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LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination Hardcover – November 22, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


. . . a well written book, easy to read, and exhaustive in its summations of the scores of other writers on this profoundly disturbing time in history. I strongly recommend this book. 
--Noel Twyman, author of Bloody Treason (This review refers to the first edition of the book)

I am very impressed with this fine book. . . Mr. Nelson is to be commended on some fine writing, research, and arguments. . . Buy this asap!
 --Vince Palamara, author of Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect the President (This review refers to the first edition of the book)

"Nelson reviews a massive amount of secondary sources to support his own hypothesis that the mastermind behind the assassination was then-VP Lyndon Johnson."  Publishers Weekly Review

Nelson's boundless enthusiasm, not to mention his (mostly) consistent theory of how it all was arranged and then covered up, should sell the book . . . .the book is a fascinating read, full of some very clever creative thinking  -- Booklist Review

“A masterpiece . . . beautifully written.” (Jim Fetzer, "The Real Deal")

From the Author

A new softcover edition is being prepared for publication in July, 2013, which will mark the 50 year anniversary of JFK's assassination.  And another book, a "sequel" of sorts, will be ready for publication in the latter part of the year; tentatively titled "LBJ: From Mastermind to "The Colossus" - The Lies, Treachery and Treasons Continue. The new book will validate and vindicate with new evidence many of the assertions made in LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination.   Furthermore, it will reveal even more of his treasonous actions as President.

Together, the two books tear off the veneer of LBJ as the great, magnanimous leader, the "Colossus" according to Bill Moyers, in his review of Mark Updegrove's paean to him, written to continue the construct that has been built by many other authors during the last half century.  The new book will expose how Johnson planted lies that he knew would grow into "truths" through future books like these, even though these "truths" were conceived within his delusional mind.  Those lies grew larger and larger during his presidency, finally forcing him to walk away from the very office that had been his life-long quest, his "destiny," to which he had been propelled by cross-fire in Dallas that he planned and facilitated.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 658 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 2nd Revised edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616083778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616083779
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James H. Fetzer on October 5, 2010
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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. I had more than 100 conversations with Madeleine Duncan Brown, one of his many mistresses but the only one who bore him a son. She, too, became convinced that Lyndon was profoundly involved in the death of his predecessor. On New Year's Eve, six weeks after the assassination, they had a rendezvous at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, where she confronted him with rumors, rampant in Dallas at the time, that he had been involved, since no one stood more to gain. He blew up at her and told her that the CIA and the oil boys had decided that JFK had to be taken out. She wrote about it in her book, TEXAS IN THE MORNING. Her account has been reinforced by Billy Sol Estes, the Texas wheeler-dealer who made mountains of money for Lyndon, Connally, and their buddies, who explains in his book, A TEXAS LEGEND, how he became convinced that Cliff Carter, LBJ's chief administrative assistant, and Malcolm "Mac" Wallace, his personal assassin (by whom Lyndon had a dozen or more persons terminated, including one of his sisters), had been personally involved. E. Howard Hunt, in his "Last Confessions" in ROLLING STONE, explained to his son, St. John, that LBJ, Cord Meyer, William Harvey, David Sanchez Morales, and others in the CIA had been involved in the assassination. For an overview, enter "John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, Legacy", and download Chapter 30. Or visit [...], "Reclaiming History: A Closed Mind Perpetrating a Fraud on the Public", and you will understand the context within which it took place. For a short course, try "Reasoning about Assassinantions" via google. I also recommend James Douglass, JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE. Both make profound contributions to the case.
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Format: Hardcover
I am truly impressed with Phillip Nelson's outstanding book "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination", now in an EXPANDED and UPDATED format on the very same publishing house as major best-selling authors Mark Lane and Jesse Ventura! While there are quite a few "honorable mentions", I feel strongly, based on reading hundreds of books and decades of research, that Nelson's book, along with Mark Lane's "Last Word", Doug Horne's "Inside The ARRB" 5-volume works, Jim Douglass "JFK & The Unspeakable", and Barry Ernest's "The Girl On The Stairs", is among THE very best books written on the JFK murder to date. Nelson finishes the work started by such authors as Craig Zirbel and Barr McClellan, yet greatly expands and improves on what came before. Nelson, Lane, Horne, Douglass, and Ernest: their works are absolutely essential to all students and scholars on the case.
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Before you conclude from the title there is no way LBJ could have masterminded the JFK assassination, read the facts in this book. This account brings all the last pieces together of what connected the CIA, FBI, Mob and Oswald and what could have pushed all these elements and players over the line into the horrible, an assault on the entire nation. They did not just happen to all act alone at the same time. I've read a good many of the books investigating the facts of the case and the cover up.

What remains a concern for me is how to get the government to release all the remaining FBI and CIA documents that were to be released 20 years ago, as this author points out. As one who can remember the assassination, I believe that the nation and the effects this catastrophic event had on it needs the healing of the truth of what happened.

This new edition of the author's work eliminates the redundancies and streamline the narrative of the first edition. The total number of pages has been reduced by 10%, even with a considerable amount of new material added to support the many assertions of Lyndon Johnson's complicity in a number of criminal acts leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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This is a profoundly important book. And an overdue book -- for reasons the author delineates in his work. In the US, it's called "American exceptionalism," propoganda, disinformation and societal wide denial. (Interestingly, it is said that after the assassination many Europeans looked at LBJ as being the perpetrator since they did not wear the historical and ideological blinders of most in the US.)
I read "A Texan Looks at Lyndon" when it came out in 1964 (I was 14 and interested in politics and philosophy). I read "Best Evidence" when it first came out 30 years ago and dozens of books and 100's of research papers on the assassination. I have long known that LBJ was deeply involved (as clearly indicated by his behavior before, during and after the event) - despite hardly any significant researchers willing to even go that far. James Douglass' "JFK and the Unspeakable" is a ground breaking book in its synthesis of all the "national security state" strands that went into the assassination.
However, I was stunned by the depth of Nelson's research and especially by the breadth of his integration of all the evidence together into a completely logical and inescapable conclusion. As Vincent Salandria, Mae Brussell, Dave Emory, John Judge, David Lifton, Jim Marrs, Oliver Stone (JFK), Noel Twyman and James Douglass (and others) moved the case forward with their discoveries, research and radical conclusions, so "LBJ, The Mastermind" takes us over the final hurdle to essentially reach the truth and the overall picture. Is it the final word? Of course not -- more information, details, etc. will continue to emerge over time with the work of courageous private researchers.
But we now have an accurate overview for the first time of the who, what and why of this monstrous crime.
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