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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
The book is very well documented but it has some typos.
1) Location 122 Fidel brother's name is Raul not Paul
2) Location 551 It should read "Cuba, because Castro", because is written beccause
3) Location 864. "It would have been a suicide mission, since the prisoners have been told the prison was laced with explosives". A modified account was the one I got from a prisoner my uncle Sergio Tula who told me when the prisoners found out about the explosives they started burning mattresses and clothes and throwing it to the first floor where the explosives were placed. The explosives were removed. This happens during the Bay of Pig invasion.
4) Location 1452 It says Tupemaro guerillas, where it should say Tupamaro.
5) Location 2181. The military service was between the ages of 15 and 27, not 17 to 45.
6) Location 4220. Fulgencio Batista did not flee to Miami he went instead to the Dominican Republic and then to the island of Madeira close to Portugal where He ultimately died.
7) Location 4889 where it reads Pierre Sauinger it should read Salinger.
8) Location 13732 it reads Jercito Rebelde, where it should be Ejercito Rebelde.
9) Location 15666 It reads Seven days laer, instead of later.
10) I found it very difficult to believe that Almeida was against Castro. If the history of the revolution show something is that in Cuba under Castro You can be Socialist, Communist, Catholic, or anything but the only thing you can not be is anti Castro. That was proven in many occasions when leaders were jailed or killed starting with Huber Matos, Camilo Cienfuegos, Arnaldo Ochoa, Che Guevara. Almeida died recently still a major leader behind Fidel and Raul. But of course believing that Almeida was against Castro was a mistake of the American government at the time. Castro warned President Kennedy on TV after finding out that he was being targeted that the revolution had a long arm that could reach him. It is almost certain that Almeida was used as a bait to obtain information.

Sergio S. Cutié
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2012
This book presents the case that Mafia Kingpins like Carlos Marcello and Santos Trafficante masterminded and conspired alongside "rogue" elements of the C.I.A to kill Pres. Kennedy. Since the Mafia and the U.S. Govt had previously worked in unison to oust or assassinate Castro, the Mafia used this sordid alliance as cover to go after the president knowing the Government would use all of its power to cover up the symbiotic relationship formed with organized crime.
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17 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2006
Ignore these other reviewers, this book is, for the most part a huge waste of time.

For starters, the books is over 900 pages, and with the work of a good editor, it could have been easily cut down to 500 pages. The author repeats himself, in detail time after time, after time in an effort to get his biased point of view accross. Ive never seen such monotomous information in my life.

Next of all, the book is filled with so many abbreviations, and so many people, it's hard to know exactly what they are talking about, especially when they try and tie everyone in with either the CIA or the mafia, under the utmost flimsiest of pretenses.

Dont get me wrong, Im an avid believer of a conspiracy, and I believe the mafia was involved in some way. But the stories they expect you to believe in this book are simply outrageous. They weave a very intricate and unbelievable story.

Granted, all the information concerning the "Coup for Cuba" (referred to as C Day in the book), is quite intriguing, it's the only information valuable to the book.

Outside of their repetitiveness, the book delved DEEP into several unrelated topics, like what happened to Che Guerra ( spelled wrong). There is more side stories, that are for the most part irrelevent, then there is actual information on the case at hand.

Last of all, if your looking for any information about the actual assassination, you will not find it in this book. This book is a pretense to everything that happened within 5 years of the assassination, and offers little information not widely known about the assassination (all while they claim to have pinpointed exactly who conspired, 3 mafia dons). They offer no explanation as to how the parade route is changed, or why the body was hi jacked and an autopsy covered up, other than to say it is to protect C Day. Alot of things do not add up in this very poorly written book.

However, if your an avid JFK conspiracy reader, the things about C Day, might make this book worth your while, other than that, check out Jim Marrs, or Jim Garrisons books.
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
This is really two books. The first is a well researched and previously undisclosed look at Kennedy Administration attempts to decapitate and change the revolutionary government of Cuba in 1963. The many interviews taken over several years from individuals who were at or near the ends of their lives deserve a place in the historical record for this era.

The second part of the book purports to connect these attempts at initiating a Cuban coup to the eventual assassination of JFK. Utilizing virtually every conspiracy theory ever advanced the authors weave a bewildering tale of conspiracy involving at least a dozen participants. All of these participants were either intelligence "assets", associates of organized crime or, so they would have us believe, usually both.

Case in point is Oswald. According to the authors Oswald was both an intelligence asset, groomed for a series of dubious "missions" to entrap foreign agents, beginning during his military career, and an unwilling dupe of the Marcello crime organization intent on using him as a "patsy". If this were not enough, we learn that there was another "patsy" who would have been utilized had previous assassination attempts been successful. According to the authors, elements operating at the behest of organized crime went to incredible lengths to tie these hapless patsies into the Cuban coup plot in order to give Organized crime "cover" for the killing of JFK. In order to make this tale square with the irrefutable evidence of Oswald's pre-assassination activities the authors often need to resort to very awkward logical inference. As an example, we learn that Oswald's "handlers" had him take shots at Gen. Walker just to find out if he were "capable of violence". Apparently, all his Marine training and years as a intelligence operative were not convincing enough to keep them from risking their operation, and carefully cultivated asset, with such a foolish test.

As an individual who has been exposed to both the vast literature of the "JFK Conspiracy" and the debunkers of that conspiracy, I find the middle track taken by Norman Mailer in his book on Oswald to be an infinitely more convincing account of the mind and motivation of Oswald than I have seen in any of the conspiracy accounts contained in this and other even less worthy writings.

Two stars for the good historical documentation of the plots against Castro, Zero for the preposterous efforts to connect them to the death of Kennedy.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2005
This is essential reading for anyone well versed kin this subject. For those notr well versed, good luck; it's alittle tough going. That aside, I agree with 95% of this book. Get it; it's well worth your time and $.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2007
I have read alot of books regarding JFK, and I have to say that this one was very interesting.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
I cannot say how great the writing and research for this book is. Over 90 pages of footnotes alone. Fantastic!
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2005
I have been reading this book steadily for 3+ weeks and I'm still not done! My prelimary verdict---great, like you all seem to feel. While I am only up to Chapter 42, nothing has raised my eyebrows to say "no way, Jose!" This would be a ogod book for any library.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2006
Maybe! Supplement this with James Fetzer's book "The Great Zapruder Film Hoax", and the "lone nut assassin" canard collapses like a house of cards. Do youself a favor, empower yourself and get educated on this stuff, read this book!
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29 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2005
this book would try to explain that some mafia big man was so upset at bobby kennedy for being exiled from the US that he came back and prepared to kill him but had to kill JFK first.

the book fails to remember the world's number one mobster/assassin was also "exiled" from his birdsnest - in Langley. that was ALLEN DULLES. the top director of the CIA and architect of the then new CIA headquaters, which he was never to sit in as JFK fired him.

this book would have us think that DULLES took that willingly?
NO!
The mafia does not control this country. it may be used to control some of us, but it has always been the CIA, since DULLES, that has been the number one enforcer of covert operations which include assasinations and deposing of world leaders.

additionally, this book trys to explain that bobby kennedy HAD TO cover up the mafia hit because fidel castro might have found out that he was targetd for assassination by the US, and that, this book explains may have provoked WORLD WAR 3! Absurd. castro had already known about US assassination attempts. THE US SENT 1100+ INSURGENTS INTO HIS COUNTRY!! Guess what? NO WW3.

Thom Hartmann had better explain why he puts all the blame on the mafia better than what this book offers. perhaps this is why his name isnt on the book. but hartmann is claiming he collaborated to produce the book and is marketing it on his radio program. [...]
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