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LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination

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Lyndon B. Johnson's flawed personality and character traits were formed when he was a child, and - through his primary enablers, his mother and his wife - grew unchecked for the rest of his life as he suffered severe bouts of manic-depressive illness. The people-manipulation skills he learned at his father's side and had perfected by the time he graduated from college beca ...more
Paperback, 730 pages
Published July 23rd 2010 by Xlibris, Corp.
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Pete daPixie
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The front sleeve displays a review of this book by James Fetzer, author of 'Murder in Dealey Plaza', his simple summation is "A masterpiece. Beautifully written." I go along with that.
It must be hard to find two more extreme contrasting views of the same person as this book and Randall Woods' 'LBJ-Architect of American Ambition', which I read recently.
Phillip F. Nelson has graduated from the Assassination-critics University with a two-one with honours.
Although this work covers over six hundred p
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent analysis of the JFK assassination material. The premise that LBJ was the "mastermind" has merit...based on the questions:
Who had the most to gain?
Who had the least to lose?
Who had the means to do it?'
Who controlled the apparatus to cover it up?
--and, perhaps, most significantly--
Who had the kind of narcissistic/psychotic/sociopathic/mendacious personality capable of rationalizing the action as acceptable and necessary, as a means to the ultimate end, as well as the resolve and determin
Robert Morrow
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lyndon Johnson was at the epicenter of the JFK assassination.

Buy this book immediately. It is game changer and one of the best books ever written on the JFK assassination. The weight of the evidence suggests that Lyndon Johnson and his Texas oil men used their CIA/military contacts to murder JFK, with LBJ and his very close friend J. Edgar Hoover (FBI) to cover it up. Allen Dulles (CIA) (another enemy of Kennedy's) was brought in to controll and manipulate the Warren Commission farce.

There is a
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was a VERY comprehensive account of the Kennedy assassination and the role that Lyndon Johnson played in organizing it and covering it up. It was a VERY long book----almost 800 pages, filled with names, dates, conspiracies, and details regarding the Crime of the Century. Excellent book, though a bit tedious to read in places. The author leaves the reader with no doubt about the fact that LJB---though he had help from several other sources was the mastermind of the crime.
I had read the first three volumes of Robert Caro's _The Years of Lyndon Johnson_ with fascination, so naturally I went to look at the amazon reviews of the new volume 4, _The Passage of Power_. There were 23 five-star reviews, and 10 one-star reviews, with few in the middle. Curious, I started reading the negative reviews, and found many accusations that the respected historian and biographer Caro had toned down his previous portrait of LBJ, turning him from a raging lion into a pussycat. If so ...more
Hank Pharis
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Conspiracists have been blaming LBJ (and many others) for JFK's assassination for decades. And the first half of this book that traces the career and character of LBJ makes this seem plausible. Almost everything in this section is in Robert Caro's multi-volume biography of LBJ with one major difference: Nelson accepts Billy Sol Estes' claim that LBJ was responsible for the murder of at least 8 people. Johnson stopped at nothing else to win office so the first half of Nelson's case seems possible ...more
Garry Fry
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very tight read. Doubts about premise but enjoyed nevertheless.
Arlan Landey
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LBJ - the role model for all that is criminal in DC! A murderer. Perpetrator of fraud. A liar. A cheater. A buddy of the criminal element in the FBI and in the CIA.

Everything that is wrong in America today can be traced right back to LBJ! Were it not for him, we wouldn't have been mired in Viet Nam nor would we have the likes of Hillary and Bill Clinton! All should have been arrested and tried for corruption, murder and treason!

Hopefully, somebody will dig up LBJ's bones and beat them with a sho
Steve Green
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Certainly a different perspective on the crime of the 20th century. Most of the facts presented have been confirmed elsewhere. Saying LBJ was the mastermind behind Kennedy's assassination is simply the author's opinion. He does a good job presenting an argument to support his opinion.
Big League Manager
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
You have got to be kidding. I almost stuck this in the "fiction" shelf. Actually, it would make a pretty decent plot for a spy novel or something, but as "history" this is pretty lame.

The text is full of supposition, lacks any real rigor of thought and contains one logical fallacy after another. The author starts with a thesis he has no intention of disproving or even examining with any discipline, selects only material that fits the thesis and shows no sign of much critical analysis of what he
Russell Turner
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Nelson has made a strong circumstantial case for Johnson's masterminding the assassination of JFK. There is an even greater reason (still circumstantial) to believe that he had guilty knowledge of the act. Without going into all the reasons for this opinion it is important for people to understand just what kind of person LBJ was. Mr Nelson accurately describes him as sociopathic, narcissistic, paranoid and boorish in the extreme. As often happens with the passage of time figures become muta ...more
Dale Stonehouse
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Those new to JFK assassination study may find this shocking and unbelievable, but the author spares no effort to document his conclusions. Unfortunately, one of my criteria for enjoying a book is that I must learn something from it, and in that respect it is nothing outstanding. That is not the author's fault; however, most of this is covered by Farewell America by James Hepburn (pseudonym) and Barr McClellan.
Fredrick Danysh
A very unflattering biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson. The author chronicles the man's political career and the deals that he made to advance it. The groundwork is laid to advance the theory that Johnson masterminded the John F. Kennedy assassination. Ihe book forces the reader to think about the events.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very compelling! A must-read for those interested in the JFK assassination. Thoroughly researched, it is hard to argue with the author's assessment that not only was LBJ aware of the impending assassination, but that he in fact orchestrated the entire thing as a means to ascend to the presidency. Give it a read!
Allison Thurman
Apr 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: abandoned
Picked up as a 99 cent special Kindle version, I love me some conspiracy no matter how implausible because it's interesting to see how authors and researchers connect the same dots in different ways. Thus far, all I'm taking away is that LBJ was politically ruthless and amoral, and often personally rude and crude.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Yipes! Another bunch of pieces to the assassination puzzle.
The author sites what appear to be very reliable sources. If even 25% of this is true, LBJ was a very bad man. He sure makes it seem probable that he was behind the assassination of JFK.
Kayla Walters
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Love this book
Mathias R Reitzug
Unbelievable story. Well documented and narrated. What a ruthless sociopath!
Charlie Jefferson
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Whether you accept the underlying narrative or not, this is a well researched work that gives glimpses of an ambitious man, not as much respected as feared by his peers. A gripping read.
Natalie Sampson
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and frightening. Nelson presents his research and concluding opinion in an objective, convincing way.
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