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JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

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by L. Fletcher Prouty, Oliver Stone (Introduction), Jesse Ventura (Foreword by)

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Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, the former CIA operative known as “X,” offers a history-shaking perspective on the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. His theories were the basis for Oliver Stone’s controversial movie JFK. Prouty believed that Kennedy’s death was a coup d’état, and he backs this belief up with his


Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, the former CIA operative known as “X,” offers a history-shaking perspective on the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. His theories were the basis for Oliver Stone’s controversial movie JFK. Prouty believed that Kennedy’s death was a coup d’état, and he backs this belief up with his knowledge of the security arrangements at Dallas and other tidbits that only a CIA insider would know (for example, that every member of Kennedy’s cabinet was abroad at the time of Kennedy’s assassination). His discussion of the elite power base he believes controlled the U.S. government will scare and enlighten anyone who wants to know who was really behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prouty, who was a Washington insider for nearly 20 years--in the last few of them as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Kennedy--has a highly unusual perspective to offer on the assassination and the events that led up to it. Familiar to moviegoers as the original of the anonymous Washington figure, played by Donald Sutherland in the Oliver Stone's movie JFK , who asks hero Jim Garrison to ponder why Kennedy was killed, Prouty leaves no doubt where he stands. The president, he claims, had angered the military-industrial establishment with his procurement policies and his determination to withdraw from Vietnam, and had threatened to break the CIA into ``a thousand pieces'' after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. His death was in effect a coup d'etat that placed in the White House a very different man with a very different approach--one much more acceptable to what Prouty consistently calls ``the power elite.'' Although he declares that such an elite has operated, supranationally, throughout history, and is all-powerful, he never satisfactorily explains who its members are and how it functions--or how it has allowed the current East-West rapprochement to take place. Still, this behind-the-scenes look at how the CIA has shaped postwar U.S. foreign policy is fascinating, as are Prouty's telling questions about the security arrangements in Dallas, his knowledge of the extraordinary government movements at that time (every member of the Cabinet was out of the country when Kennedy was shot) and his perception that most of the press has joined in the cover-up ever since. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Prouty, the mysterious ``X'' in Oliver Stone's JFK , promises to explain why Kennedy was assassinated. Instead, he delivers a muddled collection of undocumented, bizarre theories, most significantly that a super-powerful, avaricious power elite engineered the Cold War and all its pivotal events--Korea, Vietnam, the U-2 incident, the Bay of Pigs, and the Kennedy assassination. Although they are never identified, these shadowy technocrats, working through the CIA, allegedly had Kennedy murdered because he was on the brink of ending America's commitment to Vietnam, along with its billions of dollars of military contracts. Prouty avoids some very important issues. Would Kennedy, a Cold War warrior's warrior, have indeed ended American support for Diem? And why couldn't the omnipotent power elite ensure the election of Richard Nixon, its preferred candidate, in 1960--especially since Kennedy won by only .02 percent? A much better choice is John M. Newman's JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power ( LJ 3/15/92). See also James DiEugenio's Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case , reviewed in this issue, p. 123.--Ed.-- Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp . Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.

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Meet the Author

L. Fletcher Prouty (1917–2001), a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy years. He was directly in charge of the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA. He was also the author of The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies.

Jesse Ventura is the former governor of Minnesota and author of four national bestsellers, including 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. Ventura is the host of the television showConspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV. He lives in Minnesota and Mexico.

Oliver Stone is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.  He has won Oscars for directing Born On The Fourth Of July and Platoon, and for writing Midnight Express. He was nominated for director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). 

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JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
emeulemans More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read, if you are looking for the truth when it comes to CIA operations, how the Vietnam War came to be, along with all of the events and controversy in the JFK Assassinaton. Prouty does a great job of including all of the facts through numerous different papers and other important document. Along with the documents, he had the first hand experience when it came to a majority of the information he talks about in the book. All of the controversial topics, including the CIA, Vietnam, the plot to assassinate JFK, and a high cabal are all backed up with factual information and not just what ifs. A very interesting part of the book occurs in the final chapters where the actual events of the assassination are talked about along with all of the unusual things and events that point to a high cabal ordering the assassination of JFK. The actual evidence that is found how the cover story has a number of loop holes is very interesting. There was a change that was occurring when Kennedy was in office it would have been really showcased if he had been President for a full two terms. How the CIA got started and how it had progressed to become very powerful is very interesting, along with what tactics they have been using for years in lower developed countries. This book also gives you a better picture of what the Vietnam War was actually like along with how long U.S. personel were actually there. Overall, this book is very eye opening when it comes to the CIA, Vietnam, and how the assassination of JFK went down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read if you love the behind the scene look at why the President was killed...
Guest More than 1 year ago
L.Fletcher Prouty's brilliant book takes us back to the end of WW2 thru the assasination of JFK in easy to understand language that is simply impossible not to believe. Prouty was there, first as a pilot involved in WW2 and later as a member of the CIA, and worked for the Joint Chiefs. He was as near to the coup that toppled JFK as anyone. Although he had no part in the coup, he brilliantly pieces it together. The motives and the reasons why JFK had to be removed were because he was determined to end US involvement in Vietnam, as well as him being a virtual lock to be re-elected in 1964. His enemies decided drastic measures were required to allow the Vietnam Conflict to continue on, ensuring billions in profit for the military industrial complex companies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book goes into great detail about other possible causes for the assination than the usual suspects,Mr Prouty was very deep inside the administration and had access to many world leaders throughout his career. Very good read, and thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should have known better to expect intelligence froma book by oliver stone and jesse ventura. As with all of these theories, they miss the fact that the number of American troops in Viet Nam during the kennedy presidency went from 300 to 16,000. This is a fine work of fiction, but it shouldn't be considered history.
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Dark Hopes and Trials, LightBlood, WolfClan's Part 1<p> Firesteel was watching Ghoststar when he heard the news. Honeyblossom had had three healthy kits and she was awake, nursing them right now. Ghoststar went to meet the new kits and their mother as soon as Leafpool told him they were okay. Firesteel decided to stay put and rest awhile until Honeyblossom announced their names.<br> Redkit, one of the oldest kits, padded out of the nursery and over to Firesteel. "Am I glad to be out of there," he mewed. "That was disgusting."<br> Firesteel chuckled. "You could of left before now."<br> "I wanted to be the first t say hi to them," Redkit admitted. "Hey, do you know when Ghoststar is going to hold my apprentise ceremony?"<br> "Soon, I'm sure. But you still have a quarter-moon until you're even six moons."<br> "It's just so boring in the nursery. Guess what?"<br> Kits, Firesteel thought, they just can't stick to one topic. "What," he asked, curious.<br> "Midnightmoon is expecting. She told Leafpool after the kitting. I always wondered if she was getting fat or if it was just my imagination."<br> Firesteel lightly hit Redkit's head. "Don't be rude."<br> Ghoststar padded out of the nursery to his deputy, Bravestorm. "Send Firesteel, Iceshard, and Fatalheart to the AshClan border. No apprentises. Actually, get them to take Gingerpaw. They may need backup."<br> Bravestorm looked curiously at Ghostsar and padded to Firesteel. "You heard her, correct?" Firesteel nodded. "Giess what you're doing then," she muttered. "Be quick. Hopefully it's nothing. Wonder why she wants you guys to go there." She padded off and left Firesteel to go find the rest of his patrol. Redkit tried following but Firesteel picked him up and placed him in the nursery. "Make sure he stays please, Midnightmoon," he said to the queen.<br> Midnightmoon nodded and Redkit ran to her and started begging to let him go with the patrol. Midnightmoon was still arguing with Redkit by the time Firesteel and his patrol left.<p> Comments at 'comment' res 6. Locations are at 'dark desire' res 1. Please tell me how it is. Thanks. LightBlood.
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Victor-Reznov More than 1 year ago
This book has been very informative and was written wonderfully. I thought that this book would be based upon the authors opinion but after reading you can tell without a doubt he is speaking from personal experience and he is very educated on the subjects that are not his experience. Leroy Fletcher Prouty was a very good author and I found this book to be not only extremely entertaining but very informative. If you are looking to gain knowledge about (as the title says) JFK the CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy I highly recomend this book.
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Light gray shecat with dark grey patches. A dark gry ring circles her eyes,whoch are a golden amber. One of her paws is white,an dark grey rings are on her tail. The tailtip is white. Rainpaws dream name is rainember. Foster mother:ghoststar. Mentor:hawksky
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Rainfall- a light grey she cat with amber eyes. She has a dark grey ring around her eyes and several rings around her feathery,wispy tail. She has dark grey patches and paws. Mate-hawksky.&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;reedkit- dark brown tom with black paws and stripes with green eyes.&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;leafkit-a calico she cat with blue eyes, same personality as rainfall.&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;
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My name is Ghoststar, I am a 24 mooned old she-cat. I have snow white fur with icy blue eyes, through time I have come to gain shredded ears and a crooked tail. I am now leader of WolfClan since my mate Jaystar suddenly vanished. I am kind, caring and loyal, both to my clan and my kits, Adderstrike, Badgerfang, and Rabbitdash. I have many family and friends, to many to name... Currently I am still moarning for the loss of Jaystar, but that will not stop me from being a strong and good leader.
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NAME Poppykit (dream warrior name Poppyfrost)<p>AGE 5 moons<p> GENDER shecat <p> DESC a slender long haired light brown tabby with white chest and belly and sky blue eyes <p> PERS meet her<p>KIN Snow (birth mother dead) Hawkfrost (birth father Dead) Silverstrike (adopted mother alive and here) no adopted father. Bramblekit (twin brother. Bloodclan)<p> RANK kit but soon warrior apprentice <p> CRUSH hmmm mabe<p>KITS none ew imma kit<p> MATE same as kit<p> PAST just ask
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Age: indeterminate. Gender: female position: warrior Physical characteristics: slim and white with a black patch of fur over one eye and at the tip of her tail. She has three parallel scars from the side of her face to the corner of her right eye, and a ripped ear. Personality: fierce, clever, loyal and swift. She has a bit of a temper, and doesn't have much patience for stupidity or immaturity. Mate: none, and she doesn't really want one. Kits: none, and she doesn't want them either. She likes kits, but doesn't have the patience to put up with them. History: Moonscar has had a dark past. Two years ago, she served in the evil clan the Starclan Rebellion as a young shecat barely out of kithood under the ferocious female warrior Angelclaw. Angelclaw became a twisted role model for the young cat and when she left the Rebellion with a fellow shecat, Silvermoonstar, she had much bigger plans in mind. Together they formed the Evil Within, a lawless bunch of psychopathic maniacs, and wreaked death and destruction over all of the clans. Moonscar was confused, however. She felt Angelclaw would have been proud of all she had done in the name of evil, but she felt something was missing. After a year of endless fighting, Moonscar decided to attack Wolfclan. There were many vicious battles, but Moonscar's friend Karma opened her eyes to what she'd been searching for- a true home. Moonscar joined Wolfclan and protected them from Silvermoonstar's wrath by fighting alongside them. She went on many quests for Wolfclan, until her sudden and tragic disappearance six months ago. No one had heard word of her, and it was with great sadness that many believed the tough warrior to finally be dead. Not so! Moonscar has emerged from a frightful journey filled with captivity, torture, endless battles, and a desperate fight to get home, proving that cats really do have nine lives.
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Rainbowdash: "rainbow cat" first res.<br> <p> Raritygem: *diamond cat* first res.<br> <p> Applejack: *southern cat* first res.