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The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  37 reviews
November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many records to remain secret f ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Counterpoint (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was highly recommended. I found it a difficult read given all the detail given. However, the author builds a strong case as to who really killed John Kennedy. If you are interested in the Kennedy assassination, then this is your nook.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Conspiracy theories make for the greatest alternate history fiction.  I always loved (and have re-read several times, James Elroy’s amphetamine-driven American Underworld Trilogy: American Tabloid (Alfred Knopf, 1995); The Cold Six Thousand (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001); Blood’s A Rover (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009) for a Kennedy-assassination theory and have found the books of Lamar Waldron much in keeping with Ellroy’s vision.  Waldron is a writer and historian who, like Ellroy in his trilogy, is trying t

Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty amazing stuff. Surely a must-read for anyone interested in the assassination of JFK. Even though it can be a relatively tedious read at times, and while I may not wholeheartedly agree with the conclusion that's reached in this book, it was a great read nevertheless. I learned A LOT of stuff I had absolutely NO idea about. There's a lot to take away from this one. I definitely recommend it. ...more
Steve Davis
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
As a student of the JFK assassination I've read a myriad of books related to the subject. This is the best one yet Meticulously research and logically presented. Evidence to back up all his theories. You gotta read this one. It answers the question "who killed JFK and why?" ...more
Don S.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with interest in JFK
Shelves: non-fiction, history
The author puts forth this book (not his first on the subject) as being better suited to the general reader. While much of the book is still dense in its details and while the author has a bad habit of repeating bits over and over (perhaps he thinks that makes it more palatable), I would recommend this to anyone who has ever had the slightest interest in the JFK assassination.

Waldron goes about presenting his case that the Mafia murdered JFK in a way that not many conspiracy theorists have (in m
Amy Mcclellan
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Look. I read this because my 8 year old son gave it to me for Christmas. He picked it out for me because we had recently visited the JFK Presidential library in Boston. While I’m not big on conspiracies this was pretty convincing. I enjoyed learning more about the Italian Mafia (one of my favorite subjects) and the CIA plot to kill Castro in the 60s. However there was way too much detail on hypotheticals and supposedly botched attempts on JFK’s life. I had to skip chunks of the book because I di ...more
Cliff Gibson
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you’re doing a reading challenge like I am, leave this off the list. A book like this one, packed with so much historical information needs to be slowly digested so a reader doesn’t get bogged down.

I will say this book confirms a lot of my suspicions about what really happened to JFK, with evidence to support its claims.

Very informative, very detailed. It requires a very disciplined attention to detail. A must read for any JFK conspiracy theorist.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books-read
Conventional wisdom holds that conspiracies eventually fall apart, because when more than two people are involved in criminal activity, one eventually talks. In this book about the JFK assassination, you may see the above conventional wisdom as exceptio probat reglum - the exception proves the rule. If the killing of the president was a conspiracy, with seeming cover from Fidel Castro in Cuba, then with all the conspirators dead, there's no one to tell the tale.
Yet Lamar Waldron tells the tale:
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, crime, forensics
Though I am impressed at the sheer amount of work and information that Lamar Waldron provides in The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination, and while he has pretty clearly lain out the most compelling and likely networks of both cause and activity related to JFK's murder, I found his writing and presentation styles in this book to be opaque and somewhat pedestrian. As a result, I felt that much of this read was a slog, and it was only sheer tenacity that got me through to the end, rather than ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

It seems completely plausible that mob godfather Carlos Marcello could've been a major player in the plot to kill Kennedy, especially when Waldron goes into Marcello's history with RFK and the notion of cutting off the head (JFK) and not the tail (his brother and Attorney General), but the book also seems sluggish and repetitive at times, like Waldron wants to bolster a point, but belabors it instead.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Excellent book! I found it well written, insightful and very informative. Highly recommended if you are curious about the Kennedy assassination.

Received this book from Counterpoint Press via Goodreads First-Read.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one who was in elementary school when Kennedy was killed, I've read many books and seen many documentaries on the event. This book gives strong and credible evidence of a conspiracy, and it was captivating from beginning to end. ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book. Well researched. I gave it four stars because it could have been shorter. I felt like he repeatedly himself a bit.
Debra Daniels-Zeller
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A disturbing yet compelling book about the true details of the Kennedy assassination. It's amazing how much our government hid and told us lies about this crime of the century and why the CIA had a stake in hiding it. Not all of the information has been declassified yet, but the amount of work that went into compiling this book is staggering. Some of the details were released in the 1990s, some in the early 2000s. Before his death, Carlos Marcello the godfather in Louisiana confessed "Yeah I had ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
After more then half a century with so much lies, cover-op's and deception on this subject I dare say that even the ones pulling the trigger are (if still alive) full of doubt and wondering, "was I... did I...?"

While I am sure a lot of research and hard work went into this book by Lamar Waldron I still can't help wondering "why believe any of it?". GIGO can easily be translated in LILO, that is, if lies are put in only lies will come out.

I'll be the first to admit this work contains the most c
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book drawing on a number of recently released files, but I remain unconvinced of the central thesis Waldron espouses. There is a great deal of reliance on quotes from generally unreliable sources (mob figures and the like) and some of the detail is mind-numbing. That being said, I found this to be a more concise and readable tract than some of Waldron's earlier works on the subject. ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would recommended this book to anyone who even is a little bit curious about the JFK assassination, this opens up about the many different conspiracy theories around the assassination. But I do have to admit I had some trouble reading it given all the intense details. The overall craft and structure of this novel is well written, the author creates a very strong case into the killing of JFK. The author uses many documents in order to get his point across.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a junior in high school, sitting in Latin class, when the brother teaching the class began reciting the rosary. Then we were told president Kennedy has been assassinated. I lived that history and to this day still try to make sense of it. I can't, but this book gives me much to ponder. It's incredibly dense and you get overwhelmed by facts, assumptions, theories and speculation. ...more
Stan DeGroote
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This explains book explains a lot:
- The Who and Why of Nov. 22, 1963
- The How and Why of longstanding cover-up thereafter.
I've read a fair amount, including the full Warren Commission Report, Case Closed, etc. I recommend skipping all that and reading this book for definitive answers and explanations.
F. Denise
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As close as we will ever get

Probably the closest we will ever get in writing of what happened on that day in November in 63. The truth needs to be out there for the people to see. So what if it embarrass the FBI, CIA oR ONI. I haven't trusted in years. Most people who had a knowledge of the plan are now dead.
Good read.
Jim Kinkead
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did the mob kill JFK?

Kind of long winded over and over repeating the scenario of Marcello Trafficante assassination plot to kill JFK. Although the book goes into great detail and seems to have the facts it's still hard to me to absolutely believe the mob did it alone. Maybe someday we will all know the absolute truth.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little like wading through mud

This book takes a long time to get through. There's a lot of footnotes and the need to check facts on the internet. He makes a compelling case, but isn't 100% there.
Joseph A.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most up to date

Firmly puts in place a very large piece of the puzzle: concludes that the assasignation was CIA and Mafia driven.
Others knew.
Others were actively involved in the cover up.
An out of control CIA is a clear and present danger to our democracy.
Robert Andres
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

This book details how JFK was murdered in Dallas Texas by many more than one man. Supported by exhaustive research. The mob-CIA conspiracy that killed Kennedy and the cover-up by the Warren Commission for “the sake of the country”
Graham Catt
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly fascinating account of JFK's murder and the resulting cover-up, expertly researched and presented. You will never look upon the events of 22/11/63 the same way again. ...more
Wesley Policky
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read/listen. Most comprehensive review of all available resources on the JFK assassination. It is long, but if you're a conspiracy theory junkie/enthusiast - a must read. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just a remarkable book. A truly great read. Answers so many questions regarding the death of a beloved President.
A must read......
Jim Swike
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Returned by kindle. Good read, did not know about the Mafia info. I do now. Enjoy!
Michele Rowland
Interesting book

Very interesting material if you're interested in the NFL assassination. The story line got a little confusing at times but, stick with it. You'll be glad you did.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent at providing missing details from the entire Kennedy assassination narrative. Only incorrect part (and it's a huge one) is missing the whole two-autopsies part and excusing the first autopsy as a "legitimate" national security autopsy, whatever that is. Also misses the ambulance/hearse chase in Washington, D.C. that helped cover up the fact that there were successive autopsies on JFK's body, which were critical in establishing the story of how it didn't matter that his brain was missin ...more
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