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Why the CIA killed JFK and Malcolm X : the secret drug trade in Laos
Koerner, John.
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Publication Information:
Alresford, Hants, UK : Chronos Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd., 2014.
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viii, 115 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library E839.5 .K53 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This book breaks new ground in two important areas that have yet to be linked and explored by any JFK-assassination historian. John Koerner argues that the CIA's secret drug trade in Laos, and the president's effort to end it, provided the primary motive that the CIA needed to assassinate the president. A lot of effort has been made to examine the president's Vietnam policy, but precious little attention has been paid to the opium trade in Laos that was making the CIA wealthy and powerful beyond its wildest dreams. This book chronicles the president's secret war with the CIA over Laos, a high-stakes game that cost him his life. Koerner also links the JFK assassination and the drug trade with the other three major assassinations of the 1960s: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy. We will see that all four of the assassinations are linked together, all funded and executed by the CIA to silence the four most vocal leaders who were opposed to the agency's pro-war and pro-drug policy in Laos and Vietnam. Finally, Koerner examines the impact this has had on the course of history, and imagines a world where these men had lived.

Author Notes

John Koerner is a Professor of American History. He has appeared on "America's Book of Secrets" on the History Channel, and William Shatner's "Weird or What" on the Discovery Channel. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Chapter 1 A Hated Presidentp. 1
The "Papist" Presidency
JFK vs. the Southp. 5
"A Thousand Pieces"p. 9
Chapter 2 A Public Executionp. 17
Proving the Conspiracy
Making the Connectionp. 19
Chapter 3 The Opium Trade in Laosp. 23
The Key Playersp. 25
The Pressure to Invadep. 28
A New Policy for Laosp. 36
The CIA Digs Inp. 40
CIA Sabotagep. 46
The Vietnam Connectionp. 53
Johnson and Nixon Cast Their Lotsp. 55
The Drug Trade Expandsp. 57
Chapter 4 Trinity of Death: Connecting the Malcolm X, MLK, and RFK Assassinationsp. 60
"I'm not at all sure it's the Muslims"
An Early Opponent of the Vietnam Warp. 65
"The White Man's Poison"p. 68
The Drug Connectionp. 70
A Malcolm X and King Coalition?p. 74
Regicide: Connecting the King Assassinationp. 75
"The CIA ordered it done"p. 76
"The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World"p. 78
The Final Hope: The Robert F. Kennedy Assassinationp. 81
Making the Connectionp. 84
Morales Strikes Againp. 87
RFK's Obsessionp. 88
Chapter 5 Unfinished Livesp. 90
The Costs of War
The United States of Inequalityp. 92
Fathers and Husbandsp. 95
Jacqueline Kennedy's Final Lamentp. 97
Referencesp. 100

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