Destiny Betrayed: J.F.K., Cuba and the Garrison Case Hardcover – 1 Dec 1992
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Aworthy and logical response to . . . those who would destroy Jim Garrison simmense contribution to the truth. --Oliver Stone
A worthy and logical response to . . . those who would destroy Jim Garrison's immense contribution to the truth--Oliver Stone --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you thought you already knew everything there was to know about the Kennedy assassination, think again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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DiEugenio takes great care to portray Kennedy as courageous deep thinker, with origins in an overseas visit in 1951. In an era where being an American Patriot meant being resolutely anti-Communist, Kennedy saw a third way. He was at peace with allowing other countries, especially those emerging from Colonialism, to forge their own path and be independent of either US influence or Communist doctrine. In his Presidency, he supported nationalist governments in Indonesia, Congo and Laos; governments that were all overthrown with CIA assistance in the years immediately following his assassination.
This independence of thought put JFK on a collision course with Allen Dulles. Dulles took the CIA from being an intelligence gathering operation - as President Truman intended - to what became the military wing of American Big Business. Under Dulles, the CIA began to take on the mantle of promoting American business interests abroad, whatever the moral or physical cost to the indigenous people.
This divergence explains why the assassination happened, and the author also explains who the likely planners and facilitators were.
The most fascinating part of the book describes the trial of Clay Shaw in New Orleans which of course was the basis for the movie JFK. However, what the movie does not show you (understandably) is the lengths that major sections of the establishment went to in order to make sure that Shaw was not only acquitted, but that Garrison was destroyed. The book explains the links between the major media and the CIA, and how both of those parties were determined to crush Garrison.
Now, remember that Garrison charged Shaw in 1967. This was before the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978, and before the Assassinations Record Review Board doubled the amount of documentary evidence available. DiEugenio expresses justifiable admiration with just how close Garrison came to breaking the case. Indeed, one can only imagine what Garrison would have achieved had justice not been obstructed. One of those who obstructed the case, and in all likelihood stopped the case from ever being solved, was none other than Texas Governor John B Connally, the other man seriously wounded when JFK was killed.
Destiny Betrayed is heavily documented and footnoted. The author uses his own analysis to join the dots but this is no book of wild speculation.
What I was expecting with this book was: here's what the Garrison prosecution alleged at the trial of Clay Shaw in 1969; this is what we now know at the time of book publication in 1992. However, what DiEugenio does is actually lay out the broad brush strokes of the background and foreground to the case first: the Bay of Pigs, anti-Castro Cubans, the Central Intelligence Agency's various operations, Lee Harvey Oswald's movements to Russia and Mexico et cetera. It takes over one hundred pages before the case against Clay Shaw really comes in to focus.
When we do finally get to the prosecution of Clay Shaw - which took the jury 54 minutes to decide that he was not guilty - the book starts to gain some traction. We get a look at Shaw's intelligence agency links, his posturing as a "Kennedy liberal" but his close business ties with extreme right wing organisations like Permindex, his contacts with radical right wingers in New Orleans like David Ferrie and Guy Banister, his use of an alias and so on.
Neither is this book entirely uncritical of Jim Garrison: it questions some of the decisions he took and argues that he could have presented a stronger case, while also acknowledging that there was a concerted campaign waged against Garrison by the CIA and their "media assets."
Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba and the Garrison Case, is an interesting read that throws some light on a man researcher Carl Oglesby described as a, "controversy within a controversy." For the most part, author James DiEugenio presents a serious brief that DA Jim Garrison and his staff uncovered much valuable evidence that layed the foundations for the counter-narrative of the JFK assassination intrigue. The book defends the essence of the case, backs it up with some contemporary research and highlight errors and missteps along the way. This book is very well written and clearly DiEugenio has a strong grip on the facts but I would like to have seen the book reorganise its material along the lines of: what was argued then and what we know now.
A lot of witnesses seem to have met early deaths which is another reason why the official story does not ring true. JFK's all too untimely death has piqued my interest and for that reason I intend to read as many books on the topic as I can - to look at it from all angles in a vain attempt to understand. This book has brought me closer to that understanding.
'Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the US Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK' is next on my list of books to read on this subject.
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