The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

The Definitive Account of the Most Controversial Crime of the Twentieth Century
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
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November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many records to remain secret for almost 50 years.

The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination draws on exclusive interviews with more than two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence, and Congressional personnel, who provided critical first-hand information. The book also uses government files - including the detailed FBI confession of notorious Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello - to simply and clearly reveal exactly who killed JFK. Using information never published before, the book uses Marcello's own words to his closest associates to describe the plot.

This book builds on the work of the last Congressional committee to investigate JFK's murder, which concluded that JFK "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy," and that godfathers "[Santo] Trafficante [and Carlos] Marcello had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy."

©2013 Lamar Waldron (P)2018 Tantor

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Well Researched Material

This book is well worth the listen! It fills in previously unknown details and people to not only to JFK's murder, but to other connected events of the last 50 years.

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Tedious, redundant and speculative

OK, I finished the book after almost giving up on it at least a half dozen times. But, it was tough going and quite tedious.
The positives: It offers up some interesting theories and provides some new, to me, information.
The negatives: In my opinion, it seems like a number of related short stories/papers were thrown together to create this book; it struck me as very redundant. Also, my opinion is the author speculates far too much and then draws very broad conclusions ( I quickly lost track of the number of times he said "possibly, could have been, perhaps, might have, etc, etc).
After reading many books on the subject, I do believe Oswald did not act alone and the facts surrounding the assassination have yet to be disclosed. It seems incredible that after 56 years there are still so many unanswered questions. To this authors credit, he tries to provide answers. However, to me they were not convincing.

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Most credible view on Kennedy assassination

good read. just one of many theories, but provides credible account of who was at the top of ordered hit.

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A must read for everyone

What did you like best about The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination? What did you like least?

Best: incredible story of Mafia control in U.S.

Least: tedious reading

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination?

Comments about C. Marcello's organization

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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Did The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination inspire you to do anything?

Read biography of C Marcello

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great read

this book was very well done I learned a lot and understand how the CIA and the mafia are responsible for the killing of jfk

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Quite possibly the definitive book on the subject.

Whenever I recommend a book on the JFK assassination to someone, this is it.

Takes all of the facts and credible theories out there, and shapes them into a comprehensive account of what happened.

At the same time, it's great for long-time students of the assassination, as it offers many pieces of information I haven't read elsewhere.

Reader does a great job, and the only thing I have left to say is it's well worth the credit.

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This is 80% about the mafia no JFK

I really got tired of deep detsils about The mob bosses. I don't need 17 chapters anout Carlos Marcello.

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Now finally the true story!<br />

How can our government sit on something that is so explosive as this horrible assignation.

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The truth is a "Parallex View" ... and so it goes

What we see and hear is no always the truth ... and so it goes ...

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Lost me on the single bullet theory

The single-bullet theory can be criticized on many points. But it's really time to retire the old chestnut about the path being impossible because Connelly wasn't in the direct line of fire. Anybody who still brings that up, as Waldron does, immediately loses credibility.

Connelly was sitting in a small collapsible seat that was to the left of and quite a bit lower than Kennedy; a bullet that exited Kennedy's neck on a downward path could easily have entered Connelly's back at the point where his first wound occurred. (What the bullet supposedly did after that point, and where it ended up, are the points where the theory is vulnerable.) This has been demonstrated repeatedly in computer analyses of the assassination; Waldron dismisses them in a single sentence and never mentions the effect of the seating.

Debunking the single-bullet path was a memorable scene in Oliver Stone's film. But it's bogus: the stand-in for Connelly is sitting directly in front of the stand-in for Kennedy and at the same height. And that simply isn't how it happened.

And while debunking this theory makes the job of debunking the Warren Report easier, it isn't necessary. Oswald could have been the lone gunman AND there could have been a conspiracy. It's not an either/or situation.

For all that, Waldron may be right in his analysis of the motive, means, and opportunity. His argument supports the most recent official government conclusion (the House Assassinations Committee report): that Kennedy was probably killed as part of a conspiracy in which the Mafia figured heavily.

But when he started to argue that Oswald wasn't involved in the shooting at all, I lost interest and stopped listening. It should be noted that that same House report concludes that Oswald was the only gunman whose bullets actually found their target; and it presented considerable evidence as to his political motives in trying to kill Kennedy. I'll go back to Waldron's book someday, when I'm in the mood for a detective novel.

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