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

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In this meticulously researched classic of the JFK conspiracy genre that Library Journal calls "sensational," Mark North argues convincingly that President John F. Kennedy 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. Hoover warned no one—not the Dallas police, not the Secret Service. His motives, North suggests, stemmed from a fervent hatred of Kennedy and ...

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Overview

In this meticulously researched classic of the JFK conspiracy genre that Library Journal calls "sensational," Mark North argues convincingly that President John F. Kennedy 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. Hoover warned no one—not the Dallas police, not the Secret Service. His motives, North suggests, stemmed from a fervent hatred of Kennedy and fear that the President would eventually fire him. He is documented as a close confidant of Vice President Lyndon Johnson—a man Hoover "controlled" due to blackmail and scandals. Hoover’s day–to–day running of the FBI, his strange personality, and his backroom dealings are brought to life using an extensive collection of press clippings, government documents, and other original sources.

Act of Treason is a must–read for any citizen who believes the Warren Commission failed miserably in its attempt to solve one of modern America’s most pressing mysteries: Who killed JFK?

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616082130
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 425,738
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark North earned a BA in history with honors from California State University at San Diego, a law degree from Oklahoma City University, and studied business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former Texas attorney, a historian, and author of Act of Treason: The Role of J.Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy, has been investigating the Kennedy assassination for three over decades. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    Hard to read, preposterous assumptions

    This author could just as easily write a book asserting Neil Armstrong's moon walk was a hoax. Reads about as easily as a poorly written text book. Also, presumptions and assumptions abound. Very little credible evidence offered to support the premise. Lots of Warren Commission testimony excerpts that are interesting, however. But because Hoover and LBJ were politically supportive of one another, this one should fit well with the latest suggestion in Blood, Money and Power that LBJ ordered the assassination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Thought provoking

    Could it be? This well researched book sheds much needed new light on the Kennedy assassination.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Forewarned, Hoover Failed to Prevent the Assassination of JFK and Obstructed Justice Afterward

    The author is an attorney and takes the scholar's approach to the subject, footnoting and sourcing all his material. The most damning portions of the work use FBI memos and other government materials to spell out that J Edgar Hoover failed to warn the Secret Service after learning of a plot on the life of President Kennedy. After Dallas, Hoover did all he could to obstruct the FBI investigation and used the powers of his office to frame Oswald. There is no doubt: This book documents Hoover was a traitor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Incredible story!!

    This book was by far one of the best books I've ever read. It brought the Kennedy Assassination to a whole new level. It was easy to understand, yet had amazing details. A must read!!

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