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NEW From Fred Kempe:

‘…an enriching history and a rollicking good read.’ — Washington Post

 

FREDERICK KEMPE’s “Belin 1961″

 By Alex von Tunzelmann, Published: June 10, 2011

Excellent NEW BOOK!

In 1961, a crisis brewed over the future of Berlin, which was marooned in the middle of Soviet-aligned East Germany and divided between Eastern and Western interests. To stem migration from east to west, the communists built the Berlin Wall: a stark manifestation of the Iron Curtain itself. U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev could not find common ground. The Cold War heated up. By October 27, American and Soviet tanks were facing each other down, less than 100 yards apart.
 

 

Frederick Kempe’s compelling new narrative history of the Berlin crisis puts this political story center stage. Its most memorable moments, though, are those in which Kempe reveals the unexpected slapstick of international diplomacy. For instance, Mao Zedong scheduled a meeting with Khrushchev in a swimming pool, knowing he was a strong swimmer and Khrushchev was not. The Chinese leader performed laps around poor Comrade Nikita, who bobbed up and down unhappily in a life preserver. That says quite a lot about the personal bitterness behind the Sino-Soviet split. On the other hand, not much is revealed about the Berlin crisis by the tale of President Sukarno of Indonesia dragging Khrushchev onto a Moscow dance floor for what Kempe calls “an awkward pas de deux” — but you would have to be actively fun-averse to want it left out of the book. 
 

 

Kempe draws the personal and the political stories together in a fast-paced, dramatic narrative. He favors punchy, one-sentence paragraphs, which for full impact must be read aloud in the baritone of movie trailers. When Kennedy dismisses Khrushchev’s early overtures of friendship, we learn that “it would be the first mistake of the Kennedy presidency.” When a beauty queen from East Germany, then under the leadership of hardliner Walter Ulbricht, defects to the West, Kempe writes, “She was Walter Ulbricht’s ultimate humiliation.” When the Berlin Wall goes up, he allows himself two punchy one-sentence paragraphs in a row:
 

 

“It was a cool and clear night — perfect for the purpose.
 

 

“Perhaps Mother Nature was a communist.”
 

 

Occasionally, as in that last example, the effect of this potboiler tone is comic, but at least it’s entertaining. And “Berlin 1961” as a whole is certainly that.
 

 

Kempe’s portraits of Khrushchev and Kennedy are convincing and mostly fair. He caricatures the Soviet leader slightly more so than the American, but he also does not pull his punches in assessing Kennedy’s performance. Both men come across as well intentioned, at least on their own terms; but their personal insecurities are profound. Furthermore, their wildly differing cultural backgrounds make it difficult for them to communicate. 
 

 

Kempe’s blow-by-blow account of the Vienna conference of June 1961, during which the two men met for the first time, is telling — and, in a classic sense, almost tragic. Kennedy was jumped up on amphetamines administered by a quack doctor for his back pain, which probably did little for his judgment. But neither leader came away with an accurate assessment of the other. Khrushchev saw an ailing young president in front of him and assumed that Kennedy was weak. Kennedy saw a blustering, theatrical Soviet leader in front of him and assumed that Khrushchev was crazy. Both men were trying to ensure peace by making careful but deliberate references to their nuclear deterrents. Instead, owing to errors of perception and judgment, they brought the world far closer to war. 
 

 

Though most of the research here is solid, Kempe’s sketchy knowledge of the issue of Cuba — which he admits was “inextricably linked” with Berlin in the minds of Kennedy and Khrushchev — is occasionally a limitation. At one point, he confuses the Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 with Operation Mongoose, the CIA’s long-term covert campaign against Fidel Castro, begun six months later. Elsewhere, he asserts that Castro was not in the socialist camp by June 1961; yet Castro famously and very publicly declared the Cuban revolution to be socialist on April 16, 1961, on the eve of the Bay of Pigs invasion. These may be no more than bloopers, but it is too glib to state that what happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 (in a punchy one-sentence paragraph) was that “Kennedy’s Berlin Crisis had moved to Cuba.” Undoubtedly, the presence of missiles in Cuba had strategic relevance to Berlin. Yet Cuba had been a growing issue in and of itself since at least 1959, and for both Kennedy and Khrushchev it pulled in all sorts of regional, ideological and even personal considerations that had nothing to do with Berlin. 

 

Nonetheless, “Berlin 1961” has more virtues than flaws. It is engaging, it is a great story, and it is generally fair-minded. This is both an enriching history and a rollicking good read.
 

 

Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of “Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean.”



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W. Scott Malone has been cited in at least forty books over the years, including at least two novels. Which may only go to prove that even some light late night reading can still end as scary bedtime stories.

Unlike the Hollywood version, in Nick Pileggi’s original book, CASINO: Love and
Honor in Las Vegas, the best-selling Mob author named names of the very real bad boys of the late seventies Chicago Mafia who were wheeling and dealing in Las Vegas. It is was ever more gripping than the movie as a result, because the actual players were endlessly more reality TV lurid the than their Hollywood counterparts.
As a college student who somehow finagled a combined $500 grant from the Center for National Security Studies and the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Malone had first tangled with the very same crew in 1976, when the events recounted were unfolding in real-time, and again in 1982, as both the book’s and the movie’s narrative reached its baseball-bat-grave in a cornfield crescendo, for FRONTLINE’s premier broadcast on the NFL and organized crime.
That program, An Unauthorized History of the NFL,’ which remains one of PBS’ highest rated current affairs documentaries ever, was anchored by media-renowned ‘golden girl,’ the late and bewitching Jessica Savitch, who had to be placed under police protection in the weeks just before and after that broadcast.

Malone gladly handed the baton and the key to the files to Nick after his real-life book Wiseguy had become the Martin Scorsese smash hit film Goodfellas. He didn’t forget that enterprising young upstart, however:  

‘For Scott Malone

Who was there EARLY —

Best – Nick Pileggi’

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More major league authors continued down the path first tread by Malone in the Mafia corridors of Vegas, Miami, Havana, Hollywood and Washington.The followers-up included the ever enchanting Kitty Kelley, Mob expert and bon vivant Dan E. Moldea, investigator extraordinaire Sally Denton and her once historian-husband, Roger Morris, along with the seemingly indefatigable Gus Russo, who turned out to be a word musician and lyrical historian.
The “unauthorized history” of best-selling biography goddess maven Ms. Kitty was best told in a Washington Post Style section profile:

Kitty Kelley: Doing It Her Way

“In May of 1986, Dan Moldea says: “Kitty called me in desperation, saying that she was in trouble with the lawyers, who were checking her [Sinatra] book. Specifically, she said that the attorneys were questioning her details about the CIA/Mafia plots to murder Fidel Castro.

 

“Moldea had earlier referred her to Scott Malone, a PBS producer with a research specialty in organized crime, who lent his files and sources on the CIA/Mafia plots. Kelley’s close friend, photographer Stanley Tretick (to whom “His Way” is dedicated), was often Kelley’s courier and general factotum on the project. “Stanley called to thank me,” says Moldea. He says Tretick told him that Malone’s information had “saved the Sinatra book.”– Washington Post, 31 October 1988
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And, speaking of Scott Malone’s dear friend Dan Moldea…. 
 
This work could not have been completed without the assistance of my associate, Washington journalist William Scott Malone, who encouraged me to write this book. Malone was the chief investigator and associate producer of the January 1983 Frontline program on public television, “An Unauthorized History of the NFL.” His research, interviews, and advice has been invaluable to me.’ p.7 

 

‘To Scott–
My brother and main man.
Thanks for allowing me to take all the shit I’m going to take for writing this. 
–Love, Dan E. 7/17/89′

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And, speaking of the NFL, one should also speak of television news legend,  Jessica Savitch, which Malone only did once, although it was apparently considered rather ‘out-of-school’ in some quarters of certain high-level FRONTLINE management circles (all three of them).
He’s still not exactly sure, but he deduced from silence that not all girls are golden.
Malone still prays that Silent Bob is slightly more nuanced in his Hollywood verbal briefs than ‘Golden’ author Alanna Nash, for the Robert Redford/Michelle Pfeiffer movie that followed.

GOLDEN GIRL: The Story of Jessica Savitch (1988)

Jessica did imply, with the act of handing FRONTLINE investigator Scott Malone, an Arlington, VA. emergency phone number, ‘that she had spent Thanksgiving of 1982 with [Warren Beatty and his parents], even though she had told “Today” show producer Steve Friedman she was going to Atlantic City‘”I liked her very much,” Beatty would later say. But “we did not spend a Thanksgiving together…”

‘On December 22, 1982, Jessica sat in the studio at WGBH, Boston, and recorded promos for FRONTLINE. She stared into the camera with a look that one staff member [Malone] would correctly liken to a laser. “When you turned that camera on her, it was just f**king scary,” he says. “She had a nut streak in her, definitely, but she also had some kind of an energy force behind her eyes…It was like she put on her little custom suit, shot a beam across the room, and zapped you…”

FRONTLINE debuted on January 16 [sic: 17], 1983. Its premiere show, “An Unauthorized History of the NFL,” would set the tone of the series and leave a lasting impression as to the quality and integrity of its journalism…

‘The FRONTLINE staff had worked on the show for eight months. Jessica coming in to do an on-camera interview with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, attempting to nail him on a double standard to players and club owners regarding the league’s no-gambling-associations policy. The majority of the investigative reporting was being done by Scott Malone…

The week leading up to the premier broadcast of FRONTLINE as a program were intense.“That weekend was incredibly scary,” says Malone, also an associate producer on the film. “After that press screening, the s**t hit the fan. We’d felt what the reaction in the NFL was going to be, and their minions in the sports press all over the country. There was a campaign, orchestrated primarily by the NFL, to bombard us with attacks. On top of it all, I was out all weekend, still investigating the thing, sitting a dingy little motel, having to get the operator to make the calls for so nobody would know where I was [lest sports reporters could quickly infer which NFL teams and players were still under investigation]. Here I was, tying to get the key football player to confess, so we could run the hard version naming names, and then I was hanging out with gangsters. But I was more scared [at the FRONTLINE offices] in Boston than anyplace I’ve ever been on any story.”

When Malone got back to WGBH, he was told that the staff had gotten death threats–“or maybe just Jessica received them. When I cam in, the ‘FRONTLINE’ office was under police protection, guards everywhere.”

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But Malone’s Vegas dreams seem to remain the reoccurring variety…and will no doubt never seem to end...

The MONEY and the POWER: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America (2001)

‘There would be convincing evidence, according to congressional investigators in the late seventies [that] in October 1963, Ruby had met [Johnny] Rosselli twice in Miami, where Rosselli had the clear impression, as he would tell investigative reporter Scott Malone, that “Ruby was hooked up with [Santo] Trafficante in the rackets in Havana”… *p.252

 

‘For Farah and Scott–

You know these pages through and through!

Thanks for all your help.

                 /s/ Sally Denton…Roger Morris’

* John Rosselli was already dead by July 31, 1976–legs sawed-off below the knee, his body found floating in an oil drum on Miami’s Dumbfoundling Bay. Malone’s original source was not Rosselli, but his close friend, retired DC Police Inspector Joseph Shimon, now deceased. A Justice Dept. Strike Force prosecutor in Las Vegas Malone interviewed on tape in 1976, was the source on the Ruby meeting in Miami, and a FBI Special Agent was the source on Rosselli’s visits to Miami during the Fall of 1963. The meetings salience to Ruby murdering Oswald, or even if the occurred, are both still in dispute. Another unresolved question that neither the House Select Committee nor the Kennedy Records Release Commission could, or would, answer.** At the book party after the signing, Sy Hersh, once again, stayed busy attempting to “source” my then-government-agency-employed wife, pictured above. 

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MEN OF HONOUR: The Confessions of Tommaso Buscetta – The Man Who Destroyed the Mafia (1987)

By Tim Shawcross and Martin Young

“In Washington, the Scott Malone Organized Crime Research Library provided invaluable assistance and reference.”p.14

‘Dear Scott – A Man of Honor and “Amiti Nostra”!

Keep Well. Best Wishes – Tim Shawcross June 1995′

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FLAWED PATRIOT: The Rise and Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey

The BlackBackSTORY of Bayard Stockton and the CIA’s William King Harvey, who during his career ran counter-intelligence, the secret Berlin Base, and the CIA/Mafia plots to kill Fidel Castro. He was once described to President Kennedy as ‘America’s real 007.’

still under construction but more coming SOON…

 

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VACCINE *A*: The Covert Government Experiment That’s Killing Our Soldiers and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims

‘Dear Scott: To another investigative gonzo maniac. Lover your work. Love your BlackNET. Keep the faith….even though I’ve lost mine. Best to the brotherhood.’

–Gary Matsumoto August 13, 2008

“For assistance in understanding the Byzantine politics of the Department of Defense I am particularly indebted to Lt. Col. Roger Charles (USMC ret.) an investigator for CBS 60 Minutes, Col. David Hackworth (U.S. Army ret.), military correspondent and columnist extraordinaire as well as tireless champion for the men and women in the U.S. military, and Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer Scott Malone.” pp.284-5

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FOUR STARS: The Battle Between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America’s Civilian Leaders (1989)

“Thanks are also due to Scott Malone, who provided his own notes and personal knowledge in a career of talking with this nation’s twilight warriors…” p.ix

‘Scott Malone — To a great & good friend, w/respect & gratitude                                           — MARK PERRY 3-6-89’

COLD WARRIOR – JAMES JESUS ANGLETON: The CIA’s Master Spy Hunter (1991)

‘Also helpful with access to [his] FILES [was] William Scott Malone…’

     –TOM MANGOLD, p.14

 

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DIVORCING THE DICTATOR: America’s Bungled Affair with Noriega (1990)

W. Scott Malone “provided invaluable assistance [and whose information]
‘made several chapters far richer.’ p.x

‘For Scott Malone, Without you, this would be a far poorer product. Thanks for your friendship and investigative zeal and genius (and I don’t use that word lightly).

                                              — Fred Kemp’ (President, Atlantic Council)

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SUPER MOB: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers (2006)

‘As with any book of this scope, Supermob owes its existence in no small degree to the work of predecessors, in this case a dedicated group of gadfly journalists who for decades strove to call attention to the vaporous world of Sid Korshak and company. Among those deserving special kudos for their exceptional reportage…W. Scott Malone…’ p.529
For W. Scott Malone — You have the honor of being one of the first reporters on the SuperMob’s “Enemy’s List.” He who laughs last…Best Always, Your Amigo — Gus Russo  6-15-06
LIVE BY THE SWORD: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK (1998)

‘Dear Scott, AT LAST! And to think it all started when you called on a hunch to what you’d heard about RFK and [his friendship with alleged Anti-JFK anti-Castro Cuban leader] Arcacha [Smith]. Thanks for being a great friend. Cheers, Gus Russo 10-14-98′

‘The House Select Committee on Assassinations:

Since practically the moment Chief Justice [Earl] Warren handed Lydon Johnson his commission’s report, there were calls for a new investigation of President Kennedy’s death. Public clamor rose exponentially with each new book critical of the Warren Commission. Unfortunately, most of the published books shared one characteristic: they were written by amateur investigators (and often amateur writers), with limited ability to evaluate eyewitness or scientific testimony. Most of these books were written by well-intentioned doubters, and a few by unscrupulous money-mongers.

After the report [about CIA assassination attempts on foreign leaders, primarily Cuba’s Fidel Castro] of the Church [Select Intelligence] Committee, a variety of questions demanded closure. For the first time, the government admitted having planned assassinations. Was Kennedy’s death an act of retribution that investigators never considered in 1963, or worse, did some clique in our own government use this assassination capability to effect a coup?

Public opinion polls and the Church findings notwithstanding, it was old-fashioned partisan politics that finally put the wheels in motion for a new investigation. In 1976, Coretta King, the widow of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., paid a visit to the Democratic Speaker of the House, Tomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. Mrs. King told O’Neil, “I have to know what really happened to Martin.” What happened next was inevitable. The Congressional Black Caucus put its considerable weight behind the proposed investigation.

The important 1978 Congressional elections were in the back of its mind, and the Democratic majority was concerned with solidifying alliances, not fracturing them. Investigator Scott Maloneintroduced the Black Caucus’ Donovan Gay to Rick Feeney of Congressman Thomas Downing office. Downing had long maintained a desire to reopen the JFK case. It was determined that the King case would be reopened and the Kennedy case would be tacked on to the legislation, conveniently assuaging pressure from that camp at the same time.

Consequently, in September 1976, the House , by a margin of 280 to 65, passed HR 1540, establishing the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA)…’

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 THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA

By Joseph J. Trento – 2001

“To Scott — 
…who doesn‘t have to read this
 — to know the story. 
J.T.
Joe Trento18 September 2002 

 

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THE LAST INVESTIGATION: A former Federal Investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations breaks his oath of silence and tells what insiders know about the assassination of John F. Kennedy

‘Immediately after coming aboard, [new Chief Counsel Robert] Blakey, had imposed a curtain of silence on the staff, forbidding anyone from talking to outsiders about details of the Committee’s operations. I thought it was a good idea, considering some of the distorted press we had gotten. However, as staff discontent grew, leaks began to occur. I learned, for instance, that freelance writers Scott Malone and Jerry Policoff were preparing a scathing article about Blakey for New Times magazine.They were blasting Blakey for returning $425,000 of first-year Committee funding to the Treasury while staffers thought the investigation was being hindered for lack of funds. They also were hitting Blakey for firing an excellent researcher under the false guise of “poor work quality” when the researcher’s only sin was being too close to certain critics. They were charging Blakey with being suspiciously cozy with the CIA, making agreements with the Agency severely restricting the staff’s use of intelligence information. And they were accusing him of Machiavellian scheming in inviting key critics in as consultants and then forcing them to sign nondisclosure agreements in an attempt, they said, to preempt future criticism.

Perhaps most upsetting was their claim that Blakey was really a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Malone and Policoff had discovered that Blakey had once filed an affidavit in support of a libel suit brought against Penthouse magazine by an alleged racket-connected Nevada resort owner named Moe Dalitz…Shortly after the New Times article appeared, a rumor spread that Blakey would be offered a top job in the Justice Department when he wrapped up his Committee work. Suddenly that rumor burst into a flame, ignited by what became know as “Ortiz manuscript” flap…

One of the journalists with who I was in regular contact was a tall, cocky young freelancer named Scott Malone. Malone had stirred Blakey’s ire by being annoyingly pushy while questioning him about a piece in New Times magazine and Blakey had declared him persona non grata at Committee offices. But Malone was a good digger and a hustler [operator]. Along with Irish journalist Anthony Summers, he helped produce a BBC television special about the Kennedy assassination and one day, while working on that, he wound up in Miami interview Robert McKeown…

[A]fter Scott Malone talked to McKeown I met [Malone] for lunch to find out if McKeown had revealed anything new. He hadn’t, but as we were finishing our lunch, Malone casually mentioned that McKeown told him he had met a fellow at his bridge club who used to be involved in anti-Castro activities back in the early Sixties. Malone thought the fellow might be of some help to me and gave me his name.

[The ‘fellow’ turned out be be a key CIA case officer and became author Fonzi’s single most crucial witness during his committee investigation. Go figure.]

 

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OSWALD AND THE CIA (1995)

‘A special thanks also goes to Scott Malone, whose contacts and comments aided greatly in the early phases of this work. Scott made his documents and interview notes available, materials I found useful further down the line.’p.viii

‘To Scott Malone– Obviously I cannot say enough for all you did to help. But thanks. Best Wishes, John M. Newman, 6-30-95

 

ECLIPSE: The Last Days of the CIA (1992)

‘To Scott Malone: Good friend; colleague who puts his shoulder to the plow, and haunts these same furrows–You will recognize this s**t–much of it is yours. — Mark Perry’

‘I also owe thanks to Washington reporter William Scott Malone, who worked with me on a number of other stories which also have found their way into this work. His continuing skepticism, outspoken opinions, and unique viewpoints were always valued by me.’ p.7

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BROTHERS In ARMS: The Kennedys, the Castros and the Politics of Murder

 ‘For [his] invaluable assistance with this book, special thanks go to…W. Scott Malone…for reading early drafts and making important suggestions.’ p.477

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BROTHERS IN ARMS:
The Kennedys, the Castros and the Politics of Murder
By Gus Russo and Stephen Molton
Tuesday, November 11, 2008  7-9pm
258 Riverside Drive

“This astonishing book sheds new light on the assassination of President Kennedy and the role of its many players, including the Castros. It reads not only like a thriller, but like a movie scenario.”

—Daniel Schorr, Emmy Award-winning Senior Analyst for NPR
Brothers in Arms has the pace of a page-turning thriller as it reveals the truth about an era of assassinations that influenced the course of history among the United States,Cuba, and the Soviet Union. Each chapter peels off another layer of the subterfuge and cover-ups that have hidden the facts about Robert Kennedy’s determination to assassinate Castro and Castro’s involvement in the assassination of President John Kennedy. What Robert Kennedy (to protect his family’s legacy) and Lyndon Johnson (to protect the national security) kept secret from the Warren Commission is at last available to the American people and the world.”
 —Joseph Califano, former General Counsel to US Army and the Cuban Coordinating Committee during the Kennedy Administration, Special Assistant to President Johnson for domestic policy, and Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Carter.

“Gus Russo and Stephen Molton have fashioned heroic investigative reporting into a Shakespearean reckoning, lush with psychological and historical nuance, of the fateful symmetry between the personal and the political. Brothers in Arms is the wisest explanation I’ve seen of the Kennedy assassination. It is certainly the most tragic.”

—Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Carry Me Home

“A rifle bullet from the past once again may change the course of history. Russo’s latest contribution to the literature of the turbulent sixties, Brothers in Arms, co-written with Stephen Molton, is rendered with striking clarity and amazing grace, not to mention a crisp, historical grasp. It has obviously been a labor of passion and intensity.”

W. Scott Malone, veteran lead reporter for PBS series Frontline
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STEEL TOWN (1989)
Jim Grady, semi-famous for visionary CIA novel, Six Days of the Condor, which was whittled down to Three Days by the time it hit the big screen with Robert Redford in the lead role. A former investigative journalist with Jack Anderson, Jim writes about what he knows, dark allies and back corridors of Washington DC. Infamously, Jim  went out and bought a silver Porche with his Hollywood lucre, which he ended up driving for the next 20+ years.
At the Grady’s Washington publication party, Malone’s New York girlfriend, the gorgeous comedy writer known only as “Her Gness,” was in town to attend Vice  President George H.W. Bush’s one and only 1989 Inauguration as President, with her sister and her husband and the sisters’ rather connected parents. Her Gness and Her Sister were apparently the highlight of the Steel Town book party, and they were the talk of the Washington Post newsroom the next day, having been dubbed the “Sin Sisters” by Post Editor Curt Suplee.

During the Bush 41 Inaugural Ball the next evening, Frank Sinatra performed a rather tepid impersonation of a lounge singer, since he was drunker than Hunter Thompson at an American University Lecture.

[Malone couldn’t resist calling Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley, referenced above, from a pay phone, just to rub it in.]
Grady’s Steel Town, was based partially on the real-life Rust-belted-Mafia-junkyard of Youngstown, Ohio, and it mirrored Malone’s own two-year investigation centering on Youngstown for a book tentatively entitled: SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS: The Secret History of Shopping Malls, Organized Crime, and Political Corruption in America.
Grady’s novel was the tale of one man’s lonesome and heroic struggle to clean up the corruption of a murderous, broken down, rust belt American town .

  But Jim Grady did Malone ‘a real solid,’ as he later recalled–by acceding to Malone’s request that if Jim intended to use Malone as a character in Steel Town, Grady would make him a bad guy.

 He graciously did so, and the resulting character, named  NICK MALONE,is a ruthless Mafia hitman

The Sin Sisters returned to New York duly impressed.
And talk about wannabes, Malone had finally obtained his ideal day-job status, even if only fictionally.
Exxxxceeeelllent, Malone was heard to mumble…novel…

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DIRECT ACTION – A Covert War Thriller

‘To Scott — Who knows too much. 
                                      Stay Safe.’

                       — John Weisman

This guy ought’a be locked up...for disclosing real national security secrets.

                                         – W. Scott Malone, 2005

 

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YET still more COMING SOON….

 

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