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Camelot & the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism Paperback – September 15, 2009
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It has now been more than forty years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas on November 22, 1963. No event in the post-war era, not even the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has cast such a long shadow over our national life. The murder of the handsome and vigorous president shocked the nation to its core, and shook the faith of many Americans in their institutions and way of life. The repercussions from that event continue to be felt down to the present day. Looking back, it is now clear that Kennedy’s death marked a historical crossroads after which point events began to move in surprising and destructive directions.
In Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, James Piereson examines this seminal event from an entirely new and provocative point of view. Most books on the assassination take up the question as to who was really responsible for killing the President. Mr. Piereson takes it as established fact that Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
What needs to be explained, he argues, is the bizarre aftermath of the assassination: Why in the years after the assassination did the American Left become preoccupied with conspiratorial thinking? How and why was John F. Kennedy transformed in death into a liberal icon and a martyr for civil rights? In what way was the assassination linked to the collapse of mid-century liberalism, a doctrine which until 1963 was the reigning philosophy of the nation? In answering these questions, Piereson places great weight on the influence of Jacqueline Kennedy in shaping public memory of her husband and the meaning of his death. The Kennedy assassination, he argues, is a case study in public myth-making and the ways in which images and symbols can override fact and substance in political life.
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Is the author exaggerating even slightly? No, he is not. The Democrats today are among our biggest obstacles in the current struggle against worldwide Islamic nihilism. They are inclined towards national suicide and have even essentially excommunicated Connecticut U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman from their ranks. You should immediately order James Pierson's book. Understanding the mindset of these self-hating Democrats is mandatory. Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism must be on your summer reading list. It is that important of a book.
Whatever the angle or line of rumor, the one thing for certain is that a sizable plurality of Americans agree that Oswald was who he said he was...just a pawn in the game. Piereson's text dispassionately, but skillfully, refutes this thesis. In one of his strongest chapters, "Assassin," he reexamines the facts of Oswald's life. To say that his case history lacks nuance is an understatement. The man who liquidated our 35th President was a diehard Marxist and anything but a shill for the military. Oswald's acceptance of Marxism came in 1953 after he was handed a bill advocating clemency for the Rosenbergs. His allegiance to communism meant, as it does for so many angry radicals, that this alienated and troubled young man would no longer be alone.
The infamous gunman had nothing but contempt for American history and its institutions. He hated the radical right and attempted to kill segregationist, General Edwin A. Walker, six months before he trained his sights on Kennedy. Oswald went to the Soviet Union to savor the worker's paradise but found a bureaucratic nightmare instead. He returned, albeit begrudgingly, to his homeland.Read more ›
Author, Piereson explains this anomaly very well. Once a myth is established by skillful lies, it becomes the truth through constant repetition. Lying again and again is the general practice of every democrat in the political arena. Reference: Obama's SOTU speech in late January 2014.
The assassination was a terrible event in my life. Imagine yourself as a child and your more conventional childhood hero, say, Don Drysdale is gunned down in the street. I don't blame Mrs. Kennedy for the Camelot nonsense, but I found myself mourning the real Kennedy. Kennedy was a canny, real world politician. Who was this knight in shining armor, this imposter? Then things proceeded to get worse.
Johnson, a man liberals disliked, enacted most of the left over liberal agenda from the New Deal. Were liberals grateful? No. Did the poverty programs work? No, they made things worse. Were the poor grateful? No, they rioted.
Furthermore, Johnson, a man who knew almost nothing about foreign affairs, embarked on a war in Asia with the counsel and (he hoped) the cover of all the Kennedy appointees he retained in National Security. Did they give him counsel? Yes. Did they provide him with cover? No, they said Kennedy would never have gotten into that war. It would have been Camelot, cupcakes, rainbows, and unicorns had JFK lived.
The trouble Johnson got into with his "credibility gap" (proclivity to tell lies) spilled over from the Vietnam War to the Warren Commission Report. The single bullet theory stood out as the main bait for the critics. I must confess that I gave more credence to the critics than I should have.Read more ›
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”In Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, James Piereson examines this seminal event from an entirely new and... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sam Clemens
In the 1950s, the United States was prosperous and self-confident. The Progressive Ruling Class was consolidating the programs brought into being by FDR and launching a few more,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael S. Snyder
This book lays out in expert fashion, how modern myths are made. How did JFK who by today's standard would have been a moderate conservative, get transformed in to the liberal... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Herndon
This was truly an interesting and incisive book. As a student at Columbia during the Kennedy years I was familiar with the rationalist liberal position, and worries about the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kilbirt42
A great read: it really explains how Oswald could have don the deed and why; and how the aftermath was carefully and deliberately manipulated to fit the cause of the era. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Randy Roberson
I heard reference to this book on a radio program. I got a summary of the book for Kindle, but it raised as many questions as it provided answers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Philip J. Bohlken
I have never understood the term Camelot relating to JFK. Knowing of his infidelities, and history, it was a term for him that was hard to reconcile. Then I read this. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maureen Masson