Starred Review. There has been a long hiatus in significant books on the JFK assassination since Gerald Posner's Case Closed argued in 1993 that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Posner took the CIA's lack of involvement for granted, and that, according to this mammoth and painstakingly researched account, was a big mistake. It is Waldron and Hartmann's (The Edison Gene) contention—bolstered by access to many previously unavailable files, and interviews with little-known as well as prominent figures—that the CIA knew a great deal about the assassination. But the agency couldn't admit what it knew because that could uncover the existence of a U.S. plan for a coup in Cuba, run by JFK's brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The assassination, say the authors, was carried out by hired gunmen on the orders of three noted Mafia dons whose lives were being made miserable by RFK's ruthless pursuit—and these Mafia men knew about the planned invasion because they had worked with the CIA on previous efforts to topple Castro. Oswald, long a hidden CIA agent, was set up as the patsy, and it had always been Jack Ruby's job to eliminate him if he wasn't killed at the scene of Kennedy's shooting. How do the authors make their case? With a relentless accumulation of detail, a very thorough knowledge of every political and forensic detail and the broad perspective of historians rather than assassination theorists. They spend perhaps too much time with people they admire, like the late Enrique Ruiz Williams, who was a crucial early source for them. They also cannot resist chasing stories of only marginal relevance to their principal one, like what really happened to Che Guevara in Cuba. But no future historian of that tormented period in American history will be able to ignore their very convincing presentation, even if a lay reader may feel overwhelmed by the sheer weight of the evidence. B&w photos.
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Perhaps the definitive book on the JFK assassination--or at least one of them.Published 3 months ago by Vincent
What a load of crap. Sorry, but while I believe the mob was involved in the assassination, there is absolutely no way they had the power to make the fed's cover it up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa Hardy
If accurate, this answers a lot of the questions that remain unresolved in my mind about JFK's death, but WOW is this book a slog. INCREDIBLY dense. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G. Marshall
THIS BOOK WAS VERY INFORMATIVE, THIS IS WHY I PURCHASED THE BOOK IN THE FIRST PLACE. VERY CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENE.Published 18 months ago by Sandra Baird
Why read this very heavy book of nearly eight hundred pages of small case type? Because the researching authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann have spent years researching all the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. M Mills
Repetitive, a rehash of the work of other authors - those who advocate "the Mafia killed JFK" theories: John Davis, Dan Moldea (and his source, the proven liar Ed Partin), Robert... Read morePublished 20 months ago by TLR
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Wonderful read of what happened and how politics works. It is a vivid portrayal of what politicians must do in the interest of National Security.Published 20 months ago by H. Prieto