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The Kennedys: The Conspiracy to Destroy a Dynasty Paperback – 1 Jun 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845961226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845961220
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smith's latest book is likely to delight the conspiracy theorists" (Irish Independent)

"A veritable treasure trove for everyone who has ever harboured doubts about the official versions of the JFK and RFK assassinations . . . highly disturbing" (Cyril Wecht, America’s leading pathologist)

"Riveting . . . the Kennedy files still remain firmly, tantalisingly, open" (Birmingham Post)

"Now there is evidence . . ." (Irish Independent)

About the Author

Matthew Smith is a successful scriptwriter, producer and writer. He has written extensively on the Kennedy administration and assassination and was consultant to Central Television's The Men Who Killed Kennedy and German ZDF television's John F. Kennedy: Der Jahrhundertmord.

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I have read and watched many books and videos on the assassination of JFK.

I became ever more fascinated in the subject after visiting Dealey Plaza about five years ago, when you can't fail to be amazed by how much it still looks exactly like the setting shown in the Zapruder film of 1963. You can't fail to be accosted near the "grassy knoll" by one or two theorists that want to explain in their view how it all happened. Interestingly Robert Groden who advised Oliver Stone on his JFK film is someone who is a regular there who was keen to tell you me his theories (and sell his video and book of course!)

Matthew Smith's remarkable book, whilst focussing mainly on the JFK assassination with its hundreds of anomalies in the investigation and Warren and Senate Commissions leading one only to a very strong conspiracy theory, manages to set all this amongst a wider longer term assertion theory about dark forces in the USA wanting to prevent any of the Kennedy brothers from staying in or ever reaching the White House as president.

With such a lot of evidence, facts and quotations from Marilyn Munroe's death through to Robert's assassination and the Chappaquiddick affair which killed Ted's ambitions, it moves at a fast pace in small punchy and easy-to-digest chapters.

It only occurred to me after reading this book that if JFK had aurvived 22nd November 1963 and stayed as president for at least four years, that we would never have seen the death and destruction in Vietnam from the US-led escalation of the war against the Communists (with the US fresh from the McCarthy anti-communist days) and possibly millions of lives would not hav been wasted.

For anyone fascinated by the Kennedy family and their tragedies and the fall of "Camelot" then this book is a must read.

I plan to read it again in a few months to digest again some of the evidence presented - I can't wait!
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I'm a fan of JFK books, and conspiracy theories. I've read several good books on the topic, and this quite frankly isn't one. The first 5 chapters are irrelevant rantings about Marilyn Monroe, claiming that both Kennedy brothers slept with her and then for some reason she was killed. I've not seen any other serious writers on the topic get obsessed about it, and most avoid it. It adds nothing to the book, and quite frankly makes it difficult to get through.

The rest of the book is rehashed arguments found across the internet, or other works. There's so many better books out there
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I came across this paperback in Malta in 2006 and, having a passing interest in the three Kennedy brothers (John, Robert and Edward) I thought i'd purchase it for something to read for the flight home to the UK. It's proved a valuable addition to my small but interesting collection of books relating to events in 1963, 1968 and 1969 and I must have read it numerous times since. I'd highly recommend it. The most recent reading has prompted me to re-evaluate the conspiracy evidence put forward relating to Robert Kennedy's assassination, not only in Matthew's book but also certain others. Hence this 'review' which I'm using to flag a point of interest that anyone reading the book may wish to investigate further and thus engage more fully with it. At the risk of coming across as a complete nerd, my observation relates to pages 213-216 which deal with Sirhan's state of mind and his notebook. After these many readings, it suddenly dawned on me that this scenario was familiar to a Warner Brothers film made in 1965 and released in early 1966 called, "Brainstorm". Directed by William Conrad, it starred Jeffrey Hunter (who died about a year after Robert Kennedy). I'll not go into the plotline save to say that the story is built around a lone gunman and the psychology he employs in his court-room defence. I'm not suggesting an exact fit or any other form of accusation against Sirhan but it's interesting. "Brainstorm" is available on Warner Archive DVD via Amazon (not to be confused with a later Chris Walken Sci-Fi title). Any thoughts out there?
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I have read a little on the subject and find the author a little too quick to jump to conclusions, however this is only my opinion, on saying this the book is quite entertaining .
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