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Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History Hardcover – November 6, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: JFK Lancer Productions & Publications (November 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977465713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977465712
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Building on the research of Russell, Fonzi, Summers, Griggs, and many many others, Larry Hancock has masterfully synthesized their research with much of his own. The results are powerful, compelling, and represent a major step forward in our understanding of the assassination. As anyone that is familiar with Hancock and his research knows, his documentation is immaculate. Someone Would Have Talked is remarkably current. It contains much new information. Larry Hancock is a gifted critical thinker. Fortunately, he gives the reader the benefit of his reasoned conclusions. --John Simpkin, Education Forum

Larry Hancock is always the first person I call to learn about the latest documents and discoveries, especially those involving CIA anti-Castro operations and mob associates like David Morales and John Martino. His work continues to break new ground and should be read by everyone interested in the JFK assassination. --Lamar Waldron, author of Ultimate Sacrifice

There have been two official U.S. Government investigations of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The first resulted in the Warren Commission Report. Rank with so many blatant distortions and manipulations of the evidence, its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin quickly disintegrated under objective scrutiny. But the Report's arrogant fallaciousness seeded in the public's psyche a new distrust of Government that would grow over the next decade into a trenchant and sometimes fiery force in American history. An element in that force produced enough political pressure for a new investigation and the subsequent formation of the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations. Congressionally mandated to "conduct a full and complete investigation" of JFK's murder, the HSCA's priority was quickly castrated. The Committee was intimidated and manipulated by the very government agencies it was investigating and its final report emerged as misleading as the Warren Commission's. While the HSCA report masked a truncated investigation, it also unavoidably left slivers of light revealing certain areas of inquiry the Committee dared not pursue. The forces governing the Committee knew that pursuing leads in those areas would have opened doors it did not want opened, doors marked with the names of operators and assets of the Government's intelligence community. Now, with his experience and analytical acumen, Larry Hancock has pushed wide those doors, naming names and detailing the culpable conspiratorial associations. Among the most respected researchers of the JFK assassination, Hancock has produced an awesomely comprehensive and impressive work of compelling validity. A "must-read" in the field. --Gaeton Fonzi, former staff investigator for the U.S. House Committee on

Larry Hancock is always the first person I call to learn about the latest documents and discoveries, especially those involving CIA anti-Castro operations and mob associates like David Morales and John Martino. His work continues to break new ground and should be read by everyone interested in the JFK assassination. --Lamar Waldron, author of Ultimate Sacrifice

There have been two official U.S. Government investigations of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The first resulted in the Warren Commission Report. Rank with so many blatant distortions and manipulations of the evidence, its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin quickly disintegrated under objective scrutiny. But the Report's arrogant fallaciousness seeded in the public's psyche a new distrust of Government that would grow over the next decade into a trenchant and sometimes fiery force in American history. An element in that force produced enough political pressure for a new investigation and the subsequent formation of the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations. Congressionally mandated to "conduct a full and complete investigation" of JFK's murder, the HSCA's priority was quickly castrated. The Committee was intimidated and manipulated by the very government agencies it was investigating and its final report emerged as misleading as the Warren Commission's. While the HSCA report masked a truncated investigation, it also unavoidably left slivers of light revealing certain areas of inquiry the Committee dared not pursue. The forces governing the Committee knew that pursuing leads in those areas would have opened doors it did not want opened, doors marked with the names of operators and assets of the Government's intelligence community. Now, with his experience and analytical acumen, Larry Hancock has pushed wide those doors, naming names and detailing the culpable conspiratorial associations. Among the most respected researchers of the JFK assassination, Hancock has produced an awesomely comprehensive and impressive work of compelling validity. A "must-read" in the field. --Gaeton Fonzi, former staff investigator for the U.S. House Committee on

From the Publisher

Forty plus years after the murder of President Kennedy, the same intuitive and popular belief exists that was common in the first hours after his assassination - that his murder occurred as the result of a conspiracy. The document releases, transcripts and tapes which have become available in the last decade only serve to confirm how many individuals and witnesses held this belief and expressed it privately but for the most part did not enter the public record. Someone Would Have Talked is supported not only with the normal references and bibliography but also with an extensive library of exhibits and documents. Exhibits range from contemporary newspaper articles through testimony and telephone transcripts to diaries, investigative reports and memoranda.

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Larry Hancock earned his BA with honors at the University of New Mexico, majoring in history, cultural anthropology and education. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Air Force, serving at the end of the Vietnam era. Following military service, his professional career was spent in the field of computer communications, working for Continental Telephone, Hayes Micro, and Zoom Technologies in both technical and marketing management positions. His business employment allowed him the opportunity for extensive travel in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, China and Australia.

Following retirement, Larry returned to in his long term interest of historical research, focusing on the military and intelligence history of the Cold War. In addition to oral history work, he is became immersed in document research pertaining to the CIA, State Department, FBI and various military intelligence groups. Known as a "document geek", he researched and published several collections of intelligence and national security related documents prior to beginning his writing efforts. His document work led to his becoming a board member of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a major online interactive history archive.

Customer Reviews

Larry Hancock has done a masterful job of sifting through this material for us, working with many of the most credible, often unsung, researchers.
John H. Macdonald
Larry Hancock has done a remarkable job, and his efforts have resulted in a classic examination of events leading up to Kennedy's death and the ensuing coverup.
Ray Brown
Most of these statements are officially documented, some are put forward by very credible and reliable witnesses and some are harder to substantiate.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By John H. Macdonald on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Larry Hancock's latest book is a must-buy for anyone looking for a credible guide to the new primary source material only recently available. After searching for a used copy of the first edition of this excellent book (out of print for several years), I finally gave up. The CD provided with the initial book was a hugh bonus, because it contained a trove of hard to find primary source material that I did not have the time or resource to locate. Well, the book is now released in its second edition, and is updated with more recent material. It is impossible for most of us to read and absorb the volume of material made available. Larry Hancock has done a masterful job of sifting through this material for us, working with many of the most credible, often unsung, researchers.

Even those who have read virtually everything about the Kennedy assassination over the years will find that they have been looking at individual fragments of a complex shattered mosaic that has resisted most efforts to fit all the pieces together in a rational way. The welcome release of a blizzard of paper over the past few years has made it even more difficult for those of us who try to stay current and separate rumor from fact. In this book, Larry Hancock displays a fluency with the sources that is remarkable. He has done a remarkable job of synthesis; connecting fragments of the multitude of assassination theories and characters into a credible web of intersecting agendas and characters. This book has the flavor of James Ellroy's LA Quartet with a cast of real characters that rival LeCarre's George Smiley (Harvey and Angleton, to name just two). Fans of espionage fact and fiction, true crime, and dark noir will love this book, regardless of your interest in the assassination itself.
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106 of 117 people found the following review helpful By AMDONUT on May 25, 2004
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An avid reader of much relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I recently discovered and greedily read Larry Hancock's "Someone would have talked." It provides a wealth of information, photographic material I have never before seen, and a CD filled with documentation.
The basic premise of the book is facinating. One frequently heard objection to the concept of a 'conspiracy' is that 'someone would have talked.' Hancock documents the fact that 'someone' did in fact talk - many 'someones' - and it's significant to note who it was, what was said, and in what context.
The majority of the information contained was very new to me, as Hancock takes us down a labyrinth of complex military operations, introducing character after character, their personal level of involvement, and potential roles in the events that took place on 11/22/63.
I personally found that Hancock's conclusions in regards to the conspiracy, assassination and cover-up were the most logical I have ever seen. The puzzle pieces begin to fit at last.
Furthermore, for anyone who has ever wondered as to the real depth of Lee Harvey Oswald's involvement - look no more.
I unreservedly recommend this book - to anyone who wants to have a better understanding as to the 'who, what and why' behind Kennedy's assassination; whether it be from a first time interest, or a more serious pursuit.
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113 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Vince Palamara on November 12, 2004
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As an experienced author and researcher myself who has "seen it all" (so to speak), I have become somewhat jaded in terms of dealing with new books on the subject of the JFK assassination, as many promise more than they deliver or, quite frnakly, have little in the way of anything truly new and exciting to offer. To compound the matter, a number of these books are not very readable ("Oswald and The CIA" comes painfully to mind...ouch!).

Then, like a breath of fresh air, comes a truly remarkable and tenacious researcher, Larry Hancock, with "Someone Would Have Talked." Tremendous documentation, organization, and, above all, READABILITY will greet the reader in welcome fashion. Perhaps most important of all, much of the information in the book is new or, at the very least, will be new to 99% of the average citizens out there. In addition, there are many great and obscure photographs in the book, adding to the rich narrative. And, to top it all off, there is an amazing cd packed with information included.

Larry Hancock has truly hit a home run here. While I HAVE sung the praises of a few other deserving titles in recent years (albeit out of a literal mountain of prose), NO other book carries the detailed perspective on the nuts and bolts of the actual CONSPIRACY itself---apart from issues of forensics, etc.---like "Someone Would Have Talked." I am very impressed...and, at this late juncture, that is getting exceedingly harder to do. Buy it!!!!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ray Brown on November 7, 2006
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Someone Would Have Talked is a must read for anyone with an interest in the events surrounding the murder of President Kennedy. Larry Hancock has done a remarkable job, and his efforts have resulted in a classic examination of events leading up to Kennedy's death and the ensuing coverup.

Building on the research of Russell, Fonzi, Summers, Griggs, and many many others, Mr. Hancock has masterfully synthesized their research with much of his own. The results are powerful, compelling, and represent a major step forward in our understanding of the assassination.

I've yet to finish my second reading and this is not meant as a review, but just some of my first impressions.

1) As anyone that is familiar with Larry Hancock and his research knows, his documentation is immaculate.

2) The summaries at the end of each chapter are most helpful.

3) Someone Would Have Talked is remarkably current. It contains much new information.

4) Larry Hancock is a gifted critical thinker. Fortunately, he gives the reader the benefit of his reasoned conclusions.

5) Hancock points the way for future researchers. This may be one of the most important facets of the book.

6) Someone Would Have Talked will endure as a useful reference tool for many of the perplexing events surrounding JFK's death.

7) Importantly, the book reads well. Starting with John Martino, the author weaves a fascinating and convincing account of the roles of so many others.

8) Whenever possible, the author has corroborated his evidence from multiple sources.

9) There is a lot to absorb, yet Mr. Hancock does an awesome job of tying events together into a story that is not only believable, but compelling.

Someone Would Have Talked is destined to take its place as a classic work in the research of President Kennedy's murder. In my opinion, it was well worth the wait.
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