JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

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Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, the former CIA operative known as “X,” offers a history-shaking perspective on the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. His theories were the basis for Oliver Stone’s controversial movie JFK. Prouty believed that Kennedy’s death was a coup d’état, and he backs this belief up with his knowledge of the security arrangements at Dallas and other tidbits that only a CIA insider would know (for example, that every member of Kennedy’s cabinet was abroad at the time of Kennedy’s assassination). His discussion of the elite power base he believes controlled the U.S. government will scare and enlighten anyone who wants to know who was really behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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ISBN-13: 9781616082918
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 369,433
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone has written and directed over 25 feature films and 6 documentaries, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades. Some have been at deep odds with conventional myth— films such as Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, and Untold History of the United States.

Jesse Ventura is the former independent governor of Minnesota. He is also a former US Navy frogman, a professional wrestler, a movie actor, a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including American Conspiracies, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, and Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me! He was the host and executive producer of truTV’s Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, which won the Stony Award from High Times magazine in 2010. He was also the host of the political talk show Off The Grid, which aired on RT America and online at Ora.tv. He has a reputation as a rebel and a freethinker, and he has no qualms about questioning authority. He spends half the year in Baja, Mexico and the other half in his home state of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Secret History of the United States (1943-90) Oliver Stone vii

Preface xxii

1 The Role of the Intelligence Services in the Cold War: 1945-65, the Vietnam Era 1

2 The CIA in the World of the H-Bomb 20

3 The Invisible Third World War 29

4 Vietnam: The Opening Wedge 42

5 The CIA's Saigon Military Mission 51

6 Genocide by Transfer-in South Vietnam 70

7 Why Vietnam? The Selection and Preparation of the Battlefield 81

8 The Battlefield and the Tactics, Courtesy CIA 102

9 The CIA in the Days of Camelot 118

10 JFK and the Thousand Days to Dallas 136

11 The Battle for Power: Kennedy Versus the CIA 153

12 Building to the Final Confrontation 170

13 The Magic Box, Trigger of the Expanded War in Vietnam 189

14 JFK Makes His Move to Control the CIA 205

15 The Erosion of National Sovereignty 219

16 Government by Coup d'État 232

17 JFK's Plan to End the Vietnam Warfere 246

18 Setting the Stage for the Death of JFK 266

19 Visions of a Kennedy Dynasty 286

20 LBJ Takes the Helm as the Course Is Reversed 312

21 Game Plan of the High Cabal 334

Afterword: Stone's JFK and the Conspiracy 347

Acknowledgments 356

Notes 357

Index 369

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emeulemans More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read, if you are looking for the truth when it comes to CIA operations, how the Vietnam War came to be, along with all of the events and controversy in the JFK Assassinaton. Prouty does a great job of including all of the facts through numerous different papers and other important document. Along with the documents, he had the first hand experience when it came to a majority of the information he talks about in the book. All of the controversial topics, including the CIA, Vietnam, the plot to assassinate JFK, and a high cabal are all backed up with factual information and not just what ifs. A very interesting part of the book occurs in the final chapters where the actual events of the assassination are talked about along with all of the unusual things and events that point to a high cabal ordering the assassination of JFK. The actual evidence that is found how the cover story has a number of loop holes is very interesting. There was a change that was occurring when Kennedy was in office it would have been really showcased if he had been President for a full two terms. How the CIA got started and how it had progressed to become very powerful is very interesting, along with what tactics they have been using for years in lower developed countries. This book also gives you a better picture of what the Vietnam War was actually like along with how long U.S. personel were actually there. Overall, this book is very eye opening when it comes to the CIA, Vietnam, and how the assassination of JFK went down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read if you love the behind the scene look at why the President was killed...
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Victor-Reznov More than 1 year ago
This book has been very informative and was written wonderfully. I thought that this book would be based upon the authors opinion but after reading you can tell without a doubt he is speaking from personal experience and he is very educated on the subjects that are not his experience. Leroy Fletcher Prouty was a very good author and I found this book to be not only extremely entertaining but very informative. If you are looking to gain knowledge about (as the title says) JFK the CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy I highly recomend this book.
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L.Fletcher Prouty's brilliant book takes us back to the end of WW2 thru the assasination of JFK in easy to understand language that is simply impossible not to believe. Prouty was there, first as a pilot involved in WW2 and later as a member of the CIA, and worked for the Joint Chiefs. He was as near to the coup that toppled JFK as anyone. Although he had no part in the coup, he brilliantly pieces it together. The motives and the reasons why JFK had to be removed were because he was determined to end US involvement in Vietnam, as well as him being a virtual lock to be re-elected in 1964. His enemies decided drastic measures were required to allow the Vietnam Conflict to continue on, ensuring billions in profit for the military industrial complex companies.
Todd_Russell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this story hoping to get some additional depth and information behind the character portrayed as X (played by the uber-creepy Donald Sutherland) in the movie JFK by Oliver Stone. The author, Col. Fletcher Prouty was the real X, and one of the people who worked with Stone on the movie. Prouty worked in the military during the time Kennedy was assassinated. He was also with the administration before Kennedy became the president.There is a lot of detailed background on the cold war and explanation on what leads up to Kennedy's assassination. If you liked the Stone movie, you will learn a lot more detail on the Vietnam War and Cuba connection as well as what threat Kennedy played to other powerful figures in government at the time. With a few minor exceptions (a chapter on Vietnam) the book is presented more like reading a long Wikipedia article. Those that prefer non-fiction to be more story-like might be bored by this format.I took one star away because Prouty's narrative is repetitive at times. There is an index and footnotes provided.Overall, I enjoyed this book and plan to read the other two books used as sources for the JFK movie. It's unusual that I see a movie and want to read the book (usually the other way around) but the JFK assassination--whatever happened November 22, 1963--is both a tragic and fascinating part of American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book goes into great detail about other possible causes for the assination than the usual suspects,Mr Prouty was very deep inside the administration and had access to many world leaders throughout his career. Very good read, and thought provoking.
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I should have known better to expect intelligence froma book by oliver stone and jesse ventura. As with all of these theories, they miss the fact that the number of American troops in Viet Nam during the kennedy presidency went from 300 to 16,000. This is a fine work of fiction, but it shouldn't be considered history.
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Screw the CIA
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Fletcher Prouty's knowledge of events of the post war era is surpassed by none, and his willingness to share this knowledge is truly remarkable. His courage and honesty are all the more significant in view of the circumstances he describes therein. This book provides more insight into the post war world than any other ten books combined. It is highly interesting to note that the book swiftly became almost impossible to find in any bookstore, and that the original price of US$18.95 has, in a few short years, skyrocketed to nearly $90, IF it can be found at all.
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