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Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:29

Jefferson Morley, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

Written by James DiEugenio
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The strength of the book lies in the tracing of the Oswald files through the CIA under Angleton’s dominion. No book on Angleton has done this before. And that is certainly a commendable achievement. Hopefully, this will become a staple of future Angleton scholarship, writes Jim DiEugenio.
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The main reason why I am recommending this book is because it’s out there … I would much rather [regular, everyday people] bought a book like this one, than, say, one by Bill O’Reilly—or whoever the “other side’s” designated shill happens to be this week, observes Frank Cassano.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:33

Robert A. Wagner, The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives Half A Century Later

Written by Martin Hay
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There is a long list of books about which it can be rightly said they have added nothing to our understanding of JFK’s murder because their authors placed their conclusions first and then twisted, warped, and distorted the details to fit. Wagner’s book undoubtedly belongs on that list, concludes Martin Hay.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:25

Antonio Veciana, with Carlos Harrison, Trained to Kill (2)

Written by Arnaldo M. Fernandez
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What the Bishop-Veciana-Oswald connection may actually have involved could be hidden among the 1,100 long-suppressed CIA records related to the JFK assassination, including four of Phillips’ operational files and Veciana’s routing and record sheet, conjectures Prof. Fernandez.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:56

Antonio Veciana, with Carlos Harrison, Trained to Kill (1)

Written by Joseph E. Green
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An "incredibly improbable memoir ..., and the most incredible thing is how much of the story is demonstrably true", remarks Joseph Green, who further observes that "the author adopts a straightforward prose style and appears to be doing his best to give the truth as he sees it. For that he deserves some kudos."
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In the second installment of this book review/essay, Jeff Carter focuses on questions of authenticity, alteration, and the NPIC analyses which occurred over the week-end of the assassination but which the CIA later tried to deflect and all but make disappear from the record.
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The first in a two-part installment in which Jeff Carter reviews a book that "reveals some new – albeit not earth-shattering – information", but is also "imbued with a certain partisanship, not limited to family interests, which dulls the author’s critical thinking in some key areas."
Monday, 30 January 2017 22:07

Was Dorothy Kilgallen Murdered over the JFK Case?

Written by James DiEugenio
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If Shaw had restrained himself, or if he had had an editor to point out the problems with his design, then this would have been a good and valuable book about Dorothy Kilgallen:  who she really was, what we know and do not know about her death. But such was not the case.  I would actually recommend Sara Jordan’s informative and objective essay instead, concludes Jim DiEugenio.
Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:20

Bruce Riedel, JFK’s Forgotten Crisis

Written by James DiEugenio
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  After reading [this book], I was able to understand what this was all about—at least in a fundamental way. Also, my respect for President John F. Kennedy, which was already estimable, increased a bit more, writes Jim DiEugenio.    
Saturday, 08 October 2016 23:24

Joan Mellen, Faustian Bargains

Written by James DiEugenio
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  A book rich in information which debunks the claims that Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace planned the JFK assassination, and includes an expert review of the fingerprint evidence demonstrating they do not match Wallace's.    
Sunday, 28 August 2016 20:16

An Introduction to the Book Excerpt: The Incubus of Intervention

Written by James DiEugenio
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Presentation by Jim DiEugenio of an excerpt from Greg Poulgrain's book on the Indonesia coup.
Sunday, 10 July 2016 20:52

Greg Poulgrain, The Incubus of Intervention

Written by James DiEugenio
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Jim DiEugenio calls this book "a provocative revisionist history of why the epochal coup in Indonesia happened as it did in 1965 ... [and which] has enlightened us on the crucial figures of Allen Dulles, Sukarno, Dag Hammarskjold and John Kennedy, how they played with and against each other and how this nexus led to a horrible tragedy."  
Friday, 04 March 2016 15:00

Jeffrey H. Caufield, M. D., General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy

Written by James DiEugenio
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If the reader is interested in knowledge about the inner workings of the radical right back in the fifties or sixties, then this is a useful book. But as far as relating that group to the murder of JFK, it is simply a dud. And a pretentious, bombastic, overlong and tedious dud at that. In this reviewer’s opinion, it is the worst book on the JFK case since Ultimate Sacrifice, concludes Jim DiEugenio.  
Saturday, 09 January 2016 14:10

John Newman, Where Angels Tread Lightly, Volume 1

Written by James DiEugenio
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What the author is doing has three layers.  First, he is giving us a history of the Castro revolution.  At the same time he is showing how the USA reacted to that epochal turnover, stage by stage in its evolution. Third, he is tracing certain people and movements who will return to the stage in 1963, after Kennedy changes policy, and begins a détente attempt with Cuba.  Other authors have tried this before, but never on this scale or with this intricacy, writes Jim DiEugenio.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 22:19

David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard

Written by James DiEugenio
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A major achievement, its stark excavation of the evil [Allen Dulles] represented surpassing Kai Bird's biography of John McCloy, writes Jim DiEugenio.
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An excerpt from the second volume of Greg Parker's study of the historical context for Lee Harvey Oswald's intelligence-related activities.        
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 20:39

John T. Shaw, JFK in the Senate

Written by James DiEugenio
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In light of the recent developments in our understanding of JFK's foreign policy vision, Jim DiEugenio writes: "In sum, this is not a bad book. And I think some of its faults can be explained by Shaw’s association with the Wall Street Journal and the Hoover Institute.  But in my opinion it could have been much better".
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Flip de Mey’s well written and entertaining book makes valuable contributions. But in the end it must be said it is far from completely satisfactory. However, there is great material in the book and students are encouraged to read it, and then decide for themselves, writes Gary Aguilar.    
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