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The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK 1st Edition
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author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
On the good side, it does go into the dealings with Ruby and his lawyer quite a bit, so I can't say I didn't learn anything (though I would take a lot of this book with a HUGE grain of salt).
On the bad side, SO WHAT, the book's premise is that is was Kennedy's fathers fault that Jack got killed because he made Jack appoint Robert as Attorney General.
Now exactly what does that have to do with Oswald shooting Kennedy is not even touched on, nor is anywhere near a convincing case is made to support that particular theory.
The book, instead of being a book, should have been like a paragraph, lots of padding in here (it's coming, the reason is coming, just hang on...).
The whole book is based on one issue, Ruby's lawyer was controlled by the mob to control Ruby (now again, why would that keep Ruby from talking I haven't a clue, It was pretty obvious he was going to be found guilty).
I have never read anything that would make someone think that Ruby had planned Oswald's murder beforehand, though that said, it would not surprise me if the Dallas police did cover some of the information on how he got down there (obviously he was down there). When people get emotional (and Ruby was not the most stable guy around to begin with), they can sometimes act before they can stop themselves, and I remember hearing one of the bouncers talk about Ruby, saying that he could go off in a second, that he would be nice one minute, and then punch someone in the nose the next,if something set him off.
I wasn't impressed with the book, way to many "ifs" to be believable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book is in great shape, hence the five stars. As for the contents, it's basically not worth readingPublished 14 months ago by Antonio Calabria
Mark Shaw does a great job on the often - neglected Italian - American crime aspect of the Kennedy family and the people who removed them from power. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Margaret Grace Beers
Interesting facts about Jack Ruby and Melvin Belli. Even if you don't believe in a JFK assassination conspiracy, the book extends the facts of the case. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary H
This is an excellent portrayal of the complicated situations surrounding the Kennedy demise and is very believable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Randy Baker
Mark's detailed background of why the mob was involved makes a lot of sense. Past investigations, books and articles have always fallen short in answering the question why Lee... Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Devil at My Doorstep
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Most factual coverage of Kennedy Assassination, ever.
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This book says virtually nothing about Joseph Kennedy other than to reiterate an allegation that Mr. Kennedy was a bootlegger during some past time. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Tom Paine