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Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder | [Gus Russo, Stephen Molton]

Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder

Using breakthrough reporting and interviews with long-silent sources, Gus Russo and Stephen Molton have crafted a dramatic retelling of the time before, during, and after the killing of John F. Kennedy. The book centers on the two opposed sets of brothers - the Kennedys and the Castros - who collectively authored one of modern history's most dangerous, and tragically ironic, chapters.
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Using breakthrough reporting and interviews with long-silent sources, Gus Russo and Stephen Molton have crafted a dramatic retelling of the time before, during, and after the killing of John F. Kennedy. The book centers on the two opposed sets of brothers - the Kennedys and the Castros - who collectively authored one of modern history's most dangerous, and tragically ironic, chapters.

Bobby Kennedy pushed for the murder of Fidel Castro and instead got the death of his beloved brother, a psychic blow from which he himself never recovered. Lee Harvey Oswald killed an admired president and traumatized a nation, but in so doing may have prevented a third world war. Built on 30 years of intense research - including discoveries so significant that they have rekindled CIA and State Department interest in the Kennedy assassination - Brothers in Arms is a vivid, character-driven, almost cinematic narration of a singularly fascinating time. For neophytes, it is the most accessible and informed single volume on the assassination. For the many people who are fascinated by this story, this book provides extraordinary new facts that will force a reconsideration of how and why the Kennedy murder came to pass.

©2008 Stephen Molton; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A serious, intriguing look at the blood feud whose horrible consequences continue." (Kirkus)
"A powerful piece of historical investigative reporting, accessible both to those familiar with the Kennedy assassination and those less involved with the conspiracy theory." (Booklist)

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-11
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2005
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    Gus Russo and Stepehen Molten have joined forces here to bring listeners up to date on the latest material related to the Kennedy assassination and related questions. They look at the death of the President from the perspective of the Castro borthers, the Kennedy brothers, and of course Lee Harvey Oswald. They seem to have exhaustively incorporated materials most recently released from the National Archives related to that era. Molton is a novelist and Russo has written other books such as "Supermob" and "The Outfit". Their writing and research talents shine throughout the book. Those of us who are old enough to have lived through those dark days will find plenty to scare the devil out of us here related to the Bay of Pigs, the Russian Missle Crisis, and other issues. The writing is very good and the reading of Paul Boehmer is excellent. This is a contribution to the history of that time which is well worth the listener's time.

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    Marianne United States 12-28-12
    Marianne United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    So glad I discovered this book. I learned so much and found that a great deal of research was done by the writer. Many of my questions have been answered.


    What other book might you compare Brothers in Arms to and why?

    For truth and the ugliness of reality I am remineded of To Hell and Back.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Robert Kennedy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me hope that it is possible some questions can be resolved at least in one's own mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I am gradually obtaining access to all of this writer's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gray Plano, TX, United States 09-10-12
    Gray Plano, TX, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! Really interesting account and good research."
    If you could sum up Brothers in Arms in three words, what would they be?

    "Updated Look", "Unique" , and Very Interesting...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors seem to have gotten in front of as many people who had knowldge of data gaps that were available in the past few years... Really is a different and very in depth look at all of the players. John, Robert, Fidel, Raul, and Lee... they are all followed on the same time line. Very interesting.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance from Paul Boehmer. Can do the New England accent as well as the Russian and Cuban. Enjoyed it... Some non-fictions can drag. Not this one. Very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Way too long for one sitting. But did find myself picking this one back up more often then my usual drive to work and drive home. Just a very interesting look at that period of time...


    Any additional comments?

    They don't spend much time on the actual assassination in Dallas. They lead up to it well and the follow it well... but don't expect any magic bullets...

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