Stir It Up: The CIA Targets Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Progressive Manley Government

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Jamaica, 1976. Bob Marley sings revolution. The democratic socialist government of Michael Manley leans closer to Fidel Castro, angering Washington. Many believe the CIA is on the island stirring things up, whipping election-year violence into tribal war. Scott Gallagher lived through it but four years later, a 20-year-old residing in Santa Barbara, he remembers little... his girlfriend Marva, hanging with Marley at Hope Road... beyond that it’s “Lost Time.” As if Obeah—Jamaican black magic—has “fixed his business.” Was his father CIA chief of station in Kingston? What caused the bad blood between them? Why would the CIA be in Jamaica anyway? An emotional trauma brings him to psychologist Phil Mitchell, who pushes Scott to relive the fateful year and uncover the truth that will either set them both free or be their undoing. Stir It Up sets into stark relief the historical backdrop of its times. The Vietnam War has finally ended the year before. Henry Kissinger, survivor of the disgraced Nixon “Watergate” Administration, continues as Secretary of State under President Ford. Operation Condor is in full swing with the spread of brutal military dictatorships throughout Latin America. Tiny Jamaica becomes a microcosm in which the great political issues of the day come into play. The novel is also— --a tribute to Bob Marley as the “Voice of the Third World” --a rousing tour through the colorful Kingston scene in the “Golden Age of Reggae,” featuring the great Rasta musicians from the ghettos --a warm snapshot of Jamaican culture --an account of the leader of a poor Third World country standing against American power at the dawning of the New World Order of neoliberal economics --a sympathetic portrait of Jamaican First Lady Beverley Manley --the story of a young lad’s coming of age as he faces the terrors and mysteries of his past with a psychologist who has lost his way

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David Dusty Cupples, Ph. D., studied psychology at Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara with specializations in personality, cognition, hypnosis and consciousness. He has taught psychology at university in California and English in Vietnam and Taiwan. His fantasy bucket list includes being a wildly popular reggae DJ-selekta and sport psychologist for the Williams sisters. He is interested in Third World development projects.

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“MAGNIFICENT... a true page-turner, beautifully observed, filled with stuff that surprised even this grizzled Yard observer.... a lasting gem.” – Roger Steffens, Founding Chair, Reggae Grammy Committee

“LOTS of yummy stuff... you write well... could be a hit movie.” --Saul Landau, Guerrilla Wars of Central America; Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?

“Stir It Up is truly a highly entertaining and informative look at Jamaica and Bob Marley set in a crucial time, 1976, when both were threatened by the heavy hands of the CIA. Well researched, it honestly qualifies as historical fiction as there is a LOT more truth here than has been told before. I can’t wait to see the movie (hint, hint)!” – Jim Marshall, founder and curator of the Reggae and Ethiopian Archives in Los Angeles, California

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