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A.23 Fueling America’s War Machine: Deep Politics and the CIA’s Global Drug Connection. Forthcoming in Fall 2010 from Rowman & Littlefield.

A.21 The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. 432 pages.

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A.20 Deep Politics II: The New Revelations in U.S. Government Files, 1994-1995: Essays on Oswald, Mexico, and Cuba, Third Edition (Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, http://www.maryferrell.org).

Drugs, Oil, and War: the United State in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, March 2003).

Deep Politics and the Death of JFK. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, Fall 1993. pp. ix, 413. Trade paper edition, 1996.

Deep Politics and the Death of JFK.. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998. pp. xxvi, 413. Electronic edition, available in netLibrary Private Collection.

    • Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1993: “Staggeringly well-researched and intelligent overview not only of the JFK assassination but also of the forces undermining American democracy — of which the assassination, Scott says, is symptomatic….A kind of Rosetta stone for cracking open the deepest darkness in American politics. Will test the most well-informed.”


San Francisco Chronicle, November 18, 1993, E6: “the most challenging book of the year.”

Toronto Star, November 20, 1993: “may well be the most thoughtful and serious-minded of the 2,500 titles on the subject published over the years.”

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(with Jonathan Marshall) Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991. pp. vii, 263. Trade paper edition, revised, 1998; pp. xxi, 279.

(with Jonathan Marshall) Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998. pp. vii, 263. Electronic edition, available in netLibrary Private Collection.

    • (on short list of seven nominees for Best Book, Mencken Award, 1992)


Library Journal, June 1, 1991: “Extensive interviews, government records, and secondary sources (enough, in fact, to produce over 60 pages of cited sources), are used to document in great detail how the war on communism took precedence over the war on drugs. An authoritative account of a crucial but underpublicized issue.”

David Rieff, Newsday, July 14, 1991: “…unlikely to be bettered soon.”

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A.17 Drugs, Contras and the CIA: Government Policies and the Cocaine Economy. An Analysis of Media and Government Response to the Gary Webb Stories in the San Jose Mercury News (1996-2000). Los Angeles: From the Wilderness Publications, 2000. Pp. 50. Contains D.224a, D.208, and a revision of the original text of A.16b.

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A.16b “The Official Story: What the Government Has Admitted About CIA Ties to Drug Dealers.” An Analysis by Peter Dale Scott. Introduction and Editing by Martha Honey. A Special Report of the Institute for Policy Studies. July 1999. Pp. 34. [Excerpt and purchase info.]

C.50 The War on Drugs: Addicted to Failure. Recommendations of the Citizens’ Commission on U.S. Drug Policy, edited by Robert Benson, Martha Honey, and Sanho Tree. Contains testimony by Peter Dale Scott, “Government Corruption & Complicity in the War on Drugs: What Do Internal CIA and Justice Department Reports Reveal?” pp. 46-51.

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“The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11”. October 31, 2005. Background essay for my forthcoming book, The Parapolitics of Empire

This hotlinks to a related Ballad of Drugs and 9/11″, which can be read as an introduction to my rather complex essay.

D.303 “How to Fight Terrorism.” California Monthly, September 2004. A reading of the 9/11 Commission Report.

D.279 (Web only) “DEEP POLITICS THREE. Overview: The CIA, The Drug Traffic, and Oswald in Mexico.” Cf. C.54.

Www.guerrillanews.com has a new webpage on The War Conspiracy, including a video interview with Peter Dale Scott, a transcript of the interview, and the text of a new (2001) Introduction to a projected new edition of the book.

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(with Jonathan Marshall and Jane Hunter) The Iran-Contra Connection: Secret Teams and Covert Operations in the Reagan Era. Boston: South End Press, 1987) pp. xii, 315.
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Crime and Cover-Up: The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas-Watergate Connection. With a foreword by Sylvia Meagher. Berkeley: Westworks, 1977. pp. xiii, 81. Reissued by Open Archive Press (Santa Barbara, CA, 1993).

    • “Peter Dale Scott has emerged as the unchallenged expert on the political, underworld, and labor union inter-relationships in the complex framework of the assassinations in Dallas and elsewhere” — Sylvia Meagher.


Deep Politics II: Oswald, Mexico and Cuba. Skokie, IL: Green Archive Press, 1995. 162 pages. (Reprint) Dallas: JFKLancer, 1996. 165 pages.

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10/30/01: History Matters, a completely revised new website created by Rex Bradford, has two chapters of my projected new book on the Kennedy assassination, Deep Politics III. The chapters are 
 (Dec. 2000), and

Also D.281 (Web only) “The Kennedy Assassination and the Vietnam War (1971)”. Amplified excerpts from the 1976 recension (B.5a) of my 1971 essay “Vietnamization and the Drama of the Pentagon Papers” (C.14).

[A propos of the beginning of the Vietnam War, the death of JFK, NSAM 263 and NSAM 273, I strongly recommend the following essay, “Exit Strategy: In 1963, Kennedy ordered a Complete Withdrawal from Vietnam,”, by James K. Galbraith (Boston Review, Oct.-Nov. 2003). The same issue carries an excellent essay on the current crisis by Noam Chomsky. I am clearly partial to an essay which vindicates my arguments of 1972 and 1993, against reiterated contrary arguments from top establishment historians like Karnow, Giddings, and Berman. But in dealing now with the crises of 9/11 and Iraq, I think it is useful to see how our academic and journalistic establishments can repeat reassuring but valueless distortions and lies for over a generation, particularly when it concerns how this nation went into another war.]

In addition the History-matters website offers rapid access to a number of formerly classified documents released by the Assassinations Records Review Board. I strongly recommend you explore its many features.

(In collaboration with Paul L. Hoch and Russell Stetler, eds.) The Assassinations: Dallas and Beyond — A Guide to Cover-Ups and Investigations. New York: Random House and Vintage Books, 1976. pp. xvii, 556. Contains “From Dallas to Watergate — The Longest Cover-Up,” 357-74 (translated into French as “De Dallas au Watergate,” Les Temps Modernes, 331 [February 1974], 1375-93); “The Kennedy Assassination and the Vietnam War,” 406-42.

    • Robin Ramsay,


    • , February 1985: “

The Assassinations

     contains two of his essays on that subject, and they are, in my opinion, the best writing on the assassination that has been published.”

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“The Plot’s Vertical Convergence with U.S. Policy Divisions. The Fourth Decade Conference Keynote Speech.” Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, III, 3 (Fall 1997), 8-13.

“Northwards Without North: Bush, Counterterrorism, and the Continuation of Secret Power.” An analysis of the Congressional Iran-Contra Report distributed by the International Center for Development Policy, (Washington, 1988). Reissued by the Association for Responsible Dissent (Elgin, TX, 1988). Reprinted in Social Justice (San Francisco), XVI, 2 (Summer 1989), 1-30; and in abridged form as “The Terrorism Task Force,” Covert Action Information Bulletin, 33 (Winter 1990), 12-15.

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