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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters [Hardcover]

James W. Douglass
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25 Jun 2008
James Douglass lays out the journey that led JFK in the course of three years from his position as a traditional Cold Warrior to his determination to break with the logic of the Cold War and lead the world in an entirely different direction. This sequence of steps led his adversaries in the military and intelligence establishment to view him as a virtual traitor who had to be eliminated. Douglass's book has all the elements of a political thriller. But the stakes couldn't be higher. Only by understanding the truth behind the murder of JFK can we grasp his vision and assume the urgent struggle for peace today.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (25 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570757550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570757556
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.1 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''One of the most important books in recent years . . . . I hope many churchpeople will read it to understand the depth of our country s unspeakable darkness and be free, in the spirit of John Kennedy and Jim Douglass, to pursue 'peace for all humanity.' '' --John Dear, S.J., author, Living Peace

''Remarkable: devastating in its documented indictment of the dark forces that have long deformed the public life of this country . . . . This book should be required reading for every American citizen.'' --Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

''An exceptional achievement. Douglass has made the strongest case so far in the JFK assassination literature as to the Who and the Why of Dallas.'' --Gerald McKnight, author, Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why

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James W. Douglass is a longtime peace activist and writer. He and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington, and Mary's House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include The Nonviolent Cross, The Nonviolent Coming of God, and Resistance and Contemplation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars JFK and the Unspeakable 19 Dec 2008
In 1991, when Oliver Stone unveiled his movie "JFK," he was ridiculed and criticised for his compassionate portrayal of President Kennedy. His controversial thesis, that JFK was a man of peace who was struck down by a powerful cabal hell bent on war in southeast Asia, was not what the media or the establishment wanted the world to hear. Journalists who fancied themselves historians were quick to point out that it was Kennedy who announced in his inaugural address that Americans would "pay any price" in their fight against communism. And it was Kennedy that brought the world the closest it ever came to nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. JFK, they said, was a hardened cold warrior until his dying day. End of story.

To counter Stone's powerful story along came Gerald Posner, with the most heavily promoted JFK assassination book of all time. Posner told us that conspiracy theorists like Oliver Stone were all crazy and the Warren Commission was right all along - "it was Oswald, silly!" The simple fact that "Case Closed" was packed full of inaccuracies and distortions of truth didn't bother the media one bit. Instead, Posner was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Hot on his slippery heels came Seymour Hersh ready to let us know that "Hey, JFK wasn't that nice a guy after all so it really doesn't matter who killed him. Go on, forget about the assassination. Go see what's on TV." Thankfully the dark cloud that was Hersh's vision of Camelot quickly passed over our heads and the world's people were still able to think for themselves.

Jim Douglass took the time not only to think for himself but also to actively seek the truth for himself.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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The best book ever written on the JFK assassination?

Undoubtedly..in my opinion....yes.
James Douglass gives a beautifully written account of the events which led to the assassination of JFK. There is material in this book which I had never known about before. For example, the tragic fate of Ralph Yates who was inadvertently caught up in events which occurred in Dallas before JFK's assassination.What happened to Ralph Yates was a microcosm of the evil that was loose and up on its hindlegs and prowling Dallas and indeed prowling America in those now far off days and in the following days and years and an evil which still lurks and is still ready to show its hand in America - even today.
Also the extraordinary story told by Robert Vinson - another man who was brushed by the wings of history but who, unlike Ralph Yates, survived to tell his amazing story. Douglass deals with events surrounding the Berlin Wall crisis, the Cuba Crisis and the Bay Of Pigs fiasco.Events in Vietnam are covered and also how the assassins planned to kill JFK in Chicago only days before Dallas. There is so much more. A beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 24 Jan 2013
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I confess I'm only half-way through the book, but would like to add that I'm finding it utterly gripping. However, far from being sensationalised, it is actually very carefully referenced, meticulously researched and exquisitely written. The author has uncovered much new evidence with recently declassified documents and also refers to many other sources. Douglass is measured, yet his conclusions are still, of course, absolutely shocking. I guess the only reason such a book wasn't blocked from publication is that all the powerful perpetrators are long since dead. Highly recommended.
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If you are fascinated by the conspiracy and coalition of interests which played its part in the greatest act of treason in the 20th century and then subsequently made every effort to cover it up for the next 50 years, then this is a book for you.

This book is absolutely faultless in its research, every source is meticulously referenced and the author pieces together more or less all the answers to the questions of why and by whom. So much so, that it can explain why there is a refusal to release all the papers relevant to the Kennedy assassination 50 years on. If it was Oswald then why not release every classified document? Why was Oswald on the payroll of the CIA and the FBI? If Oswald was a communist, Dallas would seem the least obvious place to be the assassin. So many questions: How did Oswald allow himself to become the patsy just as Thomas Arthur Vallee was in place in Chicago only several weeks earlier? Whatever happened to the other Chicago gunmen? In Tampa just a few days prior to Dallas there are reports of assassination plans there.

By November 1963, John F Kennedy had become deeply concerned at the prospect of a Lyndon Johnson presidency, so much so that there is possibly some evidence that Kennedy was considering Governor Terry Sanford of North Carolina to be his VP running mate in 1964. Another obvious motive for LBJ in spite of Texas being a key state for Kennedy. Would he have gone to Dallas if he had plans to drop LBJ? Hoover's position as Director of the FBI was under threat from both Kennedys, so it became clear that with less than twelve months to the 64 Election that something had to happen fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it
A beautifully written and probably about as close it gets in my humble opinion to the truth book , it just doesn't point fingers it explains it's finger pointing , personally any... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stef
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You James W. is aDouglass
JFK and the Unspeakable Why He Died and Why It Matters is a thoughtful, beautifully written book. The notes are comprehensive and excellent. Thank you James W. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Danielle Furci
3.0 out of 5 stars Gadger
Great Book, loved it. Would definitely look at buying some of the authors other works as well as other books on the topic itself
Published on 25 May 2012 by McGrory
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unspeakable is happening
`JFK and the Unspeakable' in my mind is an extraordinary book. I've read many books on the period and JFK and came away from this one with a complex and full view of the time... Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by M. Longazel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the JFK assassination
Excellent book. If you trust and have faith that what your government tells you is the truth then read this book. Awake yet? ok, well... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by T. Eivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Again a good one
This book is one of the most interesting of the post assassination Kennedy line.
It does make one wonder what really does go on in democracies which distinguishes them from... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Prof J E McLACHLAN
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more of this
The author presents compelling evidence in convincing detail the CIA coordinated and implemented the murder of JFK. He does not just speculate this. He proves it. Read more
Published on 4 July 2011 by Conrad Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
What ever you beleive in the death of JFK,this book is a good read. JFK comes across as a guy who tried to change the world and knew that this was creating enemies within his own... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by T Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is now known
In his books 'JFK' and 'Secret Team', former USAF-CIA liaison officer Col. Fletcher Prouty provides tremendous insights as an insider living through those times. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Niall
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever on JFK? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elegantly written and for those prepared to have an open mind an honest and compelling account of the conspiratorial forces that combined to assassinate John Kennedy. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Ian W. Irving
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