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Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel Paperback – August 22, 2013
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Chauncey Holt came forward claiming to be one of the “three tramps” photographed in Dealey Plaza shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. At various times in his life, he claimed to be a CIA operative, an accountant for Meyer Lansky, and ostensibly provided false ID documents to Lee Harvey Oswald.
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author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
Most people who think something is rather unsettling about the Warren Commission findings about the assassination of JFK find it hard to decide if it was not Oswald alone,then what did happen in Dealey Plaza that day?
This book gives an account of a possible explanation that Earl Warren did not bother to consider, a conspiracy involving the mafia and the CIA.
Its not just about that terrible event though...we get a mans life unrolled before our eyes of a life that frankly is taboo to most "normal" people. Murder,blackmail,fraud and all manner of violence seem to roll out. page after page of it. All this is done with a light touch and a good sense of black humor.
Is it all true? Well I dont know and I suspect noone will ever be able to confirm the most important historical information about the assassination as they are all dead...as far as I am aware. If you want a rollicking ,good read about the dark side of life then this is for you.
This book has so many facets linking the CIA, the mob,hollywood entertainers,Latin American operations,business fronts,big time players. I confess I've never read anything like it.
This one is a two timer for sure. You just can't comprehend it all in one reading.
EXCEPTIONAL there is no other word for it.
Buy it, Read it, Give it time to sink in.There's a great deal of information to digest.
I've already said enough. After writing this review in going into hiding. I feel like the man who knows too much.
We will never know if there is, or is not, a "real person" with the name Chauncey Holt, since he used at least twenty-five other aliases in his many years with his CIA/mob connections. And Franky it doesn't really matter anyway because everyone of the people he claims to have known and worked with are either all dead or mute; and now Holt himself is dead too.
While the broad outlines of Holt's story makes sense: That Sam Giancana, Johnny Roselli, William Harvey, Peter Licavoli, Ray Ryan, Frank Hayden (with Holt as recording secretary), all met to plan "a hit on Castro" through a joint mob-CIA operation called "Operation Mongoose," and that this well-meaning operation somehow went awry and ended in the assassination of JFK instead. It is still much too easy to have reconstructed this scenario after the fact, and then dovetailed its narrative details so that they conveniently track with existing facts about the JFK assassination. It helps immensely too if everyone of the participants, but Holt, are dead or mute: no one remains who is willing to confirm or deny any of his claims? All we know for sure is that Charles Harrelson, Frank Sturges and E. Howard Hunt are most likely the three men in the photos of the "faux tramps" (captured and then summarily released) on the grassy knoll minutes after JFK brains were splattered over trailing motorcycle cop Bobby Hargas' uniform at high noon on 11/22/63.
Thus, even if 90% of what Holt has given us here is correct and provides a cheap vicarious thrill, it is also very much irrelevant. For, it is only the last 10% -- precisely the critical parts he strategically omitted -- that means everything.
So, to summarize this book, Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book....shows how a lot of the CIA/Mafia behind the scenes stuff went down during that era and also in Dealey
Plaza on the day JFK was shot.....
Great book. I cannot know for certain he is telling the truth but he certainly makes a convincing argument within a great read.Published 14 months ago by krismic
This book is well written and enjoyable. The life of the scoundrel in it, not so much. Chauncy Holt was more than a scoundrel, according to himself. Read morePublished 14 months ago by SandyK32
I really enjoyed parts of this book. Other parts were a little repetitive...this crooked deal, that crooked deal; but the good outweighed the less interesting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephen O. Sprout
Chauncey Holt is a fascinating person, and we are indeed fortunate that he was able and willing to recount parts of his life before he passed away. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Norma Desmond