Even as a little kid in the 1960s after Kennedy was assassinated, I had reason to dislike LBJ. My parents were not fooled by his good old boy antics back when he took over the White House, but this information sealed my opinion that this man should be obliterated from history and his library shut down. In all these days of toppling Confederate statues, this man’s misdeeds make any so-called Confederate like Jefferson Davis and others people are making all this political fuss about today look like nursery school antics next to Johnson’s crimes. The author has done an impeccable job of tracking and commenting on Johnson’s political coups. Read it and see what I mean!
Have not read every word. What I have read has made my hair not stand up but return in places.....
I'm not convinced LBJ wrote a blueprint but am I convinced - I should say - further convinced, that he and shall we say, "benign conspirator" Hoover, let it happen ...in the "right place" at the "right time". Then, jumped all over the early investigation: it appears that within 12 hours,. the real hard evidence, found in the limo and of course, horrifyingly, on the body of JFK, was wiped clean. You decide if all that was for the security of the USA.
If you are like me, and did not know about the "real' bullet hole through the windshield, for this reviewer, impossible to happen from a 6th floor perch, then , as they say in cliché-land, fasten your seat belts.
Pages 334 to 344 contain some of the most pupil-dilating stuff I have ever read about 11-22-63. Don't want to give it away: chapter on "Conspirators". An expanded version of that chapter alone and we got a fantastic book!
There's a lot more here than 11-22-63..but if you believe that this guy from Texas, who basically started a huge war (essentially with 48 hours of the assassination) that his predecessor was determined not to start, was also capable of "killing" a domestic civilian, the buy this book and read it 6 times. I'm so startled by parts of the 11-22 analysis, that I can't seem to go back to page one and do it right.
Mr. Nelson has made a strong circumstantial case for Johnson's masterminding the assassination of JFK. There is an even greater reason (still circumstantial) to believe that he had guilty knowledge of the act. Without going into all the reasons for this opinion it is important for people to understand just what kind of person LBJ was. Mr Nelson accurately describes him as sociopathic, narcissistic, paranoid and boorish in the extreme. As often happens with the passage of time figures become mutated into something much greater than reality dictates.
Let us not forget Johnson's stubborn attitude to send thousands of young men to die in Viet Nam and to slaughter many more Vietnamese and Cambodians. This he did to satisfy his ego and to see that there were cronies who realized very large sums of money.
Was he capable of engineering the murder: certainly; would he have taken advantage of a plan made by others: most certainly.
Nelson pulls together the many threads of Assassination research that have been developed over the last 30 years, and weaves them into a mostly-coherent, well-written history. Based on my prior reading, he has the facts as correct as it is possible to discern them. His analysis of circumstantial evidence and application of rational conjecture generally fits my view of the flow of events - although at some point one must realize that many specifics are still lacking due to the nature of the crime and its subsequent cover-up. Given these limitations, Nelson has done a very creditable job of developing a solid, believable description of the roots of the assassination and how the political forces in the post-war era shaped conditions that led to it. The exact role of LBJ may never be known fully but it has long been obvious to me that he had a hand in it. After reading this book it becomes very difficult to avoid concluding that this hand loomed large and ominous, wielded by a ruthless sociopath who short-cut democracy in a cold-blooded act of self-serving murder. Mastermind is the sort of book that one tends to keep on the coffee table, re-reading passages at random. If you have a serious interest in the Assassination it is a must-read.
Over the years little things that I heard increasingly bothered me. Who really killed MLK? As time went on, other bits of information seemed to point toward an 'unknown' central cause for many world shaking events. "Official Narratives" fell short of truth. The Viet Nan "war" and other 'stories'. And who really shot JFK and why? Who profited the most his death? Then I stumbled upon a book, "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination" Yeah, that's a staggering accusation! The author pulls from thousands of sources and hundreds of researchers and authors to make his very convincing case against "Bull" Johnson.
This is a chilling book as it forces a rethink of the presidency of LBJ, and the basis and means of his rise and fall as he ruled the US Senate and assumed the presidency with the domestic assassination of JFK. This book upends our political understanding. A dark and vital read.
LBJ was a corrupt, sociopathic individual who would stop at nothing to achieve Presidential glory. His connections, character flaws, and unrelenting need for power makes him a plausible candidate for masterminding the murder of JFK. Never before revealed input from those in the know at the time makes for fascinating reading and makes a genuine case for his culpability, if not for his successful coup de taut of the american presidency. Must read for all those seeking truth. Copious notes and direct conversations makes this a fascinating, if not disturbing read,
A daunting read - a lot of detail and repetition, but definitely worth the time. Loaded with information, much of it confirmed and confirming what was suspected. Very informative. I discovered a connection to the events of which I had not previously been aware and was afforded more clarity regarding events I had witnessed and did not fully understand in 1963. Read this account of an American coup d'etat.