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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582438137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582438139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Legacy of Secrecy:

“Explosive new material, based mainly on government documents from the National Archives.” —Vanity Fair

“Waldron and Hartmann offer convincing evidence . . . A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets, this account proves the continuing relevancy and importance of seeking the truth behind one of the US’s most personal tragedies.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I believe Waldron's heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963 . . . Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.” —Liz Smith, New York Post

“They’ve done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory.” —Ron Rosenbaum

“Staggering!” —Mark Crispin Miller

“Exhaustively researched” —The New York Observer

“[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over 800 pages of intricately documented data. Their findings add pieces to one of our most perplexing puzzles, and suggest where the key missing pieces may be found.” —Ronald Goldfarb, The Daily Beast

About the Author

Lamar Waldron's historical research and nonfiction books have won praise from Publishers Weekly, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and major publications in Europe. His groundbreaking research has been the subject of two prime-time specials on the Discovery Channel, produced by NBC News. He Has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, and television specials in England, Germany, Japan, and Australia. Called "the ultimate JFK historian" by Variety, Waldron's previous book is being produced as a major motion picture for Warner Brothers by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.

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I gave it one star because I couldn't give it less.
Gary
Very detailed and well written - as I have come to expect from Waldron's recent books.
Darryl Holman
Amazing new information about JFK, the CIA, E. Howard Hunt, and so much more.
Carl Thomas

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Carl Thomas on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really amazing book. It puts Nixon in a whole new light, from the start of his political career in 1946 to Watergate, and even beyond. It shows the corrupting influence of too much money and too much power better than any fictional story. I thought I knew about Watergate, but the extensive documentation in this book (2,000 endnotes! Amazing declassified files reproduced in full!) showed me how different the actual reality was. I couldn't put it down. Though it's a big book, the excellent photo section and Chapter 1 gave me the basic story right off the bat, and left me dying to read the rest. Amazing new information about JFK, the CIA, E. Howard Hunt, and so much more. Highly recommended.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Matthew DeLuca on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lamar Waldron does for Watergate, with this book, that he did for the JFK assassination with his two books on that case: He meticulously and convincingly puts all of the pieces of the puzzle together and ties up all of the loose ends, that most other authors on these subjects (except for Noel Twyman who wrote "Bloody Treason" and maybe a select handful of others) have not come even close to achieving.

Some reviewers knock Waldron for the length of his books. As a JFK assassination researcher myself, I say THANKS for the long books. Don't we WANT all of the available info possible? A book that gives us our money's worth, unlike the "The CIA killed Kennedy, because of the Bay of Pigs. The End" wastes of time? Unlike the "Some Secret Team....no idea who they were......killed Kennedy...they rule the world." Wastes of time?

The job of a JFK assassination author, and a Watergate author, is to NAME the principals involved, and coherently weave together the various threads, based on the documented evidence (not evidence based on speculation) into an easy to understand, informative narrative. Nobody is better at that than Lamar Waldron.

You may see some reviewers knock Waldron because he has the guts to go where the evidence takes him, instead of cowardly losing himself in a crowd of believers of an as of yet unproven theory.

The Mafia DID play a prime part in the JFK assassination. Any honest investigator worth his weight in gold knows this and will report it. In fact nobody on Earth had more connections to the JFK assassination than Louisiana Mafia boss, Carlos Marcello. FIVE of Marcello's associates were arrested within days of the assassination: The patsy, Lee Oswald, who worked as a "runner" for Marcello's gambling network.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken S. on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The author clearly feels he has an important story to tell. However, this well researched book is so detailed, and often repetitious, that it detracts from that story. It would benefit from editing to shorten the text, eliminate repetion, and tell a more coherent story. It takes a tenacious reader to make it through to the end. That said, I learned a lot about an important era in American history, and about Richard Nixon the politician and person.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By tony chase on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The late Carl Oglesby, who taught The Political Novel at Antioch College where I was a student in the summer of 1968, was one of the first theorists to argue persuasively for the existence of an umbilical cord of corruption, deceipt, and murder connecting 'the whole Bay of Pigs thing' to Watergate. Haldeman eventually acknowledged of course that it was the Kennedy assassination Nixon was referring to. Or more precisely the mob figures responsible for the JFK hit who were also the thugs to whom Nixon owed his political career. Waldron's new book is an 800-page page-turner that no one fascinated by American history should miss. What's left but indictments...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Horn on May 28, 2013
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If you really want to know Richard Nixon this book is well researched and documented. If you want to know if one our former presidents could be such a "crook" and still manage to make it to the presidency then buy this book. It also surprisingly shed enormous light on the JFK assassination to my surprise. This book is so big and full of facts that you could teach a class with it! Took me 3 weeks to read and well worth the knowledge gained.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gelman on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
President Nixon's criminal activities have been well documented so far. However, in his new book, Lamar Waldron picks up an importont and overlooked angle about Watergate: the Mafia-CIA connection and Nixon. It is for the first time that a book documents in great detail the connections Nixon had with the Mafia, especially since the 1950s and 1960s, when he did not for a minute hesitate to employ various Mafia mobsters to serve his interests. In addition, these gangsters were part of a bigger scheme to topple and subvert Castro in Cuba by using the CIA, which in turn made use of the Mafia men. True, president Kennedy and his brother Bobby have acted in the same way regarding the Cuban question, but here Mr. Waldron tells the reader many and almost everyday details which show how the dubious past of Nixon was connected to his criminal activities during the Watergate affair. You will find many well known figures like Hunt,Alexander Haig and Richard Helms(and his hidden CIA lies and cover-ups), as well as current political figures, among them Karl Rove and Hillary Clinton.
In an Appendix, there are photos of the documents linking Watergate, the Mafia and the CIA.
Although this book needed some editing, it is superbly researched and the fruit of many years of writing and investigating.
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