Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination

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Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest intelligence official ever to defect from the Soviet bloc, reviews the Kennedy assassination, reveals facts covered up by the Kremlin, and addresses questions left unanswered by official investigations and numerous books. Pacepa is the only investigator of the assassination who had direct knowledge of the KGB's ties to Lee Harvey Oswald. Programmed to Kill places Pacepa's knowledge about the KGB's secret involvement with Oswald in the context of factual reporting that has ...

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Overview

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest intelligence official ever to defect from the Soviet bloc, reviews the Kennedy assassination, reveals facts covered up by the Kremlin, and addresses questions left unanswered by official investigations and numerous books. Pacepa is the only investigator of the assassination who had direct knowledge of the KGB's ties to Lee Harvey Oswald. Programmed to Kill places Pacepa's knowledge about the KGB's secret involvement with Oswald in the context of factual reporting that has appeared on the case. The book juxtaposes the KGB modus operandi—mostly unknown to outsiders—against the irrefutable evidence assembled by the FBI and other U.S. investigators.

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Editorial Reviews

Raleigh Metro Magazine
Answered many lingering questions lying around the JFK assassination landscape.
— Bernie Reeves
Washington Times
Mr. Pacepa's book is valuable . . . confirms what many of us have long believed.
— Joseph C. Goulden
Midwest Book Review
Any . . . collection interested in true crime and American history analysis needs this new survey . . . offering insights into questions left unanswered.
Epoch Times
Fascinating and engrossing account, which should be required reading for the entire American intelligence community.
— Justin P. Liuba
H-Net Reviews
A superb new paradigmatic work on the death of President Kennedy.
— Stan Weebber
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A superb new paradigmatic work on the death of President Kennedy.
— Stan Weebber
The Washington Times
Mr. Pacepa's book is valuable . . . confirms what many of us have long believed.
— Joseph C. Goulden
Michael Ledeen
In the Western world, Ion Mihai Pacepa is undoubtedly the person most knowledgeable about Soviet espionage. His Red Horizons is a masterful portrait of a Communist bloc country, and Programmed to Kill is a rich cornucopia of information about the KGB, the Romanian intelligence service, Soviet spycraft (the discussion of 'illegals' is exceptional) and the personalities atop the Kremlin. No previous author could have written with such authority and understanding. His analysis of Oswald must be considered one of the basic books about the Kennedy assassination.
Donald T. Critchlow
For those who love conspiracy theories, especially those about the Kennedy assassination, this is a rich one. Fiction or non-fiction? I will let the readers judge, but Pacepa's book makes for a fantastic read.
Vladimir Tismaneanu
This is a fascinating and provocative book that will definitely change our understanding of one of the 20th century's most disturbing and puzzling episodes.
Claude Matasa
As in a novel of Agatha Christie, every chapter of Programmed to Kill tightens the noose around the culprit, leading to the ineluctable conclusion that the whole series of events started from the Kremlin. The story lends perfectly to a non-fictional 'whodunit' movie.
Wayne A. Barnes
General Ion Mihai Pacepa has given us a new and very different point of view of the JFK assassination, clarifying what has been the conspiracy theorists' haven in the 20th century. In the FBI we taught that 'the truth is in the details,' and the General exquisitely reveals the truth-with verifiable, consistent, meshing-together, and incontrovertible facts about the involvement of the Soviet leadership and the KGB in this tragedy from start to finish, and even afterward in covering up their malfeasance. The General's credibility—from the time of his initial debriefings and to the present—continues to ring true. He speaks the 'language of intelligence' and admirably translates it for those who lived through that time but were unaware of how to interpret what the plethora of facts really meant. A younger generation can now also profit from the General's insight to see this historic event clearly.
Dorin Tudoran
General Pacepa is a former 'voice from within' that tells us how lack of expertise made possible a profoundly incorrect reading of even such clear facts.
Arnaud de Borchgrave
It took a quarter of a century to uncover the KGB hand behind the attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II. And it took the highest ever intelligence defector from the Soviet bloc to unravel President Kennedy's assassination. General Pacepa is the only researcher into the JFK assassination who had direct knowledge of the KGB's ties to Lee Harvey Oswald, and who learned from Khrushchev himself about his deep hatred for Kennedy. Pacepa was also involved in Moscow's frenzied effort to throw the blame for Kennedy's death on the U.S. But that was not enough to answer all the questions about the assassination. It took Pacepa many years to sift through all the information he had gathered and analyze it with American eyes. His Programmed to Kill is meticulously detailed. It covers all the bases left open by government investigations and the hundreds of books published on the assassination.
Nestor Ratesh
Programmed to Kill sends a wake-up call about the inherent evil of the KGB, whose former officers are now running Russia.
Raleigh Metro Magazine - Bernie Reeves
Answered many lingering questions lying around the JFK assassination landscape.
The Washington Times - Joseph C. Goulden
Mr. Pacepa's book is valuable . . . confirms what many of us have long believed.
Epoch Times - Justin P. Liuba
Fascinating and engrossing account, which should be required reading for the entire American intelligence community.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - Stan Weebber
A superb new paradigmatic work on the death of President Kennedy.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - Stan Webber
A superb new paradigmatic work on the death of President Kennedy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637619
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/25/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 501,805
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Ion Mihai Pacepa was national security adviser to Romania's president and acting chief of his foreign intelligence service. In 1978 he was granted political asylum by President Carter. He lives in the United States under a concealed identity.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     xi
Principal Figures in the Book     xvii
Kennedy Killed by a "Serzhant"     3
Moscow's Operation Dragon     11
First Hard Evidence of the PGU's Hand     18
Recruiting a Serzhant     26
A "Defector"     31
Recruitment in Japan     36
An Ideal Agent     43
Working for the PGU     50
A Secret Trip to Moscow     56
Soviet Citizenship Denied     64
Bogus Documents     71
Khrushchev Declares War on Kennedy     76
May Day in Moscow     82
Assassination Becomes a Tool of Foreign Policy     91
Testing the Waters     98
Prelude to Repatriation     103
Marina     112
A Foothold in Texas     120
The Commo Plan     126
Oswald's Best Friend     133
The Background of an Illegal Officer     145
Trained to Make Friends, Not Money     156
The Friend's PGU Role     164
A Shift in Plans     178
Khrushchev's Final Humiliation     184
Oswald Goes It Alone     187
The DryRun     193
A Game of Jai Alai     198
Plans for Kennedy's Visit     206
Moscow's Cold Shoulder     211
Disappointment in Mexico City     217
The Lone Assassin     227
The Silence of the Grave     237
The Cuban Contribution     246
Nosenko's Testimony     259
A Tangled Web of Deception     266
Death of a Hit Man     272
Operation Dragon Lives On     278
Connecting the Dots     283
Notes     305
Index     337
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2010

    Programmed to Kill

    This book gives a rare insight into the operation of the (previous) Communist countries' intelligence and counter-intelligence services, as described by a former very high-ranking officer in Romania's ingelligence apparatus (the officer defected to the West). Using the Kennedy assassination as an example, he details and carefully analyzes the relationship between the KGB and the so-called "iron curtain" intelligence services, which were subservient to and controlled by the KGB.
    The author presents a very interesting and educational description of the "sleeper agents" placed in Western countries by the Communist bloc intelligence services.
    This book is highly recommended for those who want to gain a fresh perspective on the Kennedy assassination, as written by the highest ranking Soviet bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West.

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