Books: their good and bad influence
November 1, 2007
“We should not depend on the bloody American military any longer”.
“Sir Arnold was watching the French general intently: ‘Do you perhaps envision a time when we’d want to go to war with the United States?’ A hush spread around the room. while La Porte paced, his face in a sudden scowl, his ponderous body impressive for its agility. ‘We already are at war with the Americans, in every aspect of life and business except militarily. But militarily, we cannot be. We are too weak, too dependent on all their systems, hardware, and even the most modern weapons. We have soldiers and arms that we can’t properly equip, move or control, without Washington.’
“We French do not have a ‘special relationship’ with the Americans, unlike you English…..”
General Moore stared at La Porte a full thirty seconds more. Then he seemed to think of something else. He relaxed, smiled,and stood up. “I believe our business here is over. As for the fate and future of Europe, we in Britain consider it tied permanently to that of the United States, whether we like it or not.”
These are excerpts from a novel by world-famous author Robert Ludlum, The Paris Option, in this case of a meeting held by generals of several countries belonging to NATO. HarperCollinsPublishers, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London W6 8JB – www.fireandwater.com.
Another best-selling Welsh-born novelist, Ken Follett, also wrote a novel, a Corgi Book reprinted in 1987 in Great Britain by Hazell Watson & Viney Limited, Aylesbury, Bucks, which, in accordance with its preface “is a true story about a group of people who, accused of crimes they did not commit, decided to make their own justice” and this is part of its Cast of Characters:
Ross Perot, Chairman of the Board, Electronic Data Systems Corporation, Dallas, Texas.
Merv Stauffer, Perot’s right-hand man.
Five more executives of Electronic Data Systems and
Tom Luce, founder of the Dallas law firm Hughes & Hill
Several EDS Corporation’s executives headed by Paul Chiaparoni, country Manager.
It deals with the evacuation from Iran of these American executives carried out by a team commanded by Colonel Arthur D. ‘Bull’ Simons.
The book includes real pictures of the named people and situations in Tehran’s street immediately after the ousting of the Shah.
I have included these two books here because they had been written by two very popular authors and my intention is to maky a summary of how popular authors and books can influence the opinions of ordinary people for or against any particular person or country, as is the case of the former in the latter book and the latter in the former transcriptions.
I realised this because I am now reading Ludlum’s novel and compare it with the present situation in the world, where there appear to be antagonisms between the populations of Europe and America and I have thought that perhaps these antagonisms have been provoked by the reading of novels like those under review.
The book by Follett exalts the personal qualities of Ross Perot, after the book was written a candidate to the Presidency of the US.
What do you think of this likely influence of best sellers in people’s attitudes and stances?
In my opinion readers should be very careful not to admit those books prima facie, and consider sensibly what the implications of their contents may mean for the coexistence among us.