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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."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Booker Welch 09-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read "

    Loved it! Really make you think about how much the government , especially the CIA can be trusted.

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    Randall Mayer 08-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Preachy and repetitive"

    The book contains interesting facts and newly released information. However the author keeps relentlessly repeating it. The actual coverage of the plot and assassination is disjointed at best. So Kennedy and Kruchev wanted peace opposed by the military industrial complex. I get it. The military industrial complex is a bigger danger today. I get it. Worth the listen could be three hours shorter.

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    Cato Sapiens 07-19-17
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    "Powerful theory re CIA, but Why Link to "the monk""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Builds very plausible case about national security community deep involvement, but the whole story is weakened by attempt to artificially weave in the meandering narrative about the famous Trappist Monk Thomas Merton. Reviewers seem not to mention this part of the book, but the constant interjection of "Merton the Monk" ideas makes the book less credible and much less enjoyable to listen to than it would otherwise be. If it weren't for this I would give the book a 4 or 5 star review. Buyers should understand that they are getting "2 books mashed into 1" whether they want it or not. If your interest is in JFK assassination theory, you'll find amazing material here very well presented. But you'll probably end up being frustrated by way too many interjections of a completely different book--a kind of philosophical, spiritual exploration of the pacifist ideas of a young American monk who has absolutely nothing to do with the actual events and dark powers behind the scenes that make up the main narrative.


    Would you recommend JFK and the Unspeakable to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are patient, you'll be amazed at what you learn about JFK.


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    D.R. Alarcon 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wanna learn something about US."

    After 6+ decades of U.S. citizenship I thought I knew something about this country and its principles, I was wrong. JFK was the last real leader president to occupy the White House and this perception has been expressed by world leaders brought to us by great writers like James Douglass. Bravo sir you have my thanks.

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    Cliff W. 05-02-17
    Cliff W. 05-02-17
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    "We owe this serious study, investigation."

    We owe it to our country and our friends and family to learn our past, how it affects us now and why to pay attention today. Talk, share, we are the ones we waited for.

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    Rey 04-15-17
    Rey 04-15-17 Member Since 2016

    I am 62 years old, live in Baton Rouge, La, and I work for a movie studio. I'm married and have a daughter living in Texas with two beautiful children. I believe in the teachings of a man who lived about 2,000 years ago who was executed for his politics and philosophy.

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    "JFK and the Unspeakable is a book that is enlightening and well worth the cost."

    I ordered the book through Audible to revisit the account by James Douglass to remind myself of the what possibly happened to a president of the United States that I remember being killed during my eight grade.

    I had read the book when it came out and am waiting for the other two books on assassination of his brother and Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X.

    The USA has been portrayed by "history books" as being a government that was inspired by Judea-Christian morals, and principles, but Mr. Douglass exposes what the CIA and the FBI, groups that are immune from accounting for their actions.

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    Rnmedic1180 Redding, Ca USA 11-26-16
    Rnmedic1180 Redding, Ca USA 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better then I expected"

    Tells a compelling story of who and why JFK was killed. A little redundant, but very well read.

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    David Klein Sarasota, FL 11-23-16
    David Klein Sarasota, FL 11-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A view of the world in the early 1960s"

    I listened to this book on Audible. The most interesting, and least expected part, was the broader picture of the world in the 1960s. I was not there at that time, and my view of that era is from watching television shows such as I Love Lucy, Bewitched, etcetera. Mad Men is another such view. What this book shows in its first three quarters is how afraid Americans were at that time of communist domination of the entire Globe, such that many Americans, especially those in the military establishment, were ready to make tremendous sacrifices. One of these was the suggestion that a first strike against the Soviet Union would "only Kill 30 million Americans" , and somehow that would be better than what might happen or would likely happen if we did not attack first. These truly were scary times, and I am glad that we are through them. It also shows that there is always an enemy, even when there is not an enemy. For example, we are afraid of terrorist bombings now, but we forget that there were more bombings by number in the 1960's and 1970's in the United States there are currently. All in all, a very eye-opening read.

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  • mrs_v
    4/27/17
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    "wonderfully detailed book"

    I really enjoyed this take on the Kennedy assassination, which is historically detailed, but happily not sensational regarding either JFK's life or death. I have to say I have reassessed the Kennedy Presidency after listening to this book. My only irritant was it could be slightly repetitive in parts or overly explain simple things, like who someone is over and over. I suspect in print this might not be as annoying as it is in audio. Good book, a must read for anyone interested in JFK, the cold war and for anyone that hopes for peace.

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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
    2/9/14
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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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