Deep Politics and the Death of JFK

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Peter Dale Scott's meticulously documented investigation uncovers the secrets surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination. Offering a wholly new perspective—that JFK's death was not just an isolated case, but rather a symptom of hidden processes—Scott examines the deep politics of early 1960s American international and domestic policies. Scott offers a disturbing analysis of the events surrounding Kennedy's death, and of the "structural defects" within the American government that allowed such a crime to occur and to go unpunished. In nuanced readings of both previously examined and newly available materials, he finds ample reason to doubt the prevailing interpretations of the assassination. He questions the lone assassin theory and the investigations undertaken by the House Committee on Assassinations, and unearths new connections between Oswald, Ruby, and corporate and law enforcement forces. Revisiting the controversy popularized in Oliver Stone's movie JFK, Scott probes the link between Kennedy's assassination and the escalation of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam that followed two days later. He conts that Kennedy's plans to withdraw troops from Vietnam—offensive to a powerful anti-Kennedy military and political coalition—were secretly annulled when Johnson came to power. The split between JFK and his Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the collaboration between Army Intelligence and the Dallas Police in 1963, are two of the several missing pieces Scott adds to the puzzle of who killed Kennedy and why. Scott presses for a new investigation of the Kennedy assassination, not as an external conspiracy but as a power shift within the subterranean world of Americanpolitics.Deep Politics and the Death of JFK shatters our notions of one of the central events of the twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Over the past 30 years, more than 2000 books about the Kennedy assassination have been published. While Posner and Scott come to different conclusions, their studies are important additions to the field. Providing a detailed account of Oswald's life from childhood on, Posner shows him to have been a psychologically disturbed malcontent who was unhappy with both the U.S. and Soviet political systems. Posner counters claims of the major conspiracy theorists point by point and backs up his arguments with documentary evidence, recent interviews, and up-to-date computer analysis. Faulting conspiracy theorists for equating coincidence as evidence, Posner concludes that there was no other gunman and no conspiracy. Scott, a Berkeley English professor, approaches the assassination in its sociopolitical context, focusing on why it happened rather than on who did it. The phrase ``deep politics'' refers to the secret networks operating within and outside government agencies. While they do not constitute a unified shadow government, they comprise a coalition of individuals who cooperate in order to maintain the status quo. Accordingly, Scott examines Ruby's links with organized crime, army intelligence and JFK's planned withdrawal from Vietnam, J. Edgar Hoover's misuse of his authority, and the collusion of international drug traffickers with the CIA and FBI. Scott believes that Oswald and Ruby were part of this convoluted network. Both these titles offer important insights and are highly recommended for most libraries. Case Closed was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/93.-- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520205192
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 699,611
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Dale Scott is a Lannan Literary Award-winning poet and Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also coauthor (with Jonathan Marshall) of Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (California, 1991), among other books.

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Table of Contents

1 The Kennedy Assassination, Deep Politics, and Denial 3
2 Kennedy, Johnson, and Vietnam: A Tale of Two NSAMs 24
3 The Dialectical Cover-Up 38
4 The Key to the Cover-Up: The FBI, COINTELPROS, and the Case 58
5 Oswald, Intelligence, and the Mob in New Orleans 77
6 Oswald, Intelligence, the Mob, and the Banana Companies 93
7 Mexico, Somoza, and the Martino-Rosselli Story 107
8 Ruby and Narcotics: The Heart of What Was Suppressed 127
9 Ruby's Background: Narcotics, the Teamsters, and the Racing Wire Service 144
10 The Nationally Protected Drug Traffic and Ruby's Relation to It 164
11 Blakey and the Politics of Fighting Crime 182
12 Ruby, Narcotics, and the Establishment 197
13 The Coalitions against the Kennedys 211
14 Intrigue, Murder, Cover-Up: The Continuity of Manipulation 226
15 Oswald as an Informant for the Government 242
16 Oswald as a Double Agent for Hoover 254
17 Army Intelligence and the Dallas Police 267
18 The Assassination and the Great Southwest Corporation 283
19 Who Killed JFK? The Deep Political System 295
Notes 315
Bibliography 383
Index 393
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