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VINE VOICEon 7 November 2014
Author Roger Stone is a consultant and lobbyist, primarily for the Republican Party in the United States of America. However, he writes early on in his book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, that this is not a partisan rant, given that Lyndon Baines Johnson was a Democrat President. Stone's claim appears to be borne out - Republicans also come in to the line of fire, men like Federal Bureau of Investigations director J. Edgar Hoover and one term President George H. W. Bush. So it is safe to say that Roger Stone is not grinding a political axe.

The trouble with his book (co-authored by investigative journalist Mike Colapietro), is that Roger Stone completely fails to make any substantial case against LBJ at all. While it has been argued by others that LBJ was an accessory after the fact, Stone does not provide any conclusive or even substantial evidence to justify such an accusatory title.

The first few chapters give us a brief biography of LBJ and the version presented by Stone gives us a pretty unsavoury picture of a hypocritical political bully and serial adulterer and a politician who is not averse to corruption, both financial and vote-rigging. Yet no matter how hard Stone tries to convince us that LBJ was a distasteful character, the fact that we do not like him as a person - and that he was not above suspicion when it comes to ballot-box stuffing - does not make him a murderer.

Then, the bulk of the book is taken up with repeating characters and stories that will be very familiar to anyone who has read a few books on the JFK assassination already: the mafia (Marcello, Trafficante, Giancana et al), the FBI, CIA (particularly ZR/RIFLE and Operation 40), Texas money men and big oil, Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, military contractors, the assassination science, the autopsy, Oswald, Ruby and so forth. Essentially, the case against LBJ is guilt by association. None of this contains any new or revelatory information and frankly, it's all been written before more comprehensively elsewhere.

Interspersed with this are a handful of first hand anecdotes that are used to justify the writing in the blurb that author Roger Stone is a, "...legendary political operative... [who] knows that Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy... [and that the book combines] decades of insider political knowledge with cutting-edge research" but these amount to no more than things like the author having drinks with Warren Commission investigator and Magic Bullet proponent Arlen Specter, telling him that he thinks the Magic Bullet Theory is a load of rubbish. Other parts of the book go in to much irrelevant detail about political manoeuvring by LBJ or later of George H. W. Bush but this seems like unnecessary padding of the story and serve only as an attempt to bolster the claim of author Stone's "insider" status while adding nothing to the actual thrust of the book.

Ultimately, as this book was published just in time for the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's murder, this feels more like book publisher Skyhorse Publishing not wanting to be left without a JFK assassination book on the shelves in time to capitalise on a renewed upsurge in the public's interest in the subject.

That said, The Man Who Killed Kennedy is not actually a bad book; it tells its story well enough and lays out some of the basic facts of the case reasonably coherently, though far from comprehensively. Just don't expect it to make a case against LBJ.
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on 21 January 2015
I bought this as a present for a family member who can't get enough of the JFK assassination. The book is apparently quite light on evidence supporting the contention that LBJ was behind the Kennedy murder. For all I know, LBJ was behind it, you just won't find the evidence in this book.
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on 6 January 2014
I read a book years ago called "The Mafia Killed President Kennedy" by David E Scheim. It didn't convince me that the Mafia did it alone. It did convince me that Lyndon B Johnson killed the President and engineered the cover-up. I often wondered why there were no books written accusing LBJ. However there are books available alleging just that.
"The Man Who Killed Kennedy" reinforced my belief by setting out the most compelling evidence that LBJ aided and abetted by J Edgar Hoover, The FBI, The CIA, The Secret Service, The Texas Rangers and the Mafia all conspired to kill JFK.
They also conspired to lay the blame on Lee Harvey Oswald, Fidel Castro and the KGB. And that's only the tip of the iceberg!
This book is a revelation, written by a man who was at the heart of politics at the time. You may scoff, but when you have read this book you will believe.
If nothing else this book is a riveting read. It should be made into a movie or a TV series.
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on 21 November 2013
Even those of us normally contemptuous of conspiracy theories in any walk of life have reason to reconsider after reading this.
Stone is an old hand of American political class, running Ronald reagan's campaign to win the Republican presidential nomination. He knows his way around the murky corridors of power.
He presents a very readable and clear presentation of an argument which, by the end, has you feeling that the Oswald lone gunman folly of the Warren Commission was the real conspiracy here.
The argument for a tie-up between the Mob and the CIA - already trialled by the same figures in assassination attempts on Fidel castro - is both plausible and logical.
There is also a clinical and comprehensive assessment of the sociopathic traits of Lyndon B Johnson, the vice president who had every reason in the world to want Kennedy gone.
Much of this is reheated, much of it new. Disturbing are ghe accounts of Johnson's ruthless, murderous attemots to gain and retain power at all costs.
It's racey, readable and highly persuasive.
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on 6 April 2015
This is an outstanding book on the Kennedy Assassination. Recently a whole genre of books on this subject have all pointed to the same conclusion. The Warren Report was corrupt, and Oswald was a patsy for the establishment. The concept of state assassination on your own president is very troublesome. Read the evidence!!
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on 17 June 2015
Great book that really makes you ask more questions and think about how this plot all fits together. Well written book that is easy to read and follow the thought process used. First class.
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on 14 January 2016
EXCELLENT RESEARCH AND WELL DOCUMENTED. WELL WRITTEN TOO. DEFINITELY RECCOMENDED
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on 6 June 2015
A brilliant book. Well written and a must for all Kennedy assassination fans.
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on 27 November 2013
Of the many stories I have read on the subject, this is among the most interesting and credible. The item was received on time and in the condition described.
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on 7 January 2016
Theory is not new and makes some sense. But lacks some evidence
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