Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-up of Gulf War Syndrome|
by Patrick G. Eddington (Author)
From Library Journal
Eddington, a former CIA analyst who now describes himself as a "public
activist," has written two books in one. The first seeks to reveal what the
author claims is a "conspiracy" and "duplicity" by high-level officials aimed at
denying that U.S. forces were exposed to chemical agents during the Gulf War.
The second argues that the author and his wife were the target of an
"unofficial...blackballing" that eventually led to their resignations from the
CIA. Unfortunately, both stories are so contaminated with emotional language
that it becomes hard to separate fact from feeling. Although the book is heavily
footnoted, some parts are personal reminiscences subject to debate. Eddington
delights in taking on senior government and military officers, naming names
(sometimes only initials), and pointing accusing fingers while staking a claim
to the moral high ground. The reader is left confused: Was Gulf War syndrome the
result of incompetence? Or is it a tale poisoned by the scent of the author's
personal vendetta? An optional purchase.
Matt Puglisi: Assistant Director, Persian Gulf War Era Veterans, The American
"Levels tough indictments...Pat and Robin Eddington are true patriots."
Paperback: 383 pages
Publisher: Backinprint.com; An Authors Guild edition (June 1, 2000)