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I suspect this is a book better read than listened to. In the Audible version the choppy, repetitive, disorganized aspects are very evident. This is partly because McClellan is more concerned with emphasizing central points than with providing a smooth-flowing narrative. The choppiness may also be due to a lawyer's cautiousness. If hazarding a guess, he tells you he's offering a possible theory; if constructing a persuasive brief, he reiterates the key events and background details to refresh our memory and keep us focused.
McClellan ties his themes together with dressy literary elements (epigraphs that open and close each chapter) but these are designed to work on the printed page, not in audio, where they trip up the listener like bollards in the pavement.
The latter part of the book is pure autobiographical narrative and flows smoothly. No plausible guesswork here; it's a true recollection and the best part of the book. McClellan worked for LBJ crony Edward Aubrey Clark in the Austin law firm that bought politicians, engaged hit men, and looked to profit enormously once they had Johnson in the White House.
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I anticipated getting this book after seeing Barr's segment on the banned episode of the History Channel's "The Men Who Killed Kennedy".
I was disappointed in the end because of McClellen's speculation on what took place in key events in the assassination. I too dislike that he unveiled great info on Lyndon Johnson but used so much of the tired and false story of Lee Oswald found in hundreds of books.
Example: it is convincingly laid out that Mac Wallace was a long-standing hit man for Johnson and Ed Clark, but he then places Oswald right beside Wallace in the snipers nest. Some may argue my point, but Oswald was present in Dallas to break up an assassination attempt.
There is simply little proof here and taking the author's word for it doesn't work for me. The Johnson info is revelatory and the only redeeming quality overall. As a point of view, it earns two stars.
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