Authors: John W. Whitehead
A Government of Wolves
"John Whitehead is one of the most eloquent and knowledgeable defenders of liberty, and opponents of the growing American police state, writing today. I am pleased to recommend
A Government of Wolves
to anyone interested in learning how modern America increasingly resembles a dystopian science fiction film instead of a Constitutional Republic."
Twelve-term US Congressman and former presidential candidate
"I was privileged to have Duke Ellington as a mentor, who said of the jazz that was unsuccessfully banned in their countries by Stalin and Hitler: 'The music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.' But only a basically free country could have produced back then such freedom of expression that has become so energizing a global presence. If we are to be again this free a nation, John Whitehead will have had a lot to do with our being able to swing again."
American historian and nationally syndicated columnist
"The loss of liberty doesn't begin with invading armies, but with creeping government that slowly and almost imperceptibly invades our privacy with cameras, drones, wiretaps and monitoring of email communication. We are told this is for our own good. In this book, John Whitehead sounds a warning about overreaching government we had better heed before the point of no return has been reached."
Columnist/Fox News Contributor
"A masterfully documented chronicle of frightened citizen vassalage to a Leviathan state in a hopes of a risk-free existence. An end to liberty is at hand."
Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan
American Empire Before the Fall
"Cynical, brutal, dehumanizing. Pervasive, insidious, incremental. Any hope of getting out of this prison we've found ourselves in and in the service of—Wake up! The paramilitary junta is breaking down your door! Your Miranda rights? Where have you been? They don't need no stinking badges! Get out of the way—it's your new police state in action. We're about to be herded—digitally, of course—into some nightmarish gulag that we can't even see because it's crept up on us incrementally like a toxic fog under the insidious guise of national security and other mendacious Newspeak. How did we become the prey of capitalistic jackals, ruthless corporations and power-intoxicated lackeys of the one percent terraraptors? Where is Thomas Paine now that we need him? He's here just in the nick of time in the person of John Whitehead, an uncompromising debunker of lies, rhetoric mongers, rights-shredders and the criminal acts of our shameless, double-crossing government. Drop everything and read A
Government of Wolves
before it's too late! I loved and was horrified by this disturbing and courageous book."
New York Times
and a founding editor of
Rolling Stone Magazine
Copyright © 2013 by John W. Whitehead
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Whitehead, John W., 1946-
A government of wolves : the emerging American police state/ John W. Whitehead.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-59079-975-8 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1. Civil rights--United States. 2. United States—Politics and government. 3. Police power—United States. 4. Constitutional law—United States. I. Title.
Cover art and illustrations by Christopher Combs
Interior book design and production by Janice Benight
Manufactured in the United States of America
For Nisha Whitehead, my inspiration
"A nation of sheep will "beget
a government of wolves."
– EDWARD R. MURROW
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