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This book is as much a result of my political philosophy and personal quest for Truth as the title suggests. Ultimately, my thanks go to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who propels me to seek Truth in a world of lies. My late father, Donald E. Travers, was an attorney, political activist and historian who taught me to look for truth within myself, not just what the news media told me to believe. This as much as anything is the impetus behind this book.

            My grandfather and parents inculcated me with books and a love of reading early in my life. This desire to seek knowledge led me to the great works that influence the research found herein. Primary among these sources are Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, which forced me to confront the fact America, for all her beauty and grace, is not immune from shameful acts; John Baxter’s Hollywood in the Sixties, read when I studied film at USC and was expanding my horizons; Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, maybe the best book ever written about the movie industry; Norman and Mindy Cantor’s The American Century: Varieties of Culture in Modern Times; Whittaker Chambers’s seminal Witness, which is as much a spiritual as well as historical tome; The Constitution of the United States; Ann Coulter’s Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism; Dennis Dalton’s Power Over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory, which in the beginning inspired this effort; Robert Gottlieb and Irene Wolf’s Thinking Big: The Story of the Los Angeles Times, Its Publishers, and Their Influence on Southern California, which feeds my insatiable quest for knowledge of my native state; David Halberstam’s The Powers That Be, one of the best books of all time; Godfrey Hodgson’s America in Our Time: What Happened and Why, which kind of started me on my quest for political knowledge when I first graduated from USC; The Holy Bible, for obvious reasons; G. Gordon Liddy’s Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy, which combined with the author’s speech at USC in 1983 changed my life forever; Dennis McDougal’s Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty, one of my favorite subjects; Richard Nixon’s Memoirs of Richard Nixon, which I voraciously read on a hot bus in the summer of 1985 commuting from Orange County to downtown Los Angeles, the freeway criss-crossing Nixon’s own Southland; Thomas Paine’s Common Sense; Priscilla Robertson’s enlightening Revolutions of 1848: A Social History; Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel’s The Venona Secrets, Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors; Steven Ross’s Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics; William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, which along with the movie Patton helped teach me that there does exist evil, and in this world at least, nobody is better prepared to fight it than the United States of America; Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, read while in grade school; Theodore White’s In Search of History: A Personal Adventure, a great adventure for me; and Inventing L.A.: the Chandlers and their Times, a great documentary.


Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.


And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.


And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim , and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.


The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.


The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.


For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.


The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.


But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.


- Isaiah 32: 1-8