I’ve written here about “Six Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot.”
Now you can add another name to the list: Secretary of State John Kerry.
Once upon a time, Reader’s Digest was the best-read publication in America. You could not go to a doctor’s or dentist’s office and not find a copy. It still exists, at least in digital. And it still has some nerve:
On April 28, 1961—a decade after General Douglas MacArthur was fired for defying Harry Truman on Korea—the controversial commander hosted President John F. Kennedy at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where MacArthur and his wife lived in a suite on the 37th floor.
Given MacArthur’s reputation as a warmonger, what the general told the new president may surprise you.
“We felt very strongly that there were two governments in the United States: one in the civics texts and the other in the real world,” Mr. Wise told the New York Times in 1988. “We thought the intelligence agencies were important to our security. But we were troubled about a system based on the consent of the governed when the governed didn’t know to what they have consented.”
I mentioned Lou Berney’s JFK novel November Road the other day, not knowing that this is a Big Book, at least in the publishing world.
It tells of an Oklahoma woman on the run from her husband, an underling to New Orleans-based mobster Carlos Marcello, who is trying to make himself vanish in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. They’re both heading West, and encounter each other in Las Vegas, where JFK was known to spend some free time.
Speaking of “Six insiders who suspected a JFK plot,”
Len Osanic’s Black Op Radio drills down on the story of Insider #4, Georgia Senator Richard Russell, a conservative defender of racial segregation and a member of the Warren Commission.
Russell’s biographer dubbed him “the first dissenter” in the JFK assassination story.
Despite all the modern tools of investigation and communication, the Kennedy years remain cloaked in somewhat of a self-serving narrative
JFK Secret Service Agent Clint Hill to receive North Dakota’s Rough Rider Award | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO
He is the agent famously seen in movies and photos jumping on the back of the president’s limousine as it sped away to the hospital.
With the FBI’s report on Kennedy’s assassination, the Commission undertook to select staffers and figure out how to approach its work.
Chief Justice Warren complained about the leaks of the FBI report: “I have read that report two or three times and I have not seen anything in there that has not been in the press.”
The Commissioners then held a wide-ranging discussion of JFK’s assasination, including:
I like fictionalizations of the JFK story, not because they confirm (or refute) my own views but because they illuminate how November 22 has refracted through American culture and thinking. For example: November Road (Audiobook) by Lou Berney.
Bill Kelly points out that Hunter S. Thompson coined his immortal phrase “fear and loathing” on the day of JFK’s assassination. In three words, the gonzo journalist had captured a mood that would never go away.