The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The Road to Dallas The Assassination of John F Kennedy Neither a random event nor the act of a lone madman the assassination of President John F Kennedy was an appalling and grisly conspiracy This is the unvarnished story With deft investigative skill Da

  • Title: The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • Author: David E. Kaiser
  • ISBN: 9780674027664
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Neither a random event nor the act of a lone madman the assassination of President John F Kennedy was an appalling and grisly conspiracy This is the unvarnished story With deft investigative skill, David Kaiser shows that the events of November 22, 1963, cannot be understood without fully grasping the two larger stories of which they were a part the U.S government sNeither a random event nor the act of a lone madman the assassination of President John F Kennedy was an appalling and grisly conspiracy This is the unvarnished story With deft investigative skill, David Kaiser shows that the events of November 22, 1963, cannot be understood without fully grasping the two larger stories of which they were a part the U.S government s campaign against organized crime, which began in the late 1950s and accelerated dramatically under Robert Kennedy and the furtive quest of two administrations along with a cadre of private interest groups to eliminate Fidel Castro The seeds of conspiracy go back to the Eisenhower administration, which recruited top mobsters in a series of plots to assassinate the Cuban leader The CIA created a secretive environment in which illicit networks were allowed to expand in dangerous directions The agency s links with the Mafia continued in the Kennedy administration, although the President and his closest advisors engaged in their own efforts to overthrow Castro thought this skullduggery had ended Meanwhile, Cuban exiles, right wing businessmen, and hard line anti Communists established ties with virtually anyone deemed capable of taking out the Cuban premier Inevitably those ties included the mob The conspiracy to kill JFK took shape in response to Robert Kennedy s relentless attacks on organized crime legal vendettas that often went well beyond the normal practices of law enforcement Pushed to the wall, mob leaders merely had to look to the networks already in place for a solution They found it in Lee Harvey Oswald the ideal character to enact their desperate revenge against the Kennedys Comprehensive, detailed, and informed by original sources, The Road to Dallas adds surprising new material to every aspect of the case It brings to light the complete, frequently shocking, story of the JFK assassination and its aftermath.

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    • David E. Kaiser

      David E Kaiser, born June 7, 1947, is an American historian whose published works have covered a broad range of topics, from European Warfare to American League Baseball He was a Professor in the Strategy and Policy Department of the Naval War College from 1990 until 2012 and has also taught at Carnegie Mellon, Williams College 2006 7 and 2012 3 , and Harvard University.

    333 thoughts on “The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    • One of the very best books on the subject, a huge genre in itself, and for once, by an historian rather than a novelist,lawyer,amateur sleuth,journalist, crank, "former agent of the XYZ," and sundry other characters in a rogues' gallery. Kaiser makes extensive use of the cache of documents released in the early 1990's by the CIA and FBI to cast the assassination as the work of the Mob and various elements of the anti-Castro Cuban community and their friends in the CIA. The Mob angle is familiar- [...]


    • I have an intense interest in presidential history, conspiracies, and I have always had a morbid curiosity for literature featuring the JFK assassination. As an architect, though, and not a historian, my attention span for in-dept detail is short. Yet, David Kaiser’s The Road to Dallas, its 400-page length, and it wordy syntax is far and above the best book I have read on the events of November 22, 1963 and potentially the most groundbreaking. Kaiser shows that the assassination cannot be unde [...]


    • Inane, hubristic, and laced with disinformation. In other words, Harvard University Press. Much of this book is good, but it's also full of poison pills.Page 3: "The Central Intelligence Agency had nothing to do with Kennedy's assassination" And I am the King of Romania.Page 7: "Hundreds of books on the Kennedy assassination have appeared, but this is the first one written by a professional historian who has researched the available documents." Reading this is like reading a 19th Century racist [...]


    • I wasn't really getting into it, despite my well-documented love for JFK assassination lore. Kaiser throws way too many names/agency and group acronyms/job titles at the reader all at once, and it's difficult to keep track of them all. The prose style is also pretty dull, and (at least for me) it's hard to make this kind of story (Mafia! CIA! FBI! Cut-out men! Private eyes! Wiretapping! Mistresses! Cuban exiles! Castro!) boring. I might pick it back up again from the library, but I have three bo [...]


    • What prompted me to read this book was an interview I saw with Alan Dershowitz. When asked what legal mystery he would like to see solved, he said --the JFK assassination. He didn't elaborate, but accepting that Oswald was the assassin still leaves many mysteries and unanswered, vexing questions. How interesting that Dershowitz is one whose interest is still piqued by this event. Years ago, at least 20 years, probably more, I read a bunch of the assassination books. Best Evidence, by Lifton, is [...]


    • Because Kaiser is an academic, his book was promoted as being a more thoroughly researched look at the assassination than some of the more sensationalistic tomes that blame the assassination on everyone from JFK's cleaning woman to Ethel Merman. While it is true that the book is well-researched, good luck keeping track of the nearly 50 or so people who helped carry out the plot. By page 100, I'd resigned myself to the fact that -- unless I began plot mapping these folks on a wall -- I'd never be [...]


    • If you are new to the conspiracy theories, this is not a good starting place. I was intrigued by browsing the introduction which is a compelling description of the Odio incident, which was unknown to me. The way this incident is presented is characteristic of this sprawling book. The incident and its participants are visited and revisited, scattering the incident's context and ramifications. Even the chapter devoted to "Odio" does not contain the full story.There is a lot of extraneous informati [...]


    • Kaiser bills himself as the first professional historian to deal with the question of why Kennedy was assassinated who had full access to the most recent declassified information. He makes a fairly good case that Oswald was an agent of the Mafia, who were seeking revenge for the Kennedy brothers' persecution. I have read a few books on this issue but have never been sucked into the Kennedy assassination subculture, which is truly insane -- check out the Usenet groups and websites devoted to it.T [...]


    • UNCLE. I didn't think it would ever happen; I can't finish this book. I have read many books about the assassination and lots of crackpot theories, and have always found them fascinating. Until now. It might be an interesting theory--the CIA and the mob combine to kill the president, but I'll never know. It was so tedious and bogged down in detail that there was no story. Maybe I have just reached my saturation point, or maybe this author can't get away from the minutia to tell a good story.


    • I have been reading this off and on for a couple of months.I knowalmost all of the stories since I have read a couple of hundred bookson the JFK assassination. Kaiser digs up new details (from files releasedafter controversy stirred up by Oliver Stone's filmKaiser doesn't thinkmuch of the film). He also provides fresh background material and insights about various events.


    • It reads like the worlds longest entry, but that's because it's written by a historian and not a writer. Press on and so many fascinating details about the assassination are brought out. After reading this, I may have to finally admit that Kennedy was not killed because Magneto was trying to save him like in the Days of Future Past movie.


    • A pretty good read about the plots surrounding the Kennedy assassination. The author is a professional historian who presents his case but in a way that is sometimes tedious and redundant. I found his chapters on the Cuban plotters tedious and needing editing. But overall I enjoyed the book which made me think but did not convince me.


    • I disagree with some of his conclusions, but it's a good, readable summary of the current state of JFK assassination conspiracy theory, since the wave of previously classified documents that were released in the 90s.



    • This book is really detail heavy, but that's part of why I liked it so much. Probably not well suited for a reader with casual interest in the subject.


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