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ISBN: 1888363932
Dark Alliance

This book is about how the CIA turned a blind eye when Nicaraguan Contras (rebels) were selling cocaine in the United States to fund its war against a new Nicaraguan leader who was hated by the U.S. government. Tons and tons of those drugs were piped direction into inner cities, where they were processed as crack and sold to black people. The book provides more than enough evidence to show the government knew this was happening. They let it proceed because they felt overthrowing the Nicaraguan government was a cause worth sacrificing Americans who were already living on the margins of society.

At the same time Ronald Reagan was teaching you to Just Say No, he was letting cargo planes of drugs enter the U.S. (many owned by CIA contractors) in a program run by Oliver North, all because he was chafed by Congress’ decision to pull funding on the Contras, “freedom fighters” that were composed of human rights abusers and corrupt officials who looted Nicaragua when they had held power.

“The administration had allowed South Central’s biggest cocaine trafficker to call the United States his home.”

At the same time, crack hysteria by the media set the stage for the creation of extreme drug laws that locked up users and small-time dealers for long mandatory sentences. The government allowed the drug to enter the inner cities while locking up black men en masse who touched it, all while letting the big-time traffickers go. The black community was hit three times: they were flooded with drugs, they were further impoverished while buying those drugs (helping fund a war in Central America), and finally they were jailed in massive numbers, ensuring destruction of the lower class black family unit.

People who want to blame black people for their failings or addictions can do so all they want, but it doesn’t make it right that the government allowed this to happen. From the beginning they knew where those drugs were going but carried out their illegal program anyway. Things Malcolm X said over two decades prior about white participation of black destruction eerily went down exactly according to his words.

The media was complicit in all this:

“One truly remarkable thing about the crack scare was the degree to which the national press—particularly the New York Times—walked in lockstep with the federal government on the issue, fanning the flames of hysteria and unquestioningly parroting the official line, a media phenomenon usually seen only in times of armed conflict.”

Attacking crack and being “tough on crime” was a great way to score votes at the polls, leading to many easy re-election campaigns in the second half of the 80s. You couldn’t find a politician who didn’t think crack was going to destroy the country.

Once this “dark alliance” was exposed, the government repeatedly lied and stonewalled. The Justice Department should be renamed the Obstruction of Justice Department. The DEA is the Drug Enabling Agency. It was almost amusing how many government agencies did the very opposite of their publicly stated missions.

This book confirmed to me that the CIA is independent of U.S. law, with tentacles in ever major media organization and federal agency. It’s an enterprise that funds its own projects through illegal means if need be, using contractors, front companies, untraceable bank accounts, and layers of agents to evade detection in order to support programs that the American people would unquestionably be against. They are the most powerful group in the world, with no accountability and near unlimited power to accomplish its covert goals in the name of preserving “American interests.” They especially love using drug money to support paramilitary groups that aren’t big fans of human rights (Laos and Afghanistan are other countries suspected of CIA involvement when it comes to drug trafficking).

The depressing part is that this is only one program that got exposed, though every once in a while there is a mistake that suggests the CIA is still involved in drug trafficking. The author’s efforts to expose the CIA sadly contributed to his suicide. He wrote a powerful book that makes you lose whatever remaining faith and trust you had in the government. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 1560259302
Kill the Messenger

This book is basically a summary of Dark Alliance with additional reporting that gives more insight into the life of Gary Webb until he committed suicide. It describes how the mass media, particularly the Los Angeles Times, wrongly attacked Webb’s credibility and ensured he could never again get a job in journalism. They set up a straw man saying that Webb failed to prove that the CIA sold crack cocaine, when in fact Webb never said that (his argument was that the CIA knew where the drugs were going but didn’t put a stop to it). The media were ten times more focused on combing through Webb’s past than actually advancing the CIA-contra link that he provided solid evidence for.

I felt like the book was forced to adopt a more nuanced view on the CIAs role in drug trafficking. It’s one of those things where unless you have a copy of a drug contract printed on CIA letterhead and signed by the director, you have insufficient evidence and therefore are a loony conspiracy theorist. On the other hand, when the U.S. wants to invade a country, all it needs is to find one disgruntled soldier to say that he saw weapons of mass destruction to get the war drum beating. If you want to take down the CIA you need HD video with sound and nothing less.

Gary Webb was just doing his job, but unfortunately he had some existing character weaknesses that made his banishment from the profession he loved result in depression and then tragedy. It looks like he died in vain, for nothing has changed.

ISBN: 1936719118
Anything You Want

I met the author of this book in Rio, after already having been a fan of his blog. We talked a little about life, business, and travel, surprised that so many of our beliefs were similar yet our paths so different. He poured his energy into music and business while I poured mine into women and writing. I hold him up to be a business role model, a guy on the same page as myself who brought value to his customers over several years and was greatly rewarded for it.

I bought his book the day it came out and read it in a couple hours. It’s an inspiring and practical story of how he took a hobby and turned it into a business that later sold for $22 million, including the gut-wrenching mistake he made that cost him $3.3 million. He tells you what worked for him, knowing full well that his strategies go against what they teach you in business school. I highly recommended it if you want to start your own business.

“When someone’s doing something for the money, people can sense it, like a desperate lover. It’s a turnoff.”

ISBN: 0060822554
Ask The Dust

This book was a strong inspiration to Charles Bukowski, so I thought it deserved a read. It’s a semi-autobiographical story of an insecure young man trying to crack it as a writer in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, written in a stream-of-consciousness style. Most of the book revolves around his attempts to get paid for his writing while trying to seduce a Mexican girl who happens to be in love with another man.

I couldn’t sympathize with the protagonist because he had absolutely no game. He came across as a loser with a level of betatude that made me cringe at several points throughout the novel, not at all deserving to get the Mexican girl. The little action in this book stems from his attempts to come to terms with his feelings for her while she uses him as a tampon again and again.

The bright side of this book is the prose; the writing completely won me over. It’s up there with the best I’ve read, though it’s hard to describe why. It’s not too descriptive, it’s not too floral, but it just flows, and you want to keep reading even though you don’t care about the story or the characters. If you like Bukowski or Henry Miller then you’ll like this book.

ISBN: 0670018708
City Of Thieves

This is a historical fiction novel using the Siege of Leningrad as a backdrop, when the Nazis surrounded the city for nearly three years in an attempt to destroy it. It’s about two men (a soldier and a teenager) who got into trouble with the Russian secret police. Their “crimes” would be usually punishable by death, but a general decided to spare their lives if they can find a dozen eggs so he can use it for his daughter’s upcoming wedding. Under normal times this is not a hard task, but during the blockade, when people were resorting to cannibalism to survive, eggs were worth their weight in gold.

In a capable story that is both entertaining and engaging, the reader is whisked from one scene to the next in the characters’ futile attempt to find eggs. It’s a good book written by someone who followed his writing workshop notes to a T, but it’s not great for two reasons. The first is that the main character is a pathetic beta who falls in love with a girl who is stronger and more masculine than him. At several points in the book I was hoping he’d die.

The second problem with the book is that the author keeps interrupting the best action with lame and irrelevant side stories. Just tell me the fucking story and spare me from your hack attempt to build suspense.

Other than that I recommend the book as a fine read, especially if you have any interest in Russian history or World War II.

ISBN: 0806512717
How To Learn Any Language

I was looking for a language learning blueprint that could help me learn any language. I believe I found it with this book, which was written by a guy who has mastered 25 languages. He gives you practical advice on how to tackle new languages with the goal of helping you gain fluency.

The book had two strong tips that I immediately implemented while studying Polish. The first was to take a stack of blank notecards wherever you go and write down the things you wanted to say but couldn’t so that you can later get a translation. This tip understands that you won’t later remember at home what you wanted to say at the grocery store, for example. I’ve even started taking pen and paper to me with the club, writing down game lines that I want my Polish teacher to help me translate.

The second tip was using mnemonics to memorize tough vocabulary. He teaches you how to make a story out of each word, that while labor intensive on the surface, is the fastest way I’ve found to get words to stick in my brain.

My only complaint with the book is that it was somewhat contradictory. At one point he says don’t worry about grammar, but at another he’s saying to do your best to learn proper grammar. It was a minor issue in an otherwise fast read of one man’s journey through the world of language learning. If you’re trying to learn a language right now, this book will definitely motivate you.

ISBN: 0804100039
If You Survive

This book is one foot soldier’s experience in World War II, from his landing in France after D-Day to his injury a few months later. The story unfolds battle to battle as the author tells you how the war was fought and what he did to survive. Instead of talking about war through the sweeping eye of a historian, this book gets at a micro level of detailing logistical issues like transport and reloading on ammunition in the thick of battle.

What struck me most about this book was how an inconsequential act, like picking up a pack of cigarettes, would lead to death. Just one inch to the left and you might have lived. More than anything else, reading about war teaches me how insignificant human life really is.

While it contained a lot of technical descriptions that sometimes made it hard to visualize the battle scene, If You Survive was a riveting story that avoided editorializing about the evils of war. It simply told you how it is.

ISBN: 0679745440
A Concise History Of The Russian Revolution

The crux of this book is that Lenin and his cronies managed to take over a country with a small minority of support from the people. Once in power they resorted to permanent use of terror and absurd governance that almost destroyed a “great” nation.

Lenin made it up as he went along, especially since the idealistic writing of Marx didn’t work out so well in practice. He was great at winning the game of politics but horrible at managing a country with a goal of increasing his people’s standard of living. His efforts to abolish money for a barter system and to eliminate the laws of supply and demand seem comical in hindsight. He treated Russia as one big laboratory that destroyed the economy and resulted in a famine that cost millions of lives along with untold human suffering. His crackpot schemes make you feel sorry for the Russian people.

Many historians say Stalin was one of the most ruthless men the world has ever seen, but his whole ideology came from Lenin. The only thing that stopped Lenin from killing millions more people was his premature death.

“Soviet Russia was the first state in history to outlaw law. This measure permitted the authorities to dispose of any individual who stood in their way.”

This book has a couple of strange features. The first is that it’s suspiciously pro-Jew. I don’t care either way of Jewish participation in the rise of Russian communism, but the author went out of his way to make sure they came out favorably. Secondly, the author is vehemently anti-Communist, repeatedly asserting that life under the tsar was better for Russians. I looked into his Wikipedia biography and turns out that he is indeed Jewish, with ties to both the CIA and Council of Foreign Relations. When he was accused of writing “the Polish version of Russian history,” he called his attacker an anti-Semite.

Overall this was a dry work full of facts that kept me engaged only because of my interest in Russian history, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was reading propaganda.

ISBN: 1400081882
Improv Wisdom

Call me a sexist but I hesitated to buy this book because it was written by a woman. I can’t think of the last time any woman has given sound life advice that has helped a man, but the 5 out of 5 stars it got on Amazon convinced me to drop my cash on it. That was a mistake.

This book has several problems:

  • Straight-up bullshit, such as “When we train our minds to accept whatever arises, ideas grow, and we nourish the garden of our imagination.” I think I saw that sentence on the back of a milk carton.
  • Real-life examples are about women, often the “busy mom” variety.
  • Beta male advice about caring for others, saying yes all the time, leaving thank-you notes for trivial reasons, and paying tolls for random strangers.
  • Cheesy hands-on exercises that I doubt the author did herself.

The author admits she has brought forth no new wisdom at all, but collected a bunch of feel-good tips she gleaned from Buddhism and other self help works. This book is entry-level self help for women who need an easy follow-up to Eat Pray Love. The best thing about it is the title.

ISBN: 0452284236
1984

I already read this book twice before but wanted to hit it one more time. From reading Russian history in the past year, I feel like this book was “based on a true story.” The only difference between the Bolsheviks and their stranglehold on Russia for so many decades and 1984 are names and technology. If the communists wrote a manual on power I believe it would not be far off from this.

Unfortunately for us, 1984 does act as a manual for countries where “freedom” and “liberty” rein today.

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.”

Even though WTC7 looks like a controlled demolition, it fell because of office fires.
Even though WTC7 looks like a controlled demolition, it fell because of office fires.
Even though WTC7 looks like a controlled demolition, it fell because of office fires.

I have to ignore what my eyes and gut tells me and tote the Party line. Nineteen terrorists, box cutters, Osama, jealous of America, and so on.

“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labour power without producing anything that can be consumed… The object of war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact.”

1984 is easily my favorite book. I like to revisit it occasionally to help remind me of government’s true goal, its boot pressed against my face.

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  • nguyenimproved

    roosh, i have a feeling you are just one breakthrough away from becoming a B-grade Celebrity.

  • dufu

    1984 remains popular because on the surface it reinforces the narrative about the triumph of “freedom” over totalitarianism. For some reason though Brave New World is much less popular even though it more accurately predicted the dystopian elements of contemporary Western civilization.

    http://www.recombinantrecords.net/docs/2009-05-Amusing-Ourselves-to-Death.html

  • Eduardo

    Roosh
    Why don~t you get a polish girl to teach you some polish man or would that be considered beta
    Eduardo from Brasil

  • http://www.bronanthebarbarian.com Bronan the Barbarian!

    1984 is a classic. I love that book.

  • Dr. Grzlickson

    Wait a sec, are you a truther?

  • http://www.approachexcitement.com Y

    @Dr.Grzlickson

    It’s sad and indicative of the era that we live in that ‘truther / truth seeker’ is used as an insult.

    Set aside for the moment whether or not the terrorist attack was a conspiracy (I honestly don’t know).

    People should be commended for being skeptical of everything. Especially of what ‘authorities’ tell them.

    Good thing Roosh was a ‘truhter’ about the relationship between men and women and didn’t blindly follow what society told him to believe.

  • Shango

    Roosh, your politics are as paranoid to the same magnitude your game is clear and even-handed. Take your head outta your ass.

  • http://johnnyshornofplenty.wordpress.com/ Johnny Milfquest

    Roosh, I salute you for mentioning WTC7.

    The BBC reported the WTC7 collapse about 20 mins before it happened. Whoops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltP2t9nq9fI

  • Anonymous

    Whether the US Government was directly involved in 911 or not (probably not, as they would surely have messed that up,too), is much less important than making sure as many as possible are aware that they would be; as long as even one single one of their favorite donors or progressive high priests, would benefit even one iota from those events taking place.

    The important point of this thread is the US Government today, Lenin’s post revolution, the one in 1984, and the government in Webb’s book, are all indistinguishable in any meaningful way. We are / would be no better off under either of those regimes.

    While, in America today, just like in Soviet Russia, 1984, and the “just say no” era, successful public indoctrination have the subjects of each era thinking the others’ systems are really barbaric and totalitarian and violent…… and whatever else is hailed as baaaaad by their rulers.

  • magnificent224

    One correction Roosh, gary Webb did not commit suicide, he was murdered. He was complaining of being followed and strange ”military guys” hoping fences when he would come home, his stuff having been gone thru. To ad to the farce of the so called ”suicide” he was shot multiple times in the head with a shot gun, am not sure how you shoot yourself multiple times with a fire arm, especially a shot gun in the head but that was the so called ”verdict”. So for the record he was murdered, and please give me a break people 911 was in inside job deliberatly made to happen to kick off wars and conquest of resources and just so we understand each other clearly, America has nothing to do with it, its the ”families” the people in power who controle America that are responsible for this, very select groups, who have hijack the country of America not the people themselves who do not benefit from these wars of conquest.

  • Carl Sagan

    Don’t tell me you are a truther.

    The government could pull off 9/11 but couldn’t “find” any WMDs in Iraq.

    Negro please.

    9/11 resulted out of foreign policy blowback and monumental government ineptness.

  • Giovonny

    Your social commentary is just as good as your Game writing.

  • (r)Ev

    Johnny M, and Y, what you say is true. WTC7 has become a test of dynamic intelligence–people who can parse dynamic systems and have a solid understanding of basic physics can easily see that WTC7 is, among many other red flags, a giant red flag the size of Texas that something was wrong on that day, that the official explanation doesn’t match the facts. Fifteen hundred civil and mechanical engineers cosign on this. But the Official report doesn’t contain a single mention of it. 1984 Indeed. And that’s not even going into the personal details of people involved, as Mag224 mentioned.

    Then there are “men” like “Dr.” G, who start throwing out insults at the first mention of it, because his world view is radically shaken when facts don’t match his story. His medical specialty must be autoproctology, since his head is exploring the deepest, darkest recesses of his own rectum.

  • Harry Lime

    “reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.” ?

    I’m surprised that you would say this as a critical thinker and microbiologist.

    a skyscraper isn’t built to withstand a hit from a jumbo jet full of jet fuel. Talk to a civil or structural engineer and find out what happens when a fire burning at “x” temp of on an entire floor of that building for “x” amount of time does.. The heat radiated through the superstructure of the building and it fell apart.

    You should know better than anyone.. it’s called SCIENCE.

    A demo job would’ve been redundant.

  • KC

    That’s classic.

  • Falcon

    Nice reviews. As for 9/11, former Berkeley professor David Griffin has researched and written extensively about the subject. He has several good lectures on Youtube. Swiss historian Daniel Ganser provides a good 60 min. introductional overview 10 years after the attacks.
    http://edvan.fadeout.ch/v2/?customerId=30&channelId=189&broadcastId=1379

    It’s a complex subject most people actually know very little about. WTC 7 just scratches the surface. The attacks have so far not been thoroughly investigated which is unaccaptable, considering their importance in US and world history.

  • AnlamK

    I’m humbled by how much you read.

    Where do you get these? On Kindle?

  • (r)Ev

    @Hairy Lyme,

    No, the buildings WERE designed to take hits from aircraft. Look it up, ALL of those buildings were engineered to take direct aircraft strikes. THAT’s science, cabron. Look, don’t take my word for it, you mentioned engineering, superstructure, etc–look up what more than 1500 civil engineers assessed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZEvA8BCoBw&feature=player_embedded

    I can’t believe we’re still even debating this shit 10 years down the line, with all the evidence that’s come out showing the holes in the official version. Military grade thermite residue discovered in the dust, eyewitness reports of explosions in the basement, and so many more. Yet those hypnotized by mainstream culture keep on chugging that blue pill.

    I’m surprised people like that are even able to accept the premises of game, but it just goes to show, some dudes really do only think with their dicks. Unlike Uncle Roosh, who is a smart motherfucker, who thinks with his prodigious intellect AND his dick. They work together.

    Nice work on the list, Roosh. I’ll have to pick up a couple books on the list, including “Anything you want,” and that book on WWII. I should probably re-read 1984 just on principle, considering the current geopolitical and psychosocial climate.

  • Rakishness

    People need to start waking up. If we don’t expose these false flag attacks…they’ll happen again.

  • Falcon

    Whenever I see stuff on North Korea I have to think of 1984. That country is 1984 in reality.

  • Patricia Ryan Madson

    I appreciate your taking the time to review my book. What a disappointment to have wasted your time and money. If you send an email with your mailing address I will be glad to refund your money on the book.

    Regards,
    Patricia Ryan Madson

  • Dr. Grzlickson

    Your credibility just flew out the window with that WTC 7 gem.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for mentioning Gary Webb, the way his own newspaper tucked its tail between its legs and ran off when the propagandists started trying to shout him down was shameful.

  • blert

    WTC #7 was demo’d with the permission of the new owner…

    The rescue crews working in the twin towers were so terrified that #7 would collapse while they were in its shadow that they made the request.

    The tale is on video — with the owner giving permission.

    The BBC cross-timeline was due to the delay between permission given and the actual demolition.

    WTC#7 was ruined anyway — its base is in common with the twin towers.

    For those unaware: the entire zone below street level going down many stories was a massive retail shopping complex cum transportation node to the PATH trains. ( Port Authority Trans Hudson )

    So claiming that WTC#7 was demo’d does not make one a Truther… But if you take the tale any further — you’re nuts.

    The twin towers were Skin-Stressed vertical tubes: that’s how they came to have so much open space. ( C&C with Empire State Building ) It is in the nature of skin-stressed designs that the strongest elements are at the ‘curtain wall.’

    When failure – due to the firestorm — occurred the weakest link in the design were the interior columns. They then pulled the perimeter in upon the center — just like a controlled demolition would.

    Once the momentum of a SINGLE floor is added to the equation –you get a run-away zipper fall effect.

    BTW, the shock of each floor is phenomenal:That’s what happens when a million tons drops an eighth of a mile.

    As for the CIA helping the narco trade — it’s a fact that the DEA didn’t even know who the big players were until they were fingered from the inside.

    The corruption possible with that much money — just check out Traffic to see what’s what.

    As we now see with Gun Walker and Fast and Furious — everything is a clown show, and always has been.

  • The Glee Manifesto

    Okay! Looks like the time is nigh for the cartoon-pickup video re-enactment contest!

  • moop

    The facts surrounding Gary Webb’s death are murky. The coroner’s report indicates that he was found dead in his home with two gunshot wounds to the head from .38 revolver. Meaning he apparently shot himself once in the jaw, cocked, aimed again and finished the job…

  • magnificent224

    responce to Carl sagan: not the goverment but elements in the goverment, they can pinpoint a bomb down your chimney but they can’t pull off 911? Give me a break. A man in a cave who was a CIA asset know at tim Ozmon can pull off making Norad stand down? Lets not forget building 7 falling in its own foot print, people told to get back before it came down and lets not forget the reporter that reported building 7 collapsing a full hour before it came down. Yeah, black ops elements could not pull of 911 of course am being sarcastic as it is so ludacris and obvious as they did pull it off. 911 truth lives for ever check out Alex jones movies free on youtube o the subject and chek out the architects and engineers for 911 truth documenting that the building fell at free fall speed no resistance.

  • speakeasy

    It’s interesting to see that this post has become another referendum on who was behind 9/11 even though Roosh only made wrote one sentence referencing it in the entire post.

    I’ll just cull the words of the late wise Carl Sagan, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

    I don’t think you can find a more extraordinary claim than the government’s orchestration of 9/11. But all the “evidence” I see of this from “truthers” falls short of extraordinary.

  • magnificent224

    Understand brother, not the whole goverment tey use goverment as a cover for there ”loving” operations, including false flag, money laundering, gun running, drug running etc (like fast and furious to demonize the second amendment) The atom bomb, was kept secret for years killing 3000 people on 911 piece of cake especially when you have disinformation campaigns, and naive people who are good and could never see people being this evil.

  • Cliff Arroyo

    They always looked exactly like three controlled demolitions to me.

    How many buildings are on record collapsing into their own footprints without that being the scenario planned ahead of time? Did it ever happen before or has it happened since those three buildings next to each other (one not hit by any plane whatsoever) did so on the same day within hours of each other?

    I have no idea of who was behind what happened that day or why. The difference is I freely admit I don’t know. Others mistake say “I know” when what they mean is “I believe” or “I want to believe”.

    Anyone who uncritically believes what any government tells them is a fool. I won’t add they deserve what they get because I really don’t enjoy the idea of other people suffering.

  • Fraek

    Popular mechanics did a book length refutation of 9/11 truther material. It should be next on your reading list Roosh.

    This paranoid writing makes me seriously question your judgement though.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/architecture/4278874

    The idea that the government even could lead or suppress a conspiracy involving tens of thousands of employees, scientists, etc, is a perfect storm of stupidity and paranoia.

  • Cliff Arroyo

    To be clear, I have no idea of there are examples of other skyscrapers suffering some form of trauma (that doesn’t involve planned demolition) and then collapsing into their own footprints.
    I’d welcome other examples if they exist.

    The problem with most analyses (both for and against the official story) is that they’re theoretical.

    The sorry fact is you can always find a person (or a few dozen) with a PhD who will tell you just exactly what you want to hear when the scientific method cannot be applied for whatever reason.

    And the cost of building skyscrapers filling them up with equipment and people and flying planes full of people into them means there’s no way to really accurately test theories that either support or challenge the official story. No replication? No science.

    Therefore to paraphrase the French my instinct is to cherchez le profit….

  • magnificent224

    Popular mechanic coming. out of Hearst publishing known for being the big daddy pf yellow journalism??? Popular mechanics has no credibility with me my friend none what so ever 911 was in inside job anyone one that has two brain cells to rub together saw that one.

  • Harry Lime

    How clever of them to blame Suadi hijackers as a pretext to invade Irak.

    And how nice of the subsequent administration to participate in their plan and pretend to capture or hunt down the perpetrators.

  • Will

    Your reading list never ceases to impress Roosh.

    That Gary Webb book is brilliant. Learning about how the CIA flooded poor African-American communities with crack to fund the Contras and pay for illegal arms to Iran and then when the mainstream media drove Gary Webb to suicide made me realise the madness and lies of our mad world.

  • magnificent224

    Gary Webb did not kill himself he was murdered, those someone who plans on killing himself make plans on going on a radio show? The Alex Jones show to be exact? He even told friends he had received threathing phone calls over his book and he was working on another one, Gary Webb was murdered get it straight.

  • Anonymous

    @ 31 Fraek

    Just an FYI, it doesn’t take “tens of thousands of employees” to plant explosives.

    The government also didn’t use “tens of thousands of scientists” to review its conclusions over the years. The number is far less, and there are scientists that have been troubled by the conclusions and have put their own objections on YouTube, as Roosh has shown.

  • dragnet

    “One truly remarkable thing about the crack scare was the degree to which the national press—particularly the New York Times—walked in lockstep with the federal government on the issue…”

    If you cross out “crack scare” and insert “torture”, “warrantless wiretapping”, “the elimination of due process”, “the execution of US citizen without trial”, “War on Terror”, or “Wall Street scam artistry” this sentence would be just as accurate.

  • magnificent224

    It is sad sometimes good people are always so naive, I bet that is what the Jews were thinking when the Germans under Hitler ”lovingly” asked them to register with the goverment for there own safety, when will people learn that people in power don’t get there by being nice and that there ruthlessness knows no bonds, grow up people Psychopaths and sociopaths run most goverments, the decision to get to power and maintain power, most people would not have the stomach for period.

  • http://aaronsholymountain.wordpress.com Aaron

    I felt the same way about Ask the Dust. The book is great, I prefer it to Bukowski, but his being fucked around by that girl just annoyed me. I don’t know if that’s reasonable though, I would probably be more sympathetic if I didn’t know about “game,” and so would most people.

  • Jack the Roper

    The funny thing is that truth is far worse, nefarious, and grim than what you 911 birthers are proposing

  • Anonyous

    Disagree with Bandini in Ask the Dust as beta. I think living on nothing, grinding it out, surviving the Long Beach earth quake then making good coin from his passion was pretty alpha for that time period. Also re-read his exchanges with the mexican chick in the beginning. He made fun of her moccasins. Heh.

  • Will

    Nice collection of book reviews. How about a collection of blog reviews?

  • blert

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WYdAJQV100

    This is one video clip of the owner describing the decision to blow WTC#7.

  • blert

    In 1906 dynamite was used to create fire breaks in San Francisco.

    Such sloppy demo’s took simply no time at all.

    The weeks long controlled demolitions = no risk of collateral damage in peace.

    It goes very much faster when the fires are already raging.

  • nguyenimproved

    so how many jews were killed in germany.

    im not a conspiracy theorist but as an asian i find the logistics of getting rid of 6 million kyke-corpses a gargantuan if nigh on impossible effort.

    yet if i made any effort to research this (most books QUESTIONING that figure are banned….lumped in with gruesome stuff on cannibalism etc) i would get labelled a nazi.

    even though i’m an asian

    and would most likely get a roundhouse kick from the furious fuhrer if we ever met.

    sometimes you just can’t question stuff..
    without getting tarred with labels.

  • Anonymous

    nguyenimproved

    that was one long haiku

  • Cliff Arroyo

    Don’t think of conspiracies, think of agendas. Those in power have their own agendas and your welfare is not part of it.

    nguyenimproved, most of them were not killed _in_ Germany because most of them were not German. The biggest losses were among the Polish and Russian Jewish populations which were killed in situ.

    There are disputes as to the exact numbers killed but the evidence is very strong that the nazis did in fact have an agenda of exterminating non-Germans in areas they controlled. They started with the Jews but Gypsies and Slavs were also very high on their list.

  • http://adrianboland.blogspot.com/ Adrian

    Hello Roosh,

    In terms of Russian history, Pipes is an ideologue.

    The best book about Russian history in general is Geffrey Hoskings ‘Russia People and Empire’ http://www.amazon.com/Russia-People-Empire-1552-1917-ebook/dp/B004DCAOUW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1318060837&sr=1-1

    But the best book on Russia in general, its history in its most limber form, is Orlando Figes ‘Natashas Dance: A Cultural History of Russia’. It is the only history book that I have read at least four times. It really places you deep in the bone of the culture, you almost feel like gobleting some Vodka and turning on a Rachmaninov Piano Concerto while reading it.
    I have not been able to find an ebook version, but the book is so good it is worth ordering in hardcopy
    http://www.amazon.com/Natashas-Dance-Cultural-History-Russia/dp/0312421958/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318061252&sr=1-3

  • Uncle Bob

    The video on the collapse of building 7 at the World Trade Center on 9/11 does a poor job of presenting the evidence. Also, it conflates objections from people who think it was a controlled demolition and those who think the fire explanation is no good. A much more likely answer, following Occam’s Razor, is that the building was constructed using shoddy materials. The vibrations caused by the enormous collapses of the Twin Towers next door could have done it. Has shoddy workmanship ever happened before? As someone who lived for years in Chicago, I have seen it with my own eyes. On paper, the building or the road under construction looks great and meets spec. However, due to corruption, the materials used are inferior. Such reasoning could also explain the gov’t whitewash report pointing to fire as the cause of the collapse. Gov’t reports typically don’t point to corruption as a reason behind failure.

  • trailblazer

    “I’m humbled by how much you read.”

    I agree. I´m also humbled, and many ignorant folks should better read his texts twice.. Roosh is NOT an ignorant, dumb devil or douche bag, he is not the pure evil some want to see in him (and not just feminists). I am convinced Roosh is actually a very smart person, a guy with a great feel for a broad number of topics, and a true interest in women, he´s”empathic” as they call it, got a great deal of sensitivity to the topics he talks about, which is probably one of his main attractors when it comes to chicks. Roosh appetite for women is a very human thing.

    Blame Roosh for all the bad things on this planet, but I think his greatest merit is to make us better persons, if you think twice andkeep in mind that he´s not perfect neither. The greatest thing about his game theory is not simply to bang more and more chicks, it is to improve our skills on how to deal with women and eventually get into a much wanted relationship, by not giving into to our BETA but keep trying to do better. No LTR will take place if you´re unable to pull a STR. Roosh is the trailblazer to open up new ways for us. If only we keep trying, as he keeps telling us. Amen!

  • BostonJames

    Anyone who thinks 9/11 was a conspiracy is officially a retard.

  • Anonymous

    your all retards

  • BostonJames

    YOU’RE

  • Dr. Grzlickson

    Humbled? The guy is unemployed and reads ten simple books over the course of several months. Truly amazing.

  • magnificent224

    911 is not a conspiracy it’s in agenda period.

  • OGNorCal707

    @ 55

    You’re such a classic hater, let me guess you’re bitter because Roosh probably makes six figures a year (more than you), and only works a few hours a day.

    Dude is a true innovator and is helping guys all over the world get laid, while getting paid, and doing it all on his own terms.

    I call that living the dream, my cynical jealous friend.

  • Dr. Grzlickson

    LOL. Tell Roosh, he’ll be thrilled to learn that he makes that much money. My “hate” was more towards the idiot who thinks it’s incredible that someone can read a book per week.

  • http://www.southernmanblog.com Southern Man

    Well, there’s the truther stuff, which doesn’t bother me; as an astronomy professor I meet people who deny that the Moon landings took place all the time and I’ve learned that argument based on reason and logic and fact will never, ever change their minds. But what caught my eye was the first Iran/Contra review which claims that the NYT “walked in lockstep with the federal government.” Sorry, but the top editors of the NYT hated RR and all that he stood for with the white-hot passion of a thousand flaming suns. There’s NO WAY that they would voluntarily cooperate with him on something like this. Indeed, uncovering something like this (e.g. a government scandal like Watergate) is every investigative reporter’s wet dream.

    That said, R’s book review posts are great and I usually add several of his choices to my Amazon wish list. And his well-deserved ascendancy into the upper echelons of game bloggers will no doubt continue.

  • Chris Beaver

    BostonJames, the United States government maintains that nineteen men from Saudi Arabia, directed by a man living in the Afghan wilderness, conspired to hijack four aircraft and fly them into buildings.

    That’s a conspiracy theory.

    There are only competing conspiracy theories. The horseshit conspiracy theory the 9/11 commission published doesn’t explain anything, at all. Doesn’t even mention building 7, doesn’t explain the free fall speed collapse of all three buildings, doesn’t explain the explosions heard by everyone at the towers, doesn’t explain the pulverization of the concrete and the neat cuts made in the steel that allowed it to be quickly carted away and melted down…the list is long.

    All three buildings were obviously demolished. By whom, for what reason? We are unlikely to find out because dumb fucks like James here will shout down anyone who even attempts to ask questions about September 11.

  • frank

    my first post.

    i like your posts. good for you on living the way you want for now. i’d bet 10 years from now it’d be more different than you expect.

    you ever checked out robert pirsig’s “zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance”?

    i’d like to know your take from your current point in life….

  • Mike

    God, I wish I’d known your 9/11 mental state before I gave you money by buying your Day Game book.

  • Bess & Porgy

    @62
    Lol…
    Yes.

  • drunicusequus

    1) Read “the Looming Towers.” Written by an uber liberal but extremely factual, balanced,and respected reporter (who mayve been briefly under DHS surveillance for researching al Quadrant and Muslim extremism) it pretty clearly documented Binladin’s methods, plans, history, and complete responsibility for 9/11.
    2) OK, crack. Yeah, its possible Nicaraguan contras sold coke and crack, as do lots of other central and south American warlords, and yes, this did damage.
    But it seems to me the inner cities did a fine job of destroying themselves with heroine, rioting, illegitimacy (a majorly bad outcome of feminism as well, denigrating fathers and families),prostitution, organized crime, and lots of other issues long before crack was cooked up.
    Probably the CIA knew. Does the CIA stop drug dealers? Is that their job? No?
    3) The Naziis kept very meticulous records, most of which were captured by the Allies. They absolutely exterminated most of Eastern Europe’s Jews, and certainly killed close to 6 million of them. This is VERY well documented in many different historical counts.
    And I don’t know if the Fuhrer was all that anti-Asian; he encouraged close alliances between both Japan and Palestinian Muslims.
    I don’t know why people are so anti-Semitic, still, in this day and age. I’m Roman Catholic, ethnically, and I believe that the Jews are at least as diverse amoungst themselves as Protestants. A French or South American Jew will be far different, culturally, from an Israeli or someone from northern Long Island. And almost every world empire tried pretty ardent to eliminate them, for unambiguously evil reasons.

  • BostonJames

    To Chris Beaver and other truthtards:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEVOUinXpfs

  • BostonJames

    @ 57

    Cut back on the weed.
    No need to rush in and be white knight.

    Dude was just pointing out that reading the mass market english language non tech stuff roosh reads at the pace he states, is not exactly a towering intellectual achievement

  • Chris Beaver

    Well, there it is folks. BitchassJames has absolutely nothing other than a clip from South Park. No facts, no theories that explain anything that happened on September 11, other than the government’s pile of shit.

    Don’t you all know that George Washington and all our ancestors fought like hell for years against the British Empire and set up the Constitution so that we would have the freedom to believe everything the government tells us and never question anything the government tells us? What could be better than that?

    Dumb fuck. Fuck off.

    By the way, when the fuck did “Roman Catholic” become an ethnicity? What is this bullshit?

  • doesNotMatter

    You are an intellectual pussy hound

  • Fubsy

    ahhh, the good old days…I fondly recall the hysteria about “crack babies” and the impending wave of crime, disabilily, and you name it form of depravity as these children matured…

  • Buckaroo Bonzai

    Gentlemen, please try critical thinking
    Take off your tin foil hats.

  • Life’s Good

    I am glad Roosh knows the truth behind WTC 7. I cannot wait to read Dark Alliance, as it will finally shed some light on the CIA inner workings and what effects this drug infestation has had on my AA community.

  • Anonynmous

    I don’t get how Roosh can be good at game, and then believe anything he reads as long as it conforms to his world-view.

    brother, I understand you have about 25 years of non-education (except in natural sciences) to make up for as far as history, languages and the humanities in general are concerned – but in these instances, you demonstrate your complete lack of knowledge.

    I recommend taking Roosh’s recommendations on such stuff more seriously after he’s chewed through a million pages of material written by real academics.

    Until then his area of expertise is Game. That’s it.

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