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JFK and the Unspeakable Publisher: Orbis Books Hardcover – 2008
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This is the book to get. The author puts down the facts, and you are left with no other conclusion. Scary stuff!! (BTW the Author is a priest, with no money to gain or political axe to grind). Compelling.
The adage which declares 'the truth shall set you free' might often have a case but the truth revealed in JFK and the Unspeakable is so depressingly damning that it left me feeling oppressed. The lifting of the veil and the exposing of official accounts of seminal historic events(e.g. The Warren Report, 9/11 Commission, etc)as whitewashes/outright lies is discomfiting to say the least. The faux world of unalienable rights, constitutional/democratic integrities and judicial independence is revealed as an illusory construct, a fabrication...a Matrix. The real world, the Truth, is an altogether different place...a blackened landscape of lies, deception, conspiracy,covert operation and murder.
It is on such inhospitable terrain that readers of James Douglass' momentous historical biography of JFK's White House years will tread as its revelations relentlessly strip away layer after layer of 'the veil'. What is revealed is mind jolting. The 'Why' of Dallas, November 1963 is revealed in articulate and (ironically) non-sensationalistic fashion. It's findings are TOTALLY credulous which makes it so disconcerting. Shrinking violet idealists should NOT read this book!.
In short, the narrative describes JFK's stepping back from the Cuban missile inspired nuclear abyss to initiating an on going rapprochement with a Cold War enemy. Such policy of detente put him at mortal odds with the 'hidden' government of the USA, elements of which wanted to WIN the Cold War as opposed to simply coexist. These hidden government entities (the usual suspects!) are multi-various but singularly bellicose in pursuit of their 'peace is not profitable' ethos (an ethos disguised in the "Better Dead Than Red" aphorism).
But this story goes WAY deeper than just that. It wonderfully describes the Zeitgeist of its time and gives us glimpse to the near future; of the impending mid-late 60's counter culture movement/revolutions stemming from that early 60's (and Eisenhower era) Zeitgeist. Quite simply, this is THE finest book (of its genre)I have ever read. It took me over two weeks to complete simply because literally on every page was a revelation that made you stop, go back and re-read; paragraph after paragraph of breath-taking information. Truly, fact is stranger (and herein darker) than fiction.
Paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln, Kennedy once said : I know there is a God -- I see the storm coming and I see his hand in it -- if he has a place then I am ready -- we see the hand.
Read the book...be ready...see the hand.