“Charles Ortleb and the New York Native which he so brilliantly led was the absolutely indispensable source for all information—medical, political, personal—in the first five years of the AIDS epidemic when the major media in this country as well as the medical establishment tried so hard to avoid the topic. Not since I.F.Stone have we seen how important individual investigative journalism could be in breaking through society’s silence, when silence indeed equaled death. It is good to finally have the Native’s heroic work put on the historical record for all to see.”
—Michael Denneny, author of Decent Passions and Lovers: The Story of Two Men
"A rollicking, fascinating and important memoir.”
—Hillary Johnson, author of Osler's Web, Inside the Labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic
This amazing book is about one of the biggest medical and scientific mistakes and crimes in history: the cover-up of the truth about the role of a virus called HHV-6 in AIDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, cancer, autism and many illnesses that you may already have that are chronic and mysterious. The odds are that you or someone in your family are now infected with HHV-6, the real AIDS virus. HHV-6 doesn't care if you are black or white, straight or gay. HHV-6 is the pandemic of our time. Everyone is at risk.
Yes, this is a very serious book, but when you read this masterpiece of journalism and history, you will feel like you are watching a suspenseful movie.
*Truth to Power explains how the CDC made the tragic mistake of blaming HIV for AIDS while the real AIDS virus, HHV-6, spread throughout the world.
*Truth to Power takes you inside the corrupt, hardball world of AIDS research.
*Truth to Power reveals how the CDC has covered up a massive epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
*Truth to Power explains why HHV-6 has become the biggest public health problem in the world.
*Truth to Power reveals how HHV-6 may threaten your health and the health of your family and friends.
*Truth to Power uncovers the terrifying possibility that the virus HHV-6 is also infecting the pets of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
*Truth to Power shows you how political American science has become and why so many honest whistleblowers have been silenced.
Charles Ortleb’s Truth to Power takes you inside the New York Native, one of the most unique and courageous newspapers of the twentieth century. Shortly after starting his small New York City newspaper in late 1980, one of the biggest scientific and political stories of our time fell into his lap in the form of the AIDS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome epidemic. What he did with that story has secured his newspaper’s place in history. Under his guidance, a succession of intrepid journalists did some of their greatest work uncovering the crucial facts about the labyrinthine epidemic. The New York Times recently described Ortleb as "visionary."
Ortleb made the decision to follow the facts wherever they led. His team of uncompromising investigative reporters inevitably stepped on the toes of the most powerful people in the medical and political establishment. Perhaps not surprisingly, the latter fought back by seeking to discredit the New York Native and even, in time, close its doors. But Ortleb stood his ground for as long as possible and as a result the world now can have a clear understanding of the relationship of AIDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and HHV-6, the transmissible virus that now threatens everyone on this planet.
Truth to Power is not just a compelling work of journalism and history, but also a major contribution to the intellectual life of our time.