At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy's change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence. Once these dark "Unspeakable" forces recognized that Kennedy's interests were in direct opposition to their own, they tagged him as a dangerous traitor, plotted his assassination, and orchestrated the subsequent cover-up.
Douglass takes listeners into the Oval Office during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, along on the strange journey of Lee Harvey Oswald and his shadowy handlers, and to the winding road in Dallas where an ambush awaited the president's motorcade. As Douglass convincingly documents, at every step along the way, these forces of the Unspeakable were present, moving people like pawns on a chessboard to promote a dangerous and deadly agenda.
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"The best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance.... But don’t take my word for it. Read this extraordinary book and reach your own conclusions." (Oliver Stone)
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."
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.
More than anything, this fine work gives historical context amid the detail of the conspiracy to kill our president. It sharply frames a changing leader, becoming an altruistic thinker, shedding his previous thinking and listening to his enemies. The unfortunate result of his peaceful incarnation, as Douglas' work shows, was his downfall as those Kennedy had under him undermined and eventually overwhelmed his idealistic turn.
JFK and the Unspeakable is a fine book which any JFK or JFK assassination enthusiast can enjoy (if one can do so with the subject). It is a new kind of JFK book; a hybrid of historic juxtaposition of Kennedy vs the world against him. I was most impressed that the assassination detail never pandered to the lone assassin theories, as that postulation is so out of date since the declassification of documents in the last 25 -30 years. The overwhelming evidence clearly represents itself. The Oswald double is particularly intriguing....
This book is worth every cent. Hopefully you will enjoy it. warning: the book does not try to solve anything nor break new ground. It simple and elegantly shows a great man becoming greater, cut down by his own supporting elements.
This book was about twice as long as it could have been. There were endless repetitions and backtracks and tangents that really made it impossible to tie the story together. I know this is a complex topic, but it really felt like stream of consciousness a majority of the time, despite that it seemed like there were good references and research that went into the information.
I was disappointed that the part of the case that I am most familiar with, the actual shooting was so inaccurately described. One of the only pieces of concrete evidence we have of what happened that is widely available is the Zapruder film and for the description as to what can clearly be seen to be so inaccurately characterized gave the rest of the book, made up of less concrete recollections, testimonies, other books, redacted declassified reports, etc. a lot less credibility.
Enjoyed the narrator's performance, I did tire of hearing the term "turn towards peace" but that wasn't the narrators fault. Seemed like every sentence started with that phrase.
I stuck with it only because I was interested in the subject matter and hoped it would get better or finally tie things together in the end, I was disappointed.
I don't understand how this book had such rave reviews. First time I have been led astray by Audible reviews. I will have to be more diligent.
I did love it, this is, arguably the best Kennedy assassination macro analysis. of you want trajectories and fingerprints then check into Mark lane, Harold Weisb erg, or Josiah Thompson. (all great works don't get me wrong) this, on the other hand, details the overall context of the murder of the twentieth century. where it fits,why it had to happen, where wet might be if it hadn't. the worldview aspect and it pulls this off to a "T"
the main argument or controversy is whether or not JFK turned or had a more peaceful trajectory in mind regarding world politics all along, I think it's a bit of both, I do think Kennedy largely understood his bellicose statements to be, for lack of better phraseology, "cold war propaganda" and I also think he was pragmatic enough to understand that, at this time in the world, half measures and holding patterns were better than war, so he went for what was achievable vis a vis "the whole shebang"
as to the haters that think he was a bundle of contradictions, strom Thurmond, George Wallace, Barry Goldwater et. al were powerful we were only a few short years removed from the red scare
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