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Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel Paperback – August 22, 2013
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About the Author
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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author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must read if you want to understand more about Intelligence Dark Ops and their connection with the mafia and the Coups in Iran, Latin America and Vietnam.Published 2 months ago by Bri Goodye
Good book....shows how a lot of the CIA/Mafia behind the scenes stuff went down during that era and also in Dealey
Plaza on the day JFK was shot.....
Great book. I cannot know for certain he is telling the truth but he certainly makes a convincing argument within a great read.Published 19 months ago by krismic