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Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination

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The rifle fire in Dallas that killed John F. Kennedy didn’t just start a frantic effort to find his assassins. It also launched a flurry of covert actions by officials like Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Helms to hide U.S. plans to invade Cuba with the secret help of Cuba’s Army Commander, Juan Almeida. Cover-ups by top U.S. officials prevented a major international catastrophe but also prevented a full investigation of JFK’s assassination, spawning a tragic ...
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Overview


The rifle fire in Dallas that killed John F. Kennedy didn’t just start a frantic effort to find his assassins. It also launched a flurry of covert actions by officials like Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Helms to hide U.S. plans to invade Cuba with the secret help of Cuba’s Army Commander, Juan Almeida. Cover-ups by top U.S. officials prevented a major international catastrophe but also prevented a full investigation of JFK’s assassination, spawning a tragic legacy of secrecy.

Extensively documented and based on exclusive interviews and newly declassified files from the National Archives, this update and expanded edition of Legacy of Secrecy details:

The full story behind Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello’s confession to JFK’s murder, with new details appearing for the first time in this updated edition

Each step taken by mob bosses Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Roselli to hide the results that followed

The secret attempts of Robert F. Kennedy and his aides to expose his brother’s killers, continuing his war against the Mafia by focusing increased attention on the Mafia bosses behind JFK’s assassination until RFK’s own murder

Legacy of Secrecy also includes new evidence about the assassination of Martin Luther King, exposing connections between James Earl Ray and Marcello, who “brokered” the hit for a Georgia white supremacist. Additionally, this trade paperback edition features fresh information about Robert Kennedy’s murder, revealing the criminal ties of Sirhan and his two mob attorneys. The long shadow of secrecy surrounding both JFK’s murder and the coup plan ultimately set the stage for the Watergate break-in. It drove Richard Nixon from office, triggered the murders of five Congressional witnesses, and continues to impact U.S.-Cuba relations today.

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Explosive new material, based mainly on government documents from the National Archives.” —Vanity Fair

“Waldron and Hartmann offer convincing evidence . . . A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets, this account proves the continuing relevancy and importance of seeking the truth behind one of the US’s most personal tragedies.” —Publishers Weekly

“I believe Waldron's heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963 . . . Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.” —Liz Smith, New York Post

“They’ve done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory.” —Ron Rosenbaum

“Staggering!” —Mark Crispin Miller

“Exhaustively researched” —New York Observer

“[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over 800 pages of intricately documented data. Their findings add pieces to one of our most perplexing puzzles, and suggest where the key missing pieces may be found.” —Ronald Goldfarb, Daily Beast

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619021907
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 944
  • Sales rank: 801,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Lamar Waldron’s historical research and nonfiction boos have won praise from Publishers Weekly, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and major publications in Europe. Called “the ultimate JFK historian” by Variety, his groundbreaking research has been the subject of two primetime specials on the Discovery Channel, produced by NBC News. He has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, and television specials in England, Germany, Japan, and Australia.
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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    The Legacy of Secrecy: A Review

    This is a brilliant 5-star book that surpasses all the previous books about the assassination of JFK (and also about Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King). And that puts this book at the head of a very big library indeed. The research is exhaustive, and leaves the readr convinced about the primary role of the Mafiosi: Carlos Marcello (New Orleans), Santos Trafficante (Tampa), and Johnny Roselli (Chicago) - with the collusion of the CIA, FBI, and blessings of Hoover - in the plot to get rid of the president - so that his brother, Robert, would no longer have the power to interfere with (let alone damage) the power of the Mafia. The cast of characters is very large (I made a spreadsheet so I could remind myself of all the interconnections among the key players)and the book is long - and takes a bit of perseverance to see it through to the finish. But the task is well worth the effort. What we always felt about the shots coming from the grassy knoll (and not from Oswald) and about the cover-up staged by the Warren Commission - emerge as all too true. Scary to think our wonderful country could descend to such skulduggery. I'd feel better if the New York Times had the "cojones" to acknowledge the truths in this book, but I am getting on in years and I don't think I'll live to see that. Maybe my gradnkids.
    Michael H Stone, MD

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Mystery solved

    This is the only book one needs to read to know once and for all the truth about the Kennedy assassinations the murder of Martin Luther King Jr and the reality behind the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Meticulously documented and well-written, this book is also extremely depressing. The tragedy of prejudice and sheer hatred and greed that existed then is still with us today. This book makes that apparently so even if that was not the authors intent. Having read many books on this and related subjects as I have sought answers to these tragedies ever since that grey November day as I sat in my fifth grade classroom after recess when our principal came over the P.A.a to announce that the president had been shot and killed, this book confirms much of what I came to believe occurred. Anyone who still chooses to believe that pack of lies and missing information known as the Warren Report after reading this book is either delusional, stupid, or both.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    I'm not surprised...

    when it came around to shutting up DA Garrison.After JFK's assasination, the media shut him up not allowing his investigation to be out in the public.Ultimately,I came to a grim conclusion that this author needs to write another book about LBJ prior to being in the 1960 presidential race.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Good things is a timeless story!!!

    Loved the story, did not want it to end. Found out after I finished the book that in August the author is coming out with sequel to this book. Can't wait. This author makes you feel like you know the charaters and that you want to be part of their lives. Can't wait till august for the sequel. This author is unbeleiveable, she makes you fall in love with all her charactors.

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    Night crawler/kurt is locked out of this search. He has asked me to tell you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Kitty

    Ok thx tell him to go to the next res

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Much interesting material

    But not necessarily with the right conclusion. Includes much interesting newly available information that would take one many years to find and put together on one's own. On this topic, however, it is virtually impossible to know which of the available dots that can be connected are actually relevant and which irrelevant. The authors have done a good job finding a lot of new dots. Whether the correct solution to this puzzle has or has not been put together in this book is a highly complex issue that perhaps no one is competent to judge.

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