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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (25 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570757550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570757556
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,638 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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128 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hay on 19 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ex Libris on 30 Jan. 2010
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The best book ever written on the JFK assassination? 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GAZGPL on 15 Dec. 2012
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Wilson on 4 July 2011
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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. `JFK and the Unspeakable' is just not another conspiracy theory. It is the end for the road for those who for half a century have sought the truth of the JFK assassination.

Those who question the truth of this book don't know how the CIA operates.

The following quote is taken from Murder by the Grace of God: The CIA and Pope John Paul I a book of Vatican-CIA intrigue: "The CIA is a secret organization. Except for the appointment of a few at the top, it is not a partisan organization. When a new president takes office, he appoints his choice to the director position who, in turn, appoints a few to the top jobs. The buck stops there. A newly appointed director does not clean house. As a matter-of-fact, according to its charter imposed upon it by Congress, a newly appointed director can't clean house lest he imperil the security of the nation. Actually, he wouldn't know where to begin.

"No one, including its leadership, has any idea how many employees are in the CIA and where they are and what they are doing. Myriads of permanent agent groups spread strategically over the globe ever since Harry Truman established the agency in 1948. In a split second, the top agent of any one of the subversive units can dispatch a code and preempt most any threat to the United States. A sitting president rarely knows of their existence, let alone of their activities. This is the authority of Congress and a matter of national security.
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