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Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.

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The author, formerly one of Lyndon Johnson's lawyers, explains why he believes that Johnson was behind the Kennedy assassination.

400 pages, Hardcover

First published October 1, 2003

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Barr McClellan

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Profile Image for Pete daPixie.
1,505 reviews3 followers
November 28, 2014
As someone who needs no persuasion of the fore knowledge of LBJ to the plans in Dealey Plaza, 'Blood,Money & Power:How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.', only recently published in 2011 from Barr McClennan.
2011 also saw the arrival of the book from Philip Nelson 'LBJ-The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination', these two books together follow very similar tracks and expose the tangle of corruption, fraud and murder in the career of that 'polecat' Lyndon. Hey, we wait almost fifty years, then two come along at once!
McClennan worked in the law firm that represented Johnson between 66 and 71. Seeing through the nods and winks of Texas power attorney Edward Clark and LBJ business attorney Don Thomas, the author claims to have joined up the dots, gleaned from his insider knowledge and his further research to condemn Clark as the planner behind the killing of Kennedy, at the behest of Johnson. I personally do not buy this.
He places Oswald as a co-shooter on the sixth floor of the T.S.B.D. (I believe the author is wrong in this also.) and his assumed links to Oswald's recruitment into the plot are sketchy and scant. However, the second shooter at the west end of the T.S.B.D.'s sixth floor, Mac Wallace is highly plausible. McClennan does not learn the identity of the grassy knoll operative. Wallace was the hired hit man who killed on behalf of Johnson on many occasions prior to '63. The book cannot explain the mechanism behind Bethesda or the CIA's links to Oswald, or the intelligence agencies actions of November 22nd, before and after the shooting, that the 'no conspiracy' advocates will raise, but those looking for a jigsaw with all the pieces complete in this case are always likely to be let down.
At times the text covers legal procedures and jargon, explores the attorney-client privilege issues and becomes slightly less readable than the Nelson book.
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8 reviews2 followers
May 20, 2014
This book gives credence to what I THINK happened to JFK. The difference with this book is that it comes from an insider. His angle passes the smell test to me more than any of the other theories, but of course no one in the public really knows for sure. McClellan's book is well thought out and well written... a good read for anyone interested in the events in Dallas that day.
July 27, 2008
I may have mentioned my being a sucker for history. This doesn't prove against that point. I loved this piece of work by Barr McClellan. Being an insider in the whole situation, McClellan breaks it down on his feeling of L.B.J. being the reason behind J.F.K.'s assassination. Riveting stuff!
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1,114 reviews135 followers
March 11, 2023
In his book, BLOOD, MONEY, & POWER: How LBJ Killed JFK, Barr McClellan (a lawyer who was once affiliated with a Texas law firm that represented LBJ's interests between 1966 and 1971) sets out to show that Lyndon Baines Johnson -- a man of gargantuan appetites and ambitions who arose from humble origins in Texas hill country to the heights of political power in Washington --- was part of the impetus behind the hatching of the plot and conspiracy that led to the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. He points out that the man who was the leader and organizer of this plot and conspiracy -- with the support of Texas Big Oil (whose interests LBJ had faithfully supported and promoted throughout his political career, in the process becoming a very wealthy man and a force in Texas not to be ignored) --- was Edward Clark, a lawyer and white supremacist who had so thoroughly insinuated himself into the fabric and power base of Texas politics and its judicial and legal systems, that he could be considered as the de facto overlord in Texas.

McClellan had spent years carrying out research to support his claim. He comes across as credible, having once worked for Clark and knowing many of the power lawyers who served the interests of both Clark and LBJ. He painstakingly provides the reader with a background into Texas itself from its founding as a republic (1836-45), statehood, and its socio-political history that is steeped in violence and political corruption that helps to explain why the development of a political culture (along with Big Oil) in Texas gave it its unique, hard-nose conservatism and stridently pro-business character.

What became clear to me from reading this book was a Lyndon Baines Johnson who was a much darker character than I had hitherto believed. Certainly, there was goodness in him as evidenced by his support as President for civil rights (the Civil Rights Act of 1964), voting rights (the Voting Rights Act of 1965), education, Medicare and Medicaid, and fair housing --- all part of his Great Society programs. Frankly, it's hard for me to square that LBJ with the one as shown by Barr McClellan. But the evidence he provides is overwhelming. LBJ paid a heavy price for his ambitions, leaving the Presidency as a broken, deeply tormented man who would be dead at 64, less than 5 years after leaving the White House.

While I firmly believe that President Kennedy was assassinated as part of a conspiracy, I'm not sure if the Texas angle in the conspiracy occupies center stage in that conspiracy. After all, there were elements in the U.S. military-industrial-economic-political complex who wanted Kennedy dead because they stoutly disagreed with the direction in which he was taking the country. I leave it to the reader of this review, if he/she is so inclined, to read Blood, Money, & Power and its "Exhibits, Pictures and Documents" section, which supports much of what McClellan talks about in his book.
Profile Image for Jay Rain.
371 reviews33 followers
April 23, 2017
Rating - 9.4

A definitive read on the JFK assassination with over-whelming evidence that links LBJ to the crime - what is especially compelling is the unfolding of the motive as to why LBJ would participate

Not too impressed with the faction chapters that are just a speculative rehash of the evidence but particularly interested in the LBJ history and how he stole the 1948 Senate among other misgivings

Interesting Thoughts
Lyndon Johnson, Edward Clark and Don Thomas were in the heart of the conspiracy to kill JFK

Don Thomas ballot stuffed the 1948 Texas Senate election to give it to JFK against Coke Stevenson. Ballots were all in the same hand-writing and even included some fictitious or deceased names

Clark controlled the courts and judges and used this leverage for trial decisions and later on for covering up the JFK assassination

There was an assassination attempt on FDR

ACLU was formed to protect anarchists from mass persecution in 1917

Lincoln was a conspiracy from the South and Wilkes Booth was not a loner

Mac Wallace killed the lover Andre Kinser, the lover of the sexually promiscuous Josefa Johnson. Kinser was going to go public about Josefa’s conduct and ruin the political career of Johnson. Received a discharge and no sentence for the murder

Johnson and Clark made a fortune off of Big Oil during their Senate run and Presidency

Johnson owned the only TV station in Austin Texas for thirty years

Estes (cotton) and Baker (sex clubs) scandals put some heat on Johnson and there was speculation that JFK would drop Johnson from the ticket in 1964

Had secret intentions of the Democratic nomination in 1960 (JFK, Humphrey and Johnson), but realized that he could not unseat Kennedy after Wisconsin and West Virginia. Gave up his position as Senate Leader to become Vice-President

JFK selected Johnson as vice-president to gain the conservative south vote, which was opposed by Robert Kennedy

USDA inspector was onto Billy Sol Estes for corruption which Estes could link to Johnson. Wallace killed Marshall in his home and made a poor attempt at a suicide. Witnesses link Wallace to asking directions to the Marshall residence. Clark again covered up and it was ruled a suicide

Johnson gave Clark the Secret Service policy manual and the seeds of the assassination were planted

Wallace was in charge of recruiting snipers for the assassination - Oswald was chosen for the role of fall guy after he flubbed an assassination of an army general

Johnson knew that it would happen in Texas but not where. Austin School Depository is owned by one of the Big Oil magnates

Johnson admitted that the vice-presidency were the worst years of his life

Johnson forced Jackie Kennedy to be at his inauguration and is seen with a smile on his face

Wallace and Oswald were in the depository - Wallace left a print. Junior and Bill Yates were on the grassy knoll in case Wallace missed. They were all dressed as Secret Service agents

P200 should be re-read

Senator John Connolly (who was wounded) was in on the plot

Oswald got away in the confusion but the intent was to have him die in a shootout

Big Oil had contacts in the Mob and Jack Ruby was enlisted to take out Oswald

All the blame was focused on Communists and the Mob

The lawyer in the investigation was Leon Jaworski who was a friend of Johnson

FBI (as instructed by Hoover) did a poor investigation and became a co-conspirator in covering up their own ineptitude

Clark got paid through squatting on Texas oil wells

Wallace was killed in 1971 as he tried to get paid from Clark

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February 24, 2008
Though I don't consider myself a conspiracy nut, I have always felt compelled to know what happened to JFK. I was in high school at the time, and I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when the principal announced that the President had been assassinated.

Since I'm not very good at writing reviews, I have copied a couple about this book that are better than what I could write. This book follows LBJ from his early family life through the time of his death. If you are interested in history, you will enjoy learning about the way things were in Texas politics during LBJ's rise to power. Thorough documentation is provided to back up his statements.

I believe that the plot to kill President Kennedy was even more complex than the events described by Barr McClellan, though his story is complex, well-documented and compelling. This book and a few other resources have finally satisfied my need to know about what happened to the President that day in 1963 while I sat in English class. Beyond that, I have a much more realistic outlook regarding our American "democracy" and our political leaders.

"In Blood, Money and Power Barr McClellan offers new insights into the dark and ruthless forces that propelled Lyndon Baines Johnson into the highest office in the land. As a member of the Clark law firm, he was privy to specific conversations and shared confidences with colleagues that convinced him of Clark's principal role in the murder of Kennedy. He is to be congratulated on finally breaking the powerful attorney-client privilege that traditionally binds all lawyers in order to bring what he knows to the world. Barr McClellan's insider's voice is a valuable addition to those who earnestly seek the truth of what really happened on November 22nd, 1963." Nigel Turner, creator of "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" (Discovery Channel)

"Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, according to the father of the current White House press secretary. McClellan is the father of White House press secretary Scott McClellan, and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan. He says he has photographs, letter, and fingerprint samples — that the ambitious Johnson was behind the 1963 assassination in Dallas, Texas." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
8 reviews3 followers
August 23, 2012
Very interesting take on the JFK Assassination. Offers a relatively simplistic reason for the assassination, LBJ was worried about being dropped from the ticket, and his past political sins were catching up with him. Barr McClellan offers a simple plot to accomplish the task, with very few people in on the plot. While it is clear that the government has been lying to the public for a very long time, not sure that this really "solves" the mystery. I also felt like I was reading a John Grisham novel...one filled with all the necessary ingredients for a good read.

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108 reviews3 followers
June 8, 2014
A very good book on this subject, although it's slightly behind more recent conclusions about LHO's role in the assassination, the author lays out the groundwork for LBJ's connections & motivation behind the conspiracy. It's just so unbelievable that it actually worked, it's sadly important that the official story on JFK's murder must change.
73 reviews
July 14, 2019
Another ridiculous Kennedy assassination conspiracy novel. I read these books for the laughs and this one was funny. I love how the author bends the facts to prove his "Theory". Really not worth reading this book.
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58 reviews2 followers
November 14, 2007
Of the several conspiracy theory books I've read, this one is by far the best and solidified my thoughts of "who done it"!
Profile Image for Tom Schulte.
2,985 reviews60 followers
December 8, 2021
McClellan brings an insider's account to legal maneuvers around the LBJ sphere and, like many other books, paints a convincing picture that LBJ and his lawyer buddies operated as a criminal organization leveraging political power. Tying to the JFK assassination the author points to what he sees as evidence of pay offs for the crime while I think he undercuts his arguments with dramatized "faction" about a conspiracy. At least for me, the most convincing parts revolve around
Malcolm Everett "Mac" Wallace. Wallace is a known killer with alleged participation in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The author describe the murder by Wallace On October 22, 1951 in Austin, of John Douglas Kinser, a 33-year-old sophomore student at the University of Texas. (Sources say that both Kinser and Wallace had been having simultaneous affairs with Josefa Johnson, sister of LBJ, and her life as a free spirit is touched on here.)

In 1984, a decade after the death of LBJ, Billie Sol Estes told a grand jury investigating the 1961 shooting death of Henry Marshall, an official with the Department of Agriculture, that Wallace was his murderer. Estes, a long-time conman in the LBJ sphere who served two prison terms for his crimes, said that Marshall possessed information linking Estes's fraudulent schemes to a heavily-funded political slush fund run by Lyndon B. Johnson. According to Estes, he and Johnson discussed the need to stop Marshall from making their illegal ties public. The author uses the case to paint LBJ as an indicted co-conspirator to murder and thus making involvement in the presidential assassination more realistic.

McClellan reiterates many of Estes's claims stating that Johnson, Wallace, Estes, and law partner Cliff Carter were responsible for the death of Marshall. According to McClellan, Wallace fired one shot at Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, then ran to escape. He states that fingerprints and an eyewitness placed Wallace in that location and that Wallace could be seen as a "shadowy figure" in photos of the building. (Books like Faustian Bargains: Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the Robber Baron Culture of Texas state that the fingerprint claim has been discredited. This author claims Wallace partially altered his fingerprints with sandpaper and that some experts do see a match to Wallace.)
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Author 22 books65 followers
March 11, 2020
My god! I like many conspiracy theories as much as the next person and JFK makes for the very best topic as there must be hundreds of theories out there. I've read about or actually read many of them, and I've long pondered this and I don't claim to know the truth. I doubt very many people ever have known the truth and don't know if many or any of the originals are even still alive! Nonetheless, I always thought LBJ was a very plausible if not probably theory to consider, among others. Yet while I've read tons of books on the mob, the FBI, CIA, Cubans, blah, blah, I've not come across what should be obvious -- LBJ. So I was really jacked about reading this book. And I got into it and it was knee deep in details, dirty details, and I was into it but then after awhile the narrative became so VERY conveniently nailed down to the tiniest detail, by a microsecond, the thesis that this author is asserting that there IS no room for debate here, there ARE NO other possibilities -- EVER! -- everything else is total bullshit, and I'm sorry, you can feel free to call me a dumbass, but I don't see how any one person -- not in on it, but a theorist -- could claim to know all of the damn truth, period, no one else is right, no one else knows who wasn't in on it, and yes the Warren Commission was obviously wrong, but so is everyone else, and after awhile it felt like I wasn't reading a well reasoned and sourced argument making the author's case so much as a cult leader trying to brainwash the idiots in front of him. Which ticked me off and thus I barely made it 150 pages in, which turned out to be a waste of time. The only reason I'm not giving it one star is because there actually are some interesting ideas and CONCEPTS -- NOT verified facts! -- so I guess that merits two stars, but otherwise, not remotely recommended.
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188 reviews15 followers
September 6, 2022
I wanted to like this. Meaning that I wanted to find serious evidence laid out in order to support the claim made in the subtitle. I believe (not claim to be able to prove) that LBJ and henchmen played a decisive role in the assassination of JFK. I am ready to accept any evidence supporting that theory.

But I expect serious evidence. I found enough interesting information to say that it was worth reading this (1 star) and I found it to be written well enough that I enjoyed the read (2nd star).

But I can't honestly say that I found EVIDENCE to support the claim against LBJ (deduct 1 star). I found the fictitious conversations and scenarios (at the very least, unproven and undocumented) to be an exercise in obfuscation like the cab drive taking the tourist on a five mile ride to go three blocks (deduct 2nd star).

And I reserve a fifth star for works that earn four and then go above and beyond... Leaving my 2 star review for this book. But I will say that this is one of the few two star reviews that I will end by saying that it IS worth reading. Just don't get your hopes up that it will live up to it's own title...
Profile Image for Davy Bennett.
161 reviews7 followers
November 12, 2022
Why can I read no reviews on this book on the Goodreads app?
Is it too controversial?
I have this book but I haven't read it.
I've seen the author on You Tube and he sounds a little sanctimonious but I think this book will be good.
I did read Roger Stones book pointing to LBJ first.
This contributes to not being in a hurry to read this one.
Stone is slippery but makes a very good case against LBJ.
26 reviews1 follower
November 30, 2011
interesting idea but the writing style is appalling , very repetitive especially about the attorney client privilege - ok I get it Barr !
I have observed that some of his notations and references which make it appear that this is a well referenced scholarly work do not lead anywhere except to hearsay. Hmm as so often, wonder whether I shall get through this. Could be yet another work cashing in on the great JFK whodunnit industry.
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564 reviews6 followers
February 17, 2014
This book is written by a lawyer who worked in the law firm of Edward Clark who handled the affairs of LBJ. The book purports to show that LB J was responsible for the assassination of JFK. His critique of LBJ's career is completely negative. While I don't believe LBJ was without faults, I also don't believe he was as bad as portrayed in this book. The author didn't convince me that LBJ was responsible for the assassination of Kennedy.
4 reviews1 follower
March 18, 2015
A little more than half way through reading Blood, Money, & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK, by Barr McClellan, I had to take a break - the book was making me feel ill with anger at our so-called legal system and the sickening realization that the world is still being run by psychopaths. The author does a splendid job of weaving together the known evidence with his privileged knowledge, and I highly recommend this book, but be warned - it will make you feel like screaming!
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8 reviews2 followers
December 5, 2015
Although this book is written in far more detail than I would have liked, it is well-written and well-documented. Lyndon Johnson was a despicable, power-hungry man. His evil ways were his ultimate downfall and he died a broken man. Having lived through the events written about, I was glad to learn what really took place. I always thought it was a conspiracy and this book provides the horrible facts of what his greed led to.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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922 reviews23 followers
May 8, 2013
The author has a few pieces of the puzzle. He was a partner in the law firm owned by LBJ's primary Texas lawyer and fixer, Ed Clark. The trouble is he thinks he has the whole story, and he's a long way from it. JFK buffs can skip this one without missing much.
Profile Image for Matthew Kresal.
Author 44 books35 followers
April 2, 2014
While it ultimately makes a compelling case and presents some convincing evidence, as a book it's too long and spends too much time making its case (and becomes very repetitive in the process). Given what it presents, it's a crying shame it isn't a better book.
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32 reviews2 followers
December 3, 2014
Parts of the book are fascinating, but this reader still had some difficulty reconciling "assumed" actions in this book with eyewitness accounts and other now-verified facts.
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