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The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK

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From the first African American assigned to the presidential Secret Service detail comes a gripping and unforgettable true story of bravery and patriotism in the face of bitter hatred and unthinkable corruption.

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service det
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Crown (first published 2008)
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Pete daPixie
'The Echo from Dealey Plaza', published in 2008, is the incredible and frightening true story of Abraham Bolden, a member of John Kennedy's White House Secret Service Detail, who was framed by his superiors, convicted and jailed, his life ruined.
Bolden sets out his life story with clarity. The first African/American to serve in the S.S. at the White House. His memoir is very touching when he writes of his time with JFK. Unfortunately, his face didn't fit. Although he was not part of the security
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Ronald  Jamison
Good book, A true story about Abraham Bolden the first african american member of the white house secret service detail. In his memoir he writes of his time with JFK and the lengths the government went to when their inner circle was threatened.
Lisa Pletz
This book terrifies me. Abraham Bolden was the first African-American member of the White House Secret Service detail. He was arrested, tried (twice), and convicted for attempting to extort money from informants/defendants in the Chicago Secret Service office. His trials were farces, and the federal government and the judge were complicit in the miscarriage of justice. He served his sentence in federal penitentiaries and mental facilities within the justice system. The reason for the federal gov ...more
John Onesti
The Echo from Dealey Plaza is one of the most important JFK assassination books. Why? Because Bolden writes about his experience as a Secret Service agent on the Kennedy detail and in Chicago during the early 1960s. He reveals how he warned his superiors about safety concerns pertaining to JFK before the assassination. He later contacted the Warren Commission about his observations. That was a mistake. Shortly after, he was framed for a crime (up until that point he had one of the finest records ...more
Charles Rouse
It's a very good book and a very important book. The fact that it doesn't directly address the JKF assassination is a bit deceptive, since the background and circumstances that Bolden documents certainly do have implications for security and other related concerns in that history changing event. Bolden was the first African American Secret Service agent and faced the usual and unfair and sometimes brutal treatment that pioneers like him faced at that time.
To be direct, when Bolden tried to test
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Debra Darschewski
This was a very interesting read though it had very little to do with the Kennedy assassination. It had more to do with the discrimination and poor treatment of this black secret service agent who spoke out on conditions surrounding the white house detail. He end up getting railroaded and sent to prison for something he claims he never did. Based on the evidence presented and what seems to be bias during his trial which left him treated unfairly he seems to be innocent and probably railroaded du ...more
Tony
One of the most moving, and disturbing, books about race and racism in America that I've read in a long time. The facts outlined in this book are supported by the research of others (Mark Lane, William Manchester, Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, to name a few), dating back more than 40 years. But now Bolden tells his story.

Bolden, the first African American Secret Service Agent in U.S. history, served briefly with the Kennedy administration. He was arrested on bogus counterfeiting charges in 19
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Karen
A book about a miscarriage of justice....unbelievable yet believable all at the same time.

Synopsis: Abraham Bolden is the first black Secret Service person on presidential detail, personally recruited by JFK. Initially thrilled to be asked, he soon encounters rampant racism from many of his co-workers and is shocked by the frat-boy mentality that pervades the service. After several months, he asks to be transferred back to the Chicago branch, but he is uneasy about what he saw while with JFK and
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Ginny
Very interesting and very disturbing. The first African-American Secret Service agent, this gentleman was completely set-up and served time. President Kennedy requested for him to join his detail. Mr. Bolden was subjected to racism by some fellow agents, even his supervisor. He spoke up about agents drinking on duty and carousing when on duty. He spoke up saying that they were ill prepared on the day the President was assassinated.
He was finally vindicated, but it was long after his prison term.
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Chris Stevenson
This is perfect timing considering next week (11/22) marks the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. Bolden will be a guest on my show "3600seconds" the day before to discuss his years as a Secret Service Field Agent, and how he came to be selected by Kennedy himself to what were the circumstances behind his eventually being the ONLY agent truly protecting him.

This will be Bolden's 3rd appearance on my show---> http://is.gd/5l6p5s
Alisa
Memoir of a man convicted by the US government of conspiracy charges, and whose extensive transcripts disappeared. Another look at how our government has sometimes acted less than honorably, especially when the inner circle is threatened. Even if Bolden committed the crime of which he was convicted, the government hardly allowed due process.
Valerie Kite
This is a book I am rereading. Bolden was a black policeman from East St. Louis protecting JFK. His story is unique because of his race and his own mental attitudes. Accepted by JFK. Bolden becomes a symbol of the Kennedy attitude. Bolden's whipping from his father,response to "kiss my ass" comment to store owner
John
I have read a great deal about President Kennedy, his assassination, and the aftermath. It was interesting to read about his relationship with the first African American on the service detail of an American President. This book was well-written and enjoyable.
Keleigh
Aug 03, 2009 Keleigh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
This is a very interesting story, but Bolden's narration does not do the story justice.
**Note: this is not a book for JFK fans, but a conspiracy story on the White House Secret Service, and the man who got caught up in the cover up.
Jacy
I have respect for his struggle but I was not able to keep interested while reading this book. It was very hard to read and I have to admit I skimmed quite a bit after the first half. Sorry, didn't want to waste more of my time on it!!
Stephanie
This was a good book, but not about the JFK assassination. Gives a good picture of the lengths the government went to in order to prevent people from hearing from a Secret Service agent.
Samara
An amazing story. Clearly displays the difference between intelligence and wisdom, integrity and self-preservation and life's shaping of all of these attributes.
Judith
This could have been a really great book if it had had a good copy writer. Unfortunately, writing isn't Mr. Bolden's strong suit. I didn't finish the book.
Larry
Interesting --more conspiracy. NOt particularly well written
Susan
A shocking and sickening portrait of 60's racism. I hope this gets made into a movie.
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