I wanted to let JFK Facts readers know first because you have inspired me to keep after this subject. The clash of ideas that takes place on this site is a reminder that there are lots (and lots) of people who care about the JFK story and care about getting it right.
Jacob Hornberger, the publisher and I, chose to publish the book on the June 10, 2016 to coincide with President Kennedy speech at American University on June 10, 1963, in which JFK articulated a “strategy for peace.” JFK’s refusal to invade Cuba, his restraint in Vietnam, his determination to ratify a nuclear test ban strategy were all expressions of this strategy. And this strategy earned him enemies in the CIA.
As I said in at the JFK Lancer conference in Dallas two years ago, the challenge is to: describe the latest evidence accurately; use the internet to mobilize online civil society; press for full disclosure; and insist on accountability. It can be done by 2017.
Rob writes: “I just finished Our Man in Mexico and wanted to tell you it was really great.”
“Excellent on Win Scott’s FBI to OSS to CIA history; excellent on the Kennedy assassination issues; and just a really enjoyable bio. You have some of the most succinct and informative expositions of the various facets of the story that I have come across. So, kudos!”
Rob is right, and that’s not my bias speaking. Here’s what the Wall Street Journal said about Our Man in Mexico.
You can order the book in hardcover or paperback here.
“What a pleasure to read a fact-based, well researched, and completely documented book that covers, not only the JFK assassination, but the early soldiers of the WW II – OSS. Many of these same OSS people became the CIA’s senior management team by 1963. Unlike most books on these subjects, Mr. Morley allows the reader to draw their own conclusion(s). There are no wild-eyed, self-perpetuated, illogical theories here – only substantiated and referenced facts.”
“I strongly recommend Our Man in Mexico to any serious OSS/CIA/JFK historian or researcher …”
Welcome to another JFK Facts reader–from another continent–who has enrolled in my History of the CIA course. As de Tocqueville said, “There are some things Americans can only learn from foreigners.” Too true, Alexis!
Enrollment is still open. The course is divided into three parts, The first four weeks, “From OSS to CIA to JFK,” cover the story of the CIA from its creation through the death of JFK. As I note in the lecture, In 1943, the CIA did not exist. Twenty years later, after Kennedy’s death, it was a power unto itself.
In my next podcast lecture, I’ll talk about the organization of the CIA’s coup in Guatemala in 1954. Join us. Read more
In this twelve-week for-credit course, I will trace the roots of today’s headlines–from drone war to torture to the Iran nuclear deal and the Islamic– to the 68-year history of the CIA. In recounting the CIA’s secret operations, unsung successes, and scandals, you will learn how the agency wields its power.
The course is offered through Oplerno, an online learning platform that is ideal for telling the remarkable story of the CIA. In weekly lectures and online discussion, we will follow the agency as it grows from a scatted handful of offices in Washington employing less than a thousand people to a global empire with 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $14.7 billion. Along the way, we will consider the place of JFK’s assassination in CIA history.
I interrupt our regularly scheduled JFK programing for this commercial announcement:
For the past two years I have been teaching a course called “The History of the CIA: 1947 to Today” at the University of California in the District of Columbia (UCDC) The course revolves around a weekly discussion and debate of the CIA today and in the future.
Now I need a few more to join us in a 12-week investigation and discussion of the CIA, past and present, led by yours truly. We’ll read, debate, dissect, and deconstruct the agency’s legacy of espionage and covert action.
I had the honor of speaking at the JFK Lancer conference in Dallas on November 22, 2013, and I offered some thoughts about what I think we (meaning the American people and others interested in the assassination of President Kennedy 50 years ago) need to do in 2014.
[Editor’s note: At the request of Ronnie Dugger, I am posting a transcript of my remarks to the JFK Lancer conference in Dallas last November. You can also download a PDF of the transcript. Thanks to the tireless Alan Dale for his introduction and his transcription.]