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Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, The Mafia, and The CIA Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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Praise for Legacy of Secrecy:

“Explosive new material, based mainly on government documents from the National Archives.” —Vanity Fair

“Waldron and Hartmann offer convincing evidence . . . A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets, this account proves the continuing relevancy and importance of seeking the truth behind one of the US’s most personal tragedies.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I believe Waldron's heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963 . . . Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.” —Liz Smith, New York Post

“They’ve done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory.” —Ron Rosenbaum

“Staggering!” —Mark Crispin Miller

“Exhaustively researched” —The New York Observer

“[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over 800 pages of intricately documented data. Their findings add pieces to one of our most perplexing puzzles, and suggest where the key missing pieces may be found.” —Ronald Goldfarb, The Daily Beast

About the Author

Lamar Waldron's historical research and nonfiction books have won praise from Publishers Weekly, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and major publications in Europe. His groundbreaking research has been the subject of two prime-time specials on the Discovery Channel, produced by NBC News. He Has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, and television specials in England, Germany, Japan, and Australia. Called "the ultimate JFK historian" by Variety, Waldron's previous book is being produced as a major motion picture for Warner Brothers by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582438137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582438139
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lamar Waldron has won fame as an incredible researcher of the JFK assassination. In his book "Watergate: The Hidden History:
Nixon, The Mafia and the CIA" he does his peerless spadework to extract new material on the political crimes of the 1960s. Waldron begins with Nixon's early career when he early on became associated with the mob to help him achieve victory in California congressional and senate races. Among the revelations in this book:
a. Richard Nixon's closest friend was Bebe Rebozo who laundered money for Nixon and helped him make several crooked deals in California and Florida real estate.
b. Nixon wanted the Cuba Dossier file stolen from the Watergate because it revealed that he had been deeply involved in the CIA-Mafia plan to launch the Bay of Pigs and assassinate Fidel Castro. The Cuba Dossier also revealed Nixon's involvement in the assassination of Allende in Chili. By showing Nixon's involvement with mob figures he believed that if such information was revealed it would lead to his defeat in the 1872 presidential race against Democrat George McGovern. Hence the Watergate burglar caper.
c.. Nixon also wanted to pilfer the Cuba Dossier because it revealed he had received huge bribes from Jimmy Hoffa the Teamster President to keep him out of prison.
d. CIA chief Richard Helms also wanted to keep his involvement against Castro kept secret. Helms close associate E. Howard Hunt and rogue and former CIA agents were behind the Watergate burglaries which began with the raid on Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg's physician.
e. Waldron spends half the book discussing how mob kingpins Carlo Marcello, and other major mobsters plotted to assassinate JFK putting the blame on Castro and the Cubans.
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This is a really amazing book. It puts Nixon in a whole new light, from the start of his political career in 1946 to Watergate, and even beyond. It shows the corrupting influence of too much money and too much power better than any fictional story. I thought I knew about Watergate, but the extensive documentation in this book (2,000 endnotes! Amazing declassified files reproduced in full!) showed me how different the actual reality was. I couldn't put it down. Though it's a big book, the excellent photo section and Chapter 1 gave me the basic story right off the bat, and left me dying to read the rest. Amazing new information about JFK, the CIA, E. Howard Hunt, and so much more. Highly recommended.
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Lamar Waldron does for Watergate, with this book, that he did for the JFK assassination with his two books on that case: He meticulously and convincingly puts all of the pieces of the puzzle together and ties up all of the loose ends, that most other authors on these subjects (except for Noel Twyman who wrote "Bloody Treason" and maybe a select handful of others) have not come even close to achieving.

Some reviewers knock Waldron for the length of his books. As a JFK assassination researcher myself, I say THANKS for the long books. Don't we WANT all of the available info possible? A book that gives us our money's worth, unlike the "The CIA killed Kennedy, because of the Bay of Pigs. The End" wastes of time? Unlike the "Some Secret Team....no idea who they were......killed Kennedy...they rule the world." Wastes of time?

The job of a JFK assassination author, and a Watergate author, is to NAME the principals involved, and coherently weave together the various threads, based on the documented evidence (not evidence based on speculation) into an easy to understand, informative narrative. Nobody is better at that than Lamar Waldron.

You may see some reviewers knock Waldron because he has the guts to go where the evidence takes him, instead of cowardly losing himself in a crowd of believers of an as of yet unproven theory.

The Mafia DID play a prime part in the JFK assassination. Any honest investigator worth his weight in gold knows this and will report it. In fact nobody on Earth had more connections to the JFK assassination than Louisiana Mafia boss, Carlos Marcello. FIVE of Marcello's associates were arrested within days of the assassination: The patsy, Lee Oswald, who worked as a "runner" for Marcello's gambling network.
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A few years ago I had read "Ultimate Sacrifice" and it was a very tough/long read. I did not feel comfortable with the author's claims then about a planned Cuban coup in December of 1963. Even with a bad book one can learn things, and since "Ultimate Sacrifice" was one of the first books I had really gotten into concerning the assassination I saw it as a good introduction (although painful to get through) to the host of personalities involved in certain aspects of the assassination.

Now to "Watergate", I stopped reading it at about page 270, I just couldn't take it anymore. The first 100 plus pages I found very interesting and a "hard book to put down" read as for instance I had no idea of the depths of Nixon's mob ties. Then gradually I felt as if I were reading "Ultimate Sacrifice" all over again. If in reading "Watergate" I came upon one more reference to Juan Almeida and the planned coup in Cuba I thought I was going to scream. This time I really did feel as though the author had thrust upon the reader an intolerable level of verbosity and self aggrandizement, for instance on page 260 guiding the reader to his 2 previous books as regards documentation for Chicago payoffs to Jack Ruby. And when I find a major mistake in a book of purported serious investigation I have a hard time trusting other facts an author may be putting forth, case in point: on page 261 the author makes reference to JFK's plan for the "withdraw of 116,000 US advisors" out of Vietnam by the close of 1963. Now that is a major discrepancy in a serious work of this type. Even casual students of the JFK era know that there were about 16,000 US "advisors" in Vietnam in 1963 and that JFK planned to withdrawal about 1000 at the end of the year. Now, that may just be a typo, poor editing...
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