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President Kennedy's assassination was a coup d'etat (BOOK REVIEW)

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) November 9, 2013: On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.


His assassination was a coup d'etat orchestrated by then Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who automatically became President of the United States when President Kennedy died.


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President Kennedy was assassinated at a time when the Cold War was going strong. Fortunately, LBJ and his co-conspirators did not try to attribute JFK's assassination to the (now former) Soviet Union or to Fidel Castro. Instead, they elaborately framed Lee Harvey Oswald as the patsy. Then they had Jack Ruby kill Oswald.


However, even though the Cold War is now over, many Americans prefer to believe the myth about Oswald supposedly being the lone gunman. To believe this myth about Oswald, you have to believe that he somehow fired a magic bullet that first penetrated President Kennedy's body and then exited and wounded Governor John Connally, who was seated in front of Kennedy on the jump seat in the limousine. Nevertheless, many Americans to this day prefer to believe this improbable myth about Oswald.

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James W. Douglass's meticulous 525-page book JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE: WHY HE DIED AND WHY IT MATTERS (2008) did not have an impact in countering this improbable myth about JFK's assassination.




Will Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro's new 425-page book THE MAN WHO KILLED KENNEDY: THE CASE AGAINST LBJ have the breakthrough impact that these earlier books did not have? I hope it does.

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Roger Stone is a well known Republican. He weaves memories and information about a number of Republicans into the book. For example, he reveals that when Richard M. Nixon watched the television broadcast on November 24, 1963, about Jack Ruby killing Oswald, Nixon recognized Ruby as a "Johnson man." Nixon knew Ruby as a paid informant in the 1940s for the House Un-American Activities Committee.


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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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