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Few events in American history are as shrouded in mystery and controversy as the assassination of President Kennedy. James DiEugenio's peerless work transcends conspiracy theory labels by providing an impeccably researched and skillfully written analysis of this watershed event. Like Jim Garrison, DiEugenio displays an unrelenting commitment to uncovering the truth, and leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of it.

Paul Neal Roher's distinguished, astute performance underscores the gravity of the subject at hand, and his dynamic range - showcased by his effortless shifts into Kennedy's Boston accent - makes for an addictive and enthralling listen.

Summary

If you thought you already knew everything there was to know about the Kennedy assassination, think again.

If you enjoyed the chilling experience of In Cold Blood and were at the edge of your seat while watching Oliver Stone’s JFK, you’ll love this investigative look into all the facets of one of the top conspiracies of the 20th century and beyond. DiEugenio, who has spent decades researching the Kennedy assassination, takes both an analytical and conversational approach to his fascinating exploration of the pivotal historical events and scandals surrounding that day.

Twenty years after the first edition of Destiny Betrayed, DiEugenio is back with his ever-expanding investigation into the life and death of JFK. But this is no simple reissue. It is a greatly revised and expanded version of the original book, including updates on all the topics it introduced back in 1992. DiEugenio has used the declassification process of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) to obtain the most current information on topics like the Garrison investigation and Clay Shaw; the newly exposed fallacies of the Warren Commission; U.S.-Cuban policy from 1957 to 1963; Kennedy's withdrawal plan from Vietnam; Kennedy's challenge to the Cold War consensus in 1961, and where those ideas originated; the ARRB medical inquiry demonstrating conspiracy and cover up; and the problems with the investigation of the Kennedy case. DiEugenio’s primary focus is on the Garrison inquiry, the New Orleans aspects of the Kennedy murder investigation, and the revelatory new information that bolsters Garrison’s case and has been withheld from the public.

All of this and more is contained in the narrative of this complex crime, with twin focuses on the victim, John F. Kennedy, and the investigator, Jim Garrison.

©1992, 2012 James DiEugenio (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Why oh why?

Am a total Kennedy nut and have read/listened to a large number of them. This one looked really good as it goes back to the formation of the CIA after ww2, it's development and spheres of influence before even starting on JFK. THEN WHY FOR GODS SAKE LET THE NARRATOR ATTEMPT IMPERSONATIONS OF ALL CHARACTERS? It totally makes the book ridiculous and I gave up after chapter 4. It wouldn't be so bad if he was any good but he is rubbish. Not impressed and very let down.

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informative listen

brilliant all round, really enjoyed it, narrator was fine bit dodgy with the accents though.

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A masterpiece of truth in regard to the JFK assassination.

An exceptionally well written book about those responsible for the murder of America’s 35th president and the cover up that ensued in the aftermath. I dread to think how many hours went into organising this and writing this comprehensive book.
Well worth the money.

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Interesting but distracting

I've read quite a few books on the assassination of JFK and this book was able to provide information that I have never come across before.
It is a very in depth look at what happened and gives a tonne of background information.
The only downside is the narrators insistence on doing over the top impressions when reading quotes (especially those of JFK, Nixon and worst of all Martina Oswald), this makes it very distracting and completely pulls your attention away from the facts being presented.

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JFK Story Reveiled

What did you like most about Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition?

Stunning insight into the background of the JFK story from Cuba to Assassination. Truly enlightening, and much of the Jim Garrison enquiry is brought to the fore and explained why deliberate attempts to undermine his case was instigated. No attempt to force you to accept the evidence, but what is written is quite compelling. 5star+

What other book might you compare Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition to, and why?

Several, but the JFK books all have their own angle, and I have read or listened to quite a number from both sides of the argument. This book however sets out the Garrison vs Warren Commission Investigations in its true colours.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The were so many moments within the book that raised my eyebrow, and facts that I had not been made aware of prior to listening to this audio book; and the fact that newly uncovered material played a part in proving Garrison's case is eye-opening.

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Superb book. Narration a little off when accents of people are attempted; but thankfully it is the material and subject that holds the readers ear.

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  • Nathan D. Backlund
  • 20-09-16

Essential Book but Narration Almost Ruins it

Would you listen to Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition again? Why?

No. This is a book I will go back to but I will read my paperback edition

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jim Garrison. An American hero. It's amazing how much his investigation uncovered and a tragedy that so many of his files have been destroyed or lost.

How could the performance have been better?

Let me count the ways. It almost seems like he is deliberately trying to sabotage Jim's terrific book. I don't know what kind of say Jim has in choosing narrators for his audio-books but I'm so glad he got someone else for "Reclaiming Parkland." I wish Jim had read this himself. First there are the mispronunciations. Then there are the impressions and accents. Every time there is a quote this guy does it in a highly distracting vocal impression. And they are just awful. Absolutely painful to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost gave up several times because of the narration.

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This is the worst narrated book I have ever listened to. I have listened to hundreds of audio books and there have been some poor narrators along the way. The main problem usually is mispronunciations of names. But this guy Rohrer takes the cake! Maybe he does a good job with other books but he was a terrible choice for this one.

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  • Della McL
  • 22-01-16

I'm trying so hard to listen

I don't know if I'll listen to this. The first JFK impersonation might have been tolerable if I'd never heard the actual man speak. But I did and, although he's giving a good effort, the dialogue by the different important people in the narrative is too distracting. Each rendition of JFK speaking is making me angrier at the disruption and it's impossible to listen to the story. A straight reading would have been much more enjoyable.

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  • BR Madame
  • 18-03-16

Narrator did pronounce 'New Orleans' correctly.

Authors should have several people read book recorded before picking narrator. This one ruined book.

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  • Daniel LaCroix
  • 10-11-14

OMG, get someone else to narrate this.

What made the experience of listening to Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition the most enjoyable?

The content, very well laid out and considered.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Neal Rohrer?

Anyone who does a better Kennedy impression than this guy, the really super awkward voices were jarring. For basic narration he was fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

23 hours is kind of long to listen to anything in one sitting :-)

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  • J. Cruz
  • 19-10-19

What’s my motivation?

Good content, really worth while and informative. However, the narrator has obviously approached his task as if he were suffering from schizophrenia. The accents. The acting. The shame! The narrator’s performance compels me to laugh at various parts of this book which are not humorous.
Solely because of this bizarre performance (and certainly not the content), the performance should be called, “The Muppets Solve The Assassination”

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  • Kenny
  • 14-09-18

The impersonations!!!!!!

I enjoy Jim DiEugenio’s work and having read this book I went into listening to the audiobook with some excitement... the reading is pretty good until you hit the impersonations of JFK, Johnson, Nixon and others. Holy moly! In my opinion the impersonations are just not in tune with the character of the text.

Anyhow, Destiny Betrayed is an important book and I would recommend reading it. If you don’t have time for that, go ahead and listen but prepare yourself for a horrendous Kennedy imitation to appear here and there.

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  • N. Johnson
  • 19-06-21

OMG cringy performance! Good info.

The laughable JFK impersonation becomes cry-able after a while. Waaaay to performative, narrator has a vocal impression for everything in quotes. And it’s a lot. Also he mispronounces many of the names. Audible wouldn’t let me return it, so I suffered through the “performance” to get the info.

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  • rico d' pico
  • 13-05-21

One of the best books on the JFK tragedy

The depth and analysis of Mr. Di Eugenio is one of the top three books on this subject - his presentation and logic is the best ! He raises issues in an order and fashion that connects all dimensions very completely ! His competence on the subject shines through just as in his interviews!

The narration was excellent - with the only suggestion to the director of this - that the change in intonation seemed awkward. The voice of the narrator was outstanding other than the occasional mimicking of regional accents - it did not completely take away attention to the content but was initially surprising.

Great book- seminal in nature on the topic!

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  • Devin Todd Petersen
  • 17-04-21

great listen

powerful information not in the movie due to time contains obviously. makes me hate the establishment even more that they still cover it up

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  • Mary C.
  • 31-03-21

Very thought provoking !

The books content was exceptional. Mountains of research and previously unknown information revealed.
But, the narrative style was not to my taste. The narrator was very good but, the voice impersonating should have been left out.
I highly recommend this book for it’s informative content.