- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; First Touchstone Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439193886
- ISBN-13: 978-1439193884
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 764 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters Paperback – October 19, 2010
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"Jim Douglass has unraveled the story of President Kennedy’s astonishing and little-known turn toward peace, and the reasons why members of his own government felt he must be eliminated. This disturbing, enlightening, and ultimately inspiring book should be read by all Americans. It has the power to change our lives and to set us free."—MARTIN SHEEN
“JFK and the Unspeakable is an exceptional achievement. Douglass has made the strongest case so far in the JFK assassination literature as to the Who and the Why of Dallas.”—GERALD McNIGHT, author of Beach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why
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"In JFK and the Unspeakable Jim Douglass has distilled all the best available research into a very well-documented and convincing portrait of President Kennedy's transforming turn to peace, at the cost of his life. Personally, it has made a very big impact on me. After reading it in Dallas, I was moved for the first time to visit Dealey Plaza. I urge all Americans to read this book and come to their own conclusions about why he died and why -- after fifty years -- it still matters.” (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.)
About the Author
James W. Douglass, a scholar and peace activist, is the author of many books, including JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, widely acclaimed as one of the most important books ever written on the subject. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
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JFK and the Unspeakable is well-researched, well-documented, well-written, and very persuasive. Its central thesis: facing the horror of nuclear war, Pres. John F. Kennedy had turned from global war to peace, which put him at odds with the cold-warriors of the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the military-industrial complex, so the CIA, viewing him as a traitor, coordinated and carried out his murder, and other parts of the Government, including LBJ, J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, the military, and the Warren Commission, helped cover up and suppress the ugly truth. Interestingly, even if the author, James W. Douglass, is viewed as overstating JFK's turn from cold-warrior to peace seeker that is of little consequence to his argument that the CIA thought him less a cold-warrior than a traitor who coddled communists and threatened national security, and therefore assassinated him on November 22, 1963.
The book's descriptions of the Kennedy/Khrushchev/ Pope John XXIII interaction in the interest of peace stand out, but the author's reliance on a May 1, 1962 twenty minute meeting between a group of Quakers and JFK is overblown, with even the author conceding he has "no evidence" JFK "ever even referred again" to that meeting (p. 326 in 50th Anniversary Ed.). The book leaves you contemplating how the Viet Nam War and the Cold War could have been resolved more quickly had JFK lived and, implicitly, how America would be different from what it is today.
JFK and the Unspeakable can't but help improve one's view of and estimation of JFK and rue both the ever-increasing and secret power of the national security state and the constant war-footing this country now is on. The Kennedy assassination was a horrible event in American history, even more horrific than most people suspect.