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Editorial Reviews

Whether you’re a historian, a long-time John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorist, or just an average Joe with a keen interest in intricately constructed cases, Mark Lane’s Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK is bound to prove, at the very least, extremely difficult to turn off.

Mark Boyett performs this engrossing audiobook with aplomb, his careful pacing adding a layer of detachment and objectivity to this highly impassioned work. Lane is a compelling storyteller with a clear and apparent investment in the subject matter; it’s difficult not to feel fascinated and intrigued by the complex web he weaves.

Publisher's Summary

The last word on the JFK assassination by the New York Times best-selling author and JFK historian!

Mark Lane tried the only US court case in which the jurors concluded that the CIA plotted the murder of President Kennedy, but there was always a missing piece: How did the CIA control cops and Secret Service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the complicity of the CIA?

Now, Mark Lane tells all in this explosive new book, with exclusive new interviews, sworn testimony, and meticulous new research (including interviews with Oliver Stone, Dallas Police deputy sheriffs, Robert K. Tanenbaum, and Abraham Bolden). Lane finds out first hand exactly what went on the day JFK was assassinated. He includes sworn statements given to the Warren Commission by a police officer who confronted a man who he thought was the assassin. The officer testified that he drew his gun and pointed it at the suspect, who showed Secret Service ID. Yet, the Secret Service later reported that there were no Secret Service agents on foot in Dealey Plaza.

The Last Word proves that the CIA, operating through a secret small group, prepared all credentials for Secret Service agents in Dallas for the two days that Kennedy was going to be there - conclusive evidence of the CIA's involvement in the assassination.

©2011 Mark Lane (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Both readers who have followed the JFK assassination for years and those new to one of the great debates of the 20th century will find much to contemplate here." ( Library Journal Xpress Review)

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  • Peter
  • Gridley, CA, United States
  • 06-09-12

Bold, Direct and Controversial, As Always

What made the experience of listening to Last Word the most enjoyable?

Being a dedicated researcher of the JFK murder for decades, it is fulfilling to see one of the original authors (still alive) writing provocative and revealing substance about the crime of the last century. Lane has never been one to pull a punch and I thought the way he revealed the inter-connections between those who criticize him and the agency they work for to be bold and excellent counter-punches. Lane has been relentless in bringing to light the suspicious "coincidences" that engulf the assassination, the Warren Commission and their subsequent multiple white-washings. With so many of the most knowledgable and profound researchers now gone on to the other side of this life, it is a good thing that Lane, Josiah Thompson and a few others cling to the determined course of action in telling facts to the public. It will take people like Lane to counter-punch, once again, the new lathering of whitewash that is surely to appear in the film we are told of that has the involvement of Tom Hanks. Lane is a talented debunker and he will surely be at the forefront of critics of the Hanks production, if it sees the screen. Fortunately Leonardo DiCaprio has bought rights to a book which may well offset much of Hanks' "work." The world of truth owes a lot of gratitude to Mark Lane for this well-documented and powerfully written work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

THere were really no "characters" in this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The energetic debunking of Vincent Bugliosi's tripe brought tears of laughter to me. Bugliosi is far more talented at writing stuff that is enjoyable to read than he is at telling the truth impartially and accurately. Bugliosi's penchant to exaggerate and stray far afield from the truth is infuriating and should be criminal. Lane took V.B. to task in fine style. The book was worth the listen just for that, alone.

Any additional comments?

"The Last Word" along with James W. Douglass' book "JFK and the Unspeakable" (Also available unabridged on Audible) are the best books written in the last two decades on the subject of the JFK assassination because they deal with how it came to be and the results of it, rather than merely the physics of gunfire and the controversy of testimony. While there is no way to say they are 100% accurate in all cases, they open up panoramic views of evidence that was ignored or intentionally obfuscated by people, whose job it was to tell the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Anyone who takes the time to listen to these two books can only end up thinking long and hard about the way things are today and how they had been if JFK had lived out his life and been allowed to see through his visions of a world of peace.

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Thankful for Mark Lane

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely based on Mark Lane's thorough explanation of an event that shook the world

What did you like best about this story?

His critique of Vincent Bugliosi's book and his revealing of Buglios's hypocrisy and ineptness.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Clear and believable.

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

I remember the day JFK was murdered and the utter sadness of everyone that I knew. Then the totally unbelievable murder of Oswald, in of all places .....the Dallas Police station. Now, after listening to Mr. Lane's book, I feel outrage at the lies our government put out there. They shouldn't wonder why people are not so patriotic anymore.

Any additional comments?

It would also be a good idea to watch the movie- "Rush to Judgement" Thank-you Mark Lane for your service to this country.

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  • Joey
  • MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 08-20-14

Last Word - Wish it wasn't

First let me say that I love this subject. Mark Lane is the best in the (What really happened to JFK) Books. Mark Lane did his homework before he wrote anything and his facts are easily verified. It was really scary reading about all the illegal drugs many people gave to unsuspecting people and what happened to those people afterword (Unibomber is a prime example). I said many people because if I had said the CIA I would have been sued or worse. I would love to see a documentary made on the Last Word, but no one will, because they are afraid. This book is however a bit long in spots, there is so much information that it becomes dull and boring in places.
Mark Lane is lucky the CIA didn't kill him off, I'm sure they wanted to, many/many times. He talks about the other conspiracies and through logic and facts destroys them, with ease.
If you love JFK conspiracies then this is the book for you, I highly recommend it.

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  • K. Hurt
  • San Diego, CA United States
  • 02-24-15

Like Raid kills bugs dead - this swats Bugliosi

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

That would be an understatement. Even after admitting to paying writers and journalists to SPIN things counter truth wise, the CIA is still spending your tax dollars to rewrite history. Every parent should be alert to history text books worming their way into schools with attempts to ignore the last word of the House Select Committee On Assassinations, that THERE WAS MOST LIKELY A CONSPIRACY TO KILL JFK. Any history book written since that time, which ignores that finding, is propaganda that is probably funded by your friendly CIA. You simply can't reclaim history by changing the facts or killing the witnesses and claiming that people are stupid or frauds to believe the HSCA finding and conclusion. You would be stupid if you believed that a mock trial with paid actors for jurists was anything more than a theatrical production. Parents have a major responsibility to determine which history textbooks are irresponsible counter truth wise spin since they probably won't be able to stop the CIA from having new history books written. As long as there is a CIA, that dog will return to its vomit.

What did you like best about this story?

Mark Lane had a sharp memory and was able to discern and recall inconsistent testimony and prove perjury of the top CIA officials who lied in depositions. His timing was dramatic when he revealed the lie in court for the jury and perpetrator to drop their jaws in sudden realization of their contradiction. Such was the case for E. Howard Hunt claiming he was at home with his family when JFK was assassinated. I don't think any cognizant person, who was alive at the time, fails to remember where they were, what they were doing, and who they were with, when they heard the news of the president's assassination. That should include E. Howard Hunt, his kids, and his wife.

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

First time. It was an enjoyable reading. I don't recall any irritation, other than an occasional change in volume where it was obvious that a different recording session had commenced in a spot other than a chapter separation.

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

The truth will out.

Any additional comments?

This was a superior documentary; not just dry facts, or Bugliosian assault on your ability to think for yourself. Mark Lane does resort to legal spin on occasion, maybe even frequently, but never to insult the reader with the attitude that you must believe it happened this way or you must be stupid or a fraud. It is like pulling teeth to get the CIA to admit to any facts but a lot of teeth have come out and there is enough gold when they do come out to make it worthwhile to persist in pulling. To be sure, the CIA is a known killer of leaders and what ever else irks them. Just for the record, I am a very happy man with a wonderful family and I have never considered, even at the lowest point in my life, ending it. I mean, I fully realize, we are discussing the CIA here, and all the teeth have not come out yet! I would not say these things lightly but with the serious hope that our freedom can only be preserved if we learn from history, real history, lest we all be doomed, to repeat it. I, for one, choose to replace presidents by voting, or impeachment, or waiting them out, even now!

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Loved the book.

What did you love best about Last Word?

I found out what Mr. lane has been doing the last 50 odd years.

What did you like best about this story?

That people who do not believe in the conspiracy theory, always use the Fox channel way of name calling. They never seem to argue the facts.

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

Good recitation.

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

No

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Incredible

Lane's investigating is second to none. everything claim is backed up with testimony or documents

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Rehash of early Book

I was somewhat disappointed as this was just a rehash of his earlier work. Another was we now have definitive proof that there wasn't a badge men on the grassy knoll. Leroy Blevins shows that there were 5 shooters in Dealey Plaza. One on the roof of the County Records Building as the Zapruder film clearly shows & a second shooter on the 2nd floor who hit Kennedy with two shots, 1 in the back & 1 to the back of the Presidents head. You can look at the Bell images to see the shooter and puff of muzzle fire coming from that window. Another shooter on the sixth floor School Book Depository. LHO was most likely not the shooter as he failed two paraffin tests showing he didn't have any residual powder. This shooter hit Kennedy 1 time in the back of the head & 1 to governor Connelly. The last shooters can be seen shooting the President from the Shelter directly behind Zapruder & to his right. Muzzle fire & smoke trail are seen in the Orrville Nix film. Also, the Mary Moorman photo shows clearly both shooters in the Shelter. Here is a link to show you the evidence ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c8bwtz_VBo ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJL0u1JiC4U&t=712s So I wouldn't recommend this book.

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A prolific indictment of the CIA and the powers behind the Kennedy assassination

One of the most prolific writings on the assassination of President Kennedy I’ve ever read. Mark Lane has done his due diligence as a writer, researcher and lawyer in this book to give any reader enough information to come to only one conclusion, Lee Oswald did not kill Kennedy, the CIA and other hidden entities did.

Stephen Roberts
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Disappointing

I didn't care for this book. I thought it was going present more details and information on President Kennedy's assasination but in my view it didnt do that. It went way off in the weeds on too many tangents unrelated to the Kennedy case about the CIA and put me to sleep. Maybe I missed something sleeping; I agree about the Warren Commission but most of this I knew. I got tired of rewinding it and trying to follow it.

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Mark Lane will be missed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Mark Lane was among the last of the original truth-seekers concerning the well-orchestrated assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and that fact alone makes me kiss him even more. This book was filled with revelations that I would have never even dreamed our government capable of pulling off with as little fanfare as possible.

What did you like best about this story?

I just love Lane's intellect and his ability to take the most complicated of legalese and explain it clearly to the average listener. That was Lane's gift. I can't imagine who the next author that I can trust to give the absolute truth will be. I just love Lane and his willingness to tell it like it is even when doing so might get him into trouble. That's what this book is all about. And it seems fittingly titled "The Last Word," since this was the final penning of the esteemed author.

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  • Mark Lynch
  • 07-12-17

Last Word from one of the true masters of JFK

Mark Lane was one of the first and best JFK assassination researchers and his classic ground breaking book "Rush to Judgement" and subsequent film from 1967 really did open up the cracks in the Warren Commission's report. He kept the pressure up on the official story for over 50 years and was a major thorn sticking in the side of the authorities. This his final book is simply an update on his long tireless efforts to expose the truth but there really are no spectacular revelations, which is a little disappointing. That said its a worthy and enjoyable story very well narrated by Mark Boyett. To the late Mark Lane I would say a very big thank you for your excellent and tireless research.

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  • Mrs
  • 10-14-14

Excellent!

This is quite simply the best book I have studied on the subject of the JFK assassination. Meticulously researched, it presents the facts minus the spin. If you are in any doubt that the JFK assassination was a conspiracy, study this book and I am sure you will doubt no more.

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 02-28-18

Chilling account of the CIA's role in JFK's murder

Mark Lane’s final book on the JFK assassination explores the role of the CIA in the murder, gathering together fifty years of research, court appearances, witness statements and testimonies. Anyone who still thinks Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, should read this book now.

To be fair, Lane is repeating himself a bit this time around. A great deal of what he covers has already been said in his previous books, particularly ‘Rush to Judgement’, his first, and perhaps, most devastating expose of the Warren Commission’s kack-handed management of the inquiry. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of new information here, most of which blows the CIA, FBI and a lot of other folk out of the water. After reading this volume, I watched the documentary version of ‘Rush to Judgement’ (available on YouTube), which even now is chilling in the sheer weight of unheeded evidence.

While I was never one of those who believed Oswald was solely responsible, even fifty-odd years on, the CIA’s role in the assassination (and a whole load of other murders), is pretty damn scary.

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  • Aaron
  • 07-29-16

Enlightening.

Lots of well sourced information. Good rebuttal by Mark on criticism leveled towards him. last couple of chapters were a bit tough.