In this audio book, longtime Republican political operative Roger Stone makes a daring assertion about one of the most pivotal moments in American history.
Featuring a measured performance by David Rapkin, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ presents the theory that the CIA conspired with the Mafia and Texas oil men to kill Kennedy and install Lyndon Johnson as the president. Although Stone's assertion will certainly be questioned, his firsthand knowledge of politics and politicians shines through in his writing.
Rapkin's calm, conversational performance helps make Stone's contentious claims feel slightly less hyperbolic.
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Did LBJ kill President Kennedy ? I don't as a rule believe in conspiracy theories. Nor do I believe LBJ killed President Kennedy. So why am I reading this book ? The simple answer is I like a good conspiracy theory and if there is one conspiracy theory that I do believe is that the original conclusions of the Warren Commission are false. My own view is that there was more than one assassin that shot dead Kennedy. There was probably two gunmen in the Depository building (one being Oswald) and one marksman behind the grassy knoll who fired the final and fatal bullet. Who was responsible for the plot to assassinate Kennedy ? One of the usual suspects, in my view: the Russians, Cubans, CIA, Johnson or the Mafia; take your pick. For me, the most likely suspects are the Russians, which is why there was a cover up to avoid a military confrontation at the height of the Cold War. This is an interesting book full of conjecture and all I will say is that it makes an argument that Johnson could have been behind Kennedy's murder, although, I don't personally believe it. You will probably take a different view to mine after reading this book.
My rating 4/5. Interesting theory which many people now believe, however, I do not which is why I deduct 1 star. It could only get 5 stars if I believe LBJ did it. Nevertheless, I give it a high 4 stars because it provides a lot of information and also describes LBJ's hatred of the Kennedy's. It is also quite amusing as the author clearly cannot stand LBJ.
A different look at the JFK conspiracy that will answer a few questions as well as ask them
JFK and the unspeakable is still the daddy for me
An easy to listen to voice so you don't miss much
A great listen that shows you just how bent politics was at this time Hoover LBJ the CIA the FBI even the Kennedy's it dose not miss anyone
"COMPELLING BOOK - THE CROOKS ARE IN POWER"
Highly recommended because it provides convinging evidence which shows that the Warren Commission was a complete white wash. Oswald was a distraction to prevent the real killers from being sought. The evidence is very clear in this regard.
the book is too long to go through in one sitting
The American people need to listen to this book and to rise up against the tyranical forces in power. This is disturbing but inaction will lead to tyrany and oppression.
The government needs to come clean.
"Stone Has Written a Blockbuster"
Every American should read this book particularly those of us who lived through this
era. I will never look at American Politics again in the same way.
"You'll Likely Be Convinced..."
that LBJ did it. A great deal of circumstantial evidence. Though circumstantial, enough of it to make defending Johnson seem impossible. The story is interesting; however, it comes across as a bit of a research paper with a lot of name dropping.
I try not to buy in to conspiracy theories and I only bought this audiobook because it was on sale and the reviews here and on other websites were pretty good, but wow!
I kinda found it very believable.
Certainly without doing my own research I have to take the author's facts at face value. But even if only 50% of the facts are accurate, LBJ certainly seemed like a man of massive ego and hugely questionable morals who certainly had the power, connections and motive to clear the way for his own presidency.
It was certainly a very ugly period in US history and there are so many theories, so many movies, books and documentaries about the events, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But this book read fresh and rigorous and I was left feeling uneasy and that he should have been at least a leading suspect in any true investigation.
Finally a convincing version of one of the most significant events in the second half of the 20th century.
The connecting of many elements into a coherent (and terrifying) perspective
He reads clearly, at a good speed and with a good voice. Excellent reader.
Makes one see the world in a different way
"LBJ was one bad SOB"
He does a great job of showing how the various people close to Kennedy interacted.
It's a compelling argument that is very plausible.
Solid and steady
"Doesn't really deliver"
There are a lot of interesting facts in this book. As a review of events surrounding the assassination of John Kennedy, it's a success. But as an indictment of LBJ, it falls very short. There are other books focused on LBJ that do a much better job.
"great story, and sadly true"
To think how deep the corruption was back then and how many people died just to hid the truth of LBJ's arrogance.To learn that it ran so deep too... including Nixon, Ford, & Bush, just to name a few. Are we safe yet... who knows.
Very interesting totally worth the audible credit. Would recommend to anyone interested in JFK. Well read. Very very very good.
"Convoluted and choppy"
The best thing is that it's a "kitchen sink" collection of every political scandal from 1959 to 1974. If you want to know who stuffed a ballot box or hired a prostitute then this book is a decent info dump.But, like many others, I found many of Stone's "facts" to be circumstantial claims and speculation.
It is interesting how many of the players in the Bay of Pigs wound up involved in Watergate.The least interesting part is Stone's lack of a convincing argument. Since this is an audiobook I could not check sources, obviously, while driving, but I've read about a lot of these claims, and most ring hollow.
I did not have one.
No, not really. However, none of my criticism is directed at the narrator, who did an excellent job.
I kinda wish I had my money back.
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