63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

There’s the Freedom of Information Act, and then there’s Ventura’s way.

The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bullshit, according to Jesse Ventura. In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate non- partisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk readers through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors. In addition to providing original government data, Ventura discusses what it really means and how regular Americans can stop criminal behavior at the top levels of government and in the media. Among the cases discussed:

     • The CIA’s top-secret program to control human behavior
     • Operation Northwoods—the military plan to hijack airplanes and blame it on Cuban terrorists
     • The discovery of a secret Afghan archive—information that never left the boardroom
     • Potentially deadly healthcare cover-ups, including a dengue fever outbreak
     • What the Department of Defense knows about our food supply—but is keeping mum

Although these documents are now in the public domain, the powers that be would just as soon they stay under wraps. Ventura’s research and commentary sheds new light on what they’re not telling you—and why it matters.

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By Mason (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 22, 2011
This is one of the most conclusive anti-government books I have ever read. That's because it's not a book of someone's opinion, it's a book filled with actual documents and some opinion to go with it. The documents cover many things, like the 2000 Florida vote crisis, the Gulf of Tonkin incident... ...more
By Spike (Pontiac, MI) · ★★★☆☆ · June 14, 2011
DIdn't actually finish it, I'll go back someday. I can't take it all in at once, moving on for now.

If you're into scrutinizing actual documents that will make your head spin over the US government's most controversial decisions from the past century, this book is for you. If want more of a narrat... ...more
By Michael (Plainfield, IL) · ★★★★★ · May 03, 2011
Interesting collection of government documents that deal with the many unethical actions continually perpetrated by elected officials, the military, and intelligence agencies. ...more
By Michael (Oceanside, CA) · ★★★★★ · May 01, 2011
Great book. Lots of revealing information about our government that you'd have no idea was happening behind the scenes if not for this book. ...more
By GoodReadsAccount (South Sudan) · ★★★☆☆ · February 21, 2015
If you can wade through the crap to get to the good stuff--that is, through everything Ventura wrote, to get to everything he didn't--it's a relatively interesting read. I'm a nice guy, though (haha, kidding) so I'm going to save you the trouble of having to skim over Ventura's rants about Oswald... ...more
By Brad (Beckley, WV) · ★★★☆☆ · June 15, 2011
Sometimes you know what you're going to get when you begin a book. Sometimes you're pleasantly surprised. Then there are times when you wonder why you wasted your time. This effort from Jesse Ventura settles into the first two categories for the most part, with only a smattering of the third. Man... ...more
By Joshua · ★★★☆☆ · July 30, 2011
This is a review of the Kindle addition.


This is all I can yell in my head as I read this book. There are too many $pelling and grannnnar error$ to mention. It is absolutely infuriating to try and read when there'$ hardly a sentence without an 0bviou$ mi$take. This is a bo0k fr... ...more
By Kelly (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 27, 2012
OK,wow just doesn't begin to cover it and what the @#%$ doesn't even begin to release the emotions.This book made my eyes bulge, my heart hurt, and my head shake in disbelief and hang in shame.

I'm one of those people that takes most conspiracy theories with a grain of salt...look at the leaves th... ...more
By Todd (Orting, WA) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 26, 2011
I enjoyed the short intros to each of the 63 documents by Jesse Ventura but was unable to read any of the 63 documents on my e-reader because I was prohibited from zooming in. This is like selling cotton candy made out of plastic.

In some cases links were provided to the documents on the web, but... ...more
By Angel (Berea, KY) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 14, 2011
I gave it the two stars because overall, the book was just ok. It was not bad, just ok. For me at least, some of the material were things I had encountered in other readings. The other reason for the lower rating is that some of the document scans are a bit difficult to read. His commentary on th... ...more