After E. C. Riegel's works, perhaps one of the most important is The Babylonian Woe (1975) by the independent Canadian researcher David Astle. Though this is a difficult read, and difficult to hear perhaps too, nevertheless its study is most rewarding as nowhere else does one get the straight facts concerning the ancient linkage between banking and the military industrial complex. This was always the primary power connection. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution made by one Gordon Comstock (of course, this might not be his real name because Gordon Comstock is the main character in George Orwell's novel of social criticism, Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936)). Whomever, he gets off the track and ends thinking that he has done 13 episodes when there are only 12. Oh well.