The Devil Inside the Beltway:
The Shocking Expose of the Us Government’s Surveillance and Overreach Into Cyber security, Medicine and Small Business
Okay,this book was an emotional roller coaster, and finding the words to review it, even more so. It should be noted, that this review is more than fifty percent my personal preference due to the circumstances of this story more than most, it being an account of real events and all.
His bias, it was evident. As the supposedly ‘little guy’ compared to the ‘big guy,’ I wasn’t surprised to see how much government bashing there was in this book, and how little information there was, most of it hidden under a load of bias to make the reader believe contrary, to show otherwise. This was the account of one man’s life being turned upside down, and the exploration of how corrupt the world truly can be.(see Amazon.com for an idea of what it’s about structured-wise than the theme. It’s actually really good!) A very fascinating theme, life, story, ect, no matter what you want to call it. It was interesting.
There were several times that I chanted in my head “It’s just a book, it’s just a book” to try to will myself out of just how sick to my stomach I felt, but the thing is, it’s Nonfiction, it being just a book, isn’t too comforting on that part. I’m pretty sure that that’s how Daugherty wanted to impact his readers, to keep them thinking. He succeeded, I think I have a little more hate towards the Government than when I started reading this book. Kudos to him.
The writing was your average, basic writing, which is very well expected from someone who isn’t a ‘writer by profession,’ which is completely fine with me. It wasn’t bad or anything, it wasn’t confusing, and it definitely didn’t flow like poetry(It sounded fragmented and rough on the tongue sometimes.) So, I have no complaints about it, but for someone who finds it really annoying when there’s that idea that ‘anyone could have written this given the life experience,’ just think before you start to read this, and even more so if you’re also that type of person to want to post every single little detail that you had a problem on with the book in a review(ignore the run on sentence please 😉 ) this will help both you save time, and the author.(Sounds hypocritical, but it is MY job as a reviewer to warn you of these things, I’m not ranting on, and on, and on… ) But, for the basic reader out there, it might even be refreshing to have a book that is written as if someone was just orally telling you a story and not trying to amaze you with dazzling words or anything.
“You deserve to at least understand the truth before you choose to enter.
Lesson learned: Put your fear, not your faith, in judges. There is a code of silence that insulates from accountability but for the worst transgressions. Let the scars heal and move on . . . and don’t go back unless you are fighting for the greater good. Justice, like loyalty, is a gentle charade.
Lesson learned: Don’t look at it. Don’t listen to it. Say a prayer.” – The Devil Inside the Beltway
Describes the book in one sentence. Its ups, its downs, its trials, its triumphs, and its bias, and man, did this author have a lot of bias when it comes to his beliefs, I really felt his voice yelling at me throughout the novel(See above paragraph)
“The FTC perversely terrifies industry, engages in psychological
warfare, avoids the courts, and tortures its victims with slow, infi-nite, and expensive investigations. It drains them dry while look-ing askance at everyone who disagrees with it, including any and all other branches of government. These federal agents—civil ser-vants—waste taxpayer dollars and drain away employer dollars that fuel economic growth and jobs.”- The Devil Inside the Beltway
This quote describes the plot line pretty well, and the things that the author had to go through, maybe even better than the back-cover itself, if this sounds interesting to you, then you MUST read this book. End of story.
Although there were a couple POV’s demonstrated in this book that I don’t necessarily agree with, they were backed up with some evidence(no matter how credulous of a reader the author seemed to need to back it up), and the story itself was original(It’s a NonFiction Book, let’s be honest, some people’s lives are meant to be put into a NonFiction books, others, not so much. This was is).
This book deserves four stars, no less, no more.