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Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination | [Lamar Waldron]

Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination

John F. Kennedy’s assassination launched a frantic search to find his killers. It also launched a flurry of covert actions by Lyndon Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, and other top officials to hide the fact that in November 1963 the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba, as part of a JFK-authorized coup. The plan’s exposure could have led to a nuclear confrontation with Russia, but the cover-up prevented a full investigation into Kennedy’s assassination, a legacy of secrecy that would impact American politics and foreign policy for the next forty-five years.
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Publisher's Summary

Updated with dramatic new revelations!

John F. Kennedy’s assassination launched a frantic search to find his killers. It also launched a flurry of covert actions by Lyndon Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, and other top officials to hide the fact that in November 1963 the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba, as part of a JFK-authorized coup. The plan’s exposure could have led to a nuclear confrontation with Russia, but the cover-up prevented a full investigation into Kennedy’s assassination, a legacy of secrecy that would impact American politics and foreign policy for the next forty-five years. It also allowed two men who confessed their roles in JFK’s murder to be involved in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. Exclusive interviews and newly declassified files from the National Archives document in chilling detail how three Mob bosses were able to prevent the truth from coming to light - until now.

With three new chapters and updated text throughout, this is a must-have edition. New material includes the completed story of how three powerful Mafia bosses used John and Robert Kennedy’s top-secret plan of staging a coup against Fidel Castro to murder JFK. Documented from the National Archives for the first time is Watergate burglar Bernard Barker’s decades-long work for the Mafia, even Barker’s time aiding the CIA with the coup plan. Barker sold out the coup plan to his Mob bosses helping to assassinate JFK, and forcing US officials previously involved with Barker to withhold key information from the Warren Commission. This version also contains important new information about the FBI informant who obtained the JFK assassination confession of godfather Carlos Marcello, which the Bureau kept secret for twenty years.

©2009 Lamar Waldron (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“I believe Waldron’s heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963…Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author, deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.” (Liz Smith, New York Post)

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    "Mod KO'd, LBJ Scot-free and CIA limited hangout"

    There are things in this book that I think are true and very interesting in regard to mob ties to the JFK Assassination. However, two huge things concern me.

    First, unnamed sources are sited and run rampant through this book and we are expected to believe what we are told. I find this difficult to take seriously (journalistically) as it proves nothing.

    Secondly, there is NO hint at Johnson's involvement (listen to the two comments that exist from Jack Ruby on Johnson!) and the CIA gets complete "limited hangout" treatment (other than naming agents who already implicated themselves in the assassination (i.e., David Morales, E. Howard Hunt). Johnson knew plenty about what occurred and the stoic portrayal here should be looked at with a skeptical eye.

    Overall, I feel like this huge book works with blinders on and does not feel compelled to put Johnson in the plot not much of the cover up, which he clearly had to take part in. I will say that the Dr. King section and the RFK sections are fair, but really need their own books.

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    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 11-27-13
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    Would you try another book from Lamar Waldron and/or Tom Weiner?

    I doubt it


    What didn’t you like about Tom Weiner’s performance?

    It was read to fast. Way to many characters


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Read the prequel maybe will help

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