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The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
reviewed by Gene Lopez, 9 April 2017

The NY Times Book Review quote on the back cover says it all - "Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book."

A well-written biography about two brothers who became the U.S. Secretary of State (John Foster) and the CIA Director (Allen), and their efforts to concurrently save the world from communism while supporting the interests of their large corporate benefactors. The Iraq war remains fresh on most peoples' minds, but we should also remember that the U.S., in the 50s and 60s, attempted and in many cases succeeded in overthrowing governments in Iran, Egypt, Guatemala, Cuba, Indonesia, the Republic of the Congo, and Vietnam.

This book reads like a good spy novel and would be helpful to anyone wishing to understand how past mistakes continue to impact global events today. Should be required reading for every politician.

Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out
reviewed by Gene Lopez, 29 January 2017

This book is an oral history of Bill Graham, the founder of modern the music concert scene. If you're a baby boomer and into the music of the 60s and 70s, you'll enjoy the "behind the scenes" stories in this book. The style makes for an easy read - a series of different episodes in Graham's life.

It starts out with Graham's interesting childhood. He was born a Jew in Nazi Germany, and fled on foot eventually arriving in the U.S. He grew up in New York, and finally landed in San Francisco in the early 60s.

For the music fan, the fun begins when Graham started the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Not only are Graham's experiences described, but those of some musicians and competing promoters, and the early days of the "flower child" movement. It follows Graham into larger venues as the live music scene grew nationally & internationally, like the Rolling Stones 1981 & 1982 tours.

As a baby-boomer music fan raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I found this book most enjoyable.

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

Coming Soon reviewed by Gene Lopez

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