Thursday, March 20, 2008

Consortium News: "Rare Book Auction - Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery"

The publisher of Robert Parry's 1993 book, Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery, recently sent us 10 pristine copies that we are offering in an auction to raise money to help keep afloat.

Trick or Treason is an extraordinary account of a remarkable journalistic investigation. It tells the inside story of Parry's assignment from PBS's Frontline to examine whether the origins of the Iran-Contra scandal traced back to a nearly treasonous dirty trick by the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1980.

Besides investigating the historical mystery of whether Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush conspired with Iran's Islamic radicals behind President Carter's back, the book explores the dark side of international power, where results are all that matter.

Written in an engaging narrative style, the book takes the reader into a real-life netherworld of intelligence operatives and ruthless world leaders.

Among the dramatic interviews in Trick or Treason is one with legendary CIA officer Miles Copeland (just before his death), as he describes the workings of what he called "the CIA within the CIA," the innermost sanctum of American "patriots" who do whatever they deem necessary for the national interest.

Trick or Treason is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the grim history of modern American politics.

So, if you wish to make a bid/donation to for an autographed copy of Trick or Treason, please send an e-mail with your bid and your contact information to by March 20. (The minimum bid is $150.)

If yours is one of the 10 winning bids in this charity auction, we will contact you and request that you submit your payment either by credit card or by check.

Besides getting you a wonderful book, your bid/donation will help ensure the continued investigative journalism of Robert Parry as well as the publication of insightful articles by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and other writers.Thanks so much.Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek.

His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at . His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there. Or go to

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