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Contract on America: The Mafia Murder of President John F. Kennedy Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1989

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Here is a compelling, readable account offering a meticulous, clearly constructed case of Mafia complicity in the assassination of President Kennedy and the murder of his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, by Jack Ruby. By carefully sifting through evidence already published and combining this with "previously ignored documents," Scheim makes connections that have not occurred to investigators before, documenting Ruby's Mafia ties and key role in the conspiracy. His notes, appendixes, principal sources, and recommendations for action successfully combine scholarship with incisive, lively writing. An enduring book for generalists and specialists. Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Olympia, Wash.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082173833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821738337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The author is on the Board of Advisors of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington DC. His book contains many references and citations for his sources, and documentation. It is very good as far as it goes, but only gives part of the big picture. Organized crime can kill anybody, but they can't cover it up without Establishment collusion. Mark North's "Act of Treason" documents this collusion, and complements and extends this work.
The empire of organized crime struck back at the author. A few years ago the Republican Congress reorganized the National Institutes of Health and used the usual bureaucratic tricks to end his employment. But his book continues to educate people.
Chapter 22 discusses Richard Nixon. Around 20 years ago I saw him on TV; when asked about the 19 minute gap on the tape, he smiled and said it was about the "Bay of Pigs" operation. I thought he seemed to be lying, but didn't know why. Years later I read Henry Haldeman's thin book. In it he concluded that the "Bay of Pigs' operation was a code word for the assassination of JFK. You can look it up.
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This book is deeply shocking. It is taken from the U.S. Archives, The Warren Commission Reports, Telephone Company records, etc. It has an extensive (HUGE) bibliography of where you may see this evidence for yourself. Read "Contract on America", "Appointment in Dallas" and the thick biography of Carlos Marchello and you WILL understand what happened that dark day in Dallas. Warning: You will be deeply altered by this information, and you will understand most of the many reasons why John and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcom X were asassinated. EVERY American Citizen owes it to his or her self to read "Contract on America", as painful as it might be.
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This book covers one of the essential aspects of the murder of President Kennedy: the Mafia and his executioner Jack Ruby.
It is a thorough investigation: David E. Scheim went as far as analyzing all telephone calls by Ruby before the assassination.
The author gives us a most credible explanation of how the Mafia could benefit and did after the murder. More, he draws a disturbing portrait of how the Mafia penetrated the highest power ranks in the U.S. and how it could influence the life of every U.S. citizen.
He castigates the Warren Report as a shameful misjudgment.
This book is a must read. It describes how a secret organization could wield enormous power and influence to its own adavantage a whole democratic nation and its citizens.
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Contract on America is similar to Blakey's Fatal Hour/Plot to Kill the President, but is more thoroughly researched and contains a large appendix full of interesting information, particularly about the Mafia and its ties to business and politics. Scheim was a computer systems analyst with a PhD in mathematics from MIT. He spent ten years researching the assassination. He also believes the mob was involved in the deaths of RFK, MLK and Malcolm X.

Yes, some mobsters were involved in the JFK assassination at a low operational level, but they were not the masterminds. People who are attracted to the "mob did it" theory generally ignore the tangled webs binding organized crime to the CIA, FBI, military, big business, Wall St, and other powerful institutions. This is even truer today than in 1963.
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I think he missed the boat on Meyer Lansky's connections to Israeli intelligence. He covered the CIA but did not look closely at the mossad. Its simple post Kennedy we did not re-invade Cuba, We did not let up on the mob either. We did however send the USS liberty in to be attacked by the Israeli's in a botched false flag and we did drop the ball on registering AIPAC as a foreign agent of inspecting Israel's nukes. All you have to do is look at the post policy and see what changed and who benefited. The Booby was killed allegedly by a Palestinian... riiight. The book's strong point is the investigation into Jack Ruby and also into Marcello. I am also glad it debunked the JFK ending the Fed myth that is so pervasive now days.
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The best book on the JFK assasination that I have ever read. An outstanding case for mafia involvement in the president's murder. Like the Academy Award winning film, The Departed, this book reveals the often blurred line between criminals and law enforcement. Jack Ruby is the real key to understanding that there was a conspiracy to murder President Kennedy. Contract on America offers a very revealing look at Ruby, that I believe is the most accurate description published to date. This book's perspective on "the crime of the century" is highly focused, and supported with details based on facts. It is an exciting book that will give any reader a better understanding of the personalities and events surrounding the JFK assasination.
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This book by David Scheim serves as a nice companion volume to John Davis' "Mafia Kingfish" and is required reading for those interested in the Mafia's motive for killing JFK. That said, the book is a tad dated now and certainly does not cover all the bases. Still, for the area (s) it does tackle, it is to be commended.

Vince Palamara
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