Consider this a bibliography for my new show #OffTheGrid: my personal reading list including independent, free thinkers, in no particular order:
- “War is a Racket” by Smedley Butler
At the time of his death, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was the most decorated marine of his time. Among his 16 metals, he received five for heroism — including two Medals of Honor. The fact that he served our country makes him a patriot. However, Smedley Butler’s heroism did not end there.
A military coup lead by his colleagues and wealthy industrialists planned to overthrow and assassinate Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace the President of the United States with a Fascist regime, with Smedley Butler at the helm as dictator.
He stood up for the Republic by exposing these men, and he paid a price for going against such powerful people: he was marginalized and ridiculed by the media. Even though a report by a special House of Representatives Committee confirmed Butler’s testimony, not one of the conspirators was brought to justice.
In 1935, he wrote one of my favorite books of all time, “War is a Racket.” I have often encouraged people to read this book because Butler explains that the wars he fought weren’t for our country — they were for the corporations.
If you want your eyes to be truly open to how long corporations have dictated our domestic and foreign policy and how many of our brave men and women have died for their profits, read “War is a Racket.”
- The U.S. Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
“JFK and the Unspeakable” by James W. Douglass
Definitely one of my favorite and one of the best recent books about the murder of John F. Kennedy, which connects a great many dots we didn’t know about — including the fact that JFK and Nikita Khrushchev were communicating via back channels, including through Pope John XXIII, about ending the Cold War within five years.
- “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” by Greg Palast
This is a great primer on how our country really operates. The subtitle says it all: The truth about corporate cons, globalization, and high-finance fraudsters.
- “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn
Talk about true inspiration and a true education in our country’s greatest battles. These are battles that were fought by ourselves for ourselves, without resorting to violence. We fought for fair wages, child-labor laws, health and safety hazards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equality…the list goes on. Guess what? All these revolutions were carried out at the grassroots level against the majority’s resistance. Read this book and get inspired by the courage of those who made this country great.
- “Me & Lee” by Judyth Vary Baker
It was stunning to learn that Lee Harvey Oswald had a mistress, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her on several occasions. Her book shows beyond any doubt that he was working as a government agent in New Orleans!
- “The Secret Team” by L. Fletcher Prouty
This book is written by another hero of mine and it is tremendous because Col. Fletcher Prouty, who worked for special operations forces under JFK’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, reveals who really runs our government. These are the high-level bureaucrats hidden within the CIA who remain while administrations come and go, and run amok without our elected officials knowing what’s happening. This is one of Oliver Stone’s favorites as well.
- “The New Pearl Harbor Revisited” by David Ray Griffin
A phenomenal, scholarly book that debunks the official story about 9/11 with a whole lot of facts that haven’t been brought out into the public domain. That includes how the Twin Towers were brought down by a controlled demolition, and much documentation that the mainstream media won’t touch.
- “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi
The story of Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders is the most widely read true-crime book in history. I’ve read it seven times, and something new always pops out. If I get bored, I can always pick up Helter Skelter. It’ll suck you in like a vacuum cleaner.
- “Where Did the Towers Go?” by Dr. Judy Wood
Dr. Judy Wood earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and is a former professor of mechanical engineering. In the time since 9/11/01, Dr. Wood has conducted a comprehensive, forensic investigation of what physically happened to the World Trade Center site on 9/11. Guess what? She lost her job as a professor for writing this book, and her evidence is what really made me question everything I saw and heard in the mainstream media about this tragedy. If you have questions about 9/11, this book is filled with scientific evidence backed by physics and actual videos to show something else happened than what we were told.
- “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups” by Richard Belzer and David Wayne
I wrote the Afterword to this book, and what a great book it is! Ever hear a story on the news about a celebrity or politician being “found dead” or “committing suicide” and thought, “there’s something they’re not telling me”? Well, this is the book that proves not only what really happened, but that our own government was involved. From Marilyn Monroe to Martin Luther King Jr., here’s how our government carried out assassinations.
- “Life” by Keith Richards
Okay, this one has nothing to do with conspiracies or U.S. history, but it’s one of my favorite reads of late. I’ve been listening to the Rolling Stones since I was a young teenager, and in Keith’s autobiography, his great sense of humor comes across. He’s a true rock ’n’ roll survivor.