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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters Hardcover – April 30, 2008
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“Right now, I ask all of you—please please, read JFK and the Unspeakable! I cried all night reading it, and didn’t sleep a wink. It is a book that could make us stand up and change the world, right now. Maybe we can save the world before it blows up. Really” —Yoko Ono
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Many excellent books have proven that the assassination of JFK was the result of a conspiracy. Douglass verifies the certainty of the conspiracy and, as the subtitle of the book states, explains "Why He Died and Why It Matters." He scrutinizes the historical facts surrounding the assassination, from the creation of the CIA to the gradual obliteration of the freedoms upon which this nation was founded.
This book is primarily the story of John F. Kennedy who changes from a Cold Warrior to an altruistic leader willing to risk his life to ensure that the world's children will not become victims of a nuclear catastrophe. Equal time is spent on JFK's presidency as on the assassination but one of the many rewards of this book is the author's capacity to show the relationship between his policies and his death. And the book is a tragedy because it gradually becomes obvious that each step he makes toward peace steadily increases the hatred of his enemies who will eventually betray him.
It is also the story of the designated patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald.Read more ›
In more than 37 years spent as a researcher into the JFK assassination, and having read more than four dozen books, this is the first time I have ever written a review. The reasons mainly boil down to one: with each book I always found some manner of untied up loose string, or defect that rendered my judgment tentative. I simply didn't feel it worth the time, or energy to invest in writing something I didn't accept completely.
I confess I was also very skeptical of Douglass' book to start. I worried he'd go over the same well-trod ground as others, merely regurgitate many of the same issue with no new insights, while repeating most of the mistakes.
I am happy to report I was wrong on all counts. When I finished Douglass' book I had the sense (that I had received from few others) that this 46 year mystery and all the attendant, ambiguating "Operation Mockingbird" tricks, pseudo-evidence and propaganda that engulfed it,were finally finally unravelled. And not only unravelled, but the new story woven into a credible and coherent narrative. More importantly, using a key criterion (how much it dovetailed with the other most serious books I have read), I score it a '10'.
Here, I want to digress and say the best accompanying book one can have to read along with this book is Military Science Professor John Newman's: 'Oswald and CIA'. Important because while Douglass makes the coherent anecdotal case for Lee Harvey Oswald being an intelligence operative, Newman proves it using his insights, and vast troves of FOIA -released documents. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that one cannot fully appreciate Douglass' achievement here, without first reading Newman's book.
Okay, why have I never done a review of Newman's?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
History is the search for the facts, the elusive truth of what happened. Facts can be persistent buggers. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by robert dresdner
This book does not make sense. He gives a chronology of events which we all know about, then lumbers on with boring details while repeating the word "unspeakable", which... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Alice
Very good book. Well written. Makes me sad to think how things could have been different had he lived. Believable theory. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Chiefs fan in TX
I never had a pollyanna view of JFK's murder - never bought the lone-gunman theory. But I never expected that the evil was so pervasive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by andi
I've read a number of books that speculate how and why this tragedy occurred. Douglass's offering is the most balanced of the bunch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Lehrer
If you are going to read one book about the Kennedy assassination, this should be it.Published 1 month ago by chadwick h weaver
I first became attached and addicted to this subject after watching the televised showing of the Zapruder film in 1975. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joey Harper