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Product Details

  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582435359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582435350
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

THOM HARTMANN is a New York Times bestselling author and national radio host, formerly with Air America and now syndicated by Dial Global. Recently called the most important progressive talk show host in America by Talkers magazine, he is also the author of numerous books, including The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, which helped inspire Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary The 11th Hour, which features Hartmann. His other books include We the People, Unequal Protection, What Would Jefferson Do?, and Screwed. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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This book is very well foot noted and referenced.
Allen Gooch
Really fellow Americans I have no word to say how many evil things they have done.
This book ties in the murders of JFK, RFK, and MLK.

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158 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Peter Va Hoelen on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I hate to sound this naive, especially at my age (56), but as clearly evidenced by "Legacy of Secrecy" (and before that "Ultimate Sacrifice")there is an awful lot we do not know about the Assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK. I have spent my entire career working for the FBI (as a clerk) and 20 years as a Secret Service Agent, and I have read over 50 books on the JFK assassination. I am sure that I am only one of millions of people who are equally interested in learning the truth about who committed one of the biggest crimes in the history of this country.

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.
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83 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Boyce Hart on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There is much valuable new datails in this book as there were in Ultimate Sacrifice.

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
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Morrow on March 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
[Robert Morrow - researcher into the 1963 Coup d'Etat. I have 200+ books related to the JFK assassination. Google my essay "LBJ-CIA Assassination of JFK"]

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.
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53 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Hallauthor on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
LEGACY OF SECRECY is, in many ways, superior to it's predecessor, ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. While it paints a more complete picture of the era, I found this work much less repetitive in it's text than ULTIMATE. As much as I enjoyed ULTIMATE for it's detail, the amount of detail/backstory that was repeated throughout the work was distracting. While some of the detail contained in LEGACY can make you feel like you've been condemned to a twilight zone of names and initials, it is the attention to detail that is so very convincing of the case put forth by the authors, and also revealing of the failure of 'research' in pro-Warren Commission books by the likes of Posner and Bugliosi.

Waldron and Hartmann got it right. And frankly, that's something I never thought I'd say ( or see ) in my lifetime.

This is a true gem, the crown jewel of the assassination ouevre.
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