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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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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.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082173833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821738337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 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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13 of 15 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 8 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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7 of 10 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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3 of 4 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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author doesn't provide any hard evidence to back his thesis. To put it simply, I don't believe the mob was capable of covering this up. The mob would have had to have the 1)Secret Service 2)Military intelligence 3)the FBI 4)the CIA 5) The Justice Dept (including Robert Kennedy!) 6) The Warren Commission 7) Dallas Police etc. all in its back pocket. Anyone who believes all that is delusional. Jack Ruby himself seems to provide the only credible link, but even this is a bit shaky. Some believe that Jack Ruby's fantasy was to be a gangster and rubbing out Lee Harvey Oswald gave him the opportunity to project that image. Who knows what really happened? It's possible the mob may have been involved somehow or played a role, but I don't think they were the ones in charge.
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