The Road to Dallas

The Road to Dallas

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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Neither a random event nor the act of a lone madman--the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was an appalling and grisly conspiracy. This is the unvarnished story. With deft investigative skill, David Kaiser shows that the events of November 22, 1963, cannot be understood without fully grasping the two larger stories of which they were a part: the U.S. government's campaign against organized crime, which began in the late 1950s and accelerated dramatically under Robert Kennedy; and the furtive quest of two administrations--along with a cadre of private interest groups--to eliminate Fidel Castro. The seeds of conspiracy go back to the Eisenhower administration, which recruited top mobsters in a series of plots to assassinate the Cuban leader. The CIA created a secretive environment in which illicit networks were allowed to expand in dangerous directions. The agency's links with the Mafia continued in the Kennedy administration, although the President and his closest advisors--engaged in their own efforts to overthrow Castro--thought this skullduggery had ended. Meanwhile, Cuban exiles, right-wing businessmen, and hard-line anti-Communists established ties with virtually anyone deemed capable of taking out the Cuban premier. Inevitably those ties included the mob. The conspiracy to kill JFK took shape in response to Robert Kennedy's relentless attacks on organized crime--legal vendettas that often went well beyond the normal practices of law enforcement. Pushed to the wall, mob leaders merely had to look to the networks already in place for a solution. They found it in Lee Harvey Oswald--the ideal character to enact their desperate revenge against the Kennedys. Comprehensive, detailed, and informed by original sources, The Road to Dallas adds surprising new material to every aspect of the case. It brings to light the complete, frequently shocking, story of the JFK assassination and its aftermath.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780674027664
0674027663
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 KAI
Characteristics: 509 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
May 20, 2013

[One need only read Donald Gibson's outstanding book: Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency, and Michael Benson's book, Who's Who in the JFK Assassination to realize this is pure bookum!]
This book is such absolute tripe, flotsam and garbage. Throw enough entrails against a wall, and something is sure to stick! ! ! One need only listen to Lee Oswald's radio interview on a rightwing show in New Orleans (arranged by the second in charge of the CIA's disinformation division, George Joannides, to solidfy Oswald's "Marxist creds") to understand what an intelligent, highly educated and articulate CIA field agent this man was, and to further understand his mission-within-a-mission; reporting to the White House to uncover the CIA's rogue assassin operation: Operation40, who trained on land owned by a friend of Jack Ruby, hence Oswald's interest in Ruby. By reframing the focus on organized crime, as the misinformation specialists always do, they remove the real focus from Wall Street and the plutocrats who wanted the Kennedys and Rev. King dead!

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