If you enjoy conspiracy theories you will positively love this book. Much of the content will astonish some readers and many will probably think it is a very negative look at the various stations, but in actual fact it all makes a lot of sense.
Brian makes the very clear link between the CIA and the offshore stations and subsequently with other political, security and criminal activities. I’m afraid that it is all very believable and quite intriguing. Brian has published a lot of facts that have confirmed my suspicions. The story covers the 60s stations in great detail, but also covers various projects before this including the Scandinavian offshore stations and the land based Radio Luxembourg, Radio Normandie and pre state owned BBC. It covers RNI in great detail, but is less detailed about the 1980s Caroline and Laser, though both are covered – particularly Laser.
Ronan used to talk to me about his concerns about the CIA on many occasions. Many of his employees considered him to be speaking nonsense and humoured him on this subject. If you read this book you can see exactly why he was right to be concerned.
Brian has carefully assembled the story in a chronological order and has linked press reports, interviews, media stories and other facts from government reports and police and security documents to the dates. It is all very interesting and confirms much of what I have long suspected. It also brings to life some of the happenings that I have often read about, but did not know the background to. There are detailed accounts of particular happenings which I’ve never read elsewhere before. For example the story of the raid on Shivering Sands which is in itself absolutely riveting especially the subsequent background to the antics of one Paul Elvey!
It does all of this in a respectful manner and does not detract from the programming and spirit of the actual stations and their presenters – rather it tells the backroom tale of how the stations came to be. For example I could never understand how on earth anyone could have financed RNI or indeed why they would risk doing so in the political climate that existed at the time. This book makes you much more aware of how and why it was done.
I thoroughly recommend you read it some time. There are no photos, but there are several diagrams which are themselves very interesting.
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