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Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified US History

Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified US History

Product Review (submitted on August 12, 2012):
This book uses food as a jumping-off point for revealing the stories behind newly declassified government documents.

There’s a botched attempt on Fidel Castro’s life via poisoned milkshake, a frame-up on Black Panther Fred Hampton for stealing an ice cream truck, a Jell-O box used as evidence to convict Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and naturally, Coca-Cola makes more than one appearance in this book. Each specific story opens up into a more general discussion of the topic at hand (anti-Communist panic, US foreign policy in the Middle East, the CIA’s mindcontrol experiments, etc.) It’s well-written and designed, with lots of reproduced documents, newspaper clippings, infographics and illustrations.