The plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy has been shrouded in secrecy and deceit, leading most Americans to doubt the veracity of the Warren Commission's findings. Now, after forty years, Barr McClellan exposes the secret, high-level conspiracy in Texas that led to Kennedy's death and L.B.J.'s succession as President. Utilizing court documents, insider interviews, and even the findings of the Warren Commission, Barr McClellan reveals the complex maneuvers, payoffs, and power plays that changed the history of the 20th century.
If absolute power corrupts, then blood, money, and deception are its allies. This powerful book represents the very best of investigative journalism, with independent corroboration of all key points, and is compelling, convincing, and historically significant
©2003 Barr McClellan; (P)2003 Tantor Media, Inc.
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
There is good news and bad news here. Good news first - this is a truly fascinating insider account of Lyndon Johnson's rise to the presidency.
The bad news?
Who, in their right mind (aside from the author), thought that he should narrate this audiobook? Obviously no one put much thought into this, or, as I suspect, they had no choice and the author's ego and copyrights required it. This is one of the WORST narrations I have found in over 200 Audible audiobooks. Imagine Richard Nixon narrating a life story while using a southern accent and you come close. Every word is pronounced (or mispronounced) ponderously and with great gravity so that the listener won't miss a single nugget of "pleasure". I know that I particularly loved hearing "Washington" pronounced as "Woorshington" and the "Military Industrial Complex" mentioned ad nauseum (actually 4 times in 3 consecutive sentences if you can believe it), the terms "with hindsight" and "in hindsight" (which is pretty standard) used as "on hindsight" (not a regionalism, as I come from Texas and have never heard it before). There are numerous inexpicable pauses, stumbles, starts and stops, stutters and many more oddities which become increasingly annoying as they accumulate.
Furthermore, the author speaks SO (pause) SLOWLY (pause) that it is too easy to let the mind wander - this book requires a real effort to get through to the end.
Finally, the self-aggrandizement and condescension gets old pretty quickly but that's to be expected from a Texas attorney, no doubt. A good question might be "And how did YOU avoid indictment, Barr, for all the criminal acts your mentors and associates committed?" That question is never asked.
Do yourself a favor and buy the book - for it IS worth the story - and read it for yourself...This particular telling of the story is mind-numbingly painful.
Too bad, really, for a professional reading would have made this a pure delight rather than the torture that it was/is!
"misskb" is right-on, this is the worst 'listen' I've experienced since joining Audible, but I'm not going to waste as much energy as she did belaboring the point.
This book validates my suspicions of November 22, 1963, I have always felt LBJ was at the bottom of everything that culminated in the death of Kennedy. I am a self proclaimed "Kennedy Assassination' junkie and have read most of the books on the subject and have NEVER subscribed to the Posner, Warren Commission, FBI and Secret Service theory(s) of that day. This book will open your eyes to how raw power corrupts and has no bounds. You need only ask a simple question still used today to begin all crime/murder investigations ..... "Who stood to benefit the most from the occurance"?
I would have awarded 5 stars were it not for 'the reader', with that said, I consider this book a 'must read' if your into the Kennedy Assassination and/or conspiracies.
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
This is a very interesting book but the author writes so much better than he reads. His terrible rendition of his own work makes me long for anything that Scott Brick might say. I wonder if he can write? I haven't finished the book yet but I had to comment before I heard one more word.
I'm very interested in the subject but this guy should have hired a narrator and picked up the pace. I don't recommend this one.
I wonder why this perpective has not made it to main stream media? We have analyzed so many angles why not this one? This was a very good listen!
Probably the worst narration Ive heard of an audio book ever. Painfully slow, croaking, and lacking any conviction. The content itself is told like poorly written fiction.
Yes - it was an interesting concept.
The story is founded on a fundemental aspect of crime investigation - follow the MOTIVE and the MONEY.LBJ was on his way OFF the national stage as VP to a dynamic Kennedy and had Kennedy lived to serve two terms, LBJ would have been nothing more important than yesterday's skid-marked shorts.J. Edgar Hoover is another one who had ample motive....he went from having his hat handed to him by the Kennedy's to being named Director for Life....that's a VERY telling point!The Military Industrial Complex benefitted by the billions - of dollars. LBJ insured that U.S. involvement in Vietnam went UP which equates directly with government (taxpayer) dollars forked over to weapons manufacturers.There are simply too many "coincidences" following the "rub-out" of JFK to ignore. SOMEBODY in power benefitted...there was no other motive for his killing.Oswald is the portrait of the classic CIA recruit...young, impressionable, disaffected with the status quo...seeking to effect change and eager to BE that change. The whole chain of events unfolding are "textbook" assassination protocol....in fact, taken right from the pages of Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers"! A young zealot with a righteous cause, an inside connected mobster ordered to "take one for the team" and snuff him out, and a Vice President who has a KNOWN RECORD of having engaged in felonious acts to gain office....and if HE didn't, his "handlers" did! An FBI Director who could ONLY gain from John and Bobby being toast...Obviously this story has a LOT to think about.
Can't remember...there are so many.
No, it was all quite intriguing.
First in War, First in Peace, Last in the National League Now why didn't I think of a photo holding my chin?!!!
Yes, I find the author to be quite creditable about delivery and accent. It is very good.
That LBJ was as bad as he was. My grandfather told me this when I was 9..(I am 59 now with a PhD in history) I am amazed at this man.
He knows the subject very well.
The treachery of LBJ, that he would actually kill people?
I like this very much
i am glad I did not listen to bad narrator review. He's fine,just southern, midwesterie accent which i am used to being from Indiana. It is slow but well written. JFK,political history buffs don't miss this one ....facinating look at LBJ
gets faster from chapter 5......
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