JFK's War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated

  • by Douglas Horne
  • Narrated by Larry Wayne
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever since researchers and commentators began questioning the conclusions of the Warren Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the response has been: Why would the US national-security establishment - that is, the military and the CIA - kill Kennedy?
As Douglas P. Horne details in this audiobook, JFK's War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated, the answer is because Kennedy's ideas about foreign policy collided with those of the US national-security establishment during the height of the Cold War. In the eyes of the military and the CIA, Kennedy's policies posed a grave threat to national security.
Horne served as chief analyst for military records for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB). This was the federal agency that Congress established to secure the disclosure and release of JFK-related records and documents after the public outcry generated by Oliver Stone's movie JFK. Horne is the author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK, a five-volume work that focuses primarily on the autopsy of Kennedy's body that was conducted by the US military.


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Very Good, But A Few Disappointments

I am a fan of Horne's work and always feel he presents historical facts and then, distinctly, his speculation on those facts. This allows the reader to make their own judgements on whether they agree or disagree with his conclusions. I have to say I mostly agree with his analyses.

Additionally, Horne should be heartily commended for always crediting his sources for facts or theories (other authors, etc), as he does here. More writers should do this and marks him as a professional in his field.

Generally, this work is very good and I learned some new things, e.g. the government controversy over Laos. Also, generally, the narration here is very good and the reader does a good job in pitching it in an interesting way.

For all those reasons this recording would be worth five stars were it not for a few disappointments:

# Repetition. The opening of the second section (1962) consists of a fifteen minute recapitulation of what we learned previously in the section about 1961. Being as that section already had a summary as its conclusion and each part was extensively summarised and reiterated throughout the 1961 section this was somewhat boring and annoying.

# Walter "Allbright". The leader of East Germany at the time was Walter Ulbricht not Walter "Allbright" as on the recording. I do not think this could be a textual error, and so choose to believe it is an error in narration. Odd, and annoying.

# "Jac-qua-line" Kennedy. The narrator pronounces Jacqueline Kennedy's first name as "Ja-qua-line". This unique pronunciation is so strange as to be grating.

# Pope "John Paul" XXIII. The Pope was merely Pope John XXIII hence his later successors John Paul I and John Paul II. Again, I'm not sure whether this is a textual, or narration error.

# Russian lead in space technology. Horne states that in mid-1963 the Soviet Union was "kidding itself that it still had a lead in this sphere of technology". Based on their achievements I think the Russians are generally credited with having had a lead at that time and until nearer to the end of the 60s. It seems a little churlish to deny them that.

So, for these reasons I subtract one star from my rating.

Overall though, a good and interesting listen.
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- Boobie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2016
  • Publisher: Listen and Think Audio