Act of Treason: The Role of J. Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy

Act of Treason: The Role of J. Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy

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by Mark North

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The shocking story of J. Edgar hoover’s role in the Kennedy assassination.See more details below


The shocking story of J. Edgar hoover’s role in the Kennedy assassination.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Books about the Kennedy assassination keep appearing, and now North, a Texas lawyer, claims that the President died as the result of a plot masterminded by Louisiana Mafia chieftain Carlos Marcello--and, more importantly, that FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover learned early on about the plan but did nothing to stop it, warning neither the Secret Service nor the Dallas police. His motives, according to North: hatred of Kennedy, fear that the President would get rid of him and a longing for the accession of Lyndon Johnson, whom Hoover had in his pocket because of scandals surrounding the vice-president. North neatly sketches Hoover's bizarre personality, how he ran the FBI and the ways in which the FBI is supposed to cooperate with other agencies. Most of the book, however, is a near-interminable, day-by-day collection of press clippings involving Hoover, President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and various crime figures; much of it seems barely relevant and could have been cut without harming North's thesis. But he argues it well, amid the clutter, and certainly helps explain many odd failures of the Warren Commission, whose findings have long been almost universally disregarded. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This seems to be open season on Hoover, with North's sensational book coming fast on the heels of Curt Gentry's impressive and devastating biography, J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets ( LJ 8/91). North further tarnishes Hoover's reputation by accusing him of nothing less than treason for allegedly covering up a Mafia conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy and manipulating the Warren Commission. The focus here on Hoover's activities and influence puts Act of Treason on a higher level than the typical ``conspiracy theory'' book. North effectively blends press reports, FBI records, and interviews to create a daily ``chronicle'' of the pertinent events of 1960-64. His theories and contentions are well documented (over 2300 source notes are listed!), and he presents a convincing portrait of Hoover as a ruthless power broker. This is another fascinating and unsettling look at the dark side of American politics. Highly recommended. See also Mark Lane's Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK? , reviewed above.--Ed.--Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.

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