Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK

Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK

by Lamar Waldron
     
 

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Seventeen years in the making, drawing on exclusive interviews with members of the Kennedy administration and of the Kennedy's Cuban inner circle among dozens of others, complementing the information mined from thousands of recently declassified files. Ultimate Sacrifice is a landmark in historical research, compilation, and reporting, meticuloously

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Seventeen years in the making, drawing on exclusive interviews with members of the Kennedy administration and of the Kennedy's Cuban inner circle among dozens of others, complementing the information mined from thousands of recently declassified files. Ultimate Sacrifice is a landmark in historical research, compilation, and reporting, meticuloously assembling all of the formely out-of-reach or concealed pieces, to explain for the first time, the full and detailed context which gave rise to the Kennedy assassination. In doing so, authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann not only shed new light on one of the most tumultuous eras in modern American history, but definitively solve the mystery of its greatest political tragedy.

For more than four decades since his death in 1963, John F. Kennedy has captured the imagination of the American people. Myth and conjecture have swirled around him, his life and his work. Nonetheless, the secret with the most profound and catastrophic impact on America has remained hidden. Ultimate Sacrifice reveals this secret for the first time, providing the missing piece to one of the great puzzles of post-war America: The truth behind the events surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.

Ultimate Sacrifice reveals a previously unknown "Plan for a Coup in Cuba," authorized by John Kennedy and run by the President's borther, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The CIA's code name for their supporting role in the coup plan (AMWORLD) has never previously surfaced in any book, article, or government investigation, consistant with one of the most secret covert operations in our history. And with that secrecy came tragedy. A plan as audcious as this engineered coup and its follow-up invasion by "Invited" US forces, would have been a severe threat to national security if revealsed in the post-Cuban Missile Crisis environment. And when Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Roselli-three powerfull Mafia dons who would have gone to any lengths to rid themselves of what they saw to be persecution by the mob-busting Attorney General-learned of this plan, they realized that the government would go to equally audacious lengths in order to avoid revealing it to the public. With that knowledge to protect them, the seeds of a President's demise were sown.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There has been a long hiatus in significant books on the JFK assassination since Gerald Posner's Case Closed argued in 1993 that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Posner took the CIA's lack of involvement for granted, and that, according to this mammoth and painstakingly researched account, was a big mistake. It is Waldron and Hartmann's (The Edison Game) contention-bolstered by access to many previously unavailable files, and interviews with little-known as well as prominent figures-that the CIA knew a great deal about the assassination. But the agency couldn't admit what it knew because that could uncover the existence of a U.S. plan for a coup in Cuba, run by JFK's brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The assassination, say the authors, was carried out by hired gunmen on the orders of three noted Mafia dons whose lives were being made miserable by RFK's ruthless pursuit-and these Mafia men knew about the planned invasion because they had worked with the CIA on previous efforts to topple Castro. Oswald, long a hidden CIA agent, was set up as the patsy, and it had always been Jack Ruby's job to eliminate him if he wasn't killed at the scene of Kennedy's shooting. How do the authors make their case? With a relentless accumulation of detail, a very thorough knowledge of every political and forensic detail and the broad perspective of historians rather than assassination theorists. They spend perhaps too much time with people they admire, like the late Enrique Ruiz Williams, who was a crucial early source for them. They also cannot resist chasing stories of only marginal relevance to their principal one, like what really happened to Che Guevara in Cuba. But no future historian of that tormented period in American history will be able to ignore their very convincing presentation, even if a lay reader may feel overwhelmed by the sheer weight of the evidence. B&w photos. (Nov. 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786735112
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/29/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
960
Sales rank:
1,034,819
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Lamar Waldron's groundbreaking research has been cited in media outlets ranging from Vanity Fair and The New Republic to the History Channel and USA Today. His work has been acknowledged by authors such as Anthony Summers and Gus Russo, historians like Dr. John Newman and John H. Davis, and former goverment investigators Gaeton Fonzi and FBI veteran WIlliam Turner. Waldron received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgia State University and lives in Atlanta.

Thon Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in over a dozen languages. An internationally known speaker, his most recent books are The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Unequal Protection, We the People: A Call to take Back America, and What Would Jefferson Do? His nationally syndicated radio show is currently on Air America and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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