by James Perloff
There is good news and there is bad news. The good news is, this book has been written. The bad news is, it’s true. Certain peo~le in high places are going to dispute the validity of this book, they will probably try to discredit it, because they have a vested interest in concealing their activities and agenda. But I encourage anyone who reads The Shadows of Power to note its painstaking documentation. This is no opinion piece; it is an assembly of hard facts that state their own conclusions. You can check information in this book against its sources, which are noted. One thing I find interesting is that its revelations are not new. They have always been available – but available like a news story that is tucked under a small headline on page 183 ofa Sunday newspaper. Anyone who goes to a fair-sized library can probably find copies – however dusty – of Admiral Theobald’s The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor, or Colin Simpson’s The Lusitania, or From Major Jordan’s Diaries. John Toland’s epic Infamy is on bookstore shelves today. And though it may mean microfilm, you can obtain access to the old Congressional Record. Lots ofpowerful stories are buried there, and I mean buried, because the mass media ignored them. The book is especially unique because it not only describes scores ofunderreported events, but elucidates them by showing their common thread: the influence of the internationalist Establishment of the United States. If the Establishment is elusive in its identity, it certainly has a perceptible face in the Council on Foreign Relations, and that is what the author has centered on.
This is not just a book about an organization. It is a book about history. You might call it “the other side of American history from Wilson on” because it tells the “other side” ofmany stories that even the self-proclaimed inside information specialists, such as Jack Anderson and Bob Woodward, didn’t or wouldn’t report. It has been said that those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it. But how can we truly understand an incident in our American past if we are confined to the headline version, designed for public consumption in the interest ofprotecting the powerful and the few? The Shadows of Power has resurrected eight decades of censored material. Don’t let anyone censor it for you now. Read the book and decide for yourself its merit. Your outlook, and perhaps your future itself, will never be the same.
James E. Jeffries United States Congressman (Ret.)