Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Robert Parry: "On countering the 'pleasing myths about Ronald Reagan" @ Consortium News

From journalist Robert Parry:

Over the next week, Americans will be inundated with pleasing myths about Ronald Reagan, as the false narrative of his presidency is consolidated.

However, for those of you who understand how destructive Reagan’s presidency and his legacy actually have been for the United States and the world, here’s a suggestion for how to “celebrate” his 100th birthday on Feb. 6:

Buy (and, if you can, distribute) our three-book set – Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep – for only $29 (postage included).

The three books tell the real story of what Reagan wrought, including the disastrous follow-on presidencies of the two George Bushes. This series represents a well-reported and revelatory history that should be part of every library in America, including yours.

Your purchase also will help finance a planned fourth book in this series, one that will take a broader look at the clash between the real narrative of what happened during this era and the fake narrative that will be celebrated elaborately on Ronald Reagan Day.

So, please take a few minutes to place your order for the three-book set for the discount price of only $29 (postage included) for the first set. Each additional set is only $20 more. (That's right, shipping is free for U.S. orders. Please add $10 for non-U.S. orders.)

You can make your order:

--By credit card (Mastercard/Visa) by going to our donation site and putting in a $29 charge. (You can follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address, or if that address and the billing address for the credit card are the same, we’ll automatically assume that any $29 “donation” is intended for a book order and ship it there. Or we’ll assume a $49 charge is for two three-book sets, etc.)

--By PayPal, make a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your mailing address in the PayPal message.)

--By check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

These three books contain important history about this era. For instance,

--Lost History lays out the factual record of CIA-tolerated drug trafficking by Ronald Reagan’s Nicaraguan contra rebels in the 1980s and the parallel story of how the Reagan administration built an Orwellian propaganda apparatus that performed “perception management” on the American people.

--Secrecy & Privilege explains how George H.W. Bush rose to power through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s and to Ronald Reagan in the Iran-Contra and related scandals in the 1980s.

--Neck Deep takes this remarkable story of Reagan’s legacy and the Bush Family's rise forward through the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush.

Thanks so much for your support.

Robert Parry

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet's first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.

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