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 Recommended

Recommended sets that often get overlooked.



CLYDE TOLSON FBI FILES
GUATEMALA COUP CIA FILES
GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS
HARRY S. TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS
HOLLYWOOD/FILM INDUSTRY SURVEILLANCE FBI FILES
HUGH HEFNER/PLAYBOY FBI FILES
LA COSA NOSTRA/JOHN ROSELLI FBI FILES


CLYDE TOLSON FBI FILES

This set is most valuable for a collection of about 1000 pages of  memos written by J. Edgar Hoover from 1965 to 1972. These memos, written before the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, were suppose to be destroyed. However, copies were  accidentally maintained in Associate Director Tolson's office files. These memos document the attitude of Hoover and the FBI on various events during that period including campus demonstrations, civil disturbances, electronic surveillance, and Martin Luther King Jr. Allmost every social issue of the period garner reflection in this set.


GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS

This set is the least popular set amongst the presidential files. Like the Ford Administration itself, this set often gets brushed-off as being inconsequential, before being granted a deeper look.

However, this set offers the most concise and broad view of  a presidency, its workings, and major issues during its  tenure, of all the  presidential papers offered here.

Documents include announcements, memoranda, agenda suggestions, agendas, talking points, attendance lists and background papers from Cabinet meetings.

Much of the material deals with the winding own of American military involvement in Vietnam.  Vietnam documents include material from intelligence reports, cables from Henry Kissinger, Ambassadors Bunker and Dean, transmissions during the April 29, 1975 Saigon evacuation.

This set documents the 1976 presidential election with  material from the Campaign. Includes material drafted by  Richard Cheney and David Gergen. Topics of the files include  funding a campaign, campaign planning, use of television and radio, comments on the potential candidacy of Ronald Reagan, slowing Ronald Reagan's momentum, attacking Ronald Reagan's candidacy, explaining Reagan's victories in Texas and the caucus states, debate strategies, campaigning in the South, and analysis of the campaign's perceptions, style, and themes.


HOLLYWOOD/FILM INDUSTRY SURVEILLANCE FBI FILES

The FBI's Communist Infiltration-Motion Picture Industry (COMPIC) files offer an insight into the fear of the "red menace" infecting popular American culture. Files include FBI "movie reviews" of main stream films it believed communist writers, directors, and actors successfully inserted communist propaganda into. Analysis of the plot points of Frank Capra's movie "It's a Wonderful Life", finds communist tricks to make bankers and the rich look bad.


HUGH HEFNER/PLAYBOY FBI FILES

These files are among the best at chronicling the FBI's attitude toward American cultural changes of the 1960's. The Bureau was indeed most interested in the articles, especially interviews with Martin Luther King Jr., Art Buchwald, Melvin Belli, Fidel Castro, Jim Garrison and Eldridge Cleaver. The January 1965 interview with Martin Luther King is described as, "Typical King double talk and is another classical example of the unbounded duplicity of this false prophet."


LA COSA NOSTRA/JOHN ROSELLI FBI FILES

This set offers the most substantial information regarding an individual residing so far into the depths of the organized crime underworld. John Roselli, once a body guard of Harry Cohen and a former lieutenant of Al Capone, in 1976 ended up in a 55-gallon steel drum floating off the coast of Florida.

Files contents includes: Investigation started by a tip from a U.S. Congressman that bribes were paid for the paroling of Roselli and other members of the Capone gang; Chronicling of years of surveillance of Roselli; His relation to the Central Intelligence Agency, regarding the agency's attempt to get the cooperation of Sam Giancana to facilitate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's assassination; FBI attempts to pressure Roselli to become an informant on La Cosa Nostra; Roselli's role in electronic cheating in high stakes card games at the Friars Clubs in Beverly Hills. Files contain dozens of pages related to the CIA's working with Sam Giancana to arrange the assassination of Fidel Castro.


HARRY S. TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS

This set is one of our best selling, however many may still overlook the wide range of material contained in this set.

Major coverage in this 2-CD set is given to the World War II  Atomic Bomb Decision, The Manhattan Project, Korean War,  The Berlin Airlift, The Marshall Plan, founding of the United Nations, formation of NATO, the recognition of Israel, and the 1948 Presidential election

It offers the most personal look at a president among the files we offer. This set includes writings from Truman to Bess while he was on the front lines in France during World War I, to handwritten notes made after he left office on the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan.


GUATEMALA COUP CIA FILES

Anyone interested in the workings of a covert CIA operation would want to review this material.

Files include information about "Nerve War" which included sending wooden coffins, hangman's nooses and phony bombs to targets. "Here Lives a Spy" and "You have only 5 Days" were painted on their houses.

The files include an instructional guide on assassination titled, "A Study of Assassination." The document offers descriptions of procedures and assassination hints such as, "The simplest local tools are often much the most efficient means of assassination... A hammer, axe, wrench, screw driver, fire poker, kitchen knife, lamp stand, or anything hard, heavy and handy will suffice." "...Puncture wounds of the body cavity may not be reliable unless the heart is reached... Absolute reliability is obtained by severing the spinal cord in the cervical region."