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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
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
Lisa Pletz
Jun 25, 2008 Lisa Pletz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Shay
Mar 03, 2016 Kevin Shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book. It details not just the injustices faced by the first African-American Secret Service agent to guard the president, but gives first-hand confirmation by a government agent of the existence of a plot to kill John F. Kennedy in Chicago just three weeks before that dirty deed was executed in Dallas.
The plot involved a patsy similar to Lee Harvey Oswald - an ex-Marine named Thomas Arthur Vallee, who was arrested after police found an M-1 rifle, handgun, and 3,000 rounds of
John Onesti
Sep 16, 2014 John Onesti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2014 Charles Rouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Judie Pruett
Sep 04, 2016 Judie Pruett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In light of recent incidents of substandard behavior and poor judgment by a number of Secret Service agents, the story of this agent's problems with fellow agents isn't surprising. What is terrifying is the lengths to which they would go, supported by the prosecutor and trial judge, to punish him. But, we are fed the flaws of our legal system daily by the numbers of people being exonerated of wrongful convictions using new forensic evidence, and too many of those cases also expose pro
Dobbie McCarthy
May 27, 2016 Dobbie McCarthy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a crock!

Just the title alone tell s a story in and of itself. This man who claims to have met the president while guarding a bathroom , a duty way bellow his calling as a new SS agent, gets promoted on the spot to the president's detail by the president himself, is one of the agents on a 30 day trial protection in Hyannisport in 1961,and was nowhere near Texas in 63, is an authority on the comming's goings of the detail and actions of the agents there? He's got an agenda alright, the Race C
Debra Darschewski
Jul 25, 2011 Debra Darschewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2008 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2014 Ginny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anthony Ambruso
Jun 18, 2016 Anthony Ambruso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unsettling story

This is a well-written, engrossing story. I bothers to read about people's rights being trampled. In this case, almost completely, as Abraham Bolden was incarcerated and held in mental wards. His subjection was of the type that is most heinous. Makes you wonder about this country. Tragic.
dwight green
Jun 16, 2016 dwight green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sad story about our government handling and the cover-up of fact about the Kennedy assassination.h

The story is will written and the hardships of the author

Showing what the government can and did to send the author to prison for a case that should been happened.
Dec 13, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Not at all what I expected; for someone like me who has spent years researching the JFK assassination and subsequent coverup, this merely read as an opportunistic tale. Mr. Bolden was indeed caught in a maze built by the federal government, but his connection to 11/22/1963 is tenuous at best.
Very disappointing and self-serving.
I found myself very angry at the government for its treatment of Abe Bolden. I could not put this book down until I finished it and I know that I would hate to be a black man living in America.
Jul 05, 2016 Sabra rated it it was ok
An interesting story, but the sub-title was a bit of a stretch. Possible, maybe even likely, that his treatment had to do with his criticism of the Secret Service following the Kennedy assassination, but maybe not.
Sep 07, 2015 Dak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book that was frustrating at times because of all the injustices that the author had to go thru, and for no other reason than because he was an African American.
Christopher 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--->
Aug 17, 2008 Alisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, american
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
Nov 03, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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.
Aug 03, 2009 Keleigh rated it liked it  ·  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.
Oct 07, 2009 Jacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub09-11
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!!
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.
Jun 17, 2009 Samara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story. Clearly displays the difference between intelligence and wisdom, integrity and self-preservation and life's shaping of all of these attributes.
Jun 02, 2008 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 01, 2008 Larry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting --more conspiracy. NOt particularly well written
Jun 20, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A shocking and sickening portrait of 60's racism. I hope this gets made into a movie.
Dee Reid
Jan 10, 2013 Dee Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good book
Mimi rated it it was amazing
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