The Poison Patriarch and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $6.68 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 19 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Poison Patriarch: How... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: No writing, underlining or highlighting. Tight binding. Light wear on DJ.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK Hardcover – October 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1626360600 ISBN-10: 162636060X Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $18.27
36 New from $9.97 30 Used from $2.64 1 Collectible from $39.95
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$18.27
$9.97 $2.64
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

$18.27 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 19 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK + The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ
Price for both: $37.68

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162636060X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626360600
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Did a well-known society lawyer keep the secrets of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? . . . Shaw takes an unusual route into the thicket of JFK conspiracy literature, focusing on the perturbing question of why the flamboyant civil attorney Melvin Belli, an associate of mobsters, would have been recruited to provide Jack Ruby’s defense following his televised shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Mark Shaw author of twenty-plus books, is a former criminal defense attorney who has served as a legal analyst for ABC, ESPN, and USA Today. He is a member of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington, DC, and the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering critical thinking on a range of historical topics, including the assassinations of the 1960s. He lives in Superior, Colorado.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Do yourself a favor-buy and read this book.
Roger J stone Jr.
A very good summary of relevant JFK assassination information with an excellent analysis of Jack Ruby's lawyer's role and mob connections.
John K Bowman
The quotes and references were not footnoted and is basically a book of hearsay as told by Mark Shaw.
J. Philip Goddard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vince Palamara on October 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The material on Ruby lawyer Melvin Belli is worth the price of admission alone. This is a compelling and well written book.

Vince Palamara
author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DOlds on September 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A page turner. Complex and diligent rendering of circumstantial case that convinces. Shaw has broken solid new ground with Melvin Belli's mob connections and legal strategy, his entry into Jack Ruby's defense, and of the depth and scope of Ruby's mob affinities and police access. The circumstantial case for Mickey Cohen and his associates adding Belli to clean up the loose ends from New Orleans' mobster Marcello's plot to kill Kennedy is convincing. Well done. I cannot believe that the Warren Commission did not follow up on the Dallas newspaper reporting that Belli had prior legal relationships with Cohen and Ruby trial Judge Brown. It was in the paper, and nobody consulted remembered.

Second, the last portion of Shaw's book compellingly contextualizes Joe Kennedy's betrayals, though despite the book's title that seemed less central than psychohistorically plausible. I am fully convinced reading this book now that there was a conspiracy behind the JFK assassination and that the mob was it. Shaw follows the theme that JFK was killed to punish RFK and the dad Joe. Strong, germane details uncovered by Shaw when he interviews Belli's past associates that Belli, the bloviating loudmouth, was a cypher about the Ruby case till his grave. Shaw is perhaps more sympathetic to the bind that Belli was in than I might be. I think Belli has a lot to answer for with his violation of human and legal ethics.

One final thought: I may have looked for more about Lee Harvey Oswald, but this book mostly does not go into his murky world. I did learn the germane fact that Oswald had proximity to the New Orleans' mobster Marcello in 1963.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Greg Desilet on September 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
From the overall tone of Mark Shaw's book, it is apparent he wrote The Poison Patriarch without axes to grind concerning the Kennedy family, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, or the various conspiracy theories emerging over the past 50 years. He looks at the Dallas tragedies from an entirely different direction--a direction that, through the accumulation of unexpected bits and pieces of information, led him to begin viewing the assassination of JFK and the Kennedy family history from a new and increasingly compelling perspective. The result is a historically important book that will surely alter the way the public views the JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald assassinations.

The impetus for Shaw's fresh perspective, surprisingly enough, derived from his research into the life of a celebrity appearing only at the periphery of the Kennedy family nexus of actions and events. This celebrity is Melvin Belli--the infamous attorney who had made a name for himself winning class action lawsuits in civil cases against large corporations. According to the book's disclosures, Shaw began by asking why a civil lawyer ended up as Jack Ruby's attorney when so many more experienced criminal defense lawyers were available. And why, Shaw asks further, did Belli attempt to save Ruby using a doomed insanity defense instead of simply throwing him on the mercy of a jury? After all, Ruby had killed the most hated man in America at the time--Lee Harvey Oswald. The answers to these questions and others about Belli provide the missing link, Shaw argues, to those who masterminded the assassinations.

The book's Epilogue reveals that Shaw, a former criminal defense attorney, had worked with Belli in the 1980s.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Baker on September 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an excellent portrayal of the complicated situations surrounding the Kennedy demise and is very believable. Many loose ends are tied to one of the worst periods in American history. The majority of Americans that lived through this terrible time do not believe the single killer theory and this book takes us one big step further into more plausible representation of what really happened. Who knows, the assertions could also lead to a truthful conclusion to both the deaths of President John Kennedy and later Robert Kennedy. Excellent work Mr. Mark Shaw!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caradoc on January 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
His premise is that Joe Kennedy should have known Bobby would anger the mob and therefore he caused JFKs death. Quite a stretch. And the mob must have done it because they hated Bobby more than anyone else. At best, Shaw establishes the mob's role in cleaning up after the assassination. Belli was a shady character, but the blown up "Belli factor" really explains very little. Not much here on Ruby's background and nothing on his death. And what was the bombshell revelation regarding Candy Barr?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Morrison on September 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book opened my eyes to the real motives behind the assassination of JFK. I had always assumed that JFK was killed for his own actions as President. However, Shaw makes a compelling argument, with new evidence, that the President was killed to cripple the work of the Attorney General(Bobby Kennedy, the President's brother) who were aggressively going after the leading mobsters of the day and the mind blowing intricate connections to Joseph Kennedy and Attorney Melvin Belli. Mark Shaw backs this theory with incredible new evidence and more than 10 plus years of research. A intertwined thriller of our history. A must read for those who love getting goose bumps while reading a great story in evaluating shocking evidence! THE most realistic account to date.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews