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The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up [Hardcover]

Donald Gibson
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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Biomedical (14 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560727276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560727279
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,786,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Gibson peels away layers of the JFK assassination conspiracy and cover-up. An effectively researched and probing analysis of America's most important solved murder.

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As the title implies, rather than a detailed account of the assassination itself, the majority of the text concentrates on events subsequent to JFK's death. In the initial stages, there are no great surprises. Referred to by many other commentators are the number of shots actually fired and the bullet that supposedly passed through both Kennedy and Connally without itself sustaining any significant damage. Crucial to the author's conclusion is the constitution of the Warren Commission, and who was behind the decision to create it. In answering these questions, one can determine the validity of its conclusions. Readers would be greatly assisted by reference to the Commisssion's Report itself, which is accesible over the internet. The author rightly draws our attention to the role played by the media in quickly concluding that Oswald was the lone gunman not acting in conjunction with others. Gibson compares the Kennedy assassination with that of Huey Long in the 30s. Both had similar ideas on the uses of government and the control of the economy, and shared similar enemies. Logically, any cover-up (assuming there is one) requires control over the investiagtion, a patsy (Oswald, of course), and an incorrect image of the dead leader. It is in pursuit of this proposition that Gibson concentrates. In so doing, there is an abundance of names and details of different companies and organizations which are very difficult to assimilate, not aided by the sytle of the author. This is the most serious flaw in the book, and with text running to less than 300 pages makes it an expensive read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Case Closed! 12 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
To anyone thinking about reading this book, I would like to make a few suggestions.
1)If you can, find and read Gibson's first Kennedy book, "Battling Wall Street", before reading this book. Not absolutely necessary, but it sets Gibson's basic ideas in motion.
2)After having read the two Gibson books, begin some basic research on Nelson and David Rockefeller, John J McCloy, and Allen Dulles, particularly in regards to their relationships to an american institution known as the cia, another organization known as The Council on Foreign Relations, and their ties to these groups and each other. A Cary Reich book on Nelson, for example, has some information on the brother's cia involvement.
3)Connect the dots.
4)Case Closed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting down to the truth 22 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The great JFK assassination research community, after forty years of wandering around in what the great cia asset Kenneth Rahn calls a "quagmire", apparently still remains clueless as to how to even begin to think about the Kennedy assassination.
Fortunately for these space cadets, and for the rest of us, there are some people who have left a few clues for us to pick up.
Sociologists like G William Domhoff and Donald Gibson are pointing in the direction of the true causes for the president's assassination. Domhoff's books on the power elite in this country are a good beginning for the material Gibson presents in his two books.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has some basic background on the murder, enough to know of the continuing massive cover-up, and who is now wondering on what line of research to pursue next.
This book will give you some leads.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A JFK assassination book for sentient adults 19 Oct 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Adult, sophisticated, and unillusioned, Gibson has produced an essential volume for anyone seriously interested in the coup that removed John F. Kennedy from office - and much else beside. (The book is worth buying for his passages on Richard Sorge alone.)

His first concern is to demonstrate who compelled an opposed LBJ to convene what became known, entirely misleadingly, as the Warren Commission; he ends by seeking to explain why. His case for Eastern Establishment centrality to the cover-up is convincingly made. So, too, his case for Kennedy's economic and political radicalism as the inter-related roots of Eastern Establishment hostility.

Elsewhere in the book's course, he comprehensively demolishes the work of the establishment's left-wing gatekeepers - most predictably the risible Noam Chomsky, less expectedly, but more welcomely, Peter Dale Scott, the subtlest of them all - and offers compelling evidence for the continuity in US establishment practices: Chomsky and Scott had predecessors, and Gibson correctly identifies at least one of them; veto by assassination and smear emerge as the American elite's norm in the face of charismatic centre-left politicians.

He is equally dismissive of the Right's heroes: Tailgunner Joe, for example, couldn't distinguish establishment tree from Commie wood. But here we come to an area of weakness. If Acheson and circle could persuade LBJ to launch a commission he didn't want, how come they couldn't silence the Wisconsin Senator? To put it another way, who within the Eastern Establishment licensed McCarthy et al publicly to assail Acheson and circle? Was the Eastern Establishment really as united as Gibson insists?

Still, it is a measure of this book's worth that such adult questions are begged. Buy it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent analysis 5 Aug 2013
By TLR - Published on Amazon.com
Gibson wrote an excellent article on the creation of the Warren Commission (included in the book The Assassinations, edited by Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease). This book continues his detailed analysis of the Warren Commission and the mainstream media's involvement in the cover-up. Gibson concludes that the Eastern Establishment (not anyone in "The Government") was responsible for JFK's death, with John McCloy, Allen Dulles, Dean Acheson, Eugene Rostow, Joseph Alsop, and James Reston at least being the key people involved in the cover-up.

"In Kennedy's time the Establishment, including many people associated with McCloy, was preparing to launch a new effort to convince people that progress had become near impossible due to resource scarcity, overpopulation, and the destructive nature of large scale, modern industry. First called the new conservationism, it later became known as environmentalism. Kennedy was opposed to this sort of political, Malthusian environmentalism. He showed no signs of accepting the pessimism associated with this movement and he was on record stating his optimism about the potentials of modern science and technology to overcome problems such as those related to resources."

I think this theory is as vague as most of the theories put forward by various researchers. Part of the problem is the way we toss around terms like "Eastern Establishment," "military-industrial complex," "organized crime," etc. without realizing how interconnected they are, and how many players have been members of all these groups and more. There is no way to draw neat dividing lines between them.

Also, this book was written before the revelations about Operation Northwoods, which frankly has reshaped my thinking about the assassination. There is also little discussion of the mysteries of Oswald's alleged trip to Mexico City. Personally, I think the Eastern Establishment would have been more likely to tamper with Kennedy's medications or cause him to have an "accident," rather than blow his brains out in public and pin the blame on a pro-Castro activist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gibson is the most overlooked writer in America 12 Jun 2012
By SapphicTwist - Published on Amazon.com
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A careful, compelling analysis of the Assassination coverup, with a mountain of evidence pointing to Eastern Establishment (i.e., Anglo-American banking and oil) orchestration of the coverup.

Along with Battling Wall Street : The Kennedy Presidency and Environmentalism: Ideology and Power, Gibson has written three of the most important books available on the politics of our times. Read in concert with books like The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money, The Story of Power and Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (Suny Series in Radical Social and Political Theory), we begin to see just how thoroughly our minds have been colonized and neutered by the 1%.

Absolutely indispensable reading for every American, regardless of party or ideological affiliation.
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