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Freedom Next Time
Freedom Next Time
by John Pilger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent investigative journalism exposing the truth of current atrocities, 1 May 2008
This review is from: Freedom Next Time (Paperback)
Freedom next time is an excellent read. Thought provoking and puts new light on the crimes of the west on developing countries. John Pilger narrates a harrowing tale of betrayal and deceit with well-sourced interviews on both sides of a myriad of important injustices that currently plague our world. He starts with the little known plight of the Chaogisans: a people who were evicted from their Island at the same time as the Falklands war. This was because the British government `sold' it for a discount on a Nuclear Trident submarine and the 2500 people forgotten and ignored. The US consequently turned the Island paradise into one of their largest overseas bases from which they would later launch air attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pilger then discusses the increasing stratification of society in India, reveals the true results of the end of apartheid in South Africa. He gains access to many influential parties involved in the current genocide of Palestine by Israel and exposes the barbarism of Governments, the complicity of the media in suppressing the true nature of how the Palestinians are being treated.

This is an excellent companion to Naoim Kleins, `Shock Doctrine' which goes into more detail into the involvement of the IMF, world bank, corporations and military industrial complex in many of the same issues that Pilger discusses from the human contact and investigative journalism he has undertaken.

Essential reading.

Many of the interviews from this book can be seen in a series of BBC documentaries available by searching google video.


Defying Hitler: A Memoir
Defying Hitler: A Memoir
by Sebastian Haffner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and empowering - a layman witnessing ponerology in action, 8 Feb. 2008
It is unusual to find such well-written personal accounts that deal with the biggest question of Hitler's rise to power: why did normal Germans become Nazis, kill and wave flags for Hitler the psychopath?

This is important for todays climate, there are chilling parallels between the 'war on the jews' and the current 'war on muslims'. This article ([...]) discusses the apparent similar hysteria sweeping across the USA. It begins with a quote from Haffner:

"There are few things as odd as the calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of the Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater...Perhaps the only comparably odd thing is the way that now, years later...."

Haffner's memoir's offer a powerful insight into just how good people became bad and how we can protect ourselves from being swept up into the current insane Wars justified for the 'moral good' but the reality is as disturbing as the world the Nazi's created.

For further reading any books on Ponerology are useful additions to understanding the dynamics of evil taking over a society


Struggle of the Magicians: Why Uspenskii Left Gurdjieff : Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
Struggle of the Magicians: Why Uspenskii Left Gurdjieff : Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
by William Patrick Patterson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and provides deep insight into the minds of these exceptional modern-day prophets, 7 Feb. 2008
could not put this book down and devoured in in one afternoon. I have read several of Gurdjieffs books and Uspensky's 'in search of the miraculous' - an exceptional book for any truth seekers. It does help to have prior knowledge of fourth way work in reading the struggle of the magicians since some of the analysis involves inferences that may be inaccessible to those yet to have found this path of understanding and personal development.
I was very moved towards the end in the discussion of Uspensky's death, the loss of all of his immediate family seems to have placed an impenetrable protection mechanism against the attempts by Gurdjieff to free him from his fears and as a result he lost his way.
Personally the book ties in very well with the concepts of Narcissism, see my other reviews. - Since Uspensky had never dealt with the traumatic events of his childhood he was unable, despite incredible intellectual capacity, to fully develop. You need to love yourself before you can love others and you need to understand yourself before you can fully develop and evolve.


Struggle of the Magicians
Struggle of the Magicians
by William Patrick Patterson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging exploration of the studnet-teacher relationship, 7 Feb. 2008
I could not put this book down and devoured in in one afternoon. I have read several of Gurdjieffs books and Uspensky's 'in search of the miraculous' - an exceptional book for any truth seekers. It does help to have prior knowledge of fourth way work in reading the struggle of the magicians since some of the analysis involves inferences that may be inaccessible to those yet to have found this path of understanding and personal development.

I was very moved towards the end in the discussion of Uspensky's death, the loss of all of his immediate family seems to have placed an impenetrable protection mechanism against the attempts by Gurdjieff to free him from his fears and as a result he lost his way.

Personally the book ties in very well with the concepts of Narcissism, see my other reviews. - Since Uspensky had never dealt with the traumatic events of his childhood he was unable, despite incredible intellectual capacity, to fully develop. You need to love yourself before you can love others and you need to understand yourself before you can fully develop and evolve.


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and invaluable explantion of current world events, 7 Feb. 2008
This is an excellent historical account of how the current global dominance of capitalism came to be. Disturbing accounts of complicity by US secret services in instigating military coup's in order to bring down the economies of sovereign nations that refused to play the 'capitalism game'.
It gives a refreshing perspective on the real reasons for America's Wars in Iraq and exposes the utter brutality and pointless execution of over a million Iraqi civilians for western profit.
It exposes the complicity between Governments, multinationals and the banking cartel through the IMF and world bank in ensuring 'democracy' is forced upon other nations.
The direct actions of torture and murder to bring citizens to their knees are well documented.
Anyone who isn't shocked and appalled at the negative social consequences of the shock doctrine should question whether they have a conscience at all. - for the rest of us it is a clear message that this system only favours the wealthy and a new economic system is needed.


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important text for understanding current world affairs, 7 Feb. 2008
This is an excellent historical account of how the current global dominance of capitalism came to be. Disturbing accounts of complicity by US secret services in instigating military coup's in order to bring down the economies of sovereign nations that refused to play the 'capitalism game'.

It gives a refreshing perspective on the real reasons for America's Wars in Iraq and exposes the utter brutality and pointless execution of over a million Iraqi civilians for western profit.

It exposes the complicity between Governments, multinationals and the banking cartel through the IMF and world bank in ensuring 'democracy' is forced upon other nations.

The direct actions of torture and murder to bring citizens to their knees are well documented.

Anyone who isn't shocked and appalled at the negative social consequences of the shock doctrine should question whether they have a conscience at all. - for the rest of us it is a clear message that this system only favours the wealthy and a new economic system is needed.


The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
by The Dalai Lama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, enjoyable and basic insight into Buddhist philosophy, 3 Jan. 2008
A very easy book to read and a great antidote to the excesses of our western life style of consumption and greed.

It provides an easily digestible look at practical ways to live simply and happily.

It can seem patronising and too simple in places, it discusses things that are pretty obvious to most but that is because there is much truth in what the Dalai Lama says and his philosophy is pretty simple.

Live Happily!


The Miracle of Mindfulness: The classic guide to meditation by the world's most revered master
The Miracle of Mindfulness: The classic guide to meditation by the world's most revered master
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple and practical guide to increasing awareness, 3 Jan. 2008
This is a lovely book with many practical tips on meditating.

My particular favourite is the reference to 'washing the dishes to wash the dishes' - the idea of living in the present and enjoying tasks that we all want to put off. By focusing on the job in hand and not ruminating or thinking about what we are going to do next, Hanh rewards the reader with very simple but profound advice. - my dishes have never been cleaner and my mind is certainly less cluttered as a result!


Lost Star of Myth and Time
Lost Star of Myth and Time
by Walter Cruttenden
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling and profound - Powerful stuff!, 3 Jan. 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a simple hypothesis that explains many of the great mysteries of the ancients. It provides convincing evidence for the rise and fall of civilisations and bucks the well-known and rather arrogant view that our current civilisation is the most evolved.

Often the simplest explanations are the most likely to be true and this book is no exception. Our solar system orbits a companion star every 24000 years and hence moves Earth through increasing and decreasing solar activity that has profound effect on human awareness, growth and decline.

The beauty of the book is it's inclusion of many thought-provoking ideas on the purpose and creation of the thousands of megalithic structures found across the globe that today's engineers would be unable to reproduce.

welcome to the age of Aquarius...

An excellent companion to this book is 'The Secret History of the world - and how to get out alive" by Laura Knight-Jadczyk


Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks: Letters, Lyrics, Routines
Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks: Letters, Lyrics, Routines
by Bill Hicks
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He was hilarious, brilliant, brave and right about everything', 11 Nov. 2007
The quote from Henry Rollins on the back of this book says it all, "He was hilarious, brilliant, brave and right about everything'

So sad that he died in his prime, this is a perfect memoir of the years leading up to his death with extracts of his performances. He saw the world as it is, shame that other comedians seem more content in pandering to the TV networks in exchange for air-time.

A true agent of truth and he will never be forgotten


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