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5.0 out of 5 stars JFK and the Unspeakable
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...
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by Martin Hay

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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
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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JFK and the Unspeakable, 19 Dec 2008
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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. He studied the research of others, he interviewed relevant witnesses and he pored over the mountains of documents released by the Assassination Records Review Board. Then he produced one of the best books ever written on the subject. What makes JFK and the Unspeakable so good is that it does exactly what it promises to do; it tells us why President Kennedy was killed and why it matters. Kennedy was killed because he learned from the mistakes of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis and became a threat to the cold war establishment. He came to see that the inevitable loss of innocent life that would follow a nuclear war was unacceptable and that despite the differences between the American and Russian ways of life, they all must breathe the same air. Kennedy had negotiated a nuclear test ban treaty and began to look at the possibility of total disarmament. He had organised secret back channels for communication with both Castro and Khrushchev because he wanted to end the cold war. And, just as Oliver Stone claimed, President Kennedy was pulling American military advisors out of Vietnam. Kennedy was becoming a man for peace and to the CIA and the Pentagon, whose very livelihood was dependant on prolonging the cold war, this was wholly unacceptable.

Why does it matter? Because if Kennedy had lived the world may well have been a very different place. If he had succeeded in implementing his plans the cold war may have ended much sooner and the world would have been spared the horrors of the Vietnam war. It matters because if he had lived a little longer, many others might have too. Jim Douglass won't be nominated for a Pulitzer and he won't receive the media hype afforded the likes of Gerald Posner. But his book is a masterpiece because it tells you the truth and, if you will allow it to, it will make you understand it.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written on the JFK assassination?, 30 Jan 2010
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more of this, 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. The number is usually placed between twenty and forty thousand, but, as a matter-of-fact, no one knows..."

During my lifetime two murders in the public forum have escaped my contentment. At long last, `JFK and the Unspeakable...' has satisfied one of them whereas Murder by the Grace of God: The CIA and Pope John Paul I written by a former CIA agent satisfied the other: The unwitnessed and, until now, the unexplained death of John Paul I. Did his stuggle for women, homosexuals and the poor cost him his life? In that book Lucien Gregoire proves the CIA had its fingers in that one too. The 33-day Pope's last proclamation gives one a hint, "It is the inalienable right of no man to accumulate wealth beyond his needs while other men starve to death because they have nothing." He proves the conspiracy that masterminded the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the murder of John Paul I.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK EVER ON THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION, 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 does explain why there is a refusal to release all the papers relevant to the Kennedy assassination almost 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 obvious place for those on the right to undertake this foul deed. 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 those gunmen?

By November 1963, John F Kennedy had become deeply concerned at the prospect of a Lyndon Johnson presidency, so much so that there is strong eveidence that Kennedy was considering Governor Terry Sanford of North Carolina to be his VP running mate in 1964. Another obvious motive for 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. Nothing was left to chance when establishing the route of the motorcade in Dallas, the reduced protection, the destruction of evidence by the FBI, the speed of the limousine as it crawled into Dealey Plaza, up to eleven shots fired, the bogus x ray photos and the repeated murder and incarceration of key witnesses. And of course, the re-writing of evidence provided by the Warren Commission.

Why did President Kennedy die? JFK was the ultimate outsider in his own US Government. The October 1962 crisis had a profound impact on him and just before his death it was clear that any US presence in Vietnam would have been withdrawn. JFK was not just turning towards peace himself, it was clear that he was tapping into the American people's desire for peace. The national security state was acutely aware that Kennedy had also been reaching out to both Castro and Kruschev behind the scenes, totally unacceptable to the CIA and thus marking Kennedy out for assassination. RFK's success in closing down the narcotics trade was becoming a huge concern to the Mafia. The unspeakable.

Only now can we see how much of a visionary JFK was. The CIA and LBJ will forever have the blood of 58,000 young soldiers on their hands. Why does it matter? Kennedy was not allowed to work towards what was only achieved in arms reduction 25 to 30 years and trillions of dollars later.

In terms of must reads on the JFK assassination, this is by far the best I have read, very closely followed by Joseph P Farrell's book LBJ and The Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy.

If you get the chance, I would heartily recommend the works of Anthony Summers, Jim Marrs, Joseph Farrell, Robert Groden and Peter Dale Scott also. The website maryferrell.org is a must see too.

A wonderful book and a terrific read, thank you James W Douglass. There are several lectures by the author on his book which can be found on you tube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it, 6 Feb 2014
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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 one who cares about the truth should read this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You James W. is aDouglass, 14 Dec 2013
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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. Douglass for writing
a beautiful, and very important book and for including JFK's Commencement Speech at American University.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is now known, 26 Feb 2011
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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. Ultimately though, he was one of the compartmentalised cogs of the machinery. Douglass' 'JFK and the Unspeakable' trumps Prouty's JFK as THE definitive book on the conspiracy. Douglass' research is much like that other theologian's - David Ray Griffin's (with respect to 9/11) - Douglass not only thoroughly dismantles the official story, his research actually presents a pretty complete picture of how exactly JFK's assassination went down.

But Douglass' book isn't really angling for that honour - it leads us through the plotting and scheming to profound realisations about the Unspeakable that governs our world - what G.I. Gurdjieff called "the terror of situation", which, once grasped, makes us realise that we are in the grips of something terrifying from which we must escape.

In terms of fleshing out the motives for JFK's assassination... Whereas Prouty focused on what he knew - the implications of National Security Action Memorandum 263 and the Joint Chiefs' fear that Kennedy would thwart a full war theater in Vietnam - Douglass shows how this was just one of many instances in which Kennedy did battle with the Pigs of War surrounding him.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 12 Jun 2011
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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 government,if only half of what is written in this book is true then it is still mind blowing.It is a facinating but also disturbing book,to think that Kennedy was in dialogue with Khrushchev in the early days of the `cold war`and it was the two of them that pulled the world back from the brink of an apocalypse, but the faceless men behind the two leaders didn`t want peace they wanted war and to get this war Kennedy had to be eliminated,for he was looked upon as a traitor. Also if Kennedy had lived the Vietnam war would never had happend and thousands if not millions of humans lives would have been saved.Read it and see what you think.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again a good one, 20 Sep 2011
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Prof J E McLACHLAN "Jeff McLachlan" (CURRIE, Midlothian United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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 dictatorships - if anything.
Worrying and thought provoking.
Jeff McLachlan
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