Hidden History (Review)

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It just so happened that I decided to read from Donald Jeffries’ latest book, Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics while I sat in the surgery waiting room during my sister’s elbow operation. The surgical procedure took longer than anticipated, so I had plenty of time to focus on Jeffries’ stories.  I was able to digest the first three chapters with rapt attention.

I selected the book earlier at the Norfolk (Nebraska) Public Library simply on the basis of testing my skeptical attitude towards conspiracy theories.  First, I examined the structure of the book. None of the pages contained footnotes nor was there a section of notes at all.  There was a brief acknowledgements statement at the back of the book, ahead of the index. As an avid reader of non-fiction, I’ve learned to refer to authors’ notes to help me further investigate topics raised in their books.

After I later finished reading Hidden History, I determined that it’s a good page-turner and enjoyable in a somewhat macabre way. Jeffries apparently doesn’t have a very high regard for any US President except for John F. Kennedy. There was a lot of anecdotal evidence and plenty of personal judgement calls regarding the chief executives.  At times, it seemed like I was reading political screed and not investigative journalism.HiddenHistory-03

I was disappointed that Jeffries leaned on the popular notions regarding Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush’s dimwittedness, Bill Clinton’s sexcapades, and Barack Obama’s supposed Kenyan birth. The presidential chapters were ornamented with “body counts”, that is murders supposedly connected to the government in nefarious ways.  The reader encounters plenty of airplane crashes, automobile accidents, questionable heart attacks, and “professional execution” shootings.

Hidden History is a breathtaking collection of exposés that should appeal to readers of tabloid newspapers, listeners of late night political talk radio, You Tube viewers, and folks who don’t like the government. There are pages full of fodder to get readers all riled up. It should be read with plenty of grains of salt.HiddenHistory-02

I am quite skeptical of official government and corporate accounts of tragic events.  I’m also quite leery of anthologies of conspiracies like Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics.  I do enjoy reading them for their voyeuristic value, though.

This type of book is thrilling entertainment in the same vein as pulp fiction. I just don’t recomend that you read this book on an airliner, or in a hospital waiting room.

{ Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics by Donald Jeffries; 384 pages; published November 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing; ISBN: 978-1-62914-484-9 }

Ciao
1984aThe Blue Jay of Happiness not so secretly enjoys conspiracy theory stories. They’re mostly hyperbole and junk knowledge, but the temporary paranoia they inspire makes for cheap fun.

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