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Sunday, 04 May 2014 16:25

Robert Rakove, Kennedy, Johnson and the Nonaligned World

Written by James DiEugenio

Taken as a whole, this is a valuable book. When coupled with Muehlenbeck's Betting on the Africans, much needed light has now been cast over the specifics of Kennedy's dealings with the Third World: how these broke with the past, and how LBJ and Nixon then returned them to their previous state, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 21 July 2014 16:16

Jeff Greenfield, If Kennedy Lived

Written by James DiEugenio

The once progressive co-author of A Populist Manifesto with this book has written the worst kind of alternative history, one seriously colored by the view from the present, and more specifically, of those who won and those who lost, with a decided bias in favor of those who won, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 11 August 2014 16:06

Jean Davison, Oswald's Game

Written by James DiEugenio

Oswald's Game really tells us more about the biases and obsessions of Jean Davison on the Kennedy case than it does about its ostensible subject. Which is really the worst thing one can say about a biographer, concludes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 20 January 2014 15:53

Robert Dallek, Camelot's Court / An Unfinished Life

Written by James DiEugenio

Dallek has designed both of his books along the lines that Larry Sabato did in The Kennedy Half Century. They are not full and complete works which try and capture all nuances and tendencies in an objective manner; a manner which will actually elucidate for and enlighten the reader. Like Sabato, Dallek wishes to constrict the biography he is writing to keep Kennedy from being any kind of liberal icon, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:44

JFK: A President Betrayed

Written by James DiEugenio

This film is much worth seeing. And it deserved a much larger platform than it got last year. Right now, it's the best screen depiction of Kennedy's foreign policy that I know of, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 11 November 2013 21:46

When Tony Summers Fell in Love with Patricia Lambert

Written by James DiEugenio

Jim DiEugenio writes of how the author of what was a good book on the JFK case when it first came out has subsequently held less tenable views of both John Kennedy and his assassination, and how he blindly jettisons Garrison's achievements.

[This] book is more about the CIA's nefarious and illegal operations, including the MK/ULTRA project. If you are interested in learning more about the shadowy world of the CIA, this is a good book. If you are interested in learning more about what happened to JFK and why he was assassinated, I believe there are many books out there that do a better job in answering your questions, writes Vasilios Vazakas.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:14

Cold Case JFK vs. Cold Hard JFK Facts

Written by David Mantik

A critical review of the NOVA production (November 14, 2013) – "Cold Case JFK."

A valiant book that sometimes stumbles and falls short of its proclaimed goal ... On the other hand, the author does a skillful job on several core topics, writes Dr. David Mantik.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 15:49

David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest, Part 2

Written by James DiEugenio

Jim DiEugenio continues his re-examination of Halberstam, emphasizing the near total antithesis between LBJ and JFK in terms of Vietnam (and foreign policy in general) which the book all but erased.

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