Cato Sapiens

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Powerful theory re CIA, but Why Link to "the monk"

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Builds very plausible case about national security community deep involvement, but the whole story is weakened by attempt to artificially weave in the meandering narrative about the famous Trappist Monk Thomas Merton. Reviewers seem not to mention this part of the book, but the constant interjection of "Merton the Monk" ideas makes the book less credible and much less enjoyable to listen to than it would otherwise be. If it weren't for this I would give the book a 4 or 5 star review. Buyers should understand that they are getting "2 books mashed into 1" whether they want it or not. If your interest is in JFK assassination theory, you'll find amazing material here very well presented. But you'll probably end up being frustrated by way too many interjections of a completely different book--a kind of philosophical, spiritual exploration of the pacifist ideas of a young American monk who has absolutely nothing to do with the actual events and dark powers behind the scenes that make up the main narrative.

Would you recommend JFK and the Unspeakable to your friends? Why or why not?

If you are patient, you'll be amazed at what you learn about JFK.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-14

some brilliant insights buried in wandering story

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Ms. Jackson begins with some bold and startling claims, shows us a brief glimpse of some intellectual gem level observations, then gets lost in a series of meandering narratives, only a few of which seem to be connected to her original thesis. Reads too much like a collection of magazine articles lacking structure overall. The vocal narration, while professional and well produced, is for this listener far too "chirpy". Its a mismatch of big, profound thesis against a voice much better suited to much lighter subjects. I found this jarring and almost undermining the seriousness of the content.

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