• JFK and the Unspeakable

  • Why He Died and Why It Matters
  • By: James W. Douglass
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-16-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.2 (306 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy's change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence. Once these dark "Unspeakable" forces recognized that Kennedy's interests were in direct opposition to their own, they tagged him as a dangerous traitor, plotted his assassination, and orchestrated the subsequent cover-up.
Douglass takes listeners into the Oval Office during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, along on the strange journey of Lee Harvey Oswald and his shadowy handlers, and to the winding road in Dallas where an ambush awaited the president's motorcade. As Douglass convincingly documents, at every step along the way, these forces of the Unspeakable were present, moving people like pawns on a chessboard to promote a dangerous and deadly agenda.
©2008 James W. Douglass (P)2011 Tantor
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"The best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance.... But don’t take my word for it. Read this extraordinary book and reach your own conclusions." (Oliver Stone)
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By Amazon Customer on 04-13-12


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At first I was a bit skeptical about what angle a thelologian would take on this subject. Boy, was I surprised. Is one of the finest history books I have ever read (and listened to in my car) and perhaps the finest book I have read on the JFK assassination. Well worth the investment.

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By Peter on 06-09-12

One Book EVERY AMERICAN Needs to Read

If you could sum up JFK and the Unspeakable in three words, what would they be?

See "Additional Comments" Come on- - - three words to summarize a book this powerful, this revealing and this important. You must be kidding.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author for his courage and dedication to impeccable research and maintaining as much impartiality as is possible for a book of this kind.

Which character – as performed by Pete Larkin – was your favorite?

Can't say.

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

When it became clear that both Khruschev AND JFK were determined to avert the nuclear wars that both of their generals and admirals were trying so hard to initiate.

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This book is the absolute best book I have ever read on the subject of the reasons-for and the results-of the JFK assassination. Douglass brings to light truths about JFK's devotion to co-creating a peaceful world with Premier Khruschev and the fact that JFK had faced his own death for so long and in so many ways that he was more prepared to fight the valiant battle plan than any President before or after. Douglass brilliantly brings out the humanity of both Kennedy and Khruschev and the nightmarish battles they had to fight with their own subordinates, who wanted to start preemptive wars between our two nations. The documentation of other assassination scenarios in the U.S. which were overlooked or completely obfuscated and the way that evidence was discarded made this book stand high above most I have read. My personal collection on the JFK murder is over 175 books, plus articles, and correspondence with the principal authors and authority figures surrounding the assassination, investigation and its research. If every student was required to read this book as a prerequisite to graduating from high school, our nation would be transformed into a far more peace-oriented and life-sustaining tribe of people. James W. Douglass deserves highest honors for this work.

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By Jemima on 10-31-17


This is a deeply researched and thought provoking piece. Fundamental reading and insightful. Excellent narrator.

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By mrs_v on 04-27-17

wonderfully detailed book

I really enjoyed this take on the Kennedy assassination, which is historically detailed, but happily not sensational regarding either JFK's life or death. I have to say I have reassessed the Kennedy Presidency after listening to this book. My only irritant was it could be slightly repetitive in parts or overly explain simple things, like who someone is over and over. I suspect in print this might not be as annoying as it is in audio. Good book, a must read for anyone interested in JFK, the cold war and for anyone that hopes for peace.

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By Joshua on 01-14-18

good read

enjoyed it if nothing else an interesting look at the pressures facing a world leader

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