewise dismantled. In fact, the main protagonists (the UK & USA) have so far refused to comment.

Whilst many would argue that this is essential to protect national security, this argument, when examined logically, is baseless. For if we truly do live in democracies then no government should be above the law. And when supposedly-demoractic governments encourage - or turn a blind eye to - actions which are undeniably anti-democratic then it would seem to stand to reason that we actually don't live in democracies at all.

Danielle Ganser has added one more link into an ever-strengthening chain of evidence that democracy truly does not exist. A truly disturbing story; this is history that everyone should know.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2014
This book is very important to gain a puzzle piece in the NATO story and also the start of the cold war.

A lot of things you thought where terror attacks or such in Europe for the last 50-60 years have given some light.
If you read this how and then see what it has become and the power it wields then you can see the start of the world we live in.

I was small when the bombings happend in Italy and remember seeing it on the news, by reading this puts things into a new light.

When you look at what NATO and the EU is now you will find out in this book some of the blood this new system we live under is build on.
I advise all people who want to know more and who want to discover the puzzle pieces this world has been build into this is a good book to start with and a important puzzle piece to know even though it is small, it ties some of the puzzle together.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2015
No mention of Britain's WWIII resistance organisation. Still secret, good.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2012
Mandatory reading for everybody who wants to understand post-war European history and how the strategy of tension is used to control citizens in liberal democracies.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2010
I was only able to struggle through several chapters of this massive book, desperately rereading almost every sentence several times in order to understand it, due to the author's execrably poor English, which is not only impossible to understand but causes him to make such absurd assertions as that (p.41) the British SOE (set up in 1940) was "a carbon copy of operation Gladio" (which did not come into existence until after 1945).

Linguistic difficulties aside, this book appears to be a relentless, exhaustive amassing of everything the author has been able to assemble from secondary sources: a very badly written, plodding, methodical exposition of all the available evidence, with no critical assessment of that evidence.

Deadly dull, unreadable, not for the faint-hearted, this disappointing (and expensive) book does a disservice to serious scholarship on an important subject.
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