Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Two things:

* The writer Edward Curtin offers a “Thanksgiving toast to John Kennedy.” You can find the 1,100-word essay at http://edwardcurtin.com/thanksgiving-for-jfk/.

In it Curtin recommends two books, David Talbot’s “The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government,” and James Douglass’s “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.”

Curtin also calls attention to CIA Dispatch # 1035-960, the declassified document from circa 1967 that kicked off what reddit calls a “a massive secret campaign to smear critics of the Warren Commission with the label ‘conspiracy theorist.’”

* Join the club, Clive Hamilton. A news story in Tuesday’s New York Times calls attention to potential difficulties ahead for an author to get something published when powerful forces are opposed. Reporter Jacqueline Williams writes from Sydney that Hamilton’s book “was already being promoted as an explosive exposé of Chinese influence infultrating the highest levels of Australian politics and media. But then, months before it was set to hit bookstore shelves, its publisher postponed the release, saying it was worried about lawsuits.”

The book’s title: “Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia Into a Chinese Puppet State.” Find Williams’s article at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/world/australia/china-australia-book-influence.html

Ironcially, Talbot’s and Douglass’s books are seldom if ever reviewed or acknowledged in the Times or other mainstream media. Despite this, Talbot’s “Devil’s Chessboard” made the Times non-fiction best-seller list in 2015.

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