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Betrayal in Dallas: LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy Hardcover – July 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; First Edition edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark North earned a BA in history with honors from California State University at San Diego, a law degree from Oklahoma City University, and studied business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former Texas attorney, a historian, and author of Act of Treason: The Role of J.Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy, has been investigating the Kennedy assassination for three over decades. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.

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To see a Fox News interview about Betrayal in Dallas, please use the following link. http://tinyurl.com/3nrhutc

Customer Reviews

The author has several annoying habits apart from reaching the most extreme conclusions with little or no direct evidence.
John W. Chuckman
North uncovers the complicity of J. Edgar Hoover in the whole sorry affair and does a excellent job of showing the role organized crime played in JFK's assassination.
Jaxdeco
I have read many books on this being a 20 year old at the time, it had a great impact on me, President Kennedy was a very popular man at that time.
S. Stafford

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By W. Green on July 9, 2011
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This is a well researched book and opens the door for an inside view of the Dallas mob connections that led to the killing. North appears to be saying that even though there was no public display of justice by the Justice Department over the past 48 years...the bad guys were taken down behind the scenes. That's a good start (albeit very a very slow one), but I don't think any mobsters were a party to the altered wounds, fake autopsy photos, missing brain, botched autopsy, fanciful Warren Report, Vietnam redirection, elimination of Johnson's role in the Baker scandal, mass media and government denial, etc. Is there any way to get to the bottom of this? North hits on this in his last chapter, "What is Due"---public apology to the Oswald family, removing Hoover's name from the FBI building (and I would add a complete public disclosure of his entire fraudulent career), removal of all legal muzzling of witnesses and participants, and the release of all assassination documents. We can hope for stronger politicians who are willing to risk to expose the truth, but I doubt they will appear. It's up to the people of America to understand, acknowledge, and deliver a clear message about the existence of the 1963 American Coup d'etat to the politicians and the media media machine. After such a campaign for truth, the conspirators of all kinds who are still crawling around and still pulling the strings would be exposed. They would be highly visible as the only remaining defenders of the Warren Report. At this point, the system would have to be globally reset. That's a large task, but the national rug is getting rather lumpy with all the lies that have been swept beneath it.Read more ›
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robin Ramsay on September 9, 2011
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This book is 300 pages long but the text is 159 pages; the rest is mostly reproductions of documents (as if the author thinks the reader would not believe his account of them?); and although the book is massively documented, it has no index, which is bizarre.
North states at the beginning of his concluding chapter:

`And now we know the truth. President Kennedy and Lee Oswald were murdered by Joe Civello's Pearl Street Mafia and the Carlos Marcello mob with the help of the Paul Mondolini heroin cartel because of the Kennedy administration's efforts to destroy those organizations' illegal narcotics and gambling operations in the south- western United States.'

Of course, he has demonstrated no such thing. What he has done is document in some detail (a) organised crime in Dallas and its links to local law enforcement and local politics; and (b) using new documents obtained by FOIA requests, the US Justice Department's activities against organised crime in Texas. This is very interesting in itself and does again suggest that the Kennedys used the Justice Department to attack the financial base of their political opponents - in this case LBJ; though how significant organised crime funds were to LBJ's political rise, or to the Johnson-supporting faction of the Texas Democrats, has not been documented.

He does link Jack Ruby to the Dallas Civello gang, but there is nothing in this book linking the shooting of JFK to Civello/Marcello/Mondolini. North would have us conclude that this inference is inescapable. But it isn't.

Pursuing this thesis North has to ignore much of the extant evidence.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sandra N. Merrill on August 14, 2011
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I really liked Betrayal in Dallas and think it is a very important book. This book reveals what the government has been hiding from us all these years. The document section supports the key points that North makes. There is new information in this book that has not been released before. I would recommend this book to any American who wants to know the truth behind the Kennedy assassination.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jaxdeco on August 29, 2011
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Mark North has provided the American Public a look at the poisonous atmosphere surrounding Lyndon Johnson that reached all the way to Dallas on that fateful day in November 1963. His book is meticulously researched, and gives anyone who reads it an understanding of how several apparently isolated incidents were all pieces of an overall master plan of a few unscrupulous individuals to gain and hold the power they craved so much. The revelations about Lyndon Johnson's unbalanced mental state were fascinating. North uncovers the complicity of J. Edgar Hoover in the whole sorry affair and does a excellent job of showing the role organized crime played in JFK's assassination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By margot on September 7, 2013
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What distinguishes this from Barr McClellan's book and Philip Nelson's (as well as the forthcoming Roger Stone book, I presume) is its emphasis on the role of the Mafia in New Orleans and Dallas. LBJ's ties to organized crime were deep and significant, but they were only part of the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Stendal on January 6, 2013
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While not quite up to par with Robert Cole's writing, it is well written and answers many of the questions I have always had about the assassination of JFK. He does a good job of making his point. Perhaps it left me a little confused about Oswald's part in the whole tragedy, but basically he has me at least 80% convinced of his point. After reading all of Robert Cole's books on LBJ (the last one is not out yet), it seems that LBJ's obsession with being president that started way back in his childhood, and his lack of moral responsibility and conscience would have left him very open to taking drastic action to grab his last chance to be president. Robert Kennedy hated LBJ, and there was talk of dropping him from the ticket in the election of 1964. This is a controversial book, but North makes his point well.
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