Last Word

  • by Mark Lane
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The last word on the JFK assassination by the New York Times best-selling author and JFK historian!
Mark Lane tried the only US court case in which the jurors concluded that the CIA plotted the murder of President Kennedy, but there was always a missing piece: How did the CIA control cops and Secret Service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the complicity of the CIA?
Now, Mark Lane tells all in this explosive new book, with exclusive new interviews, sworn testimony, and meticulous new research (including interviews with Oliver Stone, Dallas Police deputy sheriffs, Robert K. Tanenbaum, and Abraham Bolden). Lane finds out first hand exactly what went on the day JFK was assassinated. He includes sworn statements given to the Warren Commission by a police officer who confronted a man who he thought was the assassin. The officer testified that he drew his gun and pointed it at the suspect, who showed Secret Service ID. Yet, the Secret Service later reported that there were no Secret Service agents on foot in Dealey Plaza.
The Last Word proves that the CIA, operating through a secret small group, prepared all credentials for Secret Service agents in Dallas for the two days that Kennedy was going to be there - conclusive evidence of the CIA's involvement in the assassination.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Whether you’re a historian, a long-time John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorist, or just an average Joe with a keen interest in intricately constructed cases, Mark Lane’s Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK is bound to prove, at the very least, extremely difficult to turn off.
Mark Boyett performs this engrossing audiobook with aplomb, his careful pacing adding a layer of detachment and objectivity to this highly impassioned work. Lane is a compelling storyteller with a clear and apparent investment in the subject matter; it’s difficult not to feel fascinated and intrigued by the complex web he weaves.

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What the Critics Say

"Both readers who have followed the JFK assassination for years and those new to one of the great debates of the 20th century will find much to contemplate here." (Library Journal Xpress Review)

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Bold, Direct and Controversial, As Always

What made the experience of listening to Last Word the most enjoyable?

Being a dedicated researcher of the JFK murder for decades, it is fulfilling to see one of the original authors (still alive) writing provocative and revealing substance about the crime of the last century. Lane has never been one to pull a punch and I thought the way he revealed the inter-connections between those who criticize him and the agency they work for to be bold and excellent counter-punches. Lane has been relentless in bringing to light the suspicious "coincidences" that engulf the assassination, the Warren Commission and their subsequent multiple white-washings. With so many of the most knowledgable and profound researchers now gone on to the other side of this life, it is a good thing that Lane, Josiah Thompson and a few others cling to the determined course of action in telling facts to the public. It will take people like Lane to counter-punch, once again, the new lathering of whitewash that is surely to appear in the film we are told of that has the involvement of Tom Hanks. Lane is a talented debunker and he will surely be at the forefront of critics of the Hanks production, if it sees the screen. Fortunately Leonardo DiCaprio has bought rights to a book which may well offset much of Hanks' "work." The world of truth owes a lot of gratitude to Mark Lane for this well-documented and powerfully written work.


Who was your favorite character and why?

THere were really no "characters" in this book.


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

The energetic debunking of Vincent Bugliosi's tripe brought tears of laughter to me. Bugliosi is far more talented at writing stuff that is enjoyable to read than he is at telling the truth impartially and accurately. Bugliosi's penchant to exaggerate and stray far afield from the truth is infuriating and should be criminal. Lane took V.B. to task in fine style. The book was worth the listen just for that, alone.


Any additional comments?

"The Last Word" along with James W. Douglass' book "JFK and the Unspeakable" (Also available unabridged on Audible) are the best books written in the last two decades on the subject of the JFK assassination because they deal with how it came to be and the results of it, rather than merely the physics of gunfire and the controversy of testimony. While there is no way to say they are 100% accurate in all cases, they open up panoramic views of evidence that was ignored or intentionally obfuscated by people, whose job it was to tell the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Anyone who takes the time to listen to these two books can only end up thinking long and hard about the way things are today and how they had been if JFK had lived out his life and been allowed to see through his visions of a world of peace.

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- Peter

Rambling, unfocused rantings of a paranoid man

Truly a mess of a book, Last Word is filled with off-topic ramblings, misleading witness accounts, an imagined conspiracy so vast as to boggle the mind and stretch the limits of credulity.

This is not a book that sets out to prove the CIA killed JFK, Mark Lane believes that is so self-evident he doesn't need to go over it. In fact, having finished the book I'm still not entirely sure I know what he believes happened in Dallas. What I do know is Lane believes the CIA is the most powerful organization in the world, with an unlimited budget and staff to do whatever they want. I know that because he goes on very long tangents about the things he believes the CIA did that have nothing to do with the assassination. Although he actually makes the case that since the CIA did bad things at times in the past, they probably did this bad thing as well (surprising, considering how pedantic and condescending he is towards other people in how they talk about trial law).

He paints various organizations such as the FBI and the Dallas Police Department as being either unwilling pawns in the CIA's game or active members of the conspiracy, depending on his needs. For instance, he claims that the CIA leaked info to J Edgar Hoover to dupe him and play to his ego in order to get the lone gunman theory started. However, he follows that up by claiming Jack Ruby was an asset the FBI used to kill Oswald and keep the conspiracy under wraps. It's simply a matter of whatever Lane needs to be true at that moment to keep the conspiracy theory from falling apart.

He also believes that even though the CIA is so vast as to control the media and assassinate anyone, including American citizens, that could expose the truth (Lane believes himself under CIA surveillance constantly but for some reason they never stop him publishing his books while they kill all those around him), they also bungled the assassination so poorly it should be obvious to anyone that they framed Oswald. Lane claims that Oswald's Mannlicher Carcano was too inaccurate to make the shots required but that Oswald didn't even own it, the CIA planted it. Why the CIA would plant a rifle they would know (in Lane's universe) couldn't do what it needed to do is never explained.

Lastly, and in my view most heinously, Lane focuses on witness testimony in Dallas that he believes prove the CIA killed Kennedy. However, what he never mentions is that in almost every case he's focusing on the testimony of the lone dissenting witness out of many that saw the events. Yes, one person does claim it wasn't Oswald they saw shoot Officer JD TIppit or fleeing the scene, however there are at least 4 other people that do. These others are never mentioned, and we're led to believe the Warren Commission just ignored what it didn't want to hear.

The entire books goes on in this vein, and it was difficult to get through. The long diatribe about Bugliosi's Reclaiming History (an excellent book I highly recommend) was particularly tough to listen to. His biggest specific complaint seemed to be that Bugliosi mixed up a 4 and a 5 in an address he mentions in passing and therefore nothing he says can be trusted. It just goes on and on in an overly pedantic manner.

I'd say this book is only for the already dyed-in-wool conspiracy theorists, but at a basic level it's so poorly written I can't recommend it to anyone. Steer clear.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios