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Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case Second Edition Edition

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In this book, DiEugenio, who has been investigating the Kennedy assassination for ten years, expands on the major points brought out in JFK , the Oliver Stone movie. Both Stone and DiEugenio agree with Jim Garrison's findings that the assassination was the result of a conspiracy, that members of the U.S. intelligence community were involved, that Kennedy was assassinated to allow U.S. foreign policy to be changed, and that the assassination amounted to a coup d'etat. While DiEugenio discusses Kennedy's rocky relationship with the CIA, he focuses on the Clay Shaw trial and the media's unfair depiction of Garrison as a crank. DiEugenio also points out that in 1975, both the Church Committee and the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded, as had Garrison, that Lee Harvey Oswald was linked with the CIA and Cuban exiles. The book is thoroughly documented with endnotes, appendixes, and a bibliography of over 200 items. While no new revelations are offered, DiEugenio's impeccable research and clearly written analysis makes this a good choice for most libraries. Photos not seen. Other recent books on the Kennedy assassination are Mark North's Act of Treason and Mark Lane's Plausible Denial , both LJ 11/1/91.--Ed.
- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


A worthy and logical response to . . . those who would destroy Jim Garrison’s immense contribution to the truth.

” (Oliver Stone)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Second Edition edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781620870563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620870563
  • ASIN: 1620870568
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Albert L. Rossi on January 13, 2013
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Rewritten to take into account archival research done subsequent to the release by the Assassination Records Review Board during the 1990s of more than four million pages of documents, «Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition» is one of the most important contributions to our understanding of the JFK assassination and its aftermath. In many ways, James DiEugenio has given us a companion volume to James Douglass's «JFK and the Unspeakable», because the two works share not only a conviction that the plot was engineered by high-level officials of the national security state, but also a strategic historical focus on United States foreign policy of the 1950s establishing how JFK's approach, not only in Cuba, but in Africa, Indonesia and Indochina, was indeed anathema to those with their hands on the levers of power.

The book is therefore more than just a history of the Garrison investigation; it is an attempt to contextualize it within this larger framework. It opens with four chapters dedicated to JFK's foreign policy "education", his resistance to received establishment wisdom and his clash with his military and intelligence advisers; it ends with three chapters on how more recent revelations confirm a close tie-in between the likely principal conspirators and the forces at work to undermine Garrison's case, and further vindicate the DA's instinctive understanding of key elements of the plot (such as Mexico City, or the nexus binding Shaw to the Rockefeller-Dulles circle of interest).
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I enjoyed this book for a few reasons: 1) it is a concise (although not comprehensive) summary of the known facts of the assassination/investigation, 2) it is adept at weaving the events and moods of the day into the historical tapestry, 3) it is the first book I've encountered to look at Jim Garrison the man and his motivations in an objective manner. I've followed most of the conspiracy theories and anti-conspiracy theories pretty closely, and find it rare to encounter a study like this one, that doesn't add confusion for every point it clarifies.
While there is a lot of additional material worthy of reading and research, this book is a good objective overview of the assassination in in's historical context, and of the only prosecution of anyone anywhere for the crime of the century.
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Jim DiEugenio's re-write of his early 90's work is essentially a new book under the same name. Incorporating the latest research not only on the JFK assassination and Jim Garrison but at least as importantly, on JFK's political break from the establishment. No where else will the reader find such a detailed look at why JFK was different than what came before him and after him and how this makes his murder important to the American political history ever since.

How many people do you know that have discussed JFK's African policies and how it was different than both Eisenhower and Johnson? Or how about what JFK was attempting to do with West Irian vs what Johnson did? And of course, (although its slightly more common today) how many people talk about the back channels of peace initiatives JFK had going with both Khrushchev and Castro. These are just some of the examples DiEugenio explores in this book that illustrates the complete difference between JFK and Eisenhower/Johnson, not to mention Vietnam.

Another great part about this book is the effort the author makes to snuff out much of the disinformation that is still portrayed as fact by mass media today regarding JFK. When one looks at the sources of all of these smear stories (including re the Bay of Pigs), one gets that now familiar feeling of uneasiness when thinking about the rabid forces opposed to almost everything JFK did.

And of course, this book details how Jim Garrison was closer to the behemoth than anyone realized in his time. Although Garrison made some errors, his case against Clay Shaw is a remarkable moment in history that needs to be understood through the lense this book provides. Any logic minded person needs to ask themselves, "Why would the CIA have a 'Garrison Group' complete with a four pronged approach to dismember Garrison's case that included illegal maneuverings if an unattached lone nut killed JFK?"

Read this important contribution to history.
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Jim DiEugenio is the foremost authority on all things Kennedy and the assassination and its bungled investigation. His work at CTKA maintains his historical observations on this subject. Not to mention being involved with the ARRB. Jim utilizes these declassified documents and subpenaed records to put together what we know today about this unfortunate killing. His work is all duly footnoted. Much of it from the ARRB records. We could not ask for a more qualified author to put his research about this maligned subject into book form. Jim has put it all out there for us to take in. Also, Jim has filled in much of the blurry details that many books would not do.

1)More detail about Banisters office and all the shady characters working there including Shaw's lawyers 2)Who are the Paine's? you will learn much more about these sad accomplices to this crime. and 3)TV Network journalist, who are supposed to be an important leg of democracy, outright fail their government and the people they stand for by there meddling with a murder investigation and much, much more. The fourth estate continues to fail us.

Many thought this was a representative democracy; learn why Allen Dulles, a spy, never elected by the citizens of this country for anything, foments wars, overthrows goverments and influences public opinion. Why, then, was this presumptuous little clown so deeply involved in driving government? Learn about Clay Shaw, E.Howard Hunt, David Atlee Phillips, Gorden Novel, James McCord and James Angleton; these mysterious jackals have done their part to permanently damage democracy. You decide that. Find out more by reading this fine book.

You will read accurate history of the Democratic Party's post war policy.
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