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JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

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Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, the former CIA operative known as “X,” offers a history-shaking perspective on the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. His theories were the basis for Oliver Stone’s controversial movie JFK. Prouty believed that Kennedy’s death was a coup d’état, and he backs this belief up with his knowledge of the security arrangements at Dallas and ot ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published September 1992)
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Carolyn

I find Col. Prouty quite convincing. He was a high-level officer in the military and the CIA, working in the field from late WWII and then in the Pentagon, where he briefed the President and the Joint Chiefs, until he resigned shortly after JFK's death. His commentary is not so much about the assassination, although that is well covered at the end of the book, as about the history of the Cold War, especially Vietnam and Prouty's analysis of the Pentagon Papers. I found some of the details shocki
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Nadine
Colonel Prouty wrote about his personal experience as well as his understanding of CIA history in Asia since WWII ended. His connection to Oliver Stone and the film JFK that shows how the CIA planned the assassination is based on his experience, played by Donald Sutherland in the film. Prouty worked as a military link to the CIA during the Vietnam war so he has the right background to write such a book. His research into how we blundered into Vietnam after arming the communist forces in 1945 is ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 27, 2015 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: US citizens
Recommended to Erik by: Jim Benz
Shelves: history
This is an important book. Unfortunately, it's also a poorly written one, inferior in organization and composition to his equally important The Secret Team.

One of the infelicities of composition is the amount of repetition. This is accountable by the fact that the basis for this book was a series of articles published for a magazine. Each chapter has an introduction and these are, naturally, repetitious. The text is also studded with retrospective and prospective announcements, presumably additi
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Lisa
There were a lot of interesting facts and correlations in this book. However, I didn't usually like the way the author presented the information. He repeated himself WAY too many times, and didn't really move in a linear fashion, time-wise. I also didn't always agree with his conclusions. But a VERY interesting read.

Note: Also not as focused on JFK's assassination as much as I was expecting/hoping.
Patty
This is not only about the assassination but about the history of America at war since WWII, including why we were in Vietnam and Korea.
Todd Russell
I read this story hoping to get some additional depth and information behind the character portrayed as X (played by the uber-creepy Donald Sutherland) in the movie JFK by Oliver Stone. The author, Col. Fletcher Prouty was the real X, and one of the people who worked with Stone on the movie. Prouty worked in the military during the time Kennedy was assassinated. He was also with the administration before Kennedy became the president.

There is a lot of detailed background on the cold war and expla
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Peter Cimino
Overall, this was an absolutely amazing book....an awesome addition to my already humongous JFK Assassination collection. My only points of contention: 1)The name of it (and I realize the name needs to attract the reader) should have been The Military Complex / The Power Elite: How it works and it's connection to the JFK Assassination. The first three quarters of this book was all about the High Cabal and the Military complex. Incredibly detailed and compelling reading, but I just could not wait ...more
Michelle
A hesitant rating. I couldn't stop reading this book (and calling my dad to discuss since he recommended it to me). Although sounding credible, I can't shake the feeling of this telling being a bit "one sided". Yet, the book does significantly form my understanding of the very powerful at work in the world. As my dad inscribed to me: Read at you own risk! You probably won't feel the same about your country for the rest of your life after you do.

Prouty is confusing when describing "the enemy" du
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Steven Howes
I thought that perhaps this book would shed some new light on the Kennedy assassination but it was a bit disappointing in that regard. I did however learn a lot about the CIA and its role in the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba and the run up and conduct of the Viet Nam War. While the author talked about the "power elite" and why they wanted Kennedy out of the way, more disturbing were examples of disregarding or disobeying direct orders from the Commander and incidents where the President was unawa ...more
Kelly Feldcamp
This is the book that inspired Oliver Stone's Movie JFK. It is one of the more lucid "conspiracy theory" books, really keeing things sensible and not lapsing further and further from reality as you get into it. My only criticism was that it was somewhat repetitive at times...but it was still a solid bit of work
Frankly the facts put forth are quite scary and fully support the author's theory that JFK's assasination was a conspiracy by powers even higher than the office of the President of the USA
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Tim
This is a very potent book and a must-read for anyone interested in the assassination of President Kennedy, or the CIA, or the Vietnam War. For the author, these things were all related, and he may very well have been right. Filmmaker Oliver Stone certainly thought so, and used this book as one of the pillars of his film "JFK", and the author as the basis for the character Mr. X. I read through it with great interest, but also some trepidation.

Prouty was a high-ranking pilot and military intelli
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Scott
Although quite repetitive at times this book clearly demonstrates the reasoning behind why JFK was assassinated. This does not tread over the same ground about the actual event but for a few short passages but focuses more on the time leading up to the assassination and lays the ground work for the motive behind it more so than the perpetrators as that is an exhausted avenue ultimately leading to only speculation and wild goose chases. L. Fletcher Prouty is Man X in the movie JFK by Oliver Stone ...more
Clay
Interesting read from a man on "the inside". His Pentagon and black ops experience gives an unique perspective on the most controversial episode in 20th century America. He gives a good go at answering the question most people don't ask...WHY was JFK assassinated?
John
I found this book to be quite the eye-opener. Even if you don't buy into the conspiracy theory of JFK, the CIA activity in Vietnam and other hotspots around the globe will make you wonder.
Timothy
What continues to astound me is that there are agencies, major media outlets and history books that insist that Lee Oswald was the lone gunman who assassinated JFK. While I have no access to the key evidence or documents around the event, Prouty's background makes him a credible witness. In addition, the information he unveils about Vietnam fills in pieces of a puzzle that have eluded me for forty years. Having served in the Army during the conflict, his explanation of events matches everything ...more
AC
I read a book by this guy - perhaps this one - and he sounded fringe and unreliable to me - though I can't remember anything more about the book, to be honest
James Toney
Great Book, one of the most informative political books I have ever read by a man with great credentials on the inside of the covert world.
Félix
Very repetitive. Take out the repeated stories/explanations and the book is half the size.

I always knew the Viet Nam war was an atrocity of major proportions -- but Prouty fills in the blanks on much of it. I wasn't fully cognizant of the OSS/CIA (as he calls it, Capitalism's Invisible Army) being heavily involved from the mid-1940s on, and how they pretty much invented a war where there really was no compelling need for one.

Prouty nails it down very well, with more facts than I ever imagined.
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Sheik
At last the truth is out there, for those who search for it!
Rahul
This is a dark and sobering book about the nature of the world we live in. The author quotes from his first-hand experience in many of these events, and uses many official documents and public domain sources to clarify and back up his notions. In brief, this narrative advances the following ideas:

1. The discovery of the fact that the world is spherical (and therefore finite) led to the "inventorying" of the Earth by the European powers, chief among them the British Empire through their East Indi
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Pete daPixie
The epistolary gods have been hard at work in attempting to prevent me from reading this book. The first attempt to purchase this publication went awol in the post. When I finally managed to get my hands on a copy, I've been inundated with other demands on my time. Reading has had to be severely cut and consequently I've had this on the 'go' for the past couple of weeks, which for me, is too long for a book of just three hundred and fifty pages.
L.Fletcher Prouty's 'JFK-The CIA,Vietnam and the Pl
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Elisa
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Kari
Col. Prouty, an Air Force Colonel who also worked at the Pentagon, has intimate knowledge of the DOD and CIA during the post-WWII era. This inside information helps to frame the escalation of the Cold War in a new way. He answers the question why was the Cold War and our involvement in SE Asia seen as necessary by upper echelons in our government and business community. The answer to that question leads us to the reason why Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated before he could get re-elected. H ...more
Jared
Being a child of the 60s, and alive albeit very young when JFK was assasinated, this book fascinates me as it goes into great detail about everything related to the assasination, what led to the decision to eliminate JFK and the military industrial complex in this country. This should be read by anyone who has doubts about the conspiracy theory. If you plan to read O'Reilly's current book, you might want to read this one as well. The authur Col. L. Fletcher Prouty was portrayed by actor Donald S ...more
Marilyn Dauer
Hard to stay engaged because of all the details, which are significant in connecting the dots. It makes sense in the end.
Barney
a lot of facts to prove assassination was a conspiracy.
Manheim Wagner
In this seminal book on the history of the United States' involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1963, L. Fletcher Prouty presents sound and logical reasoning for a "high cabal" that controls the fate of humanity. What we call politicians and the power elite are only the cabal's actors and what we view as history or random occurrence are the mechanisms of this cabal. There is no doubt it: JFK had to go and this book lays out some of the reasoning this high cabal wanted Kennedy gone.
Holly Gemes
Lots of repeated information. The author is very adamant about how and why JFK was assassinated. Not sure I believe it. Unless you are really into conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination I wouldn't read this book
Robert Kirkconnell
I am so glad that Col. Prouty documented his experience and first-hand knowledge of the hidden forces behind the JFK assassination and the links to the Vietnam war. Without this book it is impossible to see what has happened to America. Prouty clearly shows how JFK was in the way of an American empire and how it was necessary to eliminate him. Well done old soldier. We thank you.
Julie
Interesting. I'm one of those believers in the President Kennedy assignation conspiracy. Always have been. The author offers a LOT of detail dating back to WW II. I found the detail mostly tedious. I expected the book to be more like the movie, but it was much more extensive. It took me about a month to wade through, but I felt that I learned a lot.
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Col. Prouty spent 9 of his 23 year military career in the Pentagon (1955-1964): 2 years with the Secretary of Defense, 2 years with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 5 years with Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. In 1955 he was appointed the first "Focal Point" officer between the CIA and the Air Force for Clandestine Operations per National Security Council Directive 5412. He was Briefing Officer for th ...more
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