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In today's environment, it is easy to use fear to mount campaigns to ease those fears. The author helped me understand how people whose name may or may note be known can have power that reshapes a country, namely, the United States of America. To justify a greater and greater military-industrial complex, even a "Star Wars Defense", all you need is a small group who have found a way to have great influence on the needs of this country. I dare one to read this without wondering about our future.
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What disappointed you about Shadow Elite?
The author has discovered for herself that the world is full of corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen. Apparently she believed this warranted another book on this topic. Here Wedel provides us with several tepid examples (many of them lifted from previously published articles on this subject) of mercenary officials who enriched themselves through their connections to powerful elites. This work is dreadfully wearisome and dull. If a prospective reader wishes to kill some more brain cells, then I advocate reading this book. Or, still more preferable; imbibe a litre of excellent Scotch whiskey.
What could Janine Wedel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have submitted this material as a trade paper to her peers in the academe, where it would have been safely shelved far away from the guileless crowd.
What didn’t you like about Janine Wedel’s performance?
Her performance was what one would expect from a lecturer in Sociology; monotonous and soporific.
What character would you cut from Shadow Elite?
Any additional comments?
Dear fellow readers: please, please, stay away from this one.