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Contract on America: The Mafia Murder of President John F. Kennedy Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082173833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821738337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is a compelling, readable account offering a meticulous, clearly constructed case of Mafia complicity in the assassination of President Kennedy and the murder of his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, by Jack Ruby. By carefully sifting through evidence already published and combining this with "previously ignored documents," Scheim makes connections that have not occurred to investigators before, documenting Ruby's Mafia ties and key role in the conspiracy. His notes, appendixes, principal sources, and recommendations for action successfully combine scholarship with incisive, lively writing. An enduring book for generalists and specialists. Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Olympia, Wash.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

That does not mean they suceeded altho' the Mafia would like us to believe they are that powerful.
myself
How is it that an author researching the mob angle could have missed all this, when it was available in well-documented reliable secondary sources just for the asking?
Herbert L Calhoun
This is a an excellent book about the Mafia's involvement in political corruption and assassinations.
J.L. Populist

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The author is on the Board of Advisors of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington DC. His book contains many references and citations for his sources, and documentation. It is very good as far as it goes, but only gives part of the big picture. Organized crime can kill anybody, but they can't cover it up without Establishment collusion. Mark North's "Act of Treason" documents this collusion, and complements and extends this work.
The empire of organized crime struck back at the author. A few years ago the Republican Congress reorganized the National Institutes of Health and used the usual bureaucratic tricks to end his employment. But his book continues to educate people.
Chapter 22 discusses Richard Nixon. Around 20 years ago I saw him on TV; when asked about the 19 minute gap on the tape, he smiled and said it was about the "Bay of Pigs" operation. I thought he seemed to be lying, but didn't know why. Years later I read Henry Haldeman's thin book. In it he concluded that the "Bay of Pigs' operation was a code word for the assassination of JFK. You can look it up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sullivan on December 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is deeply shocking. It is taken from the U.S. Archives, The Warren Commission Reports, Telephone Company records, etc. It has an extensive (HUGE) bibliography of where you may see this evidence for yourself. Read "Contract on America", "Appointment in Dallas" and the thick biography of Carlos Marchello and you WILL understand what happened that dark day in Dallas. Warning: You will be deeply altered by this information, and you will understand most of the many reasons why John and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcom X were asassinated. EVERY American Citizen owes it to his or her self to read "Contract on America", as painful as it might be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on January 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book covers one of the essential aspects of the murder of President Kennedy: the Mafia and his executioner Jack Ruby.
It is a thorough investigation: David E. Scheim went as far as analyzing all telephone calls by Ruby before the assassination.
The author gives us a most credible explanation of how the Mafia could benefit and did after the murder. More, he draws a disturbing portrait of how the Mafia penetrated the highest power ranks in the U.S. and how it could influence the life of every U.S. citizen.
He castigates the Warren Report as a shameful misjudgment.
This book is a must read. It describes how a secret organization could wield enormous power and influence to its own adavantage a whole democratic nation and its citizens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vince Palamara on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book by David Scheim serves as a nice companion volume to John Davis' "Mafia Kingfish" and is required reading for those interested in the Mafia's motive for killing JFK. That said, the book is a tad dated now and certainly does not cover all the bases. Still, for the area (s) it does tackle, it is to be commended.

Vince Palamara
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
He's passed on now but when he handed me the book almost 20 years ago he said "This is almost dead on." And for reasons I won't elaborate on he knew some of those who knew those who carried this out. That coupled with the thorough research of the author gave me chills then and chills now. Who lost the most from Bay of Pigs? The crime bosses. Havana was well on its way to becoming the drug/sex/gambling playhouse of the New World, and only 90 miles from our shores! What a deal, with [people] like Batista in their pocket, they had a perfect plan. My Dad went to Havana twice pre-Castro to meet with his "friends". Keep in mind that part of the deal was the compliant Cubans at the top of the food chain, most of whom came here after Castro, which is why they get no sympathy from me. No matter how bad Castro has ever been, he's better than Batista who was a criminal and a traitor to his people, but they never mention that. If you're ever in a conversation with a Cuban without a gun, ask him to tell you what life was like for most Cubans before Fidel. It usually stops the conversation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In 1989 This was not a bad theory. But then at that time anything was better than the lame Warren Commission's Report. My main concern is that the author only went "part way" in answering his own guiding question: Who benefited? With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, clearly it has not been the mob that benefited most. Since JFK's death, the mob, as we once knew it, has been all but rolled up and wiped off the face of the earth.

I was particularly intrigued with the author's take on "Big" Jim Garrison, as many have made the same charge that he too was in Carlos Marcello's pay. However, it was not the Mob that wrecked his investigation. It was not the mob that systematically undermined his investigation but the CIA and the FBI, and both did so with LBJ running interference for them? Plus (and again in hindsight), history shows that Garrison's investigation was "dead on."

Frankly I think that there were few of us who did not know that the mob was involved in some way; that it was one of the players, but was not THE key player. Everything about the JFK assassination had the mark of intelligence written all over it Plus, who was capable of controlling the mob and LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover? No one but the CIA, which has had sweetheart deals with the mob since the days of Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano; and has been upending Presidents ever since the JFK assassination.

Why did the author fail to follow the other alternative pathways to answering his own pivotal question? Because then it would have been obvious to anyone that it was LBJ who stood to gain the most (and did!). Next to LBJ, it was J. Edgar Hoover who would have killed his mother to avoid being retired. He too gained as a result of JFK's death.
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