Book Reviews

A Review of “Intelligence” by Susan Hasler

December 6, 2010

Intelligence by Susan Hasler (Thomas Dunne Books. St. Martin’s Press: New York 2010) A review by Richard Thieme There is enough white-hot rage in this book to steam a skunk. Take that as a compliment. Twenty-one years at the CIA in diverse capacities would generate post-traumatic stress in anyone, but not many can pen a […]

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The UFO Encyclopedia : The Phenomenon from the Beginning (2 Volume Set)

October 26, 2010

The UFO Encyclopedia : The Phenomenon from the Beginning (2 Volume Set) by Jerome Clark Many have wished for the existence of a fundamental reader on the immense topic of UFOlogy that cuts through the self-promotions of the cottage industry, sees hoaxes and likely errors of perception for what they are, respects the scientific method […]

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A Tale of Two Sciences: Memoirs of a Dissident Scientist by Peter A. Sturrock

April 6, 2010

A Tale of Two Sciences: Memoirs of a Dissident Scientist by Peter A. Sturrock (Exoscience: Palo Alto) 2009. by Richard Thieme “A Tale of Two Sciences:  Memoirs of a Dissident Scientist,” by Dr. Peter A. Sturrock, is a personal work by the well-known Stanford physicist and astrophysicist, reflecting on the sometimes complementary, sometimes discordant threads […]

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A Review of “This Way to the Stars: How Quantum Physics Changes Current Space Propulsion Paradigms, Making Inter-Galactic Travel a Possibility” by Paul Kirsch

March 13, 2009

A Review of “This Way to the Stars: How Quantum Physics Changes Current Space Propulsion Paradigms, Making Inter-Galactic Travel a Possibility” (Timeless Voyager Press: 2008) 96 pages by Paul Kirsch. by Richard Thieme www.themeworks.com From Paul Hill’s posthumously published “Unconventional Flying Objects” to Nick Cook’s “Hunt for Zero Point,” a number of people have attempted […]

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An Interview with Steven Miles: The torture-endangered Society

February 5, 2009

Steven Miles is a professor of medicine and bioethics at the University of Minnesota. His forthcoming book, which has the working title Oath Betrayed: Military Medicine and the War on Terror, stemmed from his attempt to learn why the U.S. medical staff in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay did not report or intervene to stop […]

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Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency by William J. Daugherty

May 22, 2008

Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency by William J. Daugherty “Executive Secrets” reviews the history of covert action since WW2 and provides information the general reader might not have had (contrary to other reviews, there are no “secret” secrets in this book, since the author limits his examples to declassified data approved by the […]

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The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved by Judith Freeman

December 31, 2007

If you love Raymond Chandler … Reading these seven prior reviews, it stands out that all of them are pretty much right. The strengths of this book are its strengths and the weaknesses are its weaknesses. But that isn’t the whole story. The Long Embrace is a subjective account of a subjective experience that in […]

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A Review of Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense By Jonathan D. Moreno

June 22, 2007

Dana Press (The Dana Foundation: New York and Washington DC) 2006 Richard Thieme “What we don’t know is so much bigger than we are.” — A Haitian Proverb Oh, how I wish that reviewing a book like this were simple and straightforward! That would mean we live in a world of transparency, government accountability to […]

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Out There by Howard Blum

April 4, 2007

The Swiss Cheese School of Investigative Reporting There are many more holes here than substance. The book depicts the author’s journey, including a number of meetings with anonymous sources that lead to nothing newsworthy, and is not a coherent well-researched account of UFO phenomena or its many subsets (black budget research, disinformation deception and cover […]

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Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror by Steven H. Miles, M. D. (Random House. New York. 2006)

December 26, 2006

Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror by Steven H. Miles, M. D. (Random House. New York. 2006) Reviewed by Richard Thieme ThiemeWorks PO Box 170737 Milwaukee WI 53217-8061 414 351 2321 rthieme@thiemeworks.com www.thiemeworks.com We all come to big issues like torture and terror from our own biographies. We cannot be  dispassionate […]

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