It’s the end of the year so it’s time for the media to tell us what books to read. Instead of the best out there, they tout predictable drivel, for example, we’re supposed to bone up on sainted heroes like Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Gag me with a spoon!
The newspaper of record down here in Arkansas is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, owned by WEHCO media, and this morning there I read an endorsement by editorial page writer David Barham of LBJ: Architect of American Ambition (2007) by Randall B. Woods, a University of Arkansas historian. Mr. Barham marvels at how LBJ “was disappointed in his ‘demotion’ to vice president from Senate majority leader…he had decided to tell JFK he wouldn’t run on the ticket with him in ’64.” This is sheer fantasy, an absurdity. LBJ forced his way onto JFK’s ticket and on November 22, 1963 was about to be exposed for the career criminal he was. To find out all about the monster that was Lyin’ Lyndon, read LBJ: Mastermind of the JFK Assassination (2011) by Philip F. Nelson.
Next I find Little Rock lawyer and author Arthur Paul Bowen recommending Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2006) by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Bowen declares the book “a testament to Lincoln’s consummate political skills informed by a childhood of grinding poverty and forged on the stump on the prarie that helped guide him and the young country through the Civil War and the Emancipation.” For a less maudlin treatment of Dishonest Abe I suggest The Real Lincoln (2003) or Lincoln Unmasked (2007) by Tom DiLorenzo. The obsequious Doris was the authorized biographer of LBJ.
A far more urgent issue than Lincoln or JFK’s assassination is 9/11. You say you want an honest, scientific investigation of 9/11? Read Where Did the Towers Go? by Dr. Judy Wood. It’s the only assembly of all the known physical evidence extant by a uniquely qualified and unbiased scientist about what happened at the WTC on September 11, 2001. Five hundred glossy pages with hundreds of photos and figures, it’s a bargain at $45 delivered. It’s my Book of the Year if not the decade.