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Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years Paperback
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Starred Review. Those looking for new insight into John F. Kennedy's presidency will want to read this meticulously researched chronicle. Talbot, the journalist-founder of online newsmagazine Salon, sticks to the facts, starting with a timeline of then-attorney general Bobby Kennedy's actions on Nov. 22, 1963, the day his brother, the president, was killed. Immediately suspicious of the CIA, the Mafia and the Cuban exiles they're involved with, Bobby made it his mission to expose this "shadowy nexus"; much of the book concerns the Kennedy brothers' relationships with members of those factions as they dig for the truth. Talbot profiles friends and enemies, taking readers into JFK's strained work with Pentagon officials who famously pressured him to take a chance on the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. Later chapters deal with the aftermath of JFK's, and then RFK's, assassinations, and the final chapter contains Talbot's incisive conclusions on those momentous years. Talbot's only weakness is in covering too much-with more than 150 original interviews, Talbot is forced to move too quickly from event to event, making his numerous characters hard to keep straight. Still, it's an admirable feat of reporting, and one that will spark conversation among conspiracy theorists, historians and others who lived through the Kennedy era.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Although the literature about the assassination of John F. Kennedy could fill a decent-sized library, Talbot, founder of salon.com, proves there's always more to say. His book purports to reveal new information (based on interviews with more than 150 insiders and experts) about the Kennedy presidency, but its real appeal is its casting of Bobby Kennedy as "America's first assassination conspiracy theorist." According to Talbot, from the moment he heard about his brother's murder, Bobby believed it was the culmination of an elaborate plot involving Cuban exiles, organized crime, and elements of the CIA, and he never stopped trying to expose the plotters. By focusing on Bobby's quest for justice, Talbot avoids most of the pitfalls of the who-killed-Kennedy books. Rather than asking us to believe a conspiracy theory, he simply asks us to understand what Bobby believed and why he believed it. The book also explores Bobby's own political career and makes a good case that he was murdered by the same people who killed JFK. A persuasively written, substantive addition to the Kennedy collection. Pitt, David --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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It's amazing how many controversial and dangerous situations arose during John Kennedy's abbreviated presidency. After John Kennedy was assassinated Lyndon Johnson said JFK's murder was 'divine retribution' because JFK had been responsible for murdering people himself including President Diem in Vietnam. But God may have placed these two brothers into office to save the entire world from a nuclear Armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Researchers generally agree that the conspiracy to assassinate JFK came from a sinister melding of the CIA, the Pentagon, and powerful industrialists and corporations with the Italian mafia and the anti Castro nuts providing the hired guns and also convenient patsies in case something went wrong.
There was also Lyndon Johnson's Texas mafia and corrupt political machine in Texas. At the time this book was written David Talbot did not believe Lyndon Johnson was part of the JFK conspiracy. But ever since JFK was killed many other people have suspected Johnson was involved and I agree.
The book mentions some movies that came out which eerily predicted what was going to happen to the Kennedy brothers. Those movies are Seven Days In May and The Manchurian Candidate which ironically were both directed by John Frankenheimer who was a close personal friend of Robert Kennedy.
As I read this book I started to think that everything's here to create what could be the first in a series of movies about the Kennedy brothers and that entire era which also includes Richard Nixon, Vietnam, and Watergate. Even if people aren't interested in the actual history or the conspiracy theories these stories are perfect for creating some Hollywood blockbusters. This is like a real life Bourne Identity series. The issue would be how much of the suspected truth the government would allow people to show in the movies. Because the John Kennedy assassination cover up has never ended. It is still ongoing today as strong as ever.
If people are waiting for the current president to go on TV and hold a press conference and say the CIA was ultimately responsible for the JFK assassination forget it. That type of formal admission would fundamentally change what America really is. It would also instantly transform the Vietnam War into a crime against humanity which in fact it was.
So maybe the best thing to do is create this movie franchise for posterity and put it to rest. Movies like that might somehow heal the wounded souls of the people who were directly affected by all this. It's a philosophical question about how much is the truth really worth even about something that happened over 50 years ago.
After his bother got killed Robert Kennedy started playing things close to the vest as far as who he thought was responsible. Publicly Bobby was saying he supported the Warren Commission but being a trained lawyer he knew immediately that the Warren Report was an absurd fairy tale as Jim Garrison called it. The theory in this book is Bobby was waiting until he became the president to reopen the investigation.
But the ever insightful and courageous Jim Garrison warned the Kennedy camp that Bobby Kennedy would not live long enough to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Garrison told them to have Bobby join forces with him before it was too late. This may have been a case where Bobby's impetuousness and overconfidence led to catastrophic consequences.
For whatever reasons the Kennedy brothers became engaged in a mortal struggle against dark powers which had probably always existed in the United States since the beginning of the country but which mutated into something truly diabolical after World War II. These brothers got caught in the crossfire of this struggle but ironically they may have saved our world in the process.
A Deeper, Darker Truth
JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald
Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition
The Dark Side of Lyndon Baines Johnson
The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ
Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK - Volume 1
Seven Days In May ~ 1962
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK
In depth researched
-- Did we knew that there were many generals who wanted to nuke "bad Russia" while we had more nukes than USSR? Hence a great patriotic duty and opportunity...
-- Did we know that Mandela and Castro also were brothers - both were hated "terrorists" fighting for freedom from colonialism
-- Sanders was an inconvenient clown, threatening Hillary's coronation in eyes of DNC
-- But -- not long ago we were overturning democratically elected and even murdering similar "clowns" all over the world - in almost all Latin American states, in Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, most of Asian states
CIA ever present, of course - now and then. This time spreading new Cold War with non-Communist Russia.
All Talbot's books are a must read -- especially "Brothers" - since the memories of horror done in Dallas is fast fading - while new ones are being prepared
Having some senior-level government experience, I know, first-hand that what we are told in the media, about anything, is hardly the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This book, sadly,increased my level of mistrust of the media and our government's willingness to not trust us with the truth on just about anything ... which now seems to the culture and modus operandi at every level of government.