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JFK and the Unspeakable Audiobook

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

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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.

©2008 James W. Douglass (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Elaine United States 05-09-13
    Elaine United States 05-09-13
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    Where does JFK and the Unspeakable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.
    EB


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story itself


    Have you listened to any of Pete Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Conspiracy in America


    Any additional comments?

    A great read

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    Cletus van Damme 03-03-13
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    "When the radical priest come to get me relased ..."

    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."

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    Ariana A. Eakle KCMO 07-14-16
    Ariana A. Eakle KCMO 07-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cleared up all my doubts that the CIA killed JFK"

    Excellent read, kept my mind occupied while I did repetitive tasks at work. Would recommend.

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    matt 05-05-16
    matt 05-05-16

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    "Imagine the possibilities"

    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."

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    awsome 03-14-16
    awsome 03-14-16
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    "redundant"

    many points repeated in this tiresome book. loses credibility with some outlandish conspiracy theories and plots.

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    Wm D. S. 01-30-16
    Wm D. S. 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting take"

    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...

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    Slim 10-15-15
    Slim 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    Well researched and narrated book. At times a little repetitive, but definitely worth a read.

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    L. Campbell Fairfax, va 04-07-15
    L. Campbell Fairfax, va 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling"

    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.

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    Jason K. Woodburn 03-09-15
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    "So much to say about "The Unspeakable""

    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.

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    Andrew Morgan 09-06-14
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    "Well researched but not coherent or organized."
    What disappointed you about JFK and the Unspeakable?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about James W. Douglass’s story?

    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.


    What does Pete Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Ian S.
    7/7/14
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    "Conspiracy or fact?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of JFK and the Unspeakable to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book but the story if sometimes heavy on too much detail is rivetting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JFK- I did not realise he had a vision for world peace motivated by risks of Cuban crisis. He convinced Kruschev to embrace his vision but was constantly thwarted by CIA , the military & the giant industrial corporations


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The early stages where Lee Harvey Oswald is set up by CIA


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

    Too big for that & tbh high levels of concentration needed


    Any additional comments?

    Listen & learn...I know conspiracy theorists have a bad press but just too many facts that all lead to one conclusion. The CIA decided & implemented the to assassination of the president of the USA.

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  • Matty
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    "Really interesting and if true quite scary"

    Interesting theories on Kennedy and the motivation behind his as well as other assassinations are plausible. Especially as US politics are so intertwined with big business. Kennedy threatened the income of many big firm by acting as peacemaker

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