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I bought this book to be an addition to my well over 200 strong collection of books on the JFK assassination - I enjoyed the way it revisited the Garrison case and gave clear reasons why that was necessary. I have one or two criticisms however - for any one not familiar with the case and the events, there are just too many names. As one other reviewer has suggested a "who's who" of the book would have been most helpful. Secondly as an outside observer I find it just a wee bit hard to swallow the number of CIA/FBI journalists on the go - it seemed to me while reading the book that any journalist who agreed with the Warren Commission or was dismissive of Garrison did so because they were actually in the employ of, or were linked to the government agencies mentioned above. Really? - all of them It was also a bit disappointing to encounter several occasions in the book when vital new ( at least new to me ) evidence arose but " has now disappeared". In particular I have to admit that I was not aware that Oswald had ( according to the book) named Ruby as a referee on a job application form. " Here it is" I thought - definitive proof of the connection between the two that has so often been suspected but denied by official reports. But - hold on - the document has " disappeared". As has various other tape recordings etc. This is a great book - but for anyone thinking that this book (or any book) is going to "solve" the mystery or "present the whole truth" forget it. That is never going to happen and it is surely time to accept that.
An essential reference in understanding the background and forces of 'unspeakable' evil that were deployed against Jim Garrison, the heroic DA of New Orleans who initiated the only prosecution against the traitors to America, and humanity who murdered John Kennedy. JFK saved all of us from the abyss of thermonuclear war on multiple occasions, not just during the cuban missile crisis. He was opposed by insane warmongers in the JCS and CIA, who have never been brought to account for their crimes against humanity. This book helps to correct the historical record.
I bought this as the revised version and unfortunately it's not. On the plus side, it's a well written treatise of the main conspiracy theories and is a good starting point for any student who wants to look beyond the Warren commission and the HSCA report.
Amazing book. Have been interested in the assassination of John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King for most of my life as I lived at that time. I was devastated when this took place, and I have some memories of things that were reported in our papers, we got the Toronto Telegram at that time, that never seemed to be reported on U.S. television, or are not mentioned now. I am seventy years of age but those murders are etched in my mind forever. I followed this purchase with the other book Dr. Mary's Monkey since it is connected to the John Kennedy murder. That spider web has many people involved, though I may not live long enough to see it made public. It seems that any of the people who are brave enough to try to make any of these things known get murdered also. Case in point, I was just listening to an old interview of Philip Marshall's on the book he wrote called the Big Bamboozle, and was thinking of buying it, and I didn't even realize he had been murdered also. Now with the U.S. elections taking place right now, and me up in Canada just watching this unfold on t.v., I am very afraid for the United States and the American people, and of course us up here in Canada as well, as we are so close to them. I fear for the rest of the world as well. What I thought at first going by just what I saw on t.v., is the complete opposite. It seems that those who I trusted are the truly evil ones, and every thing has been turned around ass backwards if you know what I mean.
An excellent account of the Garrison Case against Clay Shaw, placed in a historical context - Cuba, Vietnam and other Third World hotspots at the time. Very scary for Americans - the efforts that the press, the FBI, the Dept. of Justice, CIA and others went to in order to discredit Garrison. Hugh Aynesworth, who appears constantly in the national media today whenever JFK topics appear as a defender of the Warren Commission's conclusions, you should be ashamed of yourself as an open minded and fair journalist. The book demonstrates that he, James Phelan and others, were compromised beyond a doubt.!!!!!!! Ruth and Michael Paine should have been studied more closely. The critique of the HSCA is riveting. And much much more! Well sourced Two criticisms: so many names - a glossary of who's who would be helpful; some of the associations suggested by the author are speculated but not proven - I would love to believe the links suggested about Allen Dulles and the Eastern Establishment. All in all, an awesome book incorporating interviews and the latest documents and primary sources available. Any serious student of the assassination must read this book and McKnight's book on the Warren Commission
Jim has collated and assembled tons of new info that has been released from government sources and other investigative bodies (ARRB) to come up with a publication that is easy to read and follow in an orderly fashion . I found this book tough to put down once I started to read . The book fills in the blanks and suppositions from the first edition very nicely . Excellent job Jim and keep up the good work on your books . I am also a great fan of the "Probe" magazine articles on-line . The subject matter is fascinating and all facts are properly footnooted . Well done Jim and thanks for a great book , Bill Elaschuk , Toronto , Canada .
This is unlike most books written about the JFK assassination. You will find very little written about the actual events in Dealey Plaza, but it remains a thrilling, fast moving yet detailed analysis of the background to the JFK case.
DiEugenio takes great care to portray Kennedy as courageous deep thinker, with origins in an overseas visit in 1951. In an era where being an American Patriot meant being resolutely anti-Communist, Kennedy saw a third way. He was at peace with allowing other countries, especially those emerging from Colonialism, to forge their own path and be independent of either US influence or Communist doctrine. In his Presidency, he supported nationalist governments in Indonesia, Congo and Laos; governments that were all overthrown with CIA assistance in the years immediately following his assassination.
This independence of thought put JFK on a collision course with Allen Dulles. Dulles took the CIA from being an intelligence gathering operation - as President Truman intended - to what became the military wing of American Big Business. Under Dulles, the CIA began to take on the mantle of promoting American business interests abroad, whatever the moral or physical cost to the indigenous people.
This divergence explains why the assassination happened, and the author also explains who the likely planners and facilitators were.
The most fascinating part of the book describes the trial of Clay Shaw in New Orleans which of course was the basis for the movie JFK. However, what the movie does not show you (understandably) is the lengths that major sections of the establishment went to in order to make sure that Shaw was not only acquitted, but that Garrison was destroyed. The book explains the links between the major media and the CIA, and how both of those parties were determined to crush Garrison.
Now, remember that Garrison charged Shaw in 1967. This was before the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978, and before the Assassinations Record Review Board doubled the amount of documentary evidence available. DiEugenio expresses justifiable admiration with just how close Garrison came to breaking the case. Indeed, one can only imagine what Garrison would have achieved had justice not been obstructed. One of those who obstructed the case, and in all likelihood stopped the case from ever being solved, was none other than Texas Governor John B Connally, the other man seriously wounded when JFK was killed.
Destiny Betrayed is heavily documented and footnoted. The author uses his own analysis to join the dots but this is no book of wild speculation.
Take it slowly when reading the Introduction and chapters 1 - 4. Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a diagram of who's connected to whom and where, if necessary. Then you can read the rest of the book at normal speed, taking occasional breaks to puke in a waste basket! Did this really happen in my country?