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Pandemonium
Pandemonium
by Andrew Nikiforuk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free Trade To Pandemics, April 22 2007
This review is from: Pandemonium (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book. The writing is pacey and the material is riveting.

The basic premise is very seriously that as global trade increases exponentially, so too does the risk of global pandemic. It may be just one of your common or garden diseases that get us - like cholera - imported into coastal economies by visiting ships pumping out the ballast they have carried half way round the world. It may be caused because some mad scientist that is working in one of a dozen countries unleashes anthrax. The chapter on Anthrax gets into some depth about the horrendous experiments done by Dr Ishii, a Japanese military doctor. And how at the end of WWII he traded his secret files for freedom. These detailed the infection of prisoners with anthrax and other pathogens - and then dissecting them without anaesthetic... Apparently he was not tried for war crimes, but instead went to Fort Detrick to continue his research!

Hopefully this book will in its own way be a pathogen - an idea virus that will motivate us to all find ways to put the earth back in balance...

See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
by Robert Baer
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars great and timely, May 25 2002
This book seems to become more timely every day that goes by and I read more and more stories about what may or may not have been told to the folks at the white house.
When you read Bob Baer's account of what did happen and what could have been done, you realize that for all the technology and all the federal budgets and all the other things that make us paranoid about governments, the one thing that we need to remember is that for the most part the human beings that run things don't pay attention to the people in the field, becaue their own agendas drive their decisions.
This book makes you shake your head in wonder about the lack of leadership and decisionmaking in Washington, and it makes you jump for joy that there is still hope that democracy will survive in the wake of the stupidity of the people running the bureaucracies that appear to run our lives.
For anyone who believes in the possibility of conspiracies, read this and realize that the only conspiracy is ignorance.
A must read.

The Company: A Novel of the CIA
The Company: A Novel of the CIA
by Robert Littell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.41
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Page Turner, May 25 2002
I spend a lot of time on planes, and always buy a book before flying. However, rarely do I find a book that motivates me to keep reading rather than watching a movie or sleeping.
The author presents an interesting faction mixing known history together with fiction and his own slant on what may have happened. As the story unfolds it becomes a ripping yarn that you just want to continue and continue.
I have read a several books about the CIA recently. The Bob Baer book, based on his personal experience as an agent in the field was a great book to have read prior to embarking on this one.
I would heartily recommend this book. There are very few books these days that grab your attention from the outset and then keep on accelerating the pace. Also some interesting ideas on the Kennedy's and what "really" happened....

Blue
Blue
Price: CDN$ 10.01
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best album of all time, July 8 1999
This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)
This is simply the best contemporary album of all time. Its songs, its production, its artistry are flawless. The absolute "must have" for anyone who loves music.

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