The books which Waldron and Thom Hartmann, self-described /// progressive \\\ [not in my book, but then I was neither a republican nor a panhandler like Hartmann], write are pure bilge. There are some terrific books out there, by the way: Several books by James DiEugenio, the latest book which nails the facts superlative back to the Rockefeller brothers as the major culprits, Richard James DeSocio's book, Rockefellerocracy, James Douglass book, JFK and the Unspeakable [really dry, but the best investigative journalistic technique possible], David Talbot's book, Brothers [will make you cry if you remember the Kennedy brothers], Peter Janney's book, Mary's Mosaic, Donald Gibson's books, Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency, and his book on the JFK assassination, and a number of others. The ones be Waldron and Hartmann have little to no basis in fact. Anyone who believes the Mafia, not even close to the largest organized, or ethnic, crime outfit out there, has control of certain elements within the CIA, DIA, NSA, Secret Service, FBI, et cetera, is surely a nimwit.
I read this with an open mind, and it was a good read, although a bit exhausting, almost 800 pages of dry facts. (The short version: the mafia did it.) I use the word "facts" somewhat skeptically. The author seems to make many conclusions and assumptions that seem to be backed up by nothing more than hearsay. And it seems a little convenient that the author links the 3 assassinations directly to Vietnam policy, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa among others. It's as if all major political events from 1960-1990 are all connected to a small bunch of mafia and crooks wreaking havoc on society. To be fair, the book claims that many relevations are made that have only recently come to light. I will investigate other independent sources to see if any of this is corroborated before I believe these massive conspiracy theories.
An atrocious book, a horrible horrible book, illustrative of the poor-to-nonexistent research and investigative skills of Waldron. This (the only word which comes to mind is clown) "author" makes so many mindless circumlocutions, and circuitous closed-loop nonsense reasoning as to be labeled only pathetic. Logic takes a holiday, as does the overwhelming facts ignored, where this book is concerned. A most negative rating. To use your time more constructively, read Lance DeHaven-Smith's scholarly, "Conspiracy Theory in America" where, using precise and fundamental logic, he deftly destroys all THEIR (conspiracy deniers) talking points, and so on. Also, read "Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency" by Donald Gibson.
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