- Use promo code PRIMEBOOKS18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books offered by Amazon.com. Enter code PRIMEBOOKS18 at checkout. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Deep Politics and the Death of JFK Paperback – June 22, 1996
See the Best Books of 2018 So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year so far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
"Staggeringly well-researched and intelligent overview not only of the JFK assassination but also of the rise of forces undermining American democracy. . . . A kind of Rosetta stone for cracking open the deepest darkness in American politics. Will test the most well-informed."--"Kirkus Reviews
From the Inside Flap
"I have used Peter Dale Scott's work the way I would a CIA archive: to name names, establish relationships, and generate hyphotheses. That we still have no CIA archives, establishes the worth of Scott's work."―Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago
"A masterful synthesis of decades of research into President Kennedy's assassination. Weaving together the malevolent common interests of organized crime, J. Edgar Hoover, the CIA, Military Intelligence, and various upperworld businesses that comprise the "deep politics" most likely responsible for the assassination, Scott's work is a major contribution to assassination research and, indeed, the social history of modern America. This work sets the standard for all future inquiries into the assassination."―Alan A. Block, Pennsylvania State University
"From probing the conspicuous deficiencies of the Warren Commission to exploring the skewed political priorities of the House Assassinations Committee, Peter Dale Scott offers a trenchant analysis of Government's failure to solve the murder of President Kennedy. I've long been an admirer of Scott's prodigious ability to synthesize and clarify the disparate components that have been injected into the investigation of the Kennedy assassination over the years. No one provides a broader and more revealing perspective. From what he calls 'the underlying continuities of deep politics' to the mutual interests of military, right-wing, intelligence agency and organized crime conspirators, Scott's selective revelations move the Kennedy assassination into the historical context all Americans must first grasp before they can truly understand the consequences that terrible event had―and still has―on their lives."―Gaeton Fonzi, Former Investigator, U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is a very important subject in relation to the JFK case. I think many people feel the public has never been told the real truth about the JFK assassination but many are not clear about who was really responsible for this murder.
Researchers have had over 50 years to unravel this greatest of American mysteries and I think a lot of progress has been made. Speaking in simple terms the forces that conspired to assassinate President Kennedy were composed of a bunch of greedy, lying murderers. The main point of this book is to show how diverse the groups involved in the conspiracy really were and that the activities of these groups were international in scope.
For whatever reasons the Kennedy brothers became engaged in a crusade against dark forces which had probably always existed in America but which mutated into something truly diabolical after World War II. These were all individuals who had much to gain if JFK's presidency was ended and in some cases much to lose if JFK was not killed. They were looking at 4 more years with John Kennedy as president probably followed by 8 years of his brother.
The true masterminds of the assassination could only have resided in groups like the CIA and military intelligence as far as having the expertise to do something like that. Then there were people like Lyndon Johnson whose role was to stop all serious investigations after the assassination which he accomplished by setting up the Warren Commission whitewash.
The lower level groups such as the Italian mafia and the anti Castro nuts probably provided a buffer to insulate the real masterminds of the assassination in case things went wrong and the cover up could not be maintained. And since the mafia doesn't do things for free we can only imagine what this criminal empire received as payment for becoming involved with this monumental crime.
To me another main point of this book is that level of absolute corruption within the power structures of the United States did not happen overnight. These nefarious relationships between all of the different groups had been entrenched for many years going back at least to World War II.
Another interesting point for me is the idea that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover blackmailed JFK to accept Lyndon Johnson as his running mate. Hoover must have had enough movies of JFK in bed with women that he could have produced a full length film.
Peter Scott doesn't totally buy into that idea but he does concede that Anthony Summers heard this from President Kennedy's personal secretary, the ironically named Evelyn Lincoln. Lincoln said she was present or at least within listening distance when the Kennedy brothers realized they were going to have to accept Johnson due to J. Edgar Hoover's blackmail.
I would not doubt that the theory about Hoover's blackmail to force them to put Johnson on the ticket is true. And if it is true John Kennedy's womanizing ultimately cost him his life.
Because I don't think John Kennedy gets killed unless Johnson or someone like him was the Vice President. They could not afford the risks of doing something like that unless they knew they would have the new president in their pocket. And there were very few as corrupt as Lyndon Johnson.
Lyndon Johnson had a lot to lose if John Kennedy was not killed. Bobby 'Lyndon, Jr.' Baker was already being investigated for many greedy schemes that were going to lead directly to Johnson. If JFK had lived Johnson was going to be sitting right next to his old friend Bobby Baker in the penitentiary.
In that sense perhaps Roger Stone is correct and Lyndon Johnson really was 'the man who killed Kennedy'.
This book contains a lot of interesting details but I wouldn't say all of that information is woven into a coherent narrative perfectly. The book seems to start digressing sometimes where he gets into subjects like international drug trafficking. It's definitely worth reading but I would not recommend it for someone who is just starting out reading about the JFK case.
The first 3 books listed below provide a good overview of the JFK assassination conspiracy theories for new researchers.
Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
A Deeper, Darker Truth
On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot, Participant in Anti-Castro Bioweapon Plot, Friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and Key to the JFK Assassination
JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ
The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination
What I didn't like about this book is I always felt when I was reading that I was in a maze wondering where the path was going to lead me, but only to find myself hitting a wall and then looking back and being unable to see where I had been. The author lays out great information, but for me it was frustrating to try and combine all the facts into a coherent understanding of information I knew prior and the new information noted by the author. My advice to prospective readers...Grab a notebook, sharpen your pencil, put on your seat belt, and hold on tight!
reveals many fascinating aspects of the JFK assassination, he does not get at the source or the motives of the crime. As a result,
I would suggest one of his later works.
Most recent customer reviews
The book is definitely geared to the advanced historian and not the...Read more