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This book goes beyond the subject of the JFK assassination to a decades-long history of corruption and murder on the national scene.

The first part of the book gives examples of Mafia killings using a "nut" or "patsy".

Mr.Scheim tells of some interesting ties between D.A. Jim Garrison and members of the Marcello organization.Also of interest was his indictment on bribery charges.

The author also details activity involving the Warren Commission.-

*Earl Warren's reluctance to be part of the commission.

*The prepared book handed out to members by Allen Dulles advocating that all American assassinations were perpetrated by a lone,demented gunman.

*Abundant editing and deleting any documentation of Jack Ruby's obvious links to Organized Crime.

J.Edgar Hoover's relationship with Frank Costello explains his deep involvement in the cover-up.

Mr.Scheim covers Lyndon Johnson and his ability to manipulate people as well as the payoffs he accepted from the Teamsters and Mafia.

Financial links of the Sicilian Mafia to the Vatican as well as U.S.banking institutions was also highlighted in the book.

This is a an excellent book about the Mafia's involvement in political corruption and assassinations.Mr Scheim has done a good job in researching the subject.
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on March 29, 2017
book almost brand new....pleased...
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on May 20, 2014
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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on February 12, 2017
great book
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on December 23, 2016
Good read
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on March 22, 2010
The literature and public dialogue regarding the JFK Assassination is going to heat up considerably as we approach 2013, the 50th anniversary of the events. Tom Hanks is already producing a movie that supports the "lone nut" side of the debate. There will inevitably be efforts to develop new forensic and other evidence. This book presents an intriguing case that the Louisiana Mafia was instrumental in the events. It points the way toward an area that could still provide clues. Someday, somebody will talk. Fifty years is about the right period, as was demonstrated recently in cryptic but fascinating disclosures regarding JRR Tolkien's service with the OSS (Her Majesty's Secret Service) before WWII. See the upcoming book, "MIRKWOOD: A Novel About JRR Tolkien" (available through Amazon in May, 2010).
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on September 6, 2014
Terrific
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on June 16, 2017
The Book was in terrible condition, it looked like it had been dragged behind a bus and then thrown into a washing machine. The book was really small, thus had tiny print. And the pages even looked darkened by age, which makes it even more difficult to read. I don't expect perfection when purchasing a used book, but basic readability and a cover that's not disintegrating would be nice!
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on December 13, 2016
This is a very thorough look at the crimes of the Mafia. The barbaric details can be hard to read. However, the book is mostly about proving that Jack Ruby was Mafia. Something nobody doubts anymore. Even if he knew a lot about the assassination that he never revealed, he did not act alone nor was he a major plotter, which is what the book seems determined to prove.
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on August 18, 2013
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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