I am coming very late to this information. As a Canadian who knew when JFK died, I did not really follow the intrigue over the next many years. This is an amazing history of conspiracy, intrigue, and deception....not the finest example of the USA leadership ...on the part of the CIA. I really appreciated learning about JFK's turn to peace with Russia and Cuba. If he had not been assassinated (by CIA plot) the world would be a different place As a Canadian, I am a strong supporter of my American friends and neighbours ....but it is time to be realistic and take ownership of the issues. The most recent is the incredibly stupid but powerful NRA lobby - get a grip Americans.
the story itself
Conspiracy in America
A great read
I had high hopes for this book as an up-to-date aggregation of JFK assassination research to replace Jim Marrs' excellent (but dated) "Crossfire." Douglass' book is a huge disappointment, having more to do with the canonization of JFK as a Roman Catholic martyr than with the conspiracy itself.
Like Joe Friday, all I want are the facts. Douglass performs the specious task of imputing religious motivations to JFK's foreign policy, drawing parallels between that policy and the writings of Thomas Merton. Merton had about as much influence on JFK's foreign policy as Donald Duck.
I agree with the author that JFK was killed by the "military-industrial complex." The military-industrial complex is a Very Bad Thing that controls our government to this day ("Don't drone me, bro!"). However, the characterization of JFK as a saint strikes me as naive. To quote James Ellroy: "Jack Kennedy was the mythological front man for a particularly juicy slice of our history. He called a slick line and wore a world-class haircut. He was Bill Clinton minus pervasive media scrutiny and a few rolls of flab. Jack got whacked at the optimum moment to assure his sainthood."
The true story has been covered-up and the nation lied-to for 50 years. The full truth needs to be acknowledged by the government and the plotters exposed. This book, focused on Roman Catholic theology rather than the plot itself, does little to advance the cause. If you are an assassination conspiracy buff, better choices available on Audible include "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination" and "Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination."
I listened to this book on Audible. The most interesting, and least expected part, was the broader picture of the world in the 1960s. I was not there at that time, and my view of that era is from watching television shows such as I Love Lucy, Bewitched, etcetera. Mad Men is another such view. What this book shows in its first three quarters is how afraid Americans were at that time of communist domination of the entire Globe, such that many Americans, especially those in the military establishment, were ready to make tremendous sacrifices. One of these was the suggestion that a first strike against the Soviet Union would "only Kill 30 million Americans" , and somehow that would be better than what might happen or would likely happen if we did not attack first. These truly were scary times, and I am glad that we are through them. It also shows that there is always an enemy, even when there is not an enemy. For example, we are afraid of terrorist bombings now, but we forget that there were more bombings by number in the 1960's and 1970's in the United States there are currently. All in all, a very eye-opening read.
Excellent read, kept my mind occupied while I did repetitive tasks at work. Would recommend.
If JFK wasn't murdered by Allen Dulles and the industrial military complex conspirators, our global war history and present Oligarchy would not exist - simple as that.
I believe the story of JFK'S assassination - specifically his true murderers and their motives - has never been more relevant as we look at installing another corrupt POTUS (read: Obama's post-university job at CIA front company ).
JFK'S turn from 'might is right' after the death of his 36hr old son Patrick, to peace believer is never more beautifully expressed (excellent narration) than in this book. I was almost in tears.
My greatest wish would be for someone to make another movie or TV series portraying the story within these pages as the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help us God.
"Ask not what your country can do for you - but what you can do for your country."
This book is about JFK's policy changes that lead to his death. It talkes in detail about the CIA's interest in his death and what is known of Oswald's and Ruby's part in it. Really makes you wonder about the politics of today...
As a military professional this was a very difficult read. However, as conspiracy theories go this was one of the most well put together I have come across. I especially like the author's ultimate point - that even if the premise of this book is absolutely true, it serves as a hopeful point to move forward from. Regardless of the book's absolute accuracy (which I contend is impossible to say without a lifetime of personal investigation), there are so many important aspects to the text to make it educational for every American. I especially enjoyed reading President Kennedy's American University speech at the end of the book. This has been the only Presidential speech I have read or listened to from beginning to end - not only once but twice. His message is timeless.