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

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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.

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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:
9780786718320
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/02/2006
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.20(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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Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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])
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
BarristerND More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this book but it gets boring to many pages and the story goes around in circles
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.