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As Douglas P. Horne details in this audiobook, JFK's War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated, the answer is because Kennedy's ideas about foreign policy collided with those of the US national-security establishment during the height of the Cold War. In the eyes of the military and the CIA, Kennedy's policies posed a grave threat to national security.
Horne served as chief analyst for military records for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB). This was the federal agency that Congress established to secure the disclosure and release of JFK-related records and documents after the public outcry generated by Oliver Stone's movie JFK. Horne is the author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK, a five-volume work that focuses primarily on the autopsy of Kennedy's body that was conducted by the US military.
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By Real Director on 05-22-16
Wonderful, concise, and honest.
Horne has distilled much of his advanced knowledge of JFK and his battles with the national security state in various essays that chronicle JFK's vision to reform the nation and the dark forces that lurk just beneath our fragile and artificially created mainstream culture which hint that our country is not the bastion of democratic ideals that many believe, but that a militaristic deep state, embedded during WWII, has not only remained and grown into a Leviathan, but continues to retain a disturbing influence on all parts of life in our country. The study of JFK is crucial to becoming literate in the true nature of power, and wary of the illusions that to this day prevent Americans from being the true owners of their nation. The deceptions fed to us by our corporate fascist state are now so bold and prevalent and painfully obvious that one wonders if we are just too habituated to accepting lies as we sit like boiling frogs as a once great Republic is held captive by nefarious forces until it is a mockery of what it was once envisioned as, a country of the people, by the people, for the people. Let us pray that our true potential, as individuals, and as a nation, can be restored. Wonderful book that helps show one man' s courageous attempts to do just that. To see JFK as a dream that was robbed from us, is too see the truth and errors of our history, that we might be able to embrace truth and forge a path forward instead of cowering in fear or ignorance.
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By Boobie on 03-07-18
Very Good, But A Few Disappointments
I am a fan of Horne's work and always feel he presents historical facts and then, distinctly, his speculation on those facts. This allows the reader to make their own judgements on whether they agree or disagree with his conclusions. I have to say I mostly agree with his analyses.
Additionally, Horne should be heartily commended for always crediting his sources for facts or theories (other authors, etc), as he does here. More writers should do this and marks him as a professional in his field.
Generally, this work is very good and I learned some new things, e.g. the government controversy over Laos. Also, generally, the narration here is very good and the reader does a good job in pitching it in an interesting way.
For all those reasons this recording would be worth five stars were it not for a few disappointments:
# Repetition. The opening of the second section (1962) consists of a fifteen minute recapitulation of what we learned previously in the section about 1961. Being as that section already had a summary as its conclusion and each part was extensively summarised and reiterated throughout the 1961 section this was somewhat boring and annoying.
# Walter "Allbright". The leader of East Germany at the time was Walter Ulbricht not Walter "Allbright" as on the recording. I do not think this could be a textual error, and so choose to believe it is an error in narration. Odd, and annoying.
# "Jac-qua-line" Kennedy. The narrator pronounces Jacqueline Kennedy's first name as "Ja-qua-line". This unique pronunciation is so strange as to be grating.
# Pope "John Paul" XXIII. The Pope was merely Pope John XXIII hence his later successors John Paul I and John Paul II. Again, I'm not sure whether this is a textual, or narration error.
# Russian lead in space technology. Horne states that in mid-1963 the Soviet Union was "kidding itself that it still had a lead in this sphere of technology". Based on their achievements I think the Russians are generally credited with having had a lead at that time and until nearer to the end of the 60s. It seems a little churlish to deny them that.
So, for these reasons I subtract one star from my rating.
Overall though, a good and interesting listen.