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The hidden history of the JFK assassination : the definitive account of the most controversial crime of the twentieth century
Waldron, Lamar, 1954- , author.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2013]
Physical Description:
519 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Waldron uses long-buried files and exclusive information not available to congressional investigators to explain how godfathers Santo Trafficante and Carlos Marcello committed-- and got away with-- the most controversial crime of the 20th century.
Evidence of conspiracy -- "Single bullet theory" demolished and a new look at Oswald -- A Mafia godfather confesses -- Carlos Marcello's rise to power -- Marcello, Cuba, and Jack Ruby -- CIA vs. Castro, and the Kennedys vs. Carlos Marcello -- Marcello and Trafficante: planning JFK's murder -- Marcello meets with Ruby and Oswald -- Marcello and Trafficante infiltrate JFK's secret Cuba plan -- Plans to assassinate Fidel Castro and President Kennedy -- Oswald in New Orleans, Dallas, and Mexico City -- Carlos Marcello and the hit men for JFK's murder -- Targeting JFK in Chicago and Tampa in November 1963 -- JFK is assassinated in Dallas -- Officer Tippet is killed and problems arise for Marcello -- Another Mafia murder in Dallis -- Secret investigations and getting away with murder -- Mafia murders, confessions, and a million files still secret.

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November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many records to remain secret for almost fifty years.

The Hidden History of JFK's Assassination draws on exclusive interviews with more than two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence, and Congressional personnel, who provided critical first-hand information. The book also uses government files--including the detailed FBI confession of notorious Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello--to simply and clearly reveal exactly who killed JFK. Using information never published before, the book uses Marcello's ownwords to his closest associates to describe the plot. His confession is also backed up by a wealth of independent documentation.

This book builds on the work of the last Congressional committee to investigate JFK's murder, which concluded that JFK 'was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy," and that godfathers ["Santo] Trafficante [and Carlos] Marcello had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy." However, it also draws on exclusive files and information not available to Congress, that have only emerged in recent years, to fully explain for the first time how Marcello and Trafficante committed--and got away with--the crime of the 20th century.

Some of the book's revelations will be dramatized in the upcoming Warner Brothers film Legacy of Secrecy , produced by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which also stars Robert De Niro as Carlos Marcello.

The Hidden History of JFK's Assassination is the definitive account of the crime and the secrecy which has surrounded it.

Author Notes

Lamar Waldron's historical research and nonfiction books have won praise from Publishers Weekly, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and major publications in Europe. Called "the ultimate JFK historian" by Variety, his groundbreaking research has been the subject of two prime time specials on the Discovery Channel, produced by NBC News. He has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, and television specials in England, Germany, Japan, and Australia.