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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (June 22, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520205197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520205192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Scott, a poet, an English professor at UC Berkeley and a long-time investigator into the impact of drugs on U.S. foreign policy in Asia and Central America, has been examining the issues surrounding the John Kennedy assassination for many years. His thoughtful, extremely (and sometimes excessively) detailed book promises more than it actually delivers. Scott's thesis is that under the surface of everyday politics is an often sinister mingling of business and criminal interests that sometimes coincide with the national interest as perceived by the military and intelligence communities; and that such a combination lay behind JFK's shooting. This is hardly a new concept, although Scott broadens the scope of the shadowy business villains considerably beyond the usual military-industrial complex to include fruit companies and law firms. His drawing of suggestive links is tireless--he is a great synthesizer--but since the "facts" on which he relies are often the result of other people's not necessarily accurate reporting, the whole structure has a ramshackle feel. The book's most useful feature is a careful discussion of how U.S. Vietnam policy changed abruptly after Kennedy's death.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Over the past 30 years, more than 2000 books about the Kennedy assassination have been published. While Posner and Scott come to different conclusions, their studies are important additions to the field. Providing a detailed account of Oswald's life from childhood on, Posner shows him to have been a psychologically disturbed malcontent who was unhappy with both the U.S. and Soviet political systems. Posner counters claims of the major conspiracy theorists point by point and backs up his arguments with documentary evidence, recent interviews, and up-to-date computer analysis. Faulting conspiracy theorists for equating coincidence as evidence, Posner concludes that there was no other gunman and no conspiracy. Scott, a Berkeley English professor, approaches the assassination in its sociopolitical context, focusing on why it happened rather than on who did it. The phrase "deep politics" refers to the secret networks operating within and outside government agencies. While they do not constitute a unified shadow government, they comprise a coalition of individuals who cooperate in order to maintain the status quo. Accordingly, Scott examines Ruby's links with organized crime, army intelligence and JFK's planned withdrawal from Vietnam, J. Edgar Hoover's misuse of his authority, and the collusion of international drug traffickers with the CIA and FBI. Scott believes that Oswald and Ruby were part of this convoluted network. Both these titles offer important insights and are highly recommended for most libraries. Case Closed was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/93.
- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frightening book, and required reading for anyone interested in the death of JFK, a landmark event.
James Mann
This book gives an appalling picture of the Agency, fighting for the justification of its existence and its resources by prolonging the Cold War.
Luc REYNAERT
Deep Politics should be required reading for undergraduates in all American college and university Political Science courses.
Herbert L Calhoun

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Theodore M. Herlich on August 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
The exhaustive research and documentation by Peter Dale Scott exposes the "network" of personal and institutional relationships which interconnect the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, Army Intelligence, the Office of Naval Intelligence, foreign leaders and agencies connected to the CIA and multi-national corporations, organized crime, anti-Castro Cuban organizations [Alpha-66, CDC], exteme Right wing groups and their ties to big business. From theses relationships, a web, network or milieu of individuals and institutions is revealed which is cemented by a set of common interests and beliefs: the continuation of the Cold War, the deisre to remove Castro in Cuba, the goal of escalating the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, enlisting the assistance of foreign governments and their agencies in the war against Communism, enlisting the assistance of organized crime and international narcotics trafficers in the war against Communism, U.S. government's domestic terrorism against dissidents, civil rights activists and anti-Vietnam War protesters. From this web or network of personal and institutional relationships arose the people who committed the assassination of JFK and devised and propagated the "cover story" regarding the lone nut/assassin. These people had common interests, all of which were threatened by the policies and new ideas of the Kennedy administration: a modus vivendi with the Soviet Union, including no further U.S. aggression against Cuba; withdrawal of all U.S.Read more ›
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on November 16, 2006
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Along with Carl Oglesby's "The Yankee Cowboy War" and Michael Piper Collins' "Final Judgment," this is the best book ever written on the JFK Assassination. It may also be the best book ever written on the way the American political process ACTUALLY works. It is certainly the most honest one.

Deep Politics should be required reading for undergraduates in all American college and university Political Science courses. If for no reason other than that, in the course of getting at the bottom of the assassination of JFK, Professor Scott did not hesitate to expand the context of American political life to those unacceptable areas that lay just beneath the American consciousness and at the bottom of the American political undercurrents.

Once one is guided through his process of expanding the context of understanding (or actually "over-understanding") the machinations of the American Political process (its corruption, deceptions, cover-ups, and other pretexts for explaining away its immorality), then the details of the assassination itself, are almost a foregone conclusions - little more than a logical afterthought.

All three authors focus on what is most important -- the big picture - leaving the details to be sorted out by those "eager beaver" researchers that seem so much to relish and are so obsessed with, the minutia such as "who was in the sixth floor window," and with what happen to Senator's Specter's now infamous "Magic bullet," etc. ad infinitum.

Oglesby eschews these nasty details and focuses on the economic war between the old money of the Northeast and the new money of the Southwest. In a reductionist socialist sort of way, he shows that the JFK assassination and Watergate were mere logical conclusions of this economic war.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By "douglasnegley" on August 27, 2003
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At the very real risk of putting a name with this review, I feel so strongly about this book and the ground that it covers that I will try to say something of value regarding what is now considered either 'crackpot', 'paranoia', or even treasonous. Mr. Scott has written a book of such depth and accuracy that it is hard to follow unless one is prepared by way of knowing something of REAL American history. That is a lot harder than one might think. Mr. Scott proves not only that the Kennedy assassination was a desperate defense of an already badly corrupt system, but goes on to link the players involved in and around it to Watergate, Iran-Contra, and up to the present. He also takes it the other direction - making a great case that the JFK murder had its roots going far, far back. If I had to try to explain in a sentence what I felt the central point would be to take from this book, it would be that the JFK assassination could very well serve as a "Rosetta stone" for deciphering operations involving the U.S. government and its supporting "deep partners" over the course of the entire 20th Century...and now beyond. Not only do the major scandals link, but events like Lockerbie are deeply suspect due to the U.S.' role in drug trafficing and protection thereof by some in its intelligence agencies. Covering of prior misdeeds and scandals seem to serve as the basis for newly perpetuating ones. Scott makes a clear distinction between "conspiracy theory" and "deep political processes", and the point is - now more than ever - very well taken. I believe this to be a must-read for anyone who loves what this country could be and is willing to take the time to consider why we should deeply question what we are.
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