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A Certain Arrogance: The Sacrificing of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Wartime Manipulation of Religious Groups by U.S. Intelligence Paperback – February 1, 2011
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The group that murdered JFK is still in charge.
While the subtitle states "The Sacrificing of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Cold War Manipulation of Religious Groups by US Intelligence", one is hard pressed at certain points in this book to sense that the book has anything to do with LHO at all.
Readers may find this more a companion piece to L.Fletcher Prouty's "The Secret Team" or if in a more generous mood, to Peter Scott Dale's "Deep Politics and the Death of JFK"
On a positive note,the author's essay titled: "Schweitzer College: New Evidence and Analysis" and the last essay entitled: "The Oil-Intelligence-Unitarian Universe of Lee Harvey Oswald" are both excellent and deserve a careful, second read through. Never have Michael and Ruth Paine seemed more deserving of additional scrutiny.
"A Certain Arrogance" does offer up a few more bits of information. To the reader who is more than familiar with the names and events associated with this drama, it should be read if for no other reason than that it was authored by George Michael Evica.
That being said, if you can find it in your library, do so and save your pennies for something else.
George Michael Evica has produced a series of eight essays, each exhaustively footnoted and supplemented with Endnotes and references to primary sources, that explore the use of religious organizations by US Intelligence since the First World War. Each essay explores in incredible detail some aspect of the central thesis: ASC was a link in a spiraling web of connections to intelligence agencies and ultimately to John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles and the history of the Cold War. Each of Evica's well researched essays are dedicated to a specific topic in great depth, but they all relate to the use of "illegals" and "false identity" in the world of intelligence. The eighth and final essay is devoted to an exhaustive examination of the extended family of Ruth and Michael Paine which is easily worth the price of the book alone. Finally the "why" of Oswald and the Paines seems to make sense. Also of interest is the examination of how this young man may have "found" this college, how he may have applied and many other issues previously unexamined which are thoroughly covered in this exceptional book.
One caveat: this book is recommended for those who have done extensive reading in the JFK assasination. Others may find this slow going, particularly the pieces on intelligence history and US foriegn policy. For anyone wishing to mine this well further, see Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil
What did the FBI and Secret Service have on Oswald? And, of course, what did it have on him as a defector (?) and an employee? What was Oswald? What did his journey from California to Moscow entail? Was he a spy? Was he a traitor? Was he a defector?
The two authors deal with the Christian doctrine of "prophetic dualism" and compares the ideas to Oswald and his purpose after his Russian stay. Sort of a good vs. evil argument...
And, how do the Dulles brothers come into play? How did they use religious groups in the intelligence world? As a a front for the CIA?
The authors also delve into how the CIA went rogue and abandoned its original mandates and turned into a front for assassination and coups. And, all the time, under the auspices of the U.S. government and its elected leaders!
This is another Trine Day gem and pockets itself in the world of the publishers other terrific subject matters. And, wow, what subject matters Trine Day chooses to publish!
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