Whether you're a historian, a long-time John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorist, or just an average Joe with a keen interest in intricately constructed cases, Mark Lane's Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK is bound to prove, at the very least, extremely difficult to turn off.
Mark Boyett performs this engrossing audiobook with aplomb, his careful pacing adding a layer of detachment and objectivity to this highly impassioned work. Lane is a compelling storyteller with a clear and apparent investment in the subject matter; it's difficult not to feel fascinated and intrigued by the complex web he weaves.
The last word on the JFK assassination by the New York Times best-selling author and JFK historian!
Mark Lane tried the only US court case in which the jurors concluded that the CIA plotted the murder of President Kennedy, but there was always a missing piece: How did the CIA control cops and Secret Service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the complicity of the CIA?
Now, Mark Lane tells all in this explosive new book, with exclusive new interviews, sworn testimony, and meticulous new research (including interviews with Oliver Stone, Dallas Police deputy sheriffs, Robert K. Tanenbaum, and Abraham Bolden). Lane finds out first hand exactly what went on the day JFK was assassinated. He includes sworn statements given to the Warren Commission by a police officer who confronted a man who he thought was the assassin. The officer testified that he drew his gun and pointed it at the suspect, who showed Secret Service ID. Yet, the Secret Service later reported that there were no Secret Service agents on foot in Dealey Plaza.
The Last Word proves that the CIA, operating through a secret small group, prepared all credentials for Secret Service agents in Dallas for the two days that Kennedy was going to be there - conclusive evidence of the CIA's involvement in the assassination.
©2011 Mark Lane (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Both readers who have followed the JFK assassination for years and those new to one of the great debates of the 20th century will find much to contemplate here." (Library Journal Xpress Review)
Now living in Norfolk, enjoy historical fiction, political biography/autobiography and the classics.
This is quite simply the best book I have studied on the subject of the JFK assassination. Meticulously researched, it presents the facts minus the spin. If you are in any doubt that the JFK assassination was a conspiracy, study this book and I am sure you will doubt no more.
"Bold, Direct and Controversial, As Always"
Being a dedicated researcher of the JFK murder for decades, it is fulfilling to see one of the original authors (still alive) writing provocative and revealing substance about the crime of the last century. Lane has never been one to pull a punch and I thought the way he revealed the inter-connections between those who criticize him and the agency they work for to be bold and excellent counter-punches. Lane has been relentless in bringing to light the suspicious "coincidences" that engulf the assassination, the Warren Commission and their subsequent multiple white-washings. With so many of the most knowledgable and profound researchers now gone on to the other side of this life, it is a good thing that Lane, Josiah Thompson and a few others cling to the determined course of action in telling facts to the public. It will take people like Lane to counter-punch, once again, the new lathering of whitewash that is surely to appear in the film we are told of that has the involvement of Tom Hanks. Lane is a talented debunker and he will surely be at the forefront of critics of the Hanks production, if it sees the screen. Fortunately Leonardo DiCaprio has bought rights to a book which may well offset much of Hanks' "work." The world of truth owes a lot of gratitude to Mark Lane for this well-documented and powerfully written work.
THere were really no "characters" in this book.
The energetic debunking of Vincent Bugliosi's tripe brought tears of laughter to me. Bugliosi is far more talented at writing stuff that is enjoyable to read than he is at telling the truth impartially and accurately. Bugliosi's penchant to exaggerate and stray far afield from the truth is infuriating and should be criminal. Lane took V.B. to task in fine style. The book was worth the listen just for that, alone.
"The Last Word" along with James W. Douglass' book "JFK and the Unspeakable" (Also available unabridged on Audible) are the best books written in the last two decades on the subject of the JFK assassination because they deal with how it came to be and the results of it, rather than merely the physics of gunfire and the controversy of testimony. While there is no way to say they are 100% accurate in all cases, they open up panoramic views of evidence that was ignored or intentionally obfuscated by people, whose job it was to tell the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Anyone who takes the time to listen to these two books can only end up thinking long and hard about the way things are today and how they had been if JFK had lived out his life and been allowed to see through his visions of a world of peace.
"Thankful for Mark Lane"
Definitely based on Mark Lane's thorough explanation of an event that shook the world
His critique of Vincent Bugliosi's book and his revealing of Buglios's hypocrisy and ineptness.
Clear and believable.
I remember the day JFK was murdered and the utter sadness of everyone that I knew. Then the totally unbelievable murder of Oswald, in of all places .....the Dallas Police station. Now, after listening to Mr. Lane's book, I feel outrage at the lies our government put out there. They shouldn't wonder why people are not so patriotic anymore.
It would also be a good idea to watch the movie- "Rush to Judgement" Thank-you Mark Lane for your service to this country.
"Last Word - Wish it wasn't"
First let me say that I love this subject. Mark Lane is the best in the (What really happened to JFK) Books. Mark Lane did his homework before he wrote anything and his facts are easily verified. It was really scary reading about all the illegal drugs many people gave to unsuspecting people and what happened to those people afterword (Unibomber is a prime example). I said many people because if I had said the CIA I would have been sued or worse. I would love to see a documentary made on the Last Word, but no one will, because they are afraid. This book is however a bit long in spots, there is so much information that it becomes dull and boring in places.
Mark Lane is lucky the CIA didn't kill him off, I'm sure they wanted to, many/many times. He talks about the other conspiracies and through logic and facts destroys them, with ease.
If you love JFK conspiracies then this is the book for you, I highly recommend it.
"Loved the book."
I found out what Mr. lane has been doing the last 50 odd years.
That people who do not believe in the conspiracy theory, always use the Fox channel way of name calling. They never seem to argue the facts.
"Like Raid kills bugs dead - this swats Bugliosi"
That would be an understatement. Even after admitting to paying writers and journalists to SPIN things counter truth wise, the CIA is still spending your tax dollars to rewrite history. Every parent should be alert to history text books worming their way into schools with attempts to ignore the last word of the House Select Committee On Assassinations, that THERE WAS MOST LIKELY A CONSPIRACY TO KILL JFK. Any history book written since that time, which ignores that finding, is propaganda that is probably funded by your friendly CIA. You simply can't reclaim history by changing the facts or killing the witnesses and claiming that people are stupid or frauds to believe the HSCA finding and conclusion. You would be stupid if you believed that a mock trial with paid actors for jurists was anything more than a theatrical production. Parents have a major responsibility to determine which history textbooks are irresponsible counter truth wise spin since they probably won't be able to stop the CIA from having new history books written. As long as there is a CIA, that dog will return to its vomit.
Mark Lane had a sharp memory and was able to discern and recall inconsistent testimony and prove perjury of the top CIA officials who lied in depositions. His timing was dramatic when he revealed the lie in court for the jury and perpetrator to drop their jaws in sudden realization of their contradiction. Such was the case for E. Howard Hunt claiming he was at home with his family when JFK was assassinated. I don't think any cognizant person, who was alive at the time, fails to remember where they were, what they were doing, and who they were with, when they heard the news of the president's assassination. That should include E. Howard Hunt, his kids, and his wife.
First time. It was an enjoyable reading. I don't recall any irritation, other than an occasional change in volume where it was obvious that a different recording session had commenced in a spot other than a chapter separation.
The truth will out.
This was a superior documentary; not just dry facts, or Bugliosian assault on your ability to think for yourself. Mark Lane does resort to legal spin on occasion, maybe even frequently, but never to insult the reader with the attitude that you must believe it happened this way or you must be stupid or a fraud. It is like pulling teeth to get the CIA to admit to any facts but a lot of teeth have come out and there is enough gold when they do come out to make it worthwhile to persist in pulling. To be sure, the CIA is a known killer of leaders and what ever else irks them. Just for the record, I am a very happy man with a wonderful family and I have never considered, even at the lowest point in my life, ending it. I mean, I fully realize, we are discussing the CIA here, and all the teeth have not come out yet! I would not say these things lightly but with the serious hope that our freedom can only be preserved if we learn from history, real history, lest we all be doomed, to repeat it. I, for one, choose to replace presidents by voting, or impeachment, or waiting them out, even now!
The material, and the reader are so engrossing that I was surprised by the ending, as I completely lost myself in the narration. At the end, and after reading quite a few books on this sad subject I am firmly convinced that the CIA did it.
Never did believe Kennedy was shot by Oswald but had to give up hope of finding any honest information from our government . None of Mark's finding shock me. It does give me a strange confirmation that our government was directly involved but saddens me that so many brave people who spoke out were systematically hunted down and killed as well. I also find it ironic that our polished picture of the United States as a bulwark of peace and prosperity and democracy actually experienced a Coup d'etat but dared to call it an assignation to make it sound better to Americans and the rest of the world. But most thinking people never believed the lie.
"Junk, junk and junk."
Only about 30% of this book has to do with the Kennedy assassination. The rest talks about non related events in mark lanes life as well as CIA stuff unrelated to the assassination such as their testing of LSD on humans. The book is basically a bitch fest against the cia in general. As a result, this is the first book I had to listen to portions at 3x speed.
"Rambling, unfocused rantings of a paranoid man"
Truly a mess of a book, Last Word is filled with off-topic ramblings, misleading witness accounts, an imagined conspiracy so vast as to boggle the mind and stretch the limits of credulity.
This is not a book that sets out to prove the CIA killed JFK, Mark Lane believes that is so self-evident he doesn't need to go over it. In fact, having finished the book I'm still not entirely sure I know what he believes happened in Dallas. What I do know is Lane believes the CIA is the most powerful organization in the world, with an unlimited budget and staff to do whatever they want. I know that because he goes on very long tangents about the things he believes the CIA did that have nothing to do with the assassination. Although he actually makes the case that since the CIA did bad things at times in the past, they probably did this bad thing as well (surprising, considering how pedantic and condescending he is towards other people in how they talk about trial law).
He paints various organizations such as the FBI and the Dallas Police Department as being either unwilling pawns in the CIA's game or active members of the conspiracy, depending on his needs. For instance, he claims that the CIA leaked info to J Edgar Hoover to dupe him and play to his ego in order to get the lone gunman theory started. However, he follows that up by claiming Jack Ruby was an asset the FBI used to kill Oswald and keep the conspiracy under wraps. It's simply a matter of whatever Lane needs to be true at that moment to keep the conspiracy theory from falling apart.
He also believes that even though the CIA is so vast as to control the media and assassinate anyone, including American citizens, that could expose the truth (Lane believes himself under CIA surveillance constantly but for some reason they never stop him publishing his books while they kill all those around him), they also bungled the assassination so poorly it should be obvious to anyone that they framed Oswald. Lane claims that Oswald's Mannlicher Carcano was too inaccurate to make the shots required but that Oswald didn't even own it, the CIA planted it. Why the CIA would plant a rifle they would know (in Lane's universe) couldn't do what it needed to do is never explained.
Lastly, and in my view most heinously, Lane focuses on witness testimony in Dallas that he believes prove the CIA killed Kennedy. However, what he never mentions is that in almost every case he's focusing on the testimony of the lone dissenting witness out of many that saw the events. Yes, one person does claim it wasn't Oswald they saw shoot Officer JD TIppit or fleeing the scene, however there are at least 4 other people that do. These others are never mentioned, and we're led to believe the Warren Commission just ignored what it didn't want to hear.
The entire books goes on in this vein, and it was difficult to get through. The long diatribe about Bugliosi's Reclaiming History (an excellent book I highly recommend) was particularly tough to listen to. His biggest specific complaint seemed to be that Bugliosi mixed up a 4 and a 5 in an address he mentions in passing and therefore nothing he says can be trusted. It just goes on and on in an overly pedantic manner.
I'd say this book is only for the already dyed-in-wool conspiracy theorists, but at a basic level it's so poorly written I can't recommend it to anyone. Steer clear.
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