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The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

by David Kaiser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674034724

ISBN-13: 9780674034723

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: Harvard

Neither a random event nor the act of a lone madman—the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was an appalling and grisly conspiracy. This is the unvarnished story.

With deft investigative skill, David Kaiser shows that the events of November 22, 1963, cannot be understood without fully grasping the two larger stories of which they were a

Overview

Neither a random event nor the act of a lone madman—the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was an appalling and grisly conspiracy. This is the unvarnished story.

With deft investigative skill, David Kaiser shows that the events of November 22, 1963, cannot be understood without fully grasping the two larger stories of which they were a part: the U.S. government’s campaign against organized crime, which began in the late 1950s and accelerated dramatically under Robert Kennedy; and the furtive quest of two administrations—along with a cadre of private interest groups—to eliminate Fidel Castro.

The seeds of conspiracy go back to the Eisenhower administration, which recruited top mobsters in a series of plots to assassinate the Cuban leader. The CIA created a secretive environment in which illicit networks were allowed to expand in dangerous directions. The agency’s links with the Mafia continued in the Kennedy administration, although the President and his closest advisors—engaged in their own efforts to overthrow Castro—thought this skullduggery had ended. Meanwhile, Cuban exiles, right-wing businessmen, and hard-line anti-Communists established ties with virtually anyone deemed capable of taking out the Cuban premier. Inevitably those ties included the mob.

The conspiracy to kill JFK took shape in response to Robert Kennedy’s relentless attacks on organized crime—legal vendettas that often went well beyond the normal practices of law enforcement. Pushed to the wall, mob leaders merely had to look to the networks already in place for a solution. They found it in Lee Harvey Oswald—the ideal character to enact their desperate revenge against the Kennedys.

Comprehensive, detailed, and informed by original sources, The Road to Dallas adds surprising new material to every aspect of the case. It brings to light the complete, frequently shocking, story of the JFK assassination and its aftermath.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674034723
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
536
Sales rank:
611,259
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Criminals, Cubans, Kennedys, and the CIA

1. Organized Crime in the 1950s

2. Castro Takes Power

3. The CIA Enlists the Mob

4. The Kennedys Take Over

5. Operation Mongoose

6. Crusaders and Gangsters

7 The Mob Enlists the CIA

Part II: Lee Harvey Oswald

8. A Defector Returns

9. The Big Easy

10. Oswald Exposed

11. The Odio Incident

12. Journey to Mexico

Part III: Converging Paths

13. Making Everyone Unhappy about Cuba

14. Turning Up the Heat

15. Countdown to Catastrophe

16. Three days in November

17. Keeping Secrets

Conclusion

Note on Sources

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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