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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters Hardcover – April 30, 2008
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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.
“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
“A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world.”—JAMES BRADLEY, author of Flags of Our Fathers
“Arguably the most important book yet written about a U.S. president … Should be required reading for all high school and college students, and anyone who is a registered voter!”—JOHN PERKINS, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman
“The best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance … But don’t take my word for it. Read this extraordinary book and reach your own conclusions.” —OLIVER STONE, director
"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
“Once in a great while a book comes along that both records history and makes it. … An exciting work with the drama of a first-rate thriller.” —MARK LANE, author of Rush to Judgment
“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)
"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.) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This is an extremely well researched and documented account of the short presidency of JFK, his humanity and the extraordinary turn he did towards peace that most likely cost him his life. The opening of the archives and the very late discovery of witnesses and confessions of people who feared for their lives for decades after the facts allowed the reconstruction of an excruciatingly detailed narrative of these not-even-three years and the events on Dalley plaza on November 22nd, 1963.
First thing that struck me is that more than a fifth of the book is devoted to references and notes, which points to the heavy research that went into the writing of this magnus opus.
Second thing that struck me is how Douglass detailed JFK as a human being with his foibles and weaknesses and how they explain his evolution: his rapprochement with Khruchtchev (the archives opened as well on that side) and Castro after the crisis involving Cuba (first the bay of pigs, then the missiles) and how the specter of annihilation of the human race and especially the children changed his perception of the world.
One expected aspect of the story is how he got trapped by the CIA and the cold warriors who attempted to manipulate him into aggression not once (bay of pigs), not twice (Vietnam) but at least three times (missile crisis) and how they attempted each time to corner him into action, knowing full well that once the ball was rolling, they could as well just nuke the Russians as it would end up there anyway. The picture I take from this is that of a JFK more frightened of his own apparatus than he was of his designated foe, for he knew the foe knew there was no coming back once the button is pressed.
How interesting that the cold warriors saw a window of opportunity for a successful first strike on the USSR closing end of 1963!
All in all a great account, historically, humanely, politically and even sociologically.
I have read it last month and I am back at it already, a chapter here, a chapter there.
A well deserved five stars.
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