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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Iconoclassic Books (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771520094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771520096
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In truth, this book really has a story worth five stars but I have had to deduct a star because it is not that well written, although absorbing there are a few typos, the text repeats itself too frequently and it seems to be almost an advertisement for Mr Joesten's other books on the same subject which would be better covered by footnotes or endnotes.

There are so many conspiracy theories about the death of JFK but this appears to me to be wholly convincing. LBJ, comes across as a thoroughly unpleasant man prepared to lie to cover his own tracks and prepared to bring down his best friends. As the author asks - how did a man who came to Washington DC with only one suit die worth $14m when all he had was a congressional salary? A tale of corruption throughout the American Establishment, it does not even touch on the damage Johnson did to his country through escalation of the Vietnam war.

A really good read for anyone interested in Congressional history in the second half of the 20th C. My parents used to say to me that everyone can remember where they were when JFK was assassinated, in the same way that everyone of my generation can remember where they were when the Twin Towers were hit. This book unmasks one of the least savory politicians every to become President of the USA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluekahun55 on 20 Feb. 2014
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A very convincing case that LBJ was complicit as hell in the assassination of JFK. What an absolute rotter and scoundrel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john B on 19 Feb. 2014
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What an eyeopener this book is. When I read of the goings on of LBJ and his cronies it makes one think that they live in a different world to people like that. Very well wriiten in easy to follow narration that is why I give it four stars. Good author I like his style.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on 16 Jun. 2009
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Forced to be published out of the U.S., this book was first published in 1968 in the UK, Joesten's research on LBJ is impeccable. Writing like the investigative journalist that he was, the author pulls the wool off of LBJ at every turn. In doing so, he is not alone in believing that LBJ is one of America's all-time corrupt political sleaze-bag politicians. Every detail of the Bobby Baker, Billy Sol Estes, Walter Jenkins, and many other LBJ scandals that go back to his first stolen election where he earned the name of "Landslide Lyndon," are revealed in excruciating details here. LBJ's relatives, friends and enemies were all interviewed and what they had to say about LBJ is about as explosive as one could imagine.

Included are LBJ's connection to the mob, Texas oil, political graft and corruption, blackmailing of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover (his next door neighbor for more than twenty years), including murders. The almost endless series of both high and low scandals, demonstrates that LBJ's capacity for evil was only exceeded by his capacity for crudity and "red neck" bad taste.

According to this author, LBJ not only was evil, but also thin-skinned, volatile, vulgar and knew and used the "ways of power." The crux of the book is that LBJ knew (and said so) that unless JFK was killed, he was not just off the 1964 presidential ticket, but was also headed directly to the nearest jail.

An LBJ led assassination of JFK was an imperative. It was his only "way out" of his tenuous set of circumstances bursting at the seams with scandals that could have landed him in jail. Five Stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martina h on 3 April 2014
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This is more of a rant than a studied biography on Johnson. Couldn't finish this book just got bored with the totally biased opinion. Just give us the facts and lets us make our own minds up.
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A very convincing expose of LBJ's "dark side" - though some of the accusations could also be applied to the Kennedy family. Recent studies support the belief that LBJ was very closely involved with the assassination - something which Joesten was effectively arguing as early as 1964 when asserting that Oswald could not have been guilty.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Caldwell on 11 Dec. 2013
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Heavy going but fascinating well worh the read, but hard to believe he could get away with massive corruption and blackmail
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