"What is needed is a meta-analysis of the clandestine social,
political, military, and global forces at work at mid-century as they converged
upon DealeyPlaza. If you can understand the state
of the world, America,
and the South as it truly was on November 21, 1963, then the events of November 22 flow
inevitably from there, falling into place as neatly as the pieces of a puzzle."
- Gaeton Fonzi, former investigator
for the House Select Committee on Assassinations
Gaeton Fonzi was exactly right. This quote instinctively
guided my research, which opened up fascinating details which lent substance
and historical credibility to my book. The origins of the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy clearly begin to coalesce as events and strands of
history all the way back in the 1920's and 1930's, and they slowly built to a
cruel and catastrophic collision of events whose nexus was at 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1963 in DealeyPlaza.
"It is dangerous to let the
public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned, and then they are
angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved."
-20th Century British writer W. Somerset Maugham
tend to preserve illusions through the carefully-crafted biases of their
authors. I grew up as a 'faculty brat' and as such, I was able to observe the
life behind the curtains that constitutes academia. My own father was a
brilliant economist, with numerous textbooks and white papers to his credit. He
could deconstruct any economic theory in existence and provide meaningful
insight and revelation to its construct. However, he also was unable to repair
a simple bicycle or build a simple laundry table that could stand on its own
two legs without toppling over.
Historians do not
allow examinations of human behavior to nuance their evaluations of those
historical personages they are studying. One prominent presidential
historianhad the misfortune to release
his book on John F. Kennedy shortly before additional information came out that
JFK might have been making decisions during the Cuban Missile Crisis while
under the influence of assorted drugs such as amphetamines. When asked in an
interview about it, the historian quickly replied that he went back and re-read
the transcripts of the crisis and concluded that those drugs had no affect on
the president during the height of the crisis. Oh, really? He was suddenly also
an expert on drug addiction and behavior? Growing up during the sixties, I had
personal exposure to friends who were "speed-freaks" and on other illicit
drugs, and I can tell you there are other manifestations of those addictions
which are not readily apparent to a casual observer, let alone someone who
might be listening to a tape of a certain conversation. That historian's answer
was enough to quell further questions in his interview, but also tainted his
research in my eyes.
In a review of
another book on LBJ, which was written by someone who worked at the law firm
that administered to the former president's life after leaving the White House,
the author provided some information which was completely in keeping with
research I had done. The author presented verifiable facts regarding the
behavior and conduct of LBJ throughout his life. His conclusion was that LBJ
and his associates might have been behind the assassination of President John
F. Kennedy. The book was criticized by many book reviewers, including a
prominent editor of the Wall Street Journal. I have been a reader of the Wall
Street Journal since 1960 when my father used to bring it home from work. This
particular editor had exhibited clarity and insightful commentary on a broad
range of topics throughout a very distinguished career at the Journal. I was
therefore clearly dismayed at reading the savage attack unleashed against the
book, the premise, and the author. It was clear the attack was based upon
personal animus and not any relevant familiarity with the personal history of
the president behind the scenes. In fact, former Secret Service agent Richard
Roth, once assigned to the LBJ security detail, succinctly observed, "If Johnson weren't president, he'd be in an
of the motive behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy must also
involve a deep understanding of the other powerful men of the period.
In the book
ISAAC'S STORM, author Erik Larsen describes how the simple action of a solitary
butterfly flapping its wings in Africa can set
in motion the forces of nature that weeks later can manifest themselves in the
form of a hurricane thousands of miles away powerful enough to kill 10,000
people in Galveston, Texas. I think that this is a great analogy for
the conundrum of the events in Dallas.
How is it possible for a series of events decades prior to the assassination to
coalesce in a perfect storm on November
22, 1963? Study the actions of the men who might have been
influenced by those events.
All human beings
are ruled by their emotions, despite the best efforts of historians to downplay
or even ignore those basic influences. For example, the writings of J. Edgar
Hoover are especially revealing. Most people don't understand how truly
was in America
in the 1950's. The two most powerful men in government were the president and
the director of the F.B.I. Hoover's reputation was savaged by a series of
unverifiable salacious rumors regarding his proclivities, which have succeeded
in reducing Hoover
to a joke in recent years. He was far from a joke. The papers he authored on
criminality and morality are prescient in exposing the depth of the conflict
and disdain he would have had for the young Kennedys, Jack and Bobby, who
ultimately not only became his bosses, but also were public repudiation of Hoover's previous creeds
and professed values.
man who lacks sexual discipline displays to all a basic sign of weakness in
character...A leader of men must especially be a moral man. Without a foundation
in morality, that leader cannot lead...A man whose mind is clouded with sexual
thoughts cannot be expected to think clearly or rationally in times of crisis."
— F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover
Michener, Wouk, and Forsythe
Important Back Story Information (and sub-pages):
this book different from all the other Kennedy books out there?
needs do this story fulfill?
What really happened and why did it
Why was it covered up?
this book relevant to current news topics, politics, and the world today?
Why was this written as a novel? Over
two thousand books have been written about the Kennedy assassination and
all but a small handful have been non-fiction. The vast majority have
proven to be either too dull or too complex for all but the most dedicated
readers to absorb. The scope of this actual historical story is rich with
human drama, jealousies, deceits, egos, and miscalculations worthy of a