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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Compelling read

Just finished " JFK and the Unspeakable". For anyone intrigued by the implausibility of the Warren Repot and the mysterious silence surrounding the assassinations of JFK, RFK, Oswald, and MLK in the 1960's this is a must read. Painstakingly researched and well presente...
Just finished " JFK and the Unspeakable". For anyone intrigued by the implausibility of the Warren Repot and the mysterious silence surrounding the assassinations of JFK, RFK, Oswald, and MLK in the 1960's this is a must read. Painstakingly researched and well presented, hard to put down,totally engrossing, can't wait to pass it on to friends. The conclusions are familiar but most disturbing.

posted by crawl on October 11, 2009

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

JFK and The Unspeakable, Why He Died and Why it Matters.The story of the Kennedy years, and the events and conditions that lead to JFK's death.

This book, JFK and the Unspeakable, is for the serious student of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon years in general, and the Kennedy Assassination in particular. It is an very detailed chronology of events and conditions that preceded, and lead up to, the assassination of JFK. I...
This book, JFK and the Unspeakable, is for the serious student of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon years in general, and the Kennedy Assassination in particular. It is an very detailed chronology of events and conditions that preceded, and lead up to, the assassination of JFK. It is an excellent resource book to be used as the reader decides for himself if the assassination was the act of a lone deranged gunman, or the product of a conspiracy by the CIA and the "Military Industrial Complex." To this end, the chronology of events serves to introduce the student to ALL the characters, be they participants in these historical events as viewed by the Warren Commission, or the Conspiracy Theory pursued by Louisiana prosecutor Garret. This chronology is one of the book's strengths, do not look to be entertained, as this is not the writer's purpose.
With the Kennedy assassination being the subject of so many prior writer's, the author starts from a unique perspective. First, he seems to elevate JFK to the level of a martyred saint, who was brought down because of his progress towards ending the cold war. This effort at world peace had come about by working together, "under the table", with Soviet Primer Krushchev, and Cuba dictator Castro. Much documentation is provided to support this premise, and I considered it one of the books strongest claims to "new insights." It was interesting to note that Krushchev was out of power within a year after JFK's assassination. Both he and Kennedy seemed to be more ready for an end to the cold war than the other leaders of either man's country. The growing relationship between these two world leaders was described in detail by Krushchev's son, in his memoirs. I found this theme to be one of the most enlightening parts of the book.
Another unique approach used by the author, made no sense to me; the introduction of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, who the author claimed to have special insights into the events of the times, was prevented from publishing a manuscript on the subject. This supposed "Nostrodomus" was forced to express his views through letters from his residence at the Abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky to such famous world people as Clare Boothe Luce. Also, the author seem to be trying to weave the pope and the Catholic Church into the story, but never seemed to carry this line to completion. I failed to see how this entire theme contributed to the book. However, it seemed to be more of a side light and as such did not take away from the strengths of the book's chronology.
Finally, the end of the book seemed to leave me hanging. The original sub title "Why He Died, and Why it Matters, seems to be unanswered. The book will remain on my book shelf to use as a reference for future discussions on this subject. I might add that my interest in this book comes from two sources. First, it is clear that a majority of today's Americans believe that Kennedy's death was the result of a conspiracy. I believe that decaying of our governments "credibility" in the eyes of her citizens was one of the greatest results of JFK assassination, and its presumed cover up. This was why the "Unspeakable" really mattered! Secondly, "Watergate" under the Nixon administration, was a part of my daily life, during my military career, and any study of Watergate and Nixon, must begin with JFK's death.

posted by FCP on December 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    Compelling read

    Just finished " JFK and the Unspeakable". For anyone intrigued by the implausibility of the Warren Repot and the mysterious silence surrounding the assassinations of JFK, RFK, Oswald, and MLK in the 1960's this is a must read. Painstakingly researched and well presented, hard to put down,totally engrossing, can't wait to pass it on to friends. The conclusions are familiar but most disturbing.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Very interesting.

    I am only about 60 percent finished. There are a lot of facts to digest so it takes more time to read thoroughly. I never questioned the more than one gunman theory but I do now. My son is also reading it but I have not had a chance to discuss it with him. I will right again when I have finished the book.

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