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

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Cuba's number three official today — Commander Juan Almeida — was secretly working with JFK in November 1963 to overthrow Fidel. The U.S. government recently revealed Almeida's work for JFK, allowing the updated trade paperback of Ultimate Sacrifice to tell the full story for the first time (complete with new photos and documents). The authors obtained the story from almost two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, starting in 1990 with JFK's Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Their accounts are supported by thousands of newly-released files at the National Archives. Almeida's "palace coup," set for December 1, 1963, was to be backed up by U.S. forces "invited" in by Commander Almeida, then Chief of the Cuban Army. However, three Mafia bosses being targeted by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy used several CIA assets to infiltrate the secret plot and murder JFK. This resulted in cover-ups by officials like RFK and LBJ, to prevent the exposure of Almeida and a possible nuclear confrontation with the Soviets. The new edition explains why Almeida was not a double agent, why Fidel suspected Almeida's ally Che Guevara, and what Fidel did in 1990 when he finally found out about Almeida's work for JFK.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582434230
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 793,119
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.95 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Cuban missile crisis and C-day 21
Ch. 2 Harry Williams 29
Ch. 3 The C-day "plan for a coup in Cuba" 41
Ch. 4 Anworld : the CIA's portion of C-day 55
Ch. 5 The Kennedy men : Vance, Haig, and Califano 67
Ch. 6 Harry Williams, RFK, and the coup leader 80
Ch. 7 The "plan for a coup in Cuba" : December 1, 1963 86
Ch. 8 The contingency plans 101
Ch. 9 "Playing with fire" 113
Ch. 10 The countdown for C-day begins : November 22, 1963 127
Ch. 11 Harry Williams and the Cubans 138
Ch. 12 Manuel artime 147
Ch. 13 Manolo Ray 160
Ch. 14 Eloy Menoyo 165
Ch. 15 Tony Varona 178
Ch. 16 Cuban-American troops on US military bases 188
Ch. 17 Che Guevara : a reassessment 193
Ch. 18 The other plots against Castro 203
Ch. 19 US "assets into Cuba" 218
Ch. 20 The Chicago and Tampa assassination attempts and C-day 224
Ch. 21 Did Bobby feel responsible? 238
Ch. 22 Pieces of C-day : Banister and Ferrie; Martino and Cain 249
Ch. 23 Marcello, Trafficante, and Rosselli 263
Ch. 24 Ruby, Hoffa, heroin, and gun-running 277
Ch. 25 Nixon, Havana, and assassinating an attorney general 285
Ch. 26 Guatemala : the Mafia assassinates a president, the CIA stages a coup 293
Ch. 27 The Kennedys go on the attack 299
Ch. 28 Ruby, the Mafia, and the CIA help Castro 305
Ch. 29 1959 : CIA-Mafia plots and coup attempts 313
Ch. 30 The CIA turns to Hoffa 324
Ch. 31 Menoyo, Morales, and Phillips plan a coup 340
Ch. 32 Ruby, Trafficante, the Kennedys, and "Jack La Rue" 353
Ch. 33 September 1959 : Artime, Varona, and Ruby target Castro 371
Ch. 34 1960 and 1961 : new CIA-Mafia plots, the Bay of Pigs, and RFK's war against Marcello 386
Ch. 35 The war against the godfathers and targeting RFK 399
Ch. 36 Shifting the target to JFK 410
Ch. 37 The CIA-Mafia plots, Operation Mongoose, plans to invade, and the Cuban missile crisis 418
Ch. 38 1963 : targeting Castro and the mob targeting JFK 427
Ch. 39 Someone to take the fall : Lee Harvey Oswald 439
Ch. 40 Three Oswald riddles 460
Ch. 41 David Atlee Phillips and fair play for Cuba, Marcello and Oswald, Oswald and Gilberto Lopez 473
Ch. 42 Targeting Harry Williams 483
Ch. 43 The French connection heroin network and the plan to kill JFK 491
Ch. 44 Oswald and the summer of 1963 509
Ch. 45 Oswald and David Atlee Phillips : his next assignment 525
Ch. 46 Oswald in Mexico City : a CIA operation compromised 539
Ch. 47 Fall 1963 : Rosselli, Robert Kennedy, and Ruby 560
Ch. 48 More Kennedy pressure on the godfathers 567
Ch. 49 The godfathers' plan to kill the president 575
Ch. 50 Laying the groundwork for Chicago 595
Ch. 51 The Cuba contingency plan and the phony Cuban agent 606
Ch. 52 Three weeks before Dallas : the Chicago assassination attempt 619
Ch. 53 JFK's Chicago motorcade : cancelled at the last minute 637
Ch. 54 Laying the groundwork for Tampa 652
Ch. 55 Mid-November 1963 : the President prepares a message for the coup leader 666
Ch. 56 November 18, 1963 : the attempt to assassinate JFK in Tampa 684
Ch. 57 November 19-21 : regrouping for Dallas 697
Ch. 58 November 22 : JFK is murdered 714
Ch. 59 RFK's suspicions and C-day is put on hold 730
Ch. 60 Another mob hit in Dallas devastates Bobby 753
Ch. 61 The legacy of secrecy 770
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    finally,,,after 42 years!

    I'v read every assasination book-re JFK since 1964....Ultimate Sacriface ties up all the loose ends that have bothered me,,including the previous attempts to kill JFK in Chicago, and Tampa-proving consiracy. The mob didn't have to cover this up--the government had the motive to do that,all by itself-and don't forget the mob and CIA were working together on the Cuba problem..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    ***BEST*** single volume on the JFK case: read on

    While I heartily recommend Harrison Livingstone's books, as well as James Fetzer's first two books, and even William Law's new book (regarding the **medical** evidence), as well as Walt Brown's 'The Warren Omission' and Stewart Galanor's 'Cover Up' for disecting the Warren Commission and the government's case quite amazingly, in my learned, experienced, well-read opinion, 'Ultimate Sacrifice' is THE ultimate book on the JFK case (with a nod to Larry Hancock's 'Someone Would Have Talked' as a very nice companion volume)! Not only is it very well written and put together (and lengthy: over 900 pages!), it is extremely well documented and thought out. There is no other way to put it: forget all the many 'theories' on the case put forward by others, however well meaning---'Ultimate Sacrifice' puts forward solid FACTS via HISTORIANS, utilizing a vast trove of (new) documents and unique-to-the-authors' knowledge obtained from Kennedy insiders, among many others. There WAS indeed a conspiracy involved in the death of JFK...and 'Ultimate Sacrifice' lays out the 'who', the 'what', and the 'why' better than any book I have ever seen. Get this book asap! Vince Palamara (a very proud contributor [re: Abraham Bolden/ Secret Service])

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    A difficult read.

    Extremely detailed; an extraordinary effort to research the subject matter and write cogently about it. However, it was a difficult read. Great subject matter creating good discussion topics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Fine account of JFK's murder by the Mafia

    Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann have written a remarkable book. They conclude, ¿John and Robert Kennedy had devised and were executing a secret plan to overthrow Fidel Castro on December 1, 1963.¿ The `Plan for a Coup in Cuba¿, drafted by Kennedy¿s Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance, was backed by the Departments of State and of Defense and by the CIA. It was to be a `palace coup¿ backed, if necessary, by a `full-scale invasion¿ by the US army and `air attacks¿. They intended the `liquidation of ¿ Castro¿ and of other Cuban leaders. They even intended to attack any Soviet forces in Cuba. The authors of this insane plan wrote, ¿US planning should include plans, for implementation as circumstances warrant at the time, for the possible neutralization or elimination of Soviet forces in Cuba.¿ They blithely discussed `US-Soviet confrontation¿ while aiming `to minimize Soviet loss of life¿. The Department of Defense was given the responsibility for carrying out this illegal aggression, after the CIA¿s fiasco at the Bay of Pigs. By October 1963, there were two `training camps¿ in Nicaragua and two in Costa Rica. The authors also show how three Mafia bosses killed JFK to stop his prosecution of the Mafia. Five Mafia members were involved in the plot against Cuba. The Mafia bosses used the Plan to cover up their plot: exposing their plot to kill JFK would expose JFK¿s plot to kill Castro, leading most likely to another nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union. Not surprisingly, over a million CIA records relating to JFK¿s murder are not to be released before 2017, if then. This insane Plan was all too reminiscent of Operation Northwood, in which the US Joint Chiefs of Staff planned to kill US citizens by terrorist acts then blame Cuba.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007


    i like this book but it gets boring to many pages and the story goes around in circles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Much Ado About Nothing

    This overhyped book was a huge disappointment. Repetitive, unconvincing, and based on a ludicrous premise namely that the Mafia killed JFK a week before he was set to invade Cuba. Why not wait a week, Mafia? See, they knew nobody would finger them because to do so would reveal the Cuba plot! Oh. Save your money and pass on this bloated piece of garbage.

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