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LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination Audiobook

LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination

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Philip F. Nelson hopes to show that Lyndon B. Johnson played a major role in the Kennedy assassination, and unlike the baseless speculation and second-hand hearsay found elsewhere, Nelson grounds his claims with historical and biographical fact in a well-structured narrative that connects LBJ's youthful character flaws to the shady dealings in his early political life, and finally to the mentality that led him to - as Nelson asserts - assassinate JFK. Nelson is assisted in part by the convincing work of Fred Sanders, who is able to convey a believable curiosity and confidence while boldly implicating the 36th president.

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The case against Lyndon B. Johnson and his role in Kennedy's assassination has never been sounder. LBJ aims to prove that Vice President Johnson played an active role in the assassination of President Kennedy and that he began planning his takeover of the U.S. presidency even before being named the vice presidential nominee in 1960.

Lyndon B. Johnson's flawed personality and character traits, formed as a child, grew unchecked for the rest of his life as he suffered severe bouts of manic-depressive illness. He successfully hid this disorder from the public as he bartered, stole, and finessed his way through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, though it's recorded that some of his aides knew of his struggle with bipolar disorder.

After years of researching Johnson and the JFK assassination, Phillip F. Nelson conclusively shows that LBJ had an active role in JFK's assassination, and he includes newly uncovered photographic evidence proving that Johnson knew when and where Kennedy's assassination would take place. Nelson's careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover secrets from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country's history.

©2011 Phillip F. Nelson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Karen 04-03-13
    Karen 04-03-13 Member Since 2001

    I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus

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    "LBJ plotted to kill JFK? Makes you think..."

    If you're an assassination conspiracy fan you won't want to miss this audiobook by Phillip F. Nelson. The author has obviously put years into researching his premise and builds a very convincing structure of a conspiracy that puts LBJ at the forefront of the assassination of JFK. I've read every (and I mean every!) publication on this topic and this title ranks at the top of the pile when it comes to research and writing. It makes you truly consider LBJ as a primary conspirator. It could benefit from some editing - perhaps the abridged version is actually a better listen - because it is a long audiobook and there are some tedious expositional sections. Still, it is WELL WORTH THE LISTEN if you enjoy this topic. There are certainly many out there that don't reach this level of documentation and writing.

    The narration is average - no great contribution. Fred Sanders gives a journeyman performance with too many mispronunciations (my pet peeve) for comfort. But, it's not a bad listen...just average. The writing is good enough to carry the performance.

    If you like this subject go ahead and use the credit.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Metumbo 08-04-15
    Metumbo 08-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Mind blowing"

    Well researched, very thorough. The premise is very compelling and I for one was persuaded with the author's argument.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Die Falknerin 05-06-17

    Painter, musician, bibliophile...

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    "A compelling circumstantial case"

    By his own admission, Nelson has no background in politics, law, or journalism. Yet he is as incisive in his analysis and as eloquent in his communication as many in those fields. For that alone, I'd recommend this book.

    His analysis is thorough, the historical evidence well-presented and factual, and the circumstantial case is brought together in a compelling way.

    I'm not able to be objective about LBJ, though I've tried. In my household, his name was disdained only a little less than that of Hitler. So I wasn't predisposed to like him or give him much credit. If you do like or respect LBJ, this book is likely to aggravate you and possibly provoke defensiveness. (I speak from experience here).

    I also read Roger Stone's book about this same subject, and found I enjoyed this more because there is far less "author intrusion" and ego involved. I commend Nelson for keeping to the subject and not preaching or boasting.

    The book is a long journey at twenty-seven hours. It is full of minutiae, political doings, and history, all of which I love. If you aren't so enthralled by those things, you might find it a bit much. But if you're at all interested in the JFK assassination, it's worth your time to consider Nelson's fascinating views on the subject.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. V 09-22-13
    Mr. V 09-22-13

    long run

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    "Pulls all the theories together"
    What did you love best about LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination?

    The author has definitely done his research, drawing on many of the other research that had been done on particular aspects of the JFK assassination. This book pulls all this prior research together into one common thread.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination?

    How the evidence that the author presents is so convincing.


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

    I don't have time to read such lengthy paper-based books. Mr. Sanders kept this lengthy story compelling where you didn't want to pause the audiobook.


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

    My extreme reaction is that he changed my perspective on this historic event.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read. Should be a mandatory book for all college level American History classes.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles Rindge, NH, United States 11-06-13
    Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles Rindge, NH, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2016

    Eric Rendering Fisk - The Fedora Chronicles

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    "There Is No Doubt - The Warren Report was fiction!"
    What made the experience of listening to LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination the most enjoyable?

    The word “enjoyable” might be the wrong word to use; the book is captivating and riveting but there are moments when you do have to stop listening to this book in shock and ask yourself… “Did I hear what I really heard?”<br/><br/>There were so many times after hearing this book for the first three times (each time I hear something new) that I’m just in shock and had to google some of the facts that have been presented and it’s all verifiable. The biggest shock of all is the fact that nobody remembers that LBJ was on the verge of being the subject of many investigations for corruption and lying. Another shocker are the numerous ties between Johnson and organized crime and big business that had a lot to lose if JFK pulled The United States out of Vietnam.<br/><br/>There’s also a cast of characters who worked with LBJ who benefitted from the assignation, too numerous to mention.<br/><br/>There are so many facts in this books that demand to be re-examined and digested by the American people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite "character" is the author and narrator of the book who takes us on this voyage looking for the truth.


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

    There are a lot of passages of this book that is very dry and nothing but facts and figures but Mr. Sanders keeps the listener engaged.


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

    This book could not make a good movie - it would have to be a mini-series. No tag line is needed... the Title is enough.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of several books on the topic that I've read but is the most definitive so far. I'm interested to see how this book will match up with Roger Stone's book; The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    margot new york, NY, United States 08-01-13
    margot new york, NY, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Credible without being over-cautious"

    We've had a number of books covering this territory. Their various analyses and theories intersect like a Venn Diagram, as there is usually a decided emphasis in favor of blaming the CIA, the Cubans working with the CIA, the Mafia, the Mossad, or LBJ and his Texas cronies. Philip Nelson comes very close to giving us a Grand Unifying Superset of them all. In his version, LBJ might have been a "mastermind" of the assassination, but he he didn't plan every jot and tittle. Basically an opportunist, LBJ took advantage of grudges and political debts, and used them to his advantage.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Mount Vernon, WA, United States 03-28-14
    David Mount Vernon, WA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "amazin detail about president johnson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT LBJ I DDN'T KNOW. I WOULD RECOMEND THE BOOK T TO EVERYONE INTERESTED IN THIS SUBJECT. BOOK WAS WELL WRITTEN THE AUTHOR MAKES A GREAT CASE FOR HISCONCLUISONS. WELL WORTH THE READ.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination?

    HOW PRESIENT JOHNSON ROSE TO POWER AND WHAT AFTER JFK DIED. HOW HE TREATED THOSE AROUND HIM.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    LBJ AND JFKT


    If you could give LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination a new subtitle, what would it be?

    THE CASE AGAINST LBJ


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    GRADY 09-18-16
    GRADY 09-18-16 Member Since 2015

    Big HOWDY from TEXAS !!! I drive a truck and listen to books to pass the time I have a driving partner a Boston Terrier named 5Wheel

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    "one crooked president"
    Would you listen to LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination again? Why?

    yes and lots of details and dates and information


    What was one of the most memorable moments of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination?

    just how crooked he was


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    LJB


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

    made me hate LBJ


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    Claudena Lehr 01-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Story that needs to be Read and Shared"

    LBJ's lifelong mental illness and criminality, culminating in his treacherous ascension to the White House, is unveiled and outlined in the starkest terms.

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    Jerold Seattle, WA 08-13-13
    Jerold Seattle, WA 08-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretend History"
    What did you like best about LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination? What did you like least?

    The story. Without a doubt this is a superb story. For all of our sakes I hope this is a completely impossible reality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how several figures involved in LBJ's life were seriously involved with the presidential plot.


    Do you think LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure why not? It was an enjoyable read and would be interested in reading more about the subject and from the author. I'm highly surprised the Johnson family has not taken this guy to court.


    Any additional comments?

    Billy Sol Estes was a crooked person. Did he help with the presidential assassination? Or did Bobby Kennedy push Johnson over the edge? Or was LBJ so conniving and so crooked he is personally responsible for several murders in Texas -----including the murder of President Kennedy?

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "History is slowly giving up its secrets"
    Would you listen to LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination again? Why?

    No one believes the Warren report....but getting to the truth about who ultimately had JFK killed has taken 50+ years and the work of hundreds of authors to try to get past the road blocks, lies, deceit and whitewash that was the Warren report and finally get to the truth about what really happened.<br/><br/>Phillip F Nelson pulls together much of this material, augments it with a comprehensive study of Lyndon B. Johnson's life, from childhood all the way to Vice President, then allows the reader to view the unfolding story through a lens which puts Johnson at the center of one the biggest conspiracies in US government history. <br/><br/>While the author asks the reader to take a number of 'leaps of faith' in the absence of hard evidence, the sheer volume of circumstantial evidence makes it easy to accept many of his assertions. Be warned, this is a long book!<br/><br/>Ultimately his arguments are based on a combination of facts and information from the many authors and researchers who have gone before him, which he funnels into his own narrative about LBJ and ultimately distills this mountain of information down to a compelling and plausible case, which at a minimum, exposes Johnson as the sociopathic, manic depressive, unbelievably crooked individual he was, who was absolutely complicit in the murder of JFK.<br/><br/>Am I convinced that LBJ was the mastermind behind JFK's assassination....it's hard to arrive at any other other conclusion based on not just this book, but the many others I have read on the case. There were many high powered military and government personnel who hated JFK, but really only one man who was in a position (and had displayed the behaviors over a lifetime) to bring together the combination of other crooked individuals and organizations needed to plan, execute and cover up the crime of the century. Added to this was the fact that he had J Edgar Hoover in his corner and also the net was closing in on LBJ himself for his years of illegal activities and you create the perfect storm for this individual to carry out his plan to finally realize his ambition....and become the 36th POTUS.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kdl
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    "Gobsmacking"

    A briiliant, highly detailed account that anyone interested in modern history should be aware of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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