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Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Painstakingly researched by an authority on the history of the Secret Service and based on primary, firsthand accounts from more than 80 former agents, White House aides, and family members, this is the definitive account of what went wrong with John F. Kennedy’s security detail on the day he was assassinated. The work provides a detailed look at how JFK could and should h ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Trine Day (first published September 1st 2013)
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Lance Moore
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is rare to find someone who is astute at detailed research, intensive interviews of Secret Service agents, AND with a real talent for good writing... but Mr. Palamara has achieved all of this! Survivor's Guilt is a unique book from the foremost "civilian" expert on the Secret Service in general and the agents involved in the 1963 assassination and cover-up of the Kennedy assassination. If you want to see proof of government complicity in the crime of the century (especially in the post-crime ...more
Chris Lindstrom
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Vince Palamara's exhaustive research, found in “Survivor's Guilt”, into the Secrete Service and it's role in the assassination of JFK, either by complacency or something more sinister has spanned the last 24 years of Mr Palamara's life. Simply put no-one has interviewed more agents involved in the case than Vince Palamara. The accuracy of his research and “willingness to tell it like is” has be praised by no less an authority as Former Reagan Secret Serv
John Onesti
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Survivor's Guilt is a unique work. While most JFK assassination books focus on one of two things 1) rehashing the Warren Report and trying to convince the reader that LHO was the lone assassin (despite there never being a trial and the legal right of presumption of innocence).

Or 2) Disproving the Warren Report. The first is done by those who stand to benefit by keeping the status quo and protecting the guilty. The Second endeavor is more valuable but still falls a bit short in terms of getting
Pete daPixie
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The depth of research from Palamara that has covered almost a quarter of a century to produce this book, fully earns the five star rating. With regard to the JFK assassination, 'Survivor's Guilt' is a veritable encyclopaedia of the Secret Service. The author has produced a truly authoritative and brilliant history of the S.S., it's personnel and it's MO through the Kennedy presidency, which reaches a crescendo of astounding facts that detail the 'stand down' of normal protection levels in Dallas ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bpl-checked-out
The sole reason that I stuck with this book is because it is chock full of detailed information. Having said that, I must be honest and say that barely a quarter of the way into it, I was forced to start skimming. It was just too much work to read! It is liberally sprinkled with eye-glazing acronyms and over-seasoned with parenthetical phrases.

I have read dozens and dozens of books related to the JFK assassination over the past 40 years, so believe me--I am very much interested in the details! I
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The best book by far on the Assassination of JFK. A critical analysis of the failure of the Secret Service to protect the President gives the reader a detailed account of what really happened. Congratulations to Vince Palamara for bringing this excellent research to the American people. Looking forward to his next book.
Lee Tracy
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was slow to buy this book because I have the internet version of it released years ago. But this edition contains new, updated information. It really is a phenomenal piece of research, and I have to give Palamara a lot of credit for his diligence and persistence in getting former Secret Service agents and other key people to speak on the record. For many years he has made his research available for free on the internet, but it deserves to be preserved in printed form.

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Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptionally researched book about the perpetrations and intentional staging of the JFK motorcade route in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was killed. It's amazing how many sources the author got to email or call him to answer questions, and how many people angrily refused his requests.

This, I believe, is the first major work on the Secret Service's culpability in the assassination, including the names of several suspected conspirators. The assassination couldn't have occurred
Lawrence A
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: jfk-rfk, non-fiction
This book is excellently researched and footnoted, and makes a compelling case that several US Secret Service agents assigned to accompany JFK to Dallas in November 1963 were negligent, or worse, in protecting the President. Crucially, it raises the issue of whether one or more supervisory agents expressly directed their subordinates to leave JFK unguarded and unshielded at Dealey Plaza, thus giving the assassins a clear shot at the President, and strongly suggests an affirmative answer to that ...more
Flip De
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is often said that the best way to contribute to the assassination debate is to focus on one issue. Authors as Bugliosi who tried to put everything in one book dramatically failed and increased the controversion en confusion. Authors who followed the rule suceeded, like e.g. Barry Ernest with the "Girl on the Stairs" or Dale Myers with his "With Malice" about the Tippit murder (to name also a Bugliosi-adept to remain fair to both sides of the debate).
This is why this is an important book. It
Justin Hall
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As an investigative researcher Vince Palamara is a staggering talent. His work, "Survivor's Guilt", is not a conspiracy theory book - it is a recent history book. Based entirely on first-hand sources from those involved with President Kennedy in the Secret Service, Palamara has brought forth new revelations about the unprecedented breakdown of JFK's security in Dallas, and how this lack of protocol was intentional on the part of a few, rogue agents. The interviews conducted by Palamara with the ...more
Cory Mahar
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. The amount of research and information is amazing. Excellent interviews with agents from President Kennedy's secret service. Totally exposes the downright failure of the organization to protect their client that day. I have read lots of books over the past year on the assassination and this was by far my favorite, and I might add Mr. Palamara's research has kept popping up in other great books I've read by other great authors like Mark Lane and James Douglass. Pick you ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent factual book! Drawn from interviews and correspondence with many former Secret Service agents and years of dogged research in various archives, author Palamara has put together an impressive amount of information that demonstrates gross negligence and beyond. A must read!
Jun 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ridiculous conspiracy theory book....
David Wayne
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As an author very familiar with the topic (I co-authored two books on the JFK assassination with Richard Belzer and one with Jesse Ventura), I know firsthand that this is one of the most important books to come along in a long time.

Vince Palamara is the foremost source for information regarding the U.S. Secret Service, especially in its specific relation to the assassination of President Kennedy.

This book covers aspects with which most people will at first be very unfamiliar; yet they are crucia
Pat Ryan
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent expose of a previously unexplored area of the JFK Assassination.

No one else has ever traveled in this uncharted world before. This book is a map to guide you and help you understand one particular government agency and the people running it. What is "supposed" to be done and what actually "is" done.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The authors premise that individual secret service members had prior knowledge and facilitated the assassination is an impossible stretch at best. But the book is interesting none-the-less. Well written and heavily researched. An important addition to the assassination literature
John Bjorge
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well written book about the Secret Service in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Vince Palamara is to be commended for such an astonishing work!
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