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The "Forbidden Bookshelf Library" is dedicated to making available important works out of print works—either forgotten or killed at birth because their authors dared investigate the darkest trends and episodes in US history.

Mark Crispin Miller curated the Forbidden Bookshelf. Miller is a professor of media studies at NYU and an accomplished author of several books, from "Boxed In: The Culture of TV" (1988) and "Seeing Through Movies" (1990) to his more recent works on politics, including "The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder" and "Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform."

Mark writes:

For over half a century, America's vast book trade has been disparately policed, and imperceptibly contained, by state and corporate entities well-placed and perfectly equipped to wipe out wayward writings. Their ad hoc suppressions through the years have been far more effectual than those quixotic bans imposed on classics like The Catcher in the Rye and Fahrenheit 451. For every one of those best sellers scandalously purged from some provincial school curriculum, there are many others (we can't know how many) that have been so thoroughly erased that few of us, if any, can remember them, or ever heard of them.

How have all those books (to quote George Orwell) "slipped down the memory hole" in these United States? As America does not ban books, other means—less evident, and so less controversial—have been deployed to vaporize them. Some almost never made it into print, as publishers were privately warned off them from on high, either on the grounds of "national security" or with blunt threats of endless corporate litigation. Other books were signed enthusiastically—then "dumped," as their own publishers mysteriously failed to market them, or even properly distribute them. But it has mainly been the press that stamps out inconvenient books, either by ignoring them, or—most often—laughing them off as "conspiracy theory," despite their soundness (or because of it).

Once out of print, those books are gone, even if some few of us have not forgotten them, and one might find used copies here and there. Once out of print, and never mentioned in the press (and seldom mentioned even in our schools), each book thus neutralized mightjust as well have been destroyed en masse—or never written in the first place, for all their contribution to the public good.

Thus We the People have been largely kept in not-so-blissful ignorance of our own history, especially since the USA began its serial crusades abroad (against the Huns, the Reds, the terrorists). Quietly deprived of those enlightening books, Americans are mostly unaware of what America has really done throughout the world, and how those crusades disempowered Americans themselves, and what our leading corporations had to do with it—and, therefore, how America has now become a land with billionaires in charge, millions not allowed to vote, and everybody under full surveillance.

This is why we started the Forbidden Bookshelf: to make such crucial works available again, as e-books, with new introductions. Each year we plan to do a dozen books, reviving vanished classics like The Hidden History of the Korean War, by I.F. Stone, Kati Marton’s The Polk Conspiracy (on the murder of CBS newsman George Polk), and The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, by Victor Marchetti and John Marks, along with works that were so thoroughly suppressed that few have ever heard of them—like Gerard Colby’s DuPont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain (a book that DuPont managed to kill twice), Dan Moldea’s Interference (about the NFL’s involvement with organized crime), and Ralph McGehee’s Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA.

Such books deserve a second chance; and We the People have the right to hear of them, and read them—and, perhaps, a certain patriotic need to know what’s in them, and why they’ve largely vanished until now.

The complete set contains the following works. Those marked with an asterisk* indicate that, at present, no decent epub/mobi/azw3 format is available. Please help share if you have them

1. The Lords of Creation: The History of America's 1 Percent
2. The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy before Roe v. Wade
3. Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football
4. Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy
5. The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam
6. Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain
*7. Assassination on Embassy Row
*8. The Assassination of New York
*9. The Polk Conspiracy: Murder and Cover-Up in the Case of CBS News Correspondent George Polk
10. The Hidden History of the Korean War, 1950–1951
11. Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA
12. The Hoffa Wars: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy Hoffa
13. Science of Coercion: Communication Research & Psychological Warfare, 1945–1960
14. Underground to Palestine: And Other Writing on Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East
15. Votescam: The Stealing of America
16. Inside Job: The Looting of America's Savings and Loans
17. Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House
18. Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America
19. The Culture of Cities
20. The Wages of War: When America's Soldiers Came Home: From Valley Forge to Vietnam
21. All Honorable Men: The Story of the Men on Both Sides of the Atlantic Who Successfully Thwarted Plans to Dismantle the Nazi Cartel System
22. ”Not by Might, Nor by Power": The Zionist Betrayal of Judaism
23. Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob
24. The Splendid Blond Beast: Money, Law, and Genocide in the Twentieth Century
25. Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil
*26. Ropes of Sand: America's Failure in the Middle East
*27. Hidden Terrors: The Truth About U.S. Police Operations in Latin America

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Excellent work. On behalf of the members of ConCen, I salute you.

Wow , amazing work OP!

George somehow sends his regards.

Thank you!