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Say Goodbye to America: The Sensational and Untold Story Behind the Assassination of John F.Kennedy [Hardcover]

Matthew Smith
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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29 Oct 2001
American distrust of government, politicians and authority in general can be traced back to the time of the official investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the suspicion fostered by the publication of the Warren report, the government version of what happened to America's most infamous president. There has been little published on the subject in the last ten years, a period which has seen much activity and distinct progress in our understanding of what exactly happened before and after Kennedy was killed and how it was so successfully covered up. "Say Goodbye to America" contextualizes the debate and comes to a shocking conclusion. According to new information gathered and assessed by Matthew Smith, JFK was murdered on orders emanating from the "alternative" government: the Establishment which eased the concerns of "big business" and which Kennedy was in the process of divesting of power and relegating to a lower priority in favour of promoting a government which put the people and their needs first. Kennedy's new priorities won him few friends in government and "Say Goodbye to America" emphasizes the fact that most of his policies were dismantled in the 18 months immediately following his death. Indeed, his policy to withdraw from the early situation in Vietnam was changed within hours. A Washington meeting attended by the parties concerned in government, together with new President Lyndon B. Johnson, met just two days after the murder. They reversed his policy forthwith and the war in Vietnam became a political objective - all of which took place before Kennedy was even buried. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an investigation into JFK's murder. However, it was biased, inaccurate, misleading and an affront to the American people. The assassination and sham inquiry which followed highlighted for many Americans the end of a golden era and they were forced to say goodbye to the country they knew. By piecing together new evidence, Matthew Smith's explosive new book highlights the role of domestic and international business concerns in American government. He questions the "lone-gunman" theory and, further, looks to the changes in the government's policy after JFK's assassination and the fact that the Vietnam War generated "business" to the value of US$200 billion. An accident? Matthew Smith doesn't think so...

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (29 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840185023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840185027
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"JFK- The Second Plot '...by far the best conspiracy book to appear to date... competent...incisive' Sunday Times '...The most comprehensive and coherent account yet...' Sunday Independent. Dublin '...The first to hail Oswald as a tragic hero...' Glasgow Herald The Men Who Murdered Marilyn Film Review Book Of The Month 'Matthew Smith...turns over this rich mulch with a loving dedication.' The Times '...his book is a brilliant exposition of the mystery...' Manchester Evening News

About the Author

Matthew Smith is a successful writer, scriptwriter and producer. He has written extensively on the Kennedy administration and assassination and his publications include JFK: The Second Plot, Vendetta: The Kennedys (both of which were published by Mainstream) and The Men Who Murdered Marilyn. He also wrote The Little Green Man children's books and produced the popular ITV animations of the stories.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This book starts out with one simple fact... Lee Harvey Oswald did NOT kill John F. Kennedy. But anyone can say that. The difference here is, Matthew Smith goes to great depths to prove that Oswald did not act as the lone gunman. A very well researched book that takes you through a journey of political infighting, CIA plans to make Oswald look like a communist and a government report (The Warren Commission) full of lies and missing massive amount of evidence... After reading this book, my thoughts and beliefs that Oswald was not the gunman were confirmed. But the big question still remains unanswered, "Who did kill President Kennedy"? If anyone is interested, I still believe (and it will take much more that any book could ever contain to change my mind) the C.I.A. were totally responsible for the assignation of Kennedy. Oh, and one more question. Did Lyndon B. Johnson know the day before that Kennedy was going to be assinated. Read the book, you may be surprised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, but unsubstantiated 26 Feb 2004
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This is the follow-up to Matthew Smith's 'JFK: The Second Plot' and it expands on Smith's own theories surrounding the assassination. Smith must be congratulated on writing another succinct and readable account of a subject that could easily get bogged down in claims and counter-claims. Smith brings a couple of new snippets of information to the assassination table and draws together many previously-known facts into a plausible scenario. Unfortunately, the book does not contain any references, so it is impossible to check the provenance of any of the claims.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some new stuff here 5 April 2009
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I am currently reading Matthew Smith's 'Say Goodbye To America'.
The book would seem to contain most of the contents of Matthew's 'The Second Plot' but there is some new material here.Matthew's contention is that Oswald was to be flown out of Dallas after the assassination of JFK.My view is that Oswald was to be disposed of immediately after the assassination.The flight to Cuba was,I think, a ruse to dupe Oswald into thinking he was on some sort of secret Government work and that the visit to the plane hire business of Wayne January was an elaborate charade to keep Oswald around.As soon as JFK had been assassinated Oswald would no longer have been of any use and would have been killed - as,indeed,he was.Like Matthew I believe Oswald was totally innocent and completely unaware of how he was being strung along.'Say Goodbye To America' is a great read,however and Matthew is to be congratulated for adding another excellent and essential book to the JFK assassination bibliography.
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2.0 out of 5 stars condition not as good as stated. 3 Dec 2013
By Tar811
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I bought this as a Christmas present from my mother, however it really really does look like a very old used book so I'm slightly disappointed. Hoping the story is as good as a friend recommended to make up for the condition book.
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