Michael Swanson, an investment adviser turned JFK researcher, called my attention to “Council of War,” a fascinating official history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which documents the Pentagon’s resistance to, and resentment of, President Kennedy’s foreign policy, especially on Cuba and Vietnam.
Published last year by the JCS, the study presents an unvarnished view of an unprecedented mistrust between White House and Pentagon in the year before Kennedy was violently removed from power.
“Read this book and you are reading a real history of the American empire and defense establishment written for future leaders of the Pentagon and armed forces,” writes Swanson, who plans to publish his own study of the Cold War from 1945-1963 in the fall.
Larry Hancock’s new book, co-authored with Stuart Wexler, is called “Shadow Warfare: The History of America’s Undeclared Wars” and will be published by Counterpoint in March.
I just got my copy and am looking forward to sharing it with my students in my History of the CIA course at the University of California in the District of Columbia. Hancock is author of “Somebody Would Have Talked” about JFK’s assassination.
“There is a wealth of useful information about the Kennedy assassination available online,” writes Salon’s founding editor, David Talbot, who is now writing a book about Allen Dulles and JFK’s assassination.
“But before a beginner wades into these thickets, it’s best to start with some of the best books on the subject,” he adds.
Here’s Talbot’s top seven JFK books. Am I biased because Talbot is a friend and he includes my book? Yes, I am.
I’ve always thought Don DeLillo’s “Libra” is the best fictional treatment of JFK’s assassination, followed closely by James Ellroy’s “American Tabloid.” But Washington author and agent Ron Goldfarb makes the case for another legitimate contender. In a piece entitled, Rereading Charles McCarry, published last week in Washington Independent Review of Books, Goldfarb wrote:
“I’ve returned to Charles McCarry’s ‘The Tears of Autumn,’ a 1974 novel reissued in 2005 as a classic, by a former CIA agent, then editor, now novelist, and, in my judgment, if not the the best, one of Washington’s best authors. I read this book on the subject of the assassination years ago and was blown away by the rich literary quality of McCarry’s writing and intrigued by the persuasiveness of his unique speculation.”
The JFK Assassination Books, Reviews and Discussion Facebook page is an amiable place to hang out thanks to David Rees Jones’s useful editorial rule: “We do not encourage comments on assassination theory unless as a direct result of reviewing the topic.”
This is a pace to ask people for recommendations about JFK books, movies and documentaries, and share your thoughts, all without getting into an argument. You can’t order your coffee from this page yet but presumably Zuckerberg’s minions are working on it. Read more
Thanks to everybody who sent their thoughts on the AP story on Morley v. CIA, a lawsuit seeking still secret JFK assassination records.I will file my declaration to the federal court early next week and post it here.
Most mainstream political commentators from Rachel Maddow on the left to Bill O’Reilly on the right have embraced the official theory of the assassination of JFK. Others have shied from the complexities and controversies of the subject.
Not Larry Sabato, a professor of political science at the University of Virginia and a prolific pundit with reliably moderate politics. His new book, The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, will be published next month.
From Jane Henderon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes a useful rundown of some — but not all of the upcoming JFK books — that will be published this fall.
She has missed a couple of important one and mercifully skipped many of the less worthy tomes. JFK Facts will continue to report on other JFK books coming this fall, along with your recommendations about which are worthwhile and which are a waste of time.
Featuring Hollywood actors reading from the letters sent to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy after the death of her husband, the movie offers an escape from the interminable loop of an unsolved true crime story. As the trailer (produced by Steven Speilberg) indicates, “Letters to Jackie” frames November 22, 1963, as a family tragedy — a personal, not political, event.
Chris Vogner, movie critic for the Dallas Morning News, reminds us how the first broadcast of Abraham Zapruder’s film of JFK’s assassassination on ABC TV in March 1975 changed American popular culture.
The beautifully illustrated video that accompanies the piece reminds up why the impact of Rivera’s journalism is so hard to acknowledge.
The late John Judge on JFK records
Asked in 1992 what he expected to find in still-closed JFK records, Judge replied,
"What's more important is the principle that this public information and it belongs to us, the people of the United States and not to some secret government or int...