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Redfern, Nick. Cover-ups & Secrets: The Complete Guide to Government Conspiracies, Manipulations & Deceptions.

Redfern, Nick. Cover-ups & Secrets: The Complete Guide to Government Conspiracies, Manipulations & Deceptions. Visible Ink Press, June 2019. 432p. $19.95. 978-1578596799.

4Q * 3P * S

In an age of misinformation and fake news, Cover-ups & Secrets attempts to shed some much needed light on key events in American history. From UFO cover-ups to secret government monitoring, Cover-ups & Secrets explores a myriad of controversies in the United States. Each chapter delves into a new conspiracy, providing the reader with short excerpts from sources like CIA reports, newspaper articles, and interviews. Topics within this book focus on events as modern as 9/11 and Amazon's Alexa.

Redfern writes in a journalistic style. For the most part, he presents the information and allows the reader to make the final decision. However, upon a closer read, Redfern seems to try to subtly persuade the reader to accept the controversial accounts in each chapter as factual. There are photographs throughout the book, which complement the focus of each chapter. The reports are very accessible, but some do contain sexual references as well as mild profanity. If one reads each account with a grain of salt, then Cover-ups & Secrets may provide a few thought-provoking insights.--Richard Vigdor

QUALITY

5Q Hard to imagine it being better written

4Q Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses.

3Q Readable, without serious defects.

2Q Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q.

1Q Hard to understand how it got published, except in relation to its P rating (and not even then sometimes).

POPULARITY

5P Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday.

4P Broad general or genre YA appeal.

3P Will appeal with pushing.

2P For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject.

IP NoYA will read unless forced to for assignments.

GRADE LEVEL INTEREST

M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).

J Junior High (defined as grades 7-9).

S Senior High (defined as grades 10-12).

A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for YAs.

NA New Adult (defined as college-age).

R Reluctant readers (defined as particularly suited for reluctant readers).

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Author:Vigdor, Richard
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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