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LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination Paperback – July 23, 2010
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James Fetzer* on LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination: "LBJ-The Mastermind is a "Masterpiece. . . beautifully written. . . Brilliant and pivotal, bringing coherence to our understanding . . . From first chapter to last, this is a beautifully written, intellectually captivating, and ultimately persuasive account of the role of LBJ in the assassination of JFK."
*James H. Fetzer, Ph.D., author/editor of three major works on the JFK assassination: Assassination Science (1997), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000), and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003).
Publisher's Weekly (12/05/2011)
Nelson reviews a massive amount of secondary sources to support his own hypothesis that the mastermind behind the assassination was then-VP Lyndon Johnson. LBJ's position as Kennedy's successor and "narcissistic/sociopathic personality," combined with his fear of a Kennedy plan to remove him from the upcoming 1964 ticket, form the basis of Nelson's conjecture. He dismisses the Warren Commission review of the evidence as a cover-up, stating that "it has become more and more apparent that much of the evidence originally put forward ... was invented or modified."
Booklist Review - David Pitt
"Keen-eyed readers will notice that the author's argument ultimately rests on a simple assertion: LBJ was the only person who could possibly arrange JFK's assassination, so therefore. axiomatically. he did it. If you buy that, the rest of the author's arguments flow (mostly) logically; if you don't, well, the book is still a fascinating read, full of some very clever creative thinking. Nelson definitely hasn't proven LBJ's guilt, but he's built an intriguing and thought-provoking case."
"Exhaustive in its summations of the scores of other writers on this profoundly disturbing time in history."--Noel Twyman, author of Bloody Treason
"A fascinating read."--Booklist
A masterpiece . . . beautifully written. --Jim Fetzer, "The Real Deal" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Author
I remember reading the Life magazine articles on the weekend of the assassination, about Lyndon Johnson's connections with Bobby Baker, and the latter's extensive involvement with a number of shady characters. And I began wondering about just who this guy was. The more I read, the more I came to distrust this fellow who liked to portray himself as a glad-handing, back-slapping, "regular guy." And I came to find out he was anything but those caricatures.
As a result of the failure of the "Fourth Estate" to perform their constitutional function, Lyndon Johnson is now ranked generally #9-12 in the various rankings of "greatest presidents" by academics and historians. There are a number of contemporary books by his biographers and "historians" (a misnomer, as it applies to those who have avoided the truth about Johnson) who laud him for his wonderful efforts in the area of Civil Rights, but many of them ignore the facts that:
- Johnson was in fact very racist in his views of black Americans and latinos;
- The 1964 Civil Rights Act is the same legislation that Johnson had suppressed while he was vice president and chairman of the EEO Committee under JFK.
- The act was passed on the back of JFK and Johnson had kept it stalled until he became president, then immediately pushed Congress to adopt it.
These, and many other truths about Lyndon Johnson are revealed in my book, "LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination."
We identify numerous cases where the "benefit of the doubt" was given to Lyndon Johnson throughout his life. We start by looking back into Johnson's past, from the time he was a boy in Texas. We follow the development of his character traits throughout his school days, through college and as a young congressional apprentice in Washington.
The essential themes of the book relate to how Johnson's mental issues and criminal associations drove him to commit more brazen criminal acts, including, according to specific named sources, the ordering of multiple murders of people who "got in his way." Ultimately, the ever increasing stakes and his increasingly heinous criminal acts steeled his resolve to enlist the help of other key military and intelligence men to effect Johnson's "Executive Action" plan to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
There are many loose strings which connect all of this together and reveal the existence of a widely based conspiracy, with connections to the military and CIA networks, even though nothing was ever written by the plotters to allow direct tracing to their organizations. But there are many other traces which have become known over time:
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Then Johnson was just a heartbeat away from being the great man he always wanted to be. He knew RFK was closing in on him, with the Billie Sol Estes scandals and the Bobby Baker scandals breaking out. He knew he was finished unless he killed JFK.
So this book is depressing the hell out of me. Nothing then and nothing now can be done about any of these awful evil acts committed by a small band of haters. Johnson was a murderer then, as was the entire military industrial right-wing cabal (Curtis LeMay, H.L. Hunt, etc) in throwing us into Vietnam, where 55,000 of our children were murdered and countless others were psychologically damaged. And he's an unprosecuted murderer today, as is J. Edgar Hoover, H.L. Hunt, et al. To read and to know is better than not to know, so that is why I labored on through these dense, dismal pages of horror. Yet, when I attempt to talk to friends and family about what is clearly revealed by the author, they look at me like I have two heads and refuse to hear it. Impossible. A coup in the U.S.? Madness. Indeed, it is so.
I'm not convinced LBJ wrote a blueprint but am I convinced - I should say - further convinced, that he and shall we say, "benign conspirator" Hoover, let it happen ...in the "right place" at the "right time". Then, jumped all over the early investigation: it appears that within 12 hours,. the real hard evidence, found in the limo and of course, horrifyingly, on the body of JFK, was wiped clean. You decide if all that was for the security of the USA.
If you are like me, and did not know about the "real' bullet hole through the windshield, for this reviewer, impossible to happen from a 6th floor perch, then , as they say in cliché-land, fasten your seat belts.
Pages 334 to 344 contain some of the most pupil-dilating stuff I have ever read about 11-22-63. Don't want to give it away: chapter on "Conspirators". An expanded version of that chapter alone and we got a fantastic book!
There's a lot more here than 11-22-63..but if you believe that this guy from Texas, who basically started a huge war (essentially with 48 hours of the assassination) that his predecessor was determined not to start, was also capable of "killing" a domestic civilian, the buy this book and read it 6 times. I'm so startled by parts of the 11-22 analysis, that I can't seem to go back to page one and do it right.
Let us not forget Johnson's stubborn attitude to send thousands of young men to die in Viet Nam and to slaughter many more Vietnamese and Cambodians. This he did to satisfy his ego and to see that there were cronies who realized very large sums of money.
Was he capable of engineering the murder: certainly; would he have taken advantage of a plan made by others: most certainly.
Then I stumbled upon a book, "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination" Yeah, that's a staggering accusation! The author pulls from thousands of sources and hundreds of researchers and authors to make his very convincing case against "Bull" Johnson.
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