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JFK and Sam: The Connection Between the Giancana and Kennedy Assassinations Hardcover – 31 Jan 2006

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing,US; 1st Edition edition (31 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581824874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581824872
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"JFK and Sam" is a tale of two murders. The first occurred in Dallas in 1963 and the second in Illinois in 1975. The first was ordered by Sam Giancana to avenge his betrayal by the Kennedys. Giancana had assured JFK's win in Illinois with the understanding that the new administration would go easy on the Chicago mob. Instead, Bobby Kennedy stepped up prosecutions. The second assassination was carried out by the CIA and the mob to prevent Giancana from testifying before the Church Committee hearings regarding his role in the CIA's plot to kill Fidel Castro. The irony is that both men were assassinated because of their relationship to each other and events that transpired from that relationship. "JFK and Sam" is unique from other books on the Kennedy assassination. Written by an insider with access to key figures, it names the assassins and traces the assassination team's movements in 1963. The first shot came from the Dal-Tex building (adjacent to the book depository) and struck Kennedy in the back of the neck.

The second came from Giancana's driver who fired a CIA prototype handgun with a telescope (called a "fireball") from the grassy knoll, using a frangible bullet, which explains why there was such a massive wound to Kennedy's head. Lee Harvey Oswald was the fall guy and did not fire a weapon.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Giancana, but not Giancana alone. 14 April 2006
By W. J. Dankbaar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book. It reads nicely and easily and gives a good overview of the case, also for beginners. This should not come as a surprise from me as I conversed a lot with author John Hughes and shared some of my research and materials for this book. Nevertheless a few tiny errors slipped into the last two chapters that deal with confessed grassy knoll shooter James E. Files. Such as that he used a .221 bullet, while in fact it was a .222 bullet. But these small errors are forgivable since they don't take away from the big picture, although the involvement of the CIA and the highest elements of US government could have been emphasized more. But then again, any child can grasp that Organized Crime alone could not have executed this coup d' état, not to mention its cover-up.

Five stars.

Wim Dankbaar

- author "Files on JFK"
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Who knew? 5 Mar. 2006
By M. Bracy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely astonishing. Being new to the whole Kennedy assignation field of study this book was my first introduction to this intriguing subject. I was so fascinated by the information presented by the book I was even inspired to purchase the DVD of the taped interview with "Deadeye". I would highly recommend this book largely due to the fact it has kindled an interest in me I never thought I would have. I am still amazed at the idea that the man responsible for the shooting of JFK is alive and well in a prison in Joliet, IL. Even more remarkable is the thought that the world doesn't know
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What really happened at Dallas! 21 Nov. 2005
By Don C. Michel - Published on Amazon.com
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The most important fact discussed in this book is JFK's violent lurch to his left after being struck in the right temple by a bullet fired from the area of the grassy knoll (or the picket fence behind it).

It was at least 12 years before the public was permitted to see the complete sequence of the Zapruder film including this reaction to the impact. If this complete version of the film had been available at the time of the assassination, people would simply not have bought the official conclusion that Kennedy's wounds resulted from a shot from behind because it is obvious that the shot had to come from in front.

Apologists for the single-bullet theory have tried to explain-away this movement claiming it was due to some kind of neurological reflex but the author - a professor of neurology who is director of clinical neurophysiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and who has authored seven books and more than 500 scientific articles about the brain and its functions - says this kind of reflex simply does not exist. He cites in addition two other experts in the field (page 193)supporting this claim.

There is much detail revealed on the motives of the mob figures involved, as well as apparent involvement of J. Edgar Hoover and at least some members of the CIA. The participation of Sam Giancanna's daughter, Antoinette in the authorship of the book adds considerable interest and altho there could be a better editing job (some un-necessary repitition is noted), the book makes sense throughout and even reveals the author's opinion that a confessed felon currently in an Illinois penitentiary is the real assassin.

This book is important.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to Fathom.... 18 July 2009
By Confederate - Published on Amazon.com
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The who-killed-JFK story seemingly continues to unfold, no matter how many times various authors try to lay it to rest. I enjoyed reading Chuck and Sam Giancana's "Double Cross: The Explosive, Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America," and felt that was a more visceral discussion of events leading up to the JFK murder; however, the two earlier Giancanas finger mobster Johnny Roselli as JFK's assassin. Antoinette Giancana, on the other hand, insists the trigger man was James Files, who fired a shot from a Remington Fireball XP-100 from the grassy knoll. Files was set to be interviewed on an NBC documentary, but when they asked a professional to vet File's story, the investigator reported: "In brief, NBC retained me as a consultant for their planned story on Files. I hired the detective firm of Jules Kroll. JK established from telephone records Files was in Chicago, not Dallas, on November 22, 1963. We then placed a call to Files from Dick Clark's office (DC was producer), and I interviewed Files about Kroll findings. He said he had a twin brother, who no one knew about, and whom he met shortly before November 22, and who he murdered after November 22. He said it was his twin brother in hospital with his wife, not him. His wife, however, said there was no twin, and Kroll confirmed there was no twin. My view then and now is that Files invented the story for the money it would earn him."

A twin brother? Pleeeeeeeassse!

So we have three Giancanas, two stories. Which to believe?

I still lean towards Johnny Roselli. Rosselli began to brag that he was the trigger man some years later and ended up dismembered in an oil drum in the Atlantic. Files, at least at the time of the printing of "JFK and Sam," is still alive and is serving time in an Illinois prison. That he's still alive belies the notion that he's the killer.

The lack of details in this book is the weak link. It's boring and bland and not particularly well written, and it also has holes that an aircraft carrier could sail through. She claims that in 1987, a fellow by the name of John C. Rademacher found the shell casing used by Files in some dirt along a fenceline in Dealey Plaza. Files said he bit the shell casing and, lo, this casing had a bite mark in it!

This is too much.

Antoinette is loyal to her father -- perhaps too loyal. She talks about the CIA murdering her father as if he was the head of some Fortune 500 corporation, instead of a crime syndicate, and lamenting it. I strongly believe the bullet that took JFK's life came from the front, not the back. Other than that, one needs to pick and choose who to believe. So far, I'm more inclined towards Sam and Chuck's book, which is exceptionally well written, loaded with details and juicy tidbits. Any information regarding Rosselli v. Files can probably be found on the Internet; I'd still go with Sam and Chuck's book because it's a far better book. Regardless of who shot Kennedy, we now know at least who killed him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
tantalizing bit of information 31 Aug. 2006
By Reader Views - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (8/06)

There have been so many books written about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, one would wonder why someone would bother writing another. There are two schools of thought about the assassination. One theory is that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman, working on his own initiative. The other theory is that the assassination was a giant conspiracy involving the FBI, the CIA and the Mafia.

One name that comes up time after time in the conspiracy theory camp is Sam Giancana, the Mafia chief of Chicago during the late 50s and 60s. This book is co-authored by Sam's daughter, Antoinette, who had intimate access to several of the main characters named in the conspiracy theory. Her co-authors are doctors in the fields of neurology, neurophysiology and neuropsychiatry who provide expert analysis about what could and could not have happened that day in November, 1963.

The authors lay out a logical sequence of events, showing the strong links between the Kennedy family and Sam Giancana; links stretching back to prohibition days when Joseph Kennedy was a bootlegger with a contract on his head for running his rum through Mob territory without permission.

Whatever theory you believe, this book is fascinating, delving into the inner workings of politics and the Mafia. I could hardly put the book down, although I had to keep skipping ahead to follow a particular story thread because the authors would throw out a tantalizing bit of information and then tell you they would explain it more fully in a future chapter. I couldn't wait to get to that chapter.

Received book free of charge.
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