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Chauncey Holt came forward claiming to be one of the “three tramps” photographed in Dealey Plaza shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. At various times in his life, he claimed to be a CIA operative, an accountant for Meyer Lansky, and ostensibly provided false ID documents to Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day (August 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937584372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937584375
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came across this book on complete accident; but i am not disappointed in the least. A very interesting story of a man, Chauncey Holt, who was a true renaissance man who worked for mob figures, the CIA and its precursor (read the book), I have read several books on the assassination and did my best to read a few reviews here. Come to your own conclusions; i have made my own. Even if he wasn't one of the so called tramps of dealey plaza; it shows you how deep the murder and cover up truely go. It is dificult to disseminate so much info on a tragic event like this in our countries history. I also recommend Dr Jerome Corsi's book "Who Really killed Kennedy" for its more broad coverage of the assassination. Whether this is true or not, i believe this book is very plausible, there is a lot of pictures and documentary evidence presented. Whether the mysterious three tramps have been identified or not; i feel i have a better understanding of many of the cover stories presented on this topic. One thing to point out...in the 50th anniversary of the "big event", how come there is no cover from mainstream media or disinfo coming out on this book? It must be hard to discount the truth.
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One does not have to agree with everything espoused in this excellent book to see the value inherent in its pages. Chauncey Holt was quite an enigma, to say the least. For the completest, this is quite a worthwhile book to own. Recommended (a great read!)

Vince Palamara
author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
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What lies in front of you is the life story of Chauncey Marvin Holt. This autobiography is in my opinion by far the most revealing, eye opening book ever on the JFK assassination and more covert operations of the "secret government" of America. This promise may sound pompous, but I am pretty sure the reader will agree with me, well before turning the last page.
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Chauncey Holt is a fascinating person, and we are indeed fortunate that he was able and willing to recount parts of his life before he passed away.

Having said that, parts of this book were very difficult for me to read. I think the problems could have been cleaned up with some better editing. I realize that the book was published posthumously and perhaps nobody wanted to tamper with Mr. Holt's choice of words for fear of distorting his meaning.

I understood very little of the chapters describing Mr. Holt's time at Terminal Island. He doesn't go into enough detail to where I could follow exactly what was happening. I realize that he doesn't like to be too specific regarding his various criminal enterprises, but I do think that some editing could have clarified matters considerably. Between Mr. Holt's vagueness and the numerous typographical errors, I did find this book a bit difficult to follow.
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This book is a slammer. Wim Dankbaar has compiled a phenomenal account of the life of Chauncy Holt. Having been raised in an area rich with the workings of organized crime has led me to appreciate the amount of detail Chauncy exposes about his business transactions. This is the life story of a talented aerialist,artist,father,pilot,accountant,financial analyst,Proprietor,forger,swindler,contract agent,killer,and direct underling of Meyer Lansky.
This book has so many facets linking the CIA, the mob,hollywood entertainers,Latin American operations,business fronts,big time players. I confess I've never read anything like it.
This one is a two timer for sure. You just can't comprehend it all in one reading.
EXCEPTIONAL there is no other word for it.
Buy it, Read it, Give it time to sink in.There's a great deal of information to digest.
I've already said enough. After writing this review in going into hiding. I feel like the man who knows too much.
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I believe the story and information told presents a more clear picture of a large conspiracy to kill Kennedy and change the leadership of our country. Its definetly a worthwhile read.
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I really enjoyed parts of this book. Other parts were a little repetitive...this crooked deal, that crooked deal; but the good outweighed the less interesting. People interested in the Kennedy assassination should read this book.
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I got my daughter to buy me this book..so not sure if I qualify to review it.
Most people who think something is rather unsettling about the Warren Commission findings about the assassination of JFK find it hard to decide if it was not Oswald alone,then what did happen in Dealey Plaza that day?
This book gives an account of a possible explanation that Earl Warren did not bother to consider, a conspiracy involving the mafia and the CIA.
Its not just about that terrible event though...we get a mans life unrolled before our eyes of a life that frankly is taboo to most "normal" people. Murder,blackmail,fraud and all manner of violence seem to roll out. page after page of it. All this is done with a light touch and a good sense of black humor.
Is it all true? Well I dont know and I suspect noone will ever be able to confirm the most important historical information about the assassination as they are all dead...as far as I am aware. If you want a rollicking ,good read about the dark side of life then this is for you.
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