Author Tarpley has written an expose of Obama as the next Manchurian Candidate (the first was Carter), recruited, trained, husbanded, financed and handled by the Bilderbergs and their American subsidiary, the Trilateral Commission. Unfortunately, the book is VERY repetitive, going over and over the same material, and loaded with invective and really scurrilous personal attacks and ill-advised adjectives. Apparently it is impossible for the author to mention many names without using descriptive adjectives like reactionary, doltish, evil, idiotic, fascist, scoundrel, etc. The use of such terms is hardly scholarly, and indeed the author makes no pretense of offering a scholarly work, preferring instead to offer a polemic.
The author includes essays by others than himself, but who offer essentially nothing new or different that those points made in his own chapters. In essence, more than half of the book can be skipped without missing anything.
The theme is that Obama was spotted and recruited by Zbigniew Brzezinski for his eventual election to President while Obama was studying political science at Columbia. Zbig was teaching there at the same time (1982-83), and Obama wrote his senior paper on a subject of Zbig's primary interest, "Soviet Nuclear Disarmament." Obama has provided essentially no information concerning his time at Columbia and the influence of Zbig.
Lest this seem unbelievable to the reader who is unfamiliar with Zbig's role as co-founder (with David Rockefeller) of the Trilateral Commission (TC), the author serves up a few relatively undisputed facts. Zbig was put on to Jimmy Carter in 1973 by George Franklin when Carter was an unknown governor of Georgia. Zbig liked what he saw and understood that Carter would be subservient and easily handled, so took Carter to Rockefeller and the two catapulted Carter into the Presidency. It must be remembered that Carter came from nowhere, and only seven months before his nomination, was preferred by only four percent of the Democrats. The Trilateral influence was brought to bear and it proved decisive. And Zbig became Carter's National Security Advisor, TC, CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) and Bilderberg Paul Volcker took over the Federal Reserve. In fact, Carter's cabinet was stuffed with TC, CFR and Bilderberg members, as has every administration had their cabinets and top bureaucratic positions including the CIA filled by Bilderbergs, TC & CFR members since then.
Unfortunately Carter was totally inept, and Ronald Reagan's "Reagan Democrat" revolt proved to be a nasty surprise for the Bilderbergs, Zbig & David Rockefeller. The first George Bush was better (also a CFR & TC member), but he still did not move the country into a public-private partnership of socialism and giant international corporations to control the country on a national and international level. Pamela Harriman introduced Bill Clinton to the Bilderbergs in 1991, and he was anointed by them to be the next President a year before he was actually elected. Zbig was back in power, if a little behind the scene. Incredibly, George W. Bush stole the election from the approved Al Gore, and even held his own against Bilderbergs John Kerry and John Edward. But now there would be no fooling around. It was time to bring someone forward who was totally bred and groomed for the Presidency and one who would dance every tune the Bilderbergs and TCs played. Although Bill Clinton was a Bilderberg, TC & CFR, Hillary was not. Enter Barack Obama.
The author cites how Obama's career was managed for him: from his assisted entry into Harvard Law School, Editor of the Law Review, his movement to Chicago and receiving a position to teach constitutional law, then his election to the Illinois State Senate (unopposed, as the expensive Bilderberg lawyers were able to have all Obama's opponents' names taken off the ballot), and even his election to the US Senate. In that campaign, the Democratic front runner was destroyed by the timely breaking of a scandal story, and then his popular Republican opponent, Jack Ryan, was destroyed and forced to abandon his candidacy when Obama's handlers were able to get an LA judge to unseal Ryan's divorce settlement and give it to the press. Obama walked in against little more than a token protest vote. In the Senate Obama was instructed to avoid voting on controversial bills so his carefully coached controlled voice and cadenced speeches would be the only face he would present. The author points out that Obama is strictly a nothing front man, but his vacuous speeches are able to almost hypnotize his audiences. Much like Mussolini, Chavez, Castro and Hitler were able to do.
These are the main elements of the author's theme, but he also spends a good of space on fascism, and the One World Order goals of the Bilderberg, TC and CFR organizations. The surprising element in all this is that the author is a committed leftist, and his criticism of Obama comes from the left. He puts Obama more readily under the fascist label than the socialist, although clearly the two labels become blurred together is the state envisioned by Zbig, the Bilderbergs & company.
There is much to ponder in this book, particularly in view of the collapse of the US economy predicted by the author that was to be engineered by the Bilderbergs at the right time to ensure Obama's election. The price of oil almost terminated Obama's candidacy, but the Bilderbergs were able to get the price under control and reduced by their financiers in Europe and Asia.
If this book's themes seem improbable or the Bilderbergs, TC or CFR are unknown to the reader, he would be advised to read Daniel Estulin's "The True Story of The Bilderberg Group", James Perloff's "The Shadows of Power - The Council on Foreign Relations And The American Decline", and Robert Ross's "Who's Who of the Elite - Members of the Bilderbergs, Council on Foreign Relations & Trilateral Commission".
As I said, these is truly much here to read and ponder, but the presentation was awful. The overblown content rated five stars; the presentation and writing only one. So I compromised on three. Still, I recommend the reader buy and read this book.