- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851584722
- ISBN-13: 978-1851584727
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,409,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
JFK: The Second Plot Hardcover – 1 Sep 1992
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"Unearths some uncomfortable truths, including incontrovertible evidence that official assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was a long-time CIA agent who had been picked for the pasty role months in advance" (Morning Star) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Matthew Smith is a successful scriptwriter, producer and writer. He has written extensively on the Kennedy administration and assassination and was consultant to Central Television's The Men Who Killed Kennedy and the German ZDF television's John F Kennedy: Der Jahrhundertmord. His previous publications include Vendetta: The Kennedys and The Men Who Murdered Marilyn. His latest book Say Goodbye To America: The Sensational and Untold Story behind the Assassination of John. F. Kennedy was published in 2001 by Mainstream. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have to read one book on the mystery of the JFK death, showing the facts of what happened, possible connection with Oswald and possible reasons why JFK was assassinated then buy this. This is well worthy of the 5 stars because, unlike other non-fictional books, the facts and figures don't become merged into one, and the story flows very nicely with continuing interest.
Matthew Smith's theory is very plausible, not at all far-fetched. Clearly he has put a great deal of thought into this, and I will certainly read his other books on the same subject.
What makes this book stand out is that it is not simply a re-hashing of other people's theories, nor does it just focus on the failings of the Warren Report and the U.S. government (although his criticisms are well-founded and balanced). Where other books have thankfully stripped the official version of any credibility and raised serious questions, Matthew Smith goes a step further and says "this is what I think might have happened..." The second half of the book provides an excellent chronological account of Lee Harvey Oswald as an adult and shows very simply how he became involved in JFK's assassination.
The book itself, however, is at times badly written. Occasional poor sentence structure often causes the reader to stumble at a key stage. Smith also at times does not make clear whether he is writing about a documented fact or personal opinion. More noticeable is a tendency to repeat statements at curious times, or interject thoughts at random moments, particularly so in the last 2 pages: Smith is discussing the merits of a note allegedly written by Oswald to a "Mr Hunt", but this quickly moves into a 4-line conclusion to the book.
Don't let that put you off though - it really is worth reading.
The first flaw I noticed about this book was that author Matthew Smith has not listed any of his sources and, forgive me if I'm wrong, I can't find anything in the book which suggests they're listed elsewhere.
By chapter five Smith indirectly supports the Commission by suggesting they had no option but to fabricate the lone killer theory. He quotes Lyndon Johnson supposedly saying to Earl Warren a free, independent judicial commission could discover the assassination was authorised by a foreign government and, if that was the case, a long and brutal war resulting in the lives of 40 million people and the USA being laid to waste would have been the only available option for revenge. If true, the Commission's actions were abhorrent but imagine if they proved Johnson's theory correct, no one would agree such a brutal war, which would almost certainly have involved nuclear weapons, was a realistic or plausible option.
Smith argues Lee Harvey Oswald, a believer in Communist principles from a young age, was specially picked out by the CIA during his time in the Marines to become a spy in Russia. Upon his return to America with his Russian wife and child, he was suddenly chosen by renegade anti-Castro CIA agents to be involved in the assassination. Kennedy would be killed and Oswald, who was not one of the shooters, would quickly flee in a privately hired jet to Cuba, making it seem like Castro had authorised the killing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my humble opinion I would rate this as a really excellent book that is well researched and well indexed.Published on 20 Dec. 2013 by Anthony Williams
Interesting logical deduction from known facts of the hidden power structure's attempt to make a strong link between the elimination of its greatest threat - JFK - & Castro, as a... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by jmak
I can't help wondering about some of the reviews you read on amazon praising this kind of book.
Are they the work of those who wish to discredit the author by unhinged... Read more
Solving or rather identifying the real collaborators and perpetrators shrouded in JFK assassination's puzzle and its mystiry had probably been a wild goose chase for many... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by Omar Farid
Luckily I didn't buy this book - I read a library copy. Had I wasted my own money on it I would have been seriously miffed. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2009 by Barry Ryder
I had some major troubles with this book. Firstly the writting style is terrible. The repetitiveness is simply annoying. Read morePublished on 5 April 2005