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The yankee and cowboy war: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate Hardcover – January 1, 1976


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  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed Andrews and McMeel (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836206800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836206807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read this book back in 1977.
CharlieBooksNYC
Carl Oglesby writes very clearly, precisely and thoroughly documents with reference every point he makes.
Steven G. Greene
He was perhaps most noted for his speech at huge Anti-War Protest in Washington in 1965.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on August 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first of several high-level political analyses motivated by a need to better understand the politics that led to both the JFK assassination and the Nixon Watergate Affair. It deploys as the primary theoretical model, C. Wright Mills "Theory of the Power Elite" and the framework in Carroll Quigleys book "Tragedy and Hope."

With these tools, Carl Oglesby posits an interesting thesis: that JFKs assassination, instead of being a random act by a lone nut was in fact a carefully planned and professional executed ongoing coup d' etat a la Americaine, a not so silent coup by the same forces responsible for the murders of JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X and possibly the demise and eventual destruction of the billionaire Howard Hughes.

What all of these events had in common was that they were links in a chain designed to replace one set of power elite (members of the old moneyed "peace promoting" Eastern Yankee Establishment) with another (the Nuevo Riche and newly arrived, "progress through war" Western Cowboys). Thus it is argued here that the events connecting Dallas, Memphis, Watergate and the demise of the Hughes empire, are but threads in a common fabric, growing and evolving directly out of the systematic corruption of American politics and out of contemporary political realities.

Altogether it is thus a seductive and believable theory that says as much about American political realities as it does about the events of Dallas, LA, Memphis and NY themselves. What Oglesby tries to do, and succeeds at it brilliantly, is expose the almost organic level of corruption in the structure of the political process that led to the events in Dallas and Watergate.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Meredith on February 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
How did our CIA really come about and what was the true role of Hitler's top spymaster? Was Watergate really an "accident"? What role did James McCord really play?
What did Jack Ruby tell the Warren Commissioners about a "whole new form of government" that would take over if he was not taken to Washington with them and be able to reveal his personal knowledge about the assassination of JFK?
Remembers E. Howard Hunt's wife Dorothy and the highly suspicious plane crash in which she died, while in the process of paying Nixon hush money to the Watergatgate burglers???
Oglesby's brilliant work answers these and many more questions.
This very rare and magnificent read is long overdue for a republication, so that the many conspiracies of the 60's are better comprehended.
I cannot recommend this work highly enough.
Attorney Dawn Meredith,
Austin, Tx.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TLR on August 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Carl Oglesby, who died in 2011, was kicked out of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) because he insisted on thinking for himself and refused to become a doctrinaire Marxist-Leninist.

The Yankee and Cowboy War, published in 1976, takes a sweeping view of events from 1960 to the mid-70s, including the JFK assassination, Howard Hughes and Watergate. There is a lengthy analysis of Watergate burglar James McCord and the plane crash that killed Howard Hunt's wife, Dorothy.

Oglesby's contention is that the "Yankees" (Northeastern, "old money" globalists, Euro-centric) have fought for supremacy with the "Cowboys" (Southern and Western hawks, nationalists and the "new rich," wanting to expand into Latin America and Asia). The greatest tension between them was over how to deal with Communism: detente (as in Europe) or confrontation (as in Asia). Vietnam finally provided the breaking point, as the Yankees wanted to cut their losses, while the Cowboys wanted to win. He describes Howard Hughes as a typical tycoon Cowboy, and the Rockefellers as an example of the Yankee Establishment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven G. Greene on November 2, 2011
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I've wanted to read this book for at least 15 years but it was hard to find. I purchased it used through Amazon and I'm glad I did. Robert Anton Wilson references this book often in his writings and for good reason. It's the best written book on the "Conspiracy" subjects going back to the Civil War and including JFK, Watergate and more importantly the money/political powers likely behind it all. Carl Oglesby writes very clearly, precisely and thoroughly documents with reference every point he makes. My bullsh%@ meter stayed at zero. The rhetoric and writing style Oglesby chooses to use including his choice of words used to describe are challenging but not highbrow. It takes a great foresight and talent to write so thoughtfully so as not to "lose" readers like me who may not be quite as educated as some, although I am well read; Nitzche, Leary, Crowley, RAWILSON, Benjamin Tucker, Popper, Zinn, Spooner etc... sometimes these other writers can lose you somewhat, but not Oglesby. Very impressive. I am a better person for having visited this book and will read it several more times the next 20 years I'm sure.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Steinberg on August 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I concur with Ms. Meredith- Oglesby's analysis is cohesive, and the information contained herein is unavailable anywhere else.
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