The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

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November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many records to remain secret for almost fifty years.

The Hidden History of JFK’s Assassination draws on exclusive interviews with more ...

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Overview


November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many records to remain secret for almost fifty years.

The Hidden History of JFK’s Assassination draws on exclusive interviews with more than two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence, and Congressional personnel, who provided critical first-hand information. The book also uses government files—including the detailed FBI confession of notorious Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello—to simply and clearly reveal exactly who killed JFK. Using information never published before, the book uses Marcello’s own words to his closest associates to describe the plot.

This book builds on the work of the last Congressional committee to investigate JFK’s murder, which concluded that JFK ‘was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy,” and that godfathers [“Santo] Trafficante [and Carlos] Marcello had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy.”

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2013-10-28
The mob did it. In this updated, more compact version of his earlier Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination (with Thom Hartmann, 2008), soon to be a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, veteran investigative reporter Waldron (Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA, 2012, etc.) fleshes out his argument that Mafia godfathers Carlos Marcello and Santo Trafficante ordered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Drawing on new interviews and declassified files, the author describes a small, carefully planned conspiracy orchestrated by Louisiana boss Marcello in retaliation for Robert Kennedy's war on the mob. Building on the 1979 findings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations that JFK's assassination was probably the result of a conspiracy and that Marcello and Trafficante had "the motive, means, and opportunity," Waldron weaves a complex, highly readable narrative with many disquieting elements. These include Marcello's meetings with Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby; Marcello's recorded prison-yard confession to a fellow inmate and FBI informer ("Yeah, I had the son of a bitch killed. I'm glad I did….I'm sorry I couldn't have done it myself"); and striking similarities in the behavior of Oswald and designated fall guys in two planned attempts on JFK's life during earlier motorcade visits in Chicago and Tampa. The author maintains that the godfathers took advantage of a planned U.S.-sponsored coup against Fidel Castro: They killed the president and managed to avoid detection in the subsequent coverup of the secret coup plans. Two European gunmen opened fire at Dealey Plaza, with Oswald as the fall guy, Waldron writes. Jack Ruby's orders were to find a cop who would kill Oswald or to do it himself, which he did. The book offers much speculation and plenty of instances of "perhaps," "probably" and "may have." True or not, this makes one hell of a story and ties up all the pesky loose ends of events in Dallas 50 years ago. The conspiracy crowd will love it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619022263
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 47,301
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Lamar Waldron’s historical research and nonfiction books 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 prime time 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 January 14, 2014

    Mr Waldron's research is meticulous, precise, and accurate.  He

    Mr Waldron's research is meticulous, precise, and accurate.  He is using unclassified, recently released government documents to finally do what no other government panel could do.  He tells exactly why and how President Kennedy was killed.   What surprises me somewhat is that the national media seems oblivious to this well-documented, irrefutable research.

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