Hank Albarelli's book review of Wolf and Pack at Amazon:
The hidden and secret history of this nation's so-called War on Drugs and its warriors has been waiting quite some time to be told; we are now very fortunate to have historian Douglas Valentine's two-volume set of books that provide a well-documented and robust narrative of the various government agencies that evolved into the current DEA. Valentine's first book, The Strength of the Wolf, provides us with a stunningly documented and detailed volume about the old Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The book is replete with a slew of startling facts about the FBN's connections to the CIA and the FBN's intelligence related overseas operations.Indeed, Valentine's first book was quite helpful to a section of my book just out on Dr. Frank Olson's murder, A TERRIBLE MISTAKE: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments.Valentine did a superb job in his first book revealing the CIA's ties to the FBN. At points, both agencies seem to merge into one and to perform as one. That the two agencies performed as one and so closely shared objectives says a lot about the overalll objectives of intelligence gathering. Valentine's excellent newer book, Strength of the Pack, moves readers into current years and delivers a cornucopia of startling and long-secret data and information that throws considerable light on the mockery of the efforts of the U.S. to rid itself of the curse of drugs. After reading Valentine's latest excellent book one does not have to contemplate very long to understand why illicit drugs will continue to flood our nation and little will be done about it. Anyone concerned about this problem, and wanting to learn about how the so-called 'War on Drugs' really operates, should read both of Valentine's very important titles.
With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century
"Doug Valentine has assembled an impressive collection of poets who have courageously born witness to the consequences of an insidious corporate plutocracy: endless warfare subsidized by munitions profiteers, enslaved women and children toiling in quarantined sweatshops, ubiquitous famine in even the wealthiest of nations, imprisoned dissidents executed in broad daylight, and the wholesale destruction of the planet that nurtures us. Against the backdrop of our own time--an age George Orwell once characterized as a "cesspool full of barbed wire"--the poets in this anthology raise their voices in a collective act of rebellion. In so doing, they inspire us toward our own renewed efforts to secure peace and justice in a world more and more bereft of such virtues." Robert Bernard Hass, Edinboro University
The Phoenix Program
published on June 10th by Open Road, as part of its Forbidden Bookshelf series.
The Phoenix Program
Created by the CIA in Saigon in 1967, Phoenix was a computer-driven program aimed at "neutralizing", through assassination, kidnapping, and systematic torture, the civilian infrastructure that supported the insurgency in South Vietnam. It was a terrifying "final solution" that violated the Geneva Conventions and traditional American ideas of human morality.
"An important book." -- John Prados, author of Presidents' Secret Wars.
Luciana Bohne's review at Intrepid Report
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The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA
"Doug Valentine belongs to that precious remnant of journalists and historians with the wisdom to see our time, the integrity and courage to write about it, and the literary grace to bring it all chillingly alive. This indispensable book may quite well be the best yet in the author's already singular body of work. He takes us again into that dark inner reality of policy and politics that Americans so tragically deny and evade, and gives us back a reflection there is no denying, no escaping. If there is hope for America at this moment of so many reckonings, it is out of pages like these." Roger Morris, author Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, 1991
"The Strength of the Pack is an indispensible resource for those who wish to understand the politics of drug enforcement in America; and for those with any sense of the subject’s real importance it is a gripping read as well." Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
Link to CIA-DEA Records At NSA
Read How The CIA Manages The War on Drugs
The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs
This fascinating and engrossing account of early US efforts to control the illegal drug trade is also much more. Valentine deeply examines the practices of the CIA, carefully and skillfully making a connection between it and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The book exposes the close relationship between organized crime and those in intelligence. From the Cold War to the 1960s, FBN director Harry Anslinger, in a desperate bid to outflank the FBI, entered into a "suicidal" relationship with the CIA. In 1962, the FBN began "its descent into knave spookery and internecine warfare." Valentine also smartly examines the CIA's role in using drugs as a weapon to turn foreign agents and supply funds to anti-communist organizations. His account of MKULTRA--the CIA experiment with LSD--is fascinating and nicely documented. Exploring the deep politics defined by Peter Dale Scott (Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, CH, Mar. '94), Valentine deftly plumbs the hidden roots of the early war on narcotics and proves that foreign policy considerations always trumped public health. The author also makes some fascinating connections between the triumvirate of the FBI, CIA, and FBN around the time of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Summing Up: Outstanding. All levels/libraries. --- D. R. Turner, Davis and Elkins College
The Strength of the Wolf (still available in soft and hardcover at Verso)
is being published as an ebook, on Amazon, circa October 2013
TDY is an adventure story told by Pete, an Air Force photojournalist who in 1967 volunteers for a secret mission into Southeast Asia. During the mission he learns the true meaning of good and evil, while nearly losing his life in the process. Thirty years after the event that changed his life, Pete steps forward to describe the powerful forces that deceived him, and continue to deceive the American public. TDy is an incredible crescendo of action and awakening.
The book costs $10.95 and is available at Amazon.com or at iUniverse.com
The Hotel Tacloban
In this extraordinary story of World War Two, the author's father, who enlisted in the army at the age of sixteen, describes the terrible experiences that affected the course of his life. Captured by the Japanese while on patrol in the fetid jungles of New Guinea, he was sent to a prison camp in the Philippines, where he was interned with Australian and British soldiers. A celebration of camaraderie, and a testament to "the soldier's faith", this is a story of murder, mutiny, and an incredible military cover-up.
"This is a very true book and story well told...chilling in its accumulation."
-- James Kaufmann, The Los Angeles Times.
The book costs $12.95 and is available at Amazon.com or at iUniverse.com.
military map of Tacloban (175.4KB)
location of prison camp June 1944
Letter from Elmer Voss re: Tacloban rescue (392.2KB)
This letter from Elmer Voss documents his particpation in the rescue of my father from the Tacloban POW camp
Letter from Rudeford Norman (424.9KB)
Norman, Ist Cav historian, confirms POW rescue at Tacloban