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Farewell America: The Plot to Kill JFK First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1883955328
ISBN-10: 1883955327
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Originally published in Europe in 1968, this is a once-notorious, now-dated look at John Kennedy's assassination and an excoriation of the American scene in its aftermath. Turner (Rearview Mirror, etc.) explains in his introduction that the book was first published under mysterious circumstances and was "aimed at advancing the 1968 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy," but its U.S. distribution was rapidly curtailed after RFK's death. The authors ("James Hepburn" is a pseudonym) conducted clandestine research among KGB and Interpol agents and French petroleum espionage specialists and relied on a rare, unmodified print of the famed Zapruder film. The book seethes with aggrieved passion in defending the Kennedys and their ideals, and seeks to defrock the "lone gunman" theory of JFK's assassination. Most of the text is a damning jeremiad, portraying pre-1964 America as a vicious, discriminatory oligarchy controlled by alliances of Big Steel and Big Oil, the military and organized crime, which all had reason to fear JFK's proposed reforms. According to "Hepburn," these interests combined with ultra-right-wing paramilitary groups like the Minutemen and Cuban exile groups to plan the assassination. Chapters discussing the assassination itself will be grimly convincing to some readers, with excellent analyses of the Secret Service's failures and the ambiguous roles played by the CIA and FBI during this tumultuous era. This is a pungent historical document, but its conspiracy theory is familiar by now, and its information has been surpassed by more recent studies such as Murder in Dealey Plaza, edited by James Fetzer.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Penmarin Books deserves high praise for allowing Farewell America to reach a new and expanded audience. --Ed Tatro, JFK assassination expert

Penmarin Books deserves high praise for allowing Farewell America to reach a new and expanded audience. --Ed Tatro, JFK assassination expert

Penmarin Books deserves high praise for allowing Farewell America to reach a new and expanded audience. --Ed Tatro, JFK assassination expert

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Penmarin Books; First Edition edition (November 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883955327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883955328
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Matthew DeLuca on March 7, 2003
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This shocking book, "Farewell America", will change the way you think about America, and humanity in general. And not in a good way.
This is THE best book ever written on "The Establishment".
"The Establishment" is hard to explain, but this book does a wonderful job of doing so.
It shows how the Status Quo is protected by the Big Bankers, Big Lawyers, Big Military, Big Business, etc. And it's NOT a coincidence that The Warren Commission had men from all of these big "establishments" protecting their respective establishments.
That's why the Warren Commission lied to us. An investigation into the Conspiracy to kill Kennedy, essentially meant an investigation into the inner workings of our Government, and their many, many partners in American society, and indeed, the global society (The Establishment).
Quite simply, President John, F Kennedy, and his brother, Bobby, wanted to do things the way the Constitution says a President and his administration should be able to do things. The Constitution is irrelevant to "The Establishment". They dont care about America, and they dont care about you, or me. We are the "little people" to them. They will use, abuse, essentially manipulate us in any way that they can, to make a buck, and move up on the ladder that is the power and control structure of society. They used a 23 year old man on November 22nd,1963, and changed his life forever, and lynched him two days later. This man, who was innocent, was named Lee Harvey Oswald. "The Establishment" used him and sacrificed him, when they got what they wanted from their manipulation of him.
Anyone who threatens the money making opportunities, the image, or the "values" of these people will be killed. Prime Example, John F Kennedy.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sterling R. Braswell on September 8, 2003
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I first read Farewell America in 1996, when I was loaned a copy of the book from a business colleague. I was unable to purchase a copy of the book at that time, i was told it was not for sale. This was true at the time.
The book as i read it 7 years ago was intriquing, and the fact i was unable to find the book or buy the book legally lead me to believe more in conspiracy about the JFK assassination, and to read as many books as possible about JFK and the state of the nation during and after that time.
The fact that this book was researched and written so close to the time that the assassination and 'coverup' happened is the most compelling reason for reading Farewell America. After reading it again now that it is available, I still rank this book as the best source of information on this subject. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to step back with an open mind and look at the facts that were known in the first five years after Kennedy's death. There are excellent books which follow in later years, but the closer to the source, the less the distortion.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lee W. Merideth on December 14, 2002
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This is a wonderful book (a birthday gift last week). It confirms what I suspected for a long time: that a large collection of special interests (oil, corporate, mafia) conspired to kill JFK. This has been argued before all from second hand writers, but "Farewell America" confirmed this in the 1960s right after Kennedy's death. That surprised me. The book was written
by French intelligence officers under a pen name (Hepburn is not a real person). A fresh look with lots of detail and support. The story makes more sense, and is more plausible than any I have seen.
The introduction or Forword is by William Turner, who was an FBI guy with ties to Jim Garrison. Turner helped locate an overseas opy of the Zapruder film. This was important because no one had seen it before in public. Only a few pictures were published in the mainstream media. When people saw it, it seemed evident that Kennedy's headshot was from the front (Grassy Knoll area). Farewell America" discusses this and even has a map on the location of the shooters. This is important because this was written a long time before the public realized the truth of these statements. Turner also had access to Kennedy people and has written about similar things in FBI circles before. All in all a fascinating book I cannot endorse enough. It did not change my mind, but it confirmed my beliefs with a lot of logical evidence.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on July 7, 2004
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This brings back memories, like forty-year snapshots. The author begins Chapter 2 by citing the morality of Calvin and Wesley as to amassing as much wealth as they can, and an 18th century traveler as to the worship of self-interest (also true of other peoples?). There is also the tradition of frugality and plain living, which made a virtue out of a necessity. The author betrays a naive and ascetic outlook in claiming the Roosevelts entered politics for "unselfish reasons" (p.22). Government power leads to riches, in all times and places (Kevin Phillips "Wealth and Democracy"). The author says John F. Kennedy opposed the Titans of Wealth (p.23). But every President represents some parts of the ruling classes, and act for its interests. It is also true that JFK represented change, and a threat to parts of the ruling classes and their "order of things" (p.28). JFK's father was one of the twenty richest men in America, but JFK attracted a huge majority from the minorities (p.31). JFK's politics were to be friendly with everyone. His wealth and power created fear among many Americans. One change was the flaunting of wealth and style, a change from Truman and Eisenhower (p.42). Critics sniped at Jacqueline's spending, the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Chapter 4 notes the changes of the Kennedy administration, more striking in retrospect. The author talks of the "aristocratic and plutocratic conception" of the Kennedy family, and their resentment by many of the well-to-do (jealousy or envy?). Chapter 6 tells of the gangland murders in the Boston area (p.89), and the contacts between "millionaire pillars of the community". [Are they still protected by politicians? Does this explain the Massachusetts laws against Second Amendment rights?
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