Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder

Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder

by Gus Russo, Stephen Molton, Paul Boehmer
     
 

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Built on thirty years of intense research—including discoveries so significant that they have rekindled CIA and State Department interest in the Kennedy assassination—Brothers in Arms is a vivid, character-driven narration of a singularly fascinating time, revealing stunning new information about Lee Harvey Oswald's motivations, the clash of

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Built on thirty years of intense research—including discoveries so significant that they have rekindled CIA and State Department interest in the Kennedy assassination—Brothers in Arms is a vivid, character-driven narration of a singularly fascinating time, revealing stunning new information about Lee Harvey Oswald's motivations, the clash of international spy apparatuses, and the secrets kept by Cuba, the USSR, and the CIA for forty-five years.

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Two investigative journalists recount the dangerous political duel between the brothers Kennedy and Castro. "I've killed my own brother!" With this anguished cry, say former Frontline reporter Russo (Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers, 2006, etc.) and screenwriter Molton (Brave Talk, 1987), Robert Kennedy, who for years headed the administration's counterinsurgency effort against Fidel Castro, acknowledged his complicity in JFK's assassination. When the name "Oswald" showed up in a dossier indicating that the unstable ex-Marine was considered for recruitment by anti-Castro forces, RFK understood that the deadly game of spy-counterspy had come full circle. As with his counterpart, Raul Castro (Fidel's younger brother), who was in charge of Cuba's intelligence service, RFK's selfless devotion knew no bounds. Both viewed the contest between their countries in highly personal terms: "what offended the dignity of the brother offended the dignity of his entire nation." Relying on past histories and innumerable interviews, the authors vividly reconstruct the Cold War atmosphere of the '60s. Acknowledging Oswald as the sole triggerman, they convincingly conclude that he was a Cuban asset who acted under his own agency, but was also a patsy for larger clandestine elements. Their tracing of Oswald's creepy progress to Dallas's Dealey Plaza, their detailed portrait of the shadowy Rolando Cubela Secades (was he a double agent?) and their intimate knowledge of the shadowy intelligence world all contribute to a deeper understanding of the sometimes purposeful, sometimes random forces at work. Russo and Molton attribute the coverup ofOswald's Cuban connection to the Warren Commission's ignorance about the extent of the Kennedy brothers' plots to kill Castro, to RFK's interest in protecting the family legacy and to Lyndon Johnson's desire to keep an enraged America from retaliating and possibly triggering World War III. A serious, intriguing look at the blood feud whose horrible consequences continue to reverberate. Author events in Washington, D.C. Agent: Deborah Grosvenor/Grosvenor Literary Agency
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“Relying on past histories and innumerable interviews, the authors vividly reconstruct the Cold War atmosphere of the '60s… A serious, intriguing look at the blood feud whose horrible consequences continue to reverberate.” —Kirkus

“Gus Russo and Stephen Molton have fashioned heroic investigative reporting into a Shakespearean reckoning, lush with psychological and historical nuance, of the fateful symmetry between the personal and the political. Brothers in Arms is the wisest explanation I've seen of the Kennedy assassination. It is certainly the most tragic.” —Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Carry Me Home

Brothers in Arms has the pace of a page-turning thriller as it reveals the truth about an era of assassinations that influenced the course of history among the United States, Cuba, and the Soviet Union. Each chapter peels off another layer of the subterfuge and cover-ups that have hidden the facts about Robert Kennedy's determination to assassinate Castro and Castro's involvement in the assassination of President John Kennedy. What Robert Kennedy (to protect his family's legacy) and Lyndon Johnson (to protect the national security) kept secret from the Warren Commission is at last available to the American people and the world.” —Joseph A Califano, Jr., Chairman and president, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and former Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Special Assistant for Domestic Affairs to President Lyndon Johnson

“This astonishing book sheds new light on the assassination of President Kennedy and the role of its many players, including the Castros. It reads not only like a thriller, but like a movie scenario.” —Daniel Schorr, NPR commentator and author of Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium

“Gus Russo is as skilled at researching the facts as anyone I know--brilliant” —Seymour M. Hersh, regarding Live by the Sword

“Compelling, exhaustively researched and even-handed” —New York Times Book Review, regarding Live by the Sword

“An exhaustive look at [Korshak's] exploits… Russo does a masterful job… The amount of research in the book is staggering” —Chicago Sun-Times, regarding Supermob

“I have never read a better, or more exhaustive, account of how these men built their empires and how they lost them... one of the essential works on the subject of organized crime” —Los Angeles Times, regarding The Outfit

NPR commentator and author of Come to Think of It& Daniel Schorr
This astonishing book sheds new light on the assassination of President Kennedy and the role of its many players, including the Castros. It reads not only like a thriller, but like a movie scenario.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400109968
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Gus Russo is the author of Supermob, The Outfit, and Live by the Sword, the last two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has worked an investigative reporter for PBS's Frontline, ABC News Special Reports, and Dan Rather's CBS Reports, and as a consultant for programs such as 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Eye to Eye with Connie Chung. He lives in Baltimore.

Stephen Molton is the author of the novel Brave Talk. Molton adapted Russo's book, Live By the Sword as a four-hour miniseries for Showtime, and has also written films for such companies as New Line Cinema and Paramount Television. He lives in New York City and Pioneertown, California.

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