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Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination Paperback – November 10, 2009
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Explosive new material, based mainly on government documents from the National Archives.” Vanity Fair
Waldron and Hartmann offer convincing evidence . . . A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets, this account proves the continuing relevancy and importance of seeking the truth behind one of the US’s most personal tragedies.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
I believe Waldron's heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963 . . . Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.” Liz Smith, New York Post
They’ve done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory.” Ron Rosenbaum
Staggering!” Mark Crispin Miller
Exhaustively researched” New York Observer
[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over 800 pages of intricately documented data. Their findings add pieces to one of our most perplexing puzzles, and suggest where the key missing pieces may be found.” Ronald Goldfarb, Daily Beast
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Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann have come along at the right time (46 years after the JFK assassination) and put many years of meticulous research and interview into producing the "State of the Art" book(s) on the subject. Now we know why all these FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Army and Naval Intelligence files had to remain classified all these years. The truth about the assassination of JFK would have destroyed the CIA, the Mafia, the FBI, as well as the people who were in charge of those organizations. Some agencys, of course, had legitimate reasons for hiding the truth (as these books clearly show), and some were shamelessly protecting their own self interests.
The Mafia and the CIA have unalterably changed and distorted the course of US history with their collaborative efforts in Central and South America (not to mention Cuba). They continued to work together for many years thereafter. The CIA lied to Bobby and John Kennedy about their continuing efforts to kill Castro with the Mafia. After being explicitly ordered not to include the Mafia in their "JFK/Almeida" Castro overthrow plan.Read more ›
However, this book suffers from the same problem as the last one. It assumes too much power for the Mafia and too little for the CIA. There is too little attention given to JFK's back channel to Castro, and once again the evidence does not support the authors strong conclusions about JFK's commitment to the coup, given the backchannel and given the authors seemingly predetermined view that the Mafia was more to blame than the CIA.
A far supperior book is JFK and the Unspeakable by james W. Douglass. This book finds the CIA behind the hit and ties it dircetly to the core of US Cold War policy. It is not just a how book about the assassination but a why book about the continution of the Cold War trajectory that has bought us where we are today: a bankrupt garrison state. This book has been received rave reviews by Daniel Ellsberg and Kennedy Insider Marcus Raskin among many others. Ellsberg claims that it completely changed his view of the assassination.
This guy knows a thing about the CIA, an organization whith significantly more sophisticated media contacts than even Mr. Waldron's Mafia.JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
The good news first. Legacy of Secrecy is better than Ultimate Sacrifice. It is more smoothly written and it has more useful information. Now for the bad news: both books are baloney "Only mob killed JFK" books, which is bogus. In baloney terms, Ultimate Sacrifice would be like a shriveled piece of baloney lying outside in the sun for 3 weeks. Legacy of Secrecy would be a 2/3 eaten balonga sandwich lying on the garbage can with flies on it for 2 days. Legacy of Secrecy is fresher, it tastes better, but you will still get sick from it and more importantly, be misinformed.
Here is where this book misleads: like almost everyone admits, the official authorities were covering up the JFK assassination. Good so far. But then Legacy of Secrecy, like Ultimate Sacrifice tells us they were covering up to protect the mafia and prevent embarrassment to the government over the supposed Kennedy plans to invade Cuba on 12/1/63. *** FIRE ALARM BELLS GOING OFF** The REAL reason the authorities (not covered in this book) were covering up was to protect the murderers in government who had killed JFK: Lyndon Johnson, CIA, Hoover and the shadow government.
This is a really bad book. The book's flawed thesis is "ONLY the MOB killed JFK. Then the govt., LBJ, CIA, FBI and Robert Kennedy all COVERED it up because they were embarrassed the Kennedys were going to invade Cuba on 12/1/63." It is about a "mob hit" not a "coup d'etat." It is baloney. Lyndon Johnson, the CIA and the shadow government of Texas oil men and Rockefellers murdered John Kennedy. But you would never know that by reading this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book carries the theory of the link between all three assassinations, and the white supremist link, which has merit. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anthony W. Petrino
Finally a definitive book on all of the unanswered questions about the Kennedy assassinations!
Makes perfect sense.
Compelling evidence. Read more
Outstanding nonfiction book. A must buy, read for anyone interested in American history, JFK. Brilliant writing, phenomenal research, content. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashley Peterson
Outstanding content. Phenomenal nonfiction book! Highly recommended reading for any American citizen. Excellent insight, research, content. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashley Peterson
Good book but tedious with a seeming cast of hundreds. Well researched and gives explanation for why so many of the records from the Kennedy assassination are still sealed.Published 15 months ago by Waneta E. Boyce
I am still reading Legacy of Secrecy. I like it very much. I have read many books on the JFK assassination and it seems each one has a little different twist to it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rheta M.