Review

Spirit of Angleton hovers over an attack on Edward Snowden

From the New York Times Book Review:

The spirit of James Jesus Angleton, the C.I.A.’s mole-obsessed counterintelligence chief during the peak years of the Cold War and evidently a mentor to Epstein (he’s mentioned several times), hovers over these pages.

That’s reviewer Nicholas Lemman’s way of casting doubt on Edward Epstein’s lightly sourced (to put it mildly) indictment of the NSA whistle blower. In other words, Epstein’s case against Snowden as a spy today is as unsuccessful as Angleton’s hunt for a Soviet mole in the 1960s.

My biography of Angleton, The Ghost, will be published in the fall of 2017. It can be preordered now.

Source: Is Edward Snowden a Spy? A New Book Calls Him One. – The New York Times

The Dulles ascendancy: the rise of a secret government 

Allen’s ascendency brought furtive characters, such as gun-toting William Harvey and cadaverous James Jesus Angelton, into a powerful global apparatus. Cold War ideology brooked no nationalist aspirations in any country wishing to control domestic politics and natural resources. A post-colonial era was emerging. But democratically elected nationalist leaders such as Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala were conveniently portrayed as communists. In both countries, the CIA orchestrated coups ensuring protection for profitable corporate oil interests and the United Fruit Co. The agency contributed to the killing of Patrice Lumumba, the charismatic Congolese leader who only wanted self-government for his beleaguered people.

Source: The mid-20th-century rise of a secret government | Street Roots

What ‘A Coup in Camelot’ gets wrong–and right

In a closely-argued essay, Martin Hay criticizes the recent documentary, A Coup in Camelot, but also gives credit where credit is due.

A Coup in Camelot demonstrates, through the pioneering research of former investigative reporter Barry Ernest, that in all likelihood Oswald was where he claimed to be when the shots were fired; on the first floor of the building eating lunch.

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New book recounts the ordeal of George de Mohrenschildt, friend of Lee Oswald

In “Reporting on the Kennedy Assassination,” the late Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans tells the story of his investigation of the JFK’s murder, especially his relationship with the enigmatic figure of George de Mohrenschildt, friend of Lee Oswald and sometime CIA asset. Read more

Another gift idea: the JFK story as seen by a top CIA officer

As a former longtime employee of CIA, I can attest that this book conveys a true picture of the goings on within the agency.”

— From Martha Hanchulak’s review of “Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA.” My first book describes in lucid detail how the CIA’s top man in Mexico viewed President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963: with deep suspicion.

It reads like a novel but every word is true. Available now on Amazon.comRead more

For the JFK afficianado on your Christmas list

You can’t go wrong giving one of David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books.

Or a gift membership with unlimited access to the Mary Ferrell Foundation Web site and its unrivaled collection of JFK records.

Or, if you’re on a budget, give my new Kindle ebook CIA & JFK: The Last Assassination Secrets.”

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What the American Scholar never learned about JFK

In responding to an article by Warren Commission staffers Howard Willens and Richard in The American Scholar, Gary Aguilar and Cyril Wecht make a point that defenders of the Warren Commission cannot refute–and therefore rarely address–because it is undeniably true.

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Jackie Kennedy: The First Instagram First Lady 

Mr. Larraín’s film, which opens on Friday, presents a Jackie (Natalie Portman) as savvy and exacting in managing her persona as any cinema diva of the day, her fixation on style anticipating the image-drunk culture that was to define the coming decades.

Source: Jackie Kennedy: The First Instagram First Lady – The New York Times

 

John Barbour on ‘The 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy’

In The American Media, narrated by Barbour and produced by Myra Bronstein, Garrison’s story is told once again, this time with an emphasis on the tragic double-cross of an NBC producer who deceptively, and without Barbour’s input, doctored Barbour’s interview with Garrison so that Garrison states a foolish belief that there were 30 shooters in Dealey Plaza.

Source: REVIEW: The American Media – The 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: The Garrison Tapes, Part Two

 

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On JFK, Joyce Carol Oates blames the victim

In an essay for The Washington Post, prolific novelist Joyce Carol Oates opines that the real problem in the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy was not the government’s implausible and mendacious account of the crime but the confused and outraged response of the American majority that could not–and does not–believe it.

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What about the first shot fired at JFK?

That was the question raised by a 2015 article by Lucien C. Haag entitled The Missing Bullet in the JFK Assassination,” which appeared in the publication of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE).

Max Holland has responded in the journal’s Fall 2016 issue and his blog Washington Decoded

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In ‘Twenty-Six Seconds,’ Alexandra Zapruder talks about her grandfather’s film

The film that would come to bear his name “represented a trauma for our grandfather,” Alexandra Zapruder writes. “It was a source of pain for the Kennedys. It was a reminder of crushing disappointment and abandoned plans for my parents’ generation. It was a burden. It was an intrusion. It was a serious and complicated responsibility.”

Source: ‘Twenty-Six Seconds,’ by Alexandra Zapruder – San Francisco Chronicle

 

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About that fingerprint supposedly found in the Book Depository 

ICYMI:  In a new look at LBJ, Joan Mellen debunks the Mac Wallace myth.

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Is a ‘Coup in Camelot’ a good JFK documentary?

Vince Palamara writes:

“I know I am biased, as I appear in this program, but I honestly believe this is the very best JFK assassination documentary ever made. Clocking in at 1 hour and 40 minutes, it has a forensic angle to it, as well as some good historical context. “

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Shakespeare meets Oliver Stone in ‘The Tragedy of JFK’  

Marrying director Henning’s deep knowledge of both classical theater and JFK conspiracy theories, the play transposes Shakespeare’s plot to the political intrigues of an Oliver Stone-worthy cabal at the highest levels of our government.

Source: Shakespeare meets Oliver Stone in ‘The Tragedy of JFK’ – LA Times