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Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Winner – 2012 Hollywood Book Festival for General Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention – 2012 New England Book Festival for General Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention - 2012 London Book Festival for General Non-Fiction

Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to locate and confiscate her diary? Wh
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Skyhorse (first published December 1st 2009)
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This book was written with a lot of passion by a boyhood friend of Mary Pinchot Meyer's middle son. The author remembers her warmth as they both grieved for that boy when he was killed by a car and the coldness of his own father who, he later learns, had a small, but necessary role in the cover up of this former neighbor's assassination.

I've been waiting for this book for 20+ years, or whenever it was that I learned of this death and its ramifications. While it is a year old, I just saw it in ou
Lee Mandel
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent work that reads like a fictional murder mystery. What sets "Mary's Mosaic" apart from other books that analyze the JFK assassination is that the author is the son of a prominent CIA offical who was involved in the coverup of Mary Pinchot Meyer's murder. The evidence that he presents linking the murder to her knowledge of the JFK assassination is most compelling. Like Mark Lane, Peter Janney lays the responsibility for the JFK assassination clearly on the doorstep of the CIA ...more
Mal Warwick
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Astonishing but true

If, like me, you were alive and aware on November 22, 1963, you’ve never forgotten the day. It was mid-afternoon in New York, and I had just arrived for a graduate course in international relations at Columbia University, only to discover a small number of my classmates aimlessly milling around, most of them in tears, some hugging one another, as one informed me that President Kennedy had been shot. The class had been canceled, and I wandered away with a classmate to learn mo
Duncan Berry
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This note was written as a progress report, but I'm posting it as my review — perhaps to be edited and augmented at a later date.

Some thoughts, though, in lieu of a more sustained effort.

(1) The text suffers from very poor style editing: the sheer number of redundant quotations, repetitions and recursive references is not only tiresome but an agency of friction to the telling of the story.

(2) The first half of the book needed to be sawed in half. The endless biographical details of too many char
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time...the king of a mythical country decided to take a magic potion called LSD with a princess who believed in its powers. Members of the court found out. They feared the king's decisions and decided the king & princess must die... ...more
In "MARY'S MOSAIC", Peter Janney shares with the reader his 30-year odyssey and carefully meticulous endeavor to determine whom were responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 and the afternoon murder a year later on a public towpath in Washington DC of his close friend and lover Mary Pinchot Meyer.

At face value, one will wonder: Who was Mary Pinchot Meyer? Well, there was much more to Mary Pinchot Meyer than meets the eye. Indeed, like President Kennedy, she ca
It will be 50 years this November since JFK was killed, and the truth about the assassination has been trickling out ever since, despite the CIA's giant coverup and murder of many people who knew too much. I've read a lot of books about those events; this is one of the most credible and most shocking.

Mary Pinchot was a beautiful, captivating, and idealistic Vassar grad who strongly believed in and yearned for world peace. She became a journalist after her graduation. She met Cord Meyer, a brill
David Wayne
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Assassination of Mary Meyer: The framing of an innocent man and how it all relates to the JFK assassination

Consider that:

Mary Pinchot Meyer was assassinated, a short time after the assassination of her lover, President John F. Kennedy;

Unlike President Kennedy’s many affairs, his relationship with Mary Meyer was a very serious relationship;

Mary had been married for many years to a high-ranking CIA officer who was later named as being directly involved in the planning and execution of the ass
Jim McGowan
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Full of remarkable details of this wretched period in our nation's history. We, as a nation must know the truth so as to regain our footing and return to a truly worthy path. The author's father was in the highest echelons of the CIA. His best friend as a youth was Mary's son whose godfather was James Jesus Angleton, Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA, Israeli lionized participant in the JFK murder / coup d'etat / cover-up and great friend of Ben Gurion's Israel and Angleton ...more
Pete daPixie
For those readers who have been long on the trail of the JFK assassination, this book is somewhat unique. A 2012 publication, 'Mary's Mosaic' is a 'who-dunnit' that comes off the page like a fictional Stephen King murder mystery. For author Peter Janney, son of a CIA operative and personally knowledgeable of the Meyer family during childhood, the almost spiritual illumination of this dark and troubling shadow must have been a cathartic journey.
With distinct similarities to the JFK Dallas hit, Ma
Susan Albert
Caveat: This is the first JFK conspiracy theory book I've read (and there appear to be a great many of them), so I'm learning as I go. It's hard to assess the strength of the evidence reported in this book without consulting the many sources. But it's fair to say that the author is in the right place (the son of a CIA family, personal connections with all the significant players, decades spent passionately pursuing the story) to tell it. It's persuasive, to say the least.

This is a true crime abo
Pastor Greg
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, this one is only for someone who is very familiar with the JFK assassination, the Warren Commission and the various theories (including conspiracy theories) involved. If this is your introduction to that world, you will probably feel a bit lost and out of place much of the time.

However, if you are familiar with the vast and ever-increasing information surrounding the terrible day of November 22, 1963 then you will be fascinated by this back story. It seems terrible to call the vic
A. S.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace” by Peter Janney re-explores that hidden time in history—during JFK’s Camelot years and after his assassination, when the country what trying to come to terms with what happened.

The author, the son of a high-level CIA official and the former friend of Mary Meyer’s son, was only a child at the time the events unfolded, but was traumatized enough by them to pay attention when in the
Dale Stonehouse
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For those who have immersed themselves in Kennedy assassination and related histories, Mary's Mosaic is another step toward ultimate truth. The author has the advantage of having known many of the characters involved, including being a childhood friend of one of Mary and Cord Meyer's sons, killed when hit by a car on a busy DC highway. As an advocate for peace, Mary Pinchot Meyer helped turn President Kennedy away from the Cold War and toward cooperation with the Soviets and Fidel Castro's Cuba. ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was literally captivated reading this book, as it is a poignant, passionate and methodically researched account of the assassination of Mary Pinchot Meyer. The author, Peter Janney, was quite familiar with Mary, as she was the mother of Janney's childhood friend, who was tragically killed as a young boy.

Janney provides a unique view of Mary's murder, as his father was a CIA operative, and had involvement with the conspiracy to cover up the crime.

This is a very sad story, and demonstrates the r
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Compelling!
Sascz Herrmann
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well that was amazing

While reading this book, I also watched JFK, which I hadn't seen before. I'm left with this uncomfortable feeling of not being sure of anything anymore.
Melissa T
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall, I believe Janney presents a strong case for his explanation of Mary Meyer's death, and the events precipitating it. Janney has a personal connection to the family, and it is quickly obvious the admiration and affection he feels for the mother of one of his childhood friends. However, even though this affection may encourage him to tout her qualities excessively; I did not feel his judgment was clouded regarding the facts and logical conclusions he drew from his rather exhaustive researc ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Peter Janney's research into the death of JFK lover Mary Pinchot Meyer is both touching and creepy in a synchronicity kind of way as Mr. Janney adored Ms. Meyer as a childhood friend of her sons and his ultimate thesis is that his own father, a mid-level CIA executive, was the key to understanding the intelligence agency's role in Ms. Meyer's death. If you don't know about Meyer, you will be be amazed by Janney's telling of her role in turning the Cold Warrior JFK towards peace and her idealisti ...more
Robert Clancy
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Wow. After reading Mary's Mosaic, I'm 95% convinced that she, and her lover, JFK, were killed by the CIA. Specifically, James Jesus Angleton and his counter-ops unit. Of course, it went down with some high placed military, State Dept., senators and LBJ on board, too. Very well researched. Many a bit too much details, however. And Janney's whole argument would have been better summarized, listing all the "facts" pointing to the CIA. He tends to go off the grid sometimes too much in tangents about ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads winner. After decades of well-documented research regarding the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer "Mary's Mosaic" came to fruition. This third edition of "Mary's Mosaic " was updated with a final chapter that includes information that came to light for the author after a couple more years of inquiries after the original publication.
Mary Pinchot Meyer was President Kennedy's mistress and a former CIA wife. She had pieced together the truth behind the assassination of President Kennedy and w
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have ready many books on JFK assassination ,but this one ties in all the loose ends for me. Excellent read.

I couldn't put the book down. Mary Mosaic : Brings Mary to life and how she influenced a powerful man who had the life of millions of Americans in his hands. What would life be today if JFK survived. And if she hadn't influence his decisions. Would we still be alive ? I feel like I've met Mary and a sense of lost to our humanity. What more could she have accomplish if she'd lived out her
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
The last ten years or so of Kennedy Assassination books have had some winners and far too many losers. This is one of the later. Yes it was heavily researched and yes it does have a conclusion but by the time I was done reading 400 pages I no longer cared. Dry and lifeless prose would be a complement. Mary the murdered woman was rumored to have kept a diary of her time with JFK and her thoughts about the cover up of his assassination. The reader is teased into thinking we will actually get to re ...more
Too Many Toys
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
It was as if this book was written by two authors. One was the psychophantic, verbose, melodramatic, bore crying for an editor. He wrote about three-fourths of the book. I was ready to put the book down several times. He was ready to nominate a dope smoking slut for sainthood. He was so enamored with nearly every blue-blood mentioned that it went from tedious to sickening. For the quarter, he was factual but maintained a storyline. This is an important story and it is unfortunate that a more pro ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While this book is a real-life murder mystery, it's also another puzzle piece in the never-ending mystery surrounding the Kennedy assassination(unless, of course, you accept the Warren Commission's conclusion.) Mary Meyer was an "intimate" friend of JFK, and it's asserted by the author that her influence on Kennedy was one of the key reasons he was killed. Speculative, intriguing-- but probable? You'll have to read the book to decide. ...more
Monica Perez
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Good book about the killing of JFK's last mistress, Mary's Mosaic…convincing arguments that the CIA was in on it, written by the son of a CIA man and a friend of Mary's family - whose husband incidentally was also a CIA agent. The most interesting thing in the book was that James Jesus Angleton supposedly said that the movie Executive Action was an accurate account of JFK's assassination. Check it out… ...more
Cinderelly's Print Shop
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jfk
Peter Janney, my heart goes out to you!

The book is fantastically written and quite personal.

Peter Janney, I hope, in some ways, after writing Mary's Mosaic, that a burden has been lifted from your shoulders. I'm sure this was not an easy task.

Much love from Canada. Best book that I've read in 2013.
Elaine Larsen
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Facinating read abot the JFK assassination, and the woman who knew too much!
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One more example of why this government of the people is no longer for the people or by the people.
Tamara Agvanian
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some things cannot be so easily explained away. Lots of convincing documentation.
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