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JFK and the Unspeakable

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At first, the title of the book strikes you as strange, and maybe even a little melodramatic. ' The Unspeakable"? Come on.

  But after a few minutes, you get the gist of what author James W. Douglass is talking about. Then it hits you over the head like a load of bricks.

 The book is called JFK and the Unspeakable: Why he died and Why it matters.

Douglass spent the last twelve years writing this book on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  But you won't like his conclusions.  Kennedy and his military advisers were deep in the middle of the Vietnam war, and the whole country was caught up in the turmoil of major social change. But before long, the Presidents' closest advisers and the CIA realized that their Commander In Chief didn't see things eye to eye with them anymore.

Douglass contends that one of the goals of military leadership was to fight a multi-pronged war which also included an assault on communist Cuba, and perhaps all-out war with the Soviet Union as well.  But Kennedy was opposed to more war. And he'd said so publicly. The long and short of it, Douglass told us, is that he and his administration had a devastating parting of the ways. They'd entered a contest with their President which only one side could win. Kennedy, it was determined, would be the loser.

This writer doesn't have such trouble with the premise, but to meet an author who's apparently spent such time researching and pondering the topic, and have him express the same conclusion is unnerving, to say the least. Especially when you take into account the power and prestige the CIA seems to currently enjoy. Oh, by the way, Douglass also says it's very clear that JFK's assassination is tied to that of his brother Bobby, as well as the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. There's no way to quickly relax and regain your focus after hearing that.

The books' awfully thick. More than 500 pages. It won't be an easy or quick read. But just the few minutes Nicole and I spent with the author today make us believe that disturbing or not, the reading will be worth the effort.

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