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Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA Paperback – March 11, 2008
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"Every decade or so, a talented writer provides a genuinely new glimpse into the CIA's shadowy history. Morley's account of legendary spymaster Winston Scott chronicles a life led in secret, stretching from the agency's founding through Scott's tenure as station chief in Mexico City. Morley tells this story with literary energy and an eye for the dark moments when intelligence stops making sense."--Thomas Powers, author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA
"Here is a rare thing, a biography of a C.I.A. chief that neither dodges shameful truths nor throws gratuitous mud. Packed, to boot, with genuine revelations about the crime of the century--the assassination of President Kennedy. A tour-de-force!"--Anthony Summers, author of Not in Your Lifetime
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The review above says it all. The book is on one level, the personnal history of the search of a son (adopted, it turns out..) for his mysterious, elusive father.
The fact that the father in question happenned to be Win Scot, head of the CIA Mexico station in the Sixties (the biggest CIA operation targeted at Soviet and Cuban interest outside the US) when Oswald, according to the official story, popped up there and started making himself noticed just a few weeks before Dallas, transforms what would be a mere personnal quest into something of historical importance.
Author Morley is known, appropriately, for his groundbreaking work bringing to light most notably the very strange story of George Joannides' s dealing with the DRE. Morley's work definitely showed how the CIA, deceptively, put Joannides in charge of contacts with the HSCA regarding Cuban matters, without ever mentioning his previous responsabilities as Focal Officer for the DRE during the latter part of November 63...
Students of JFK's assassination may remember that the DRE was very heavily involved in the early attempts to paint Oswald as a Communist Pro-Castro assassin, participating in a conspiracy.
Joannides's field reports on the DRE activities for the relevant period are still missing, and are the subject of a FOIA lawsuit by Morley....Read more ›
Building his story by telling exactly who did what and when, this author has achieved an authentic history of the period through the assassination of President Kennedy and afterward. The CIA's contacts with Oswald in the weeks before the shooting in Dallas,
and the subsequent stonewalling, withholding and even destruction of information are all spelled out so the reader is aware of what pieces of history are still hidden.
Offered up as Michael's (one of Winston Scott's sons), recollections, from his father's confiscated manuscript, the book sets forth the improbable and already thoroughly discredited theory that Oswald was a Communist agent "sent" by Castro to kill JFK. However, as even the evidence from Mexico City presented in this book attests, that "dog won't hunt." There is just too much contrary evidence that the CIA along with rightwing elements from the "Cowboy political sphere" were knee deep in the JFK assassination. (It is also what the Kennedys themselves believed.)
It is a much too fine-grained view of U.S.-Cuban episode from the Mexico City end of the telescope and thus is altogether an exceedingly weak apologia for the CIA's half-century of historical swashbuckling capers, including its involvement in the JFK assassination.
For most of its history, the guys here were a "band of brothers out to conquer the world and most of all protect it from Communism.Read more ›
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unbelievable they played 007 with us and killed their own.Published 12 months ago by Monserrat De Aceves
A very well researched and entertaining biography of one of the founders of the CIA. As an American having lived in Mexico City during the 1960s and 70s, many of the names and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terry O'Hara
This is a must read to understand the significance of Lee Oswald's trip to Mexico City and why it was likely the reason the government was forced to hide the truth of JFK's... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Schnapf L.
Jefferson Morley has focused on one of the most intriguing episodes of the whole JFK assassination mystery and done a brilliant job of reporting. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by D. Pritchett