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- File Size: 763 KB
- Print Length: 398 pages
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- Publisher: Iconoclassic Books; First eBook Edition edition (19 Mar. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BXIU53A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are so many conspiracy theories about the death of JFK but this appears to me to be wholly convincing. LBJ, comes across as a thoroughly unpleasant man prepared to lie to cover his own tracks and prepared to bring down his best friends. As the author asks - how did a man who came to Washington DC with only one suit die worth $14m when all he had was a congressional salary? A tale of corruption throughout the American Establishment, it does not even touch on the damage Johnson did to his country through escalation of the Vietnam war.
A really good read for anyone interested in Congressional history in the second half of the 20th C. My parents used to say to me that everyone can remember where they were when JFK was assassinated, in the same way that everyone of my generation can remember where they were when the Twin Towers were hit. This book unmasks one of the least savory politicians every to become President of the USA.
Included are LBJ's connection to the mob, Texas oil, political graft and corruption, blackmailing of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover (his next door neighbor for more than twenty years), including murders. The almost endless series of both high and low scandals, demonstrates that LBJ's capacity for evil was only exceeded by his capacity for crudity and "red neck" bad taste.
According to this author, LBJ not only was evil, but also thin-skinned, volatile, vulgar and knew and used the "ways of power." The crux of the book is that LBJ knew (and said so) that unless JFK was killed, he was not just off the 1964 presidential ticket, but was also headed directly to the nearest jail.
An LBJ led assassination of JFK was an imperative. It was his only "way out" of his tenuous set of circumstances bursting at the seams with scandals that could have landed him in jail. Five Stars
I am always interested in biographies of political figures - from all parts of the world. I found this one written to engage the reader and enjoyed it all the more for that. Some biographies can be rather dry to read - but this slipped easily into afternoon reading.
I never rely on one biography of a person - but this was an excellent start to reading more about LBJ - and corroborated some other mentions I've read of him in other Kennedy family biographies.
I would recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in the politicians who figure so largely in World History on the global scale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book brought out the truth about the Kennedy assassination and who really caused it to claim power of the U.S.A.Published 5 months ago by Peter Marshall
Certain that Johns
Had something .do with it. We will never know the truth I'm sure. Terrible day Kennedy di..
This is more of a rant than a studied biography on Johnson. Couldn't finish this book just got bored with the totally biased opinion. Read morePublished on 3 April 2014 by Martina h
a lot of facts and assumptions....in fact far to many..impossible to follow the details given in the book...to much informationPublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by Brian