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Mark Lane’s final book on the JFK assassination explores the role of the CIA in the murder, gathering together fifty years of research, court appearances, witness statements and testimonies. Anyone who still thinks Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, should read this book now.
To be fair, Lane is repeating himself a bit this time around. A great deal of what he covers has already been said in his previous books, particularly ‘Rush to Judgement’, his first, and perhaps, most devastating expose of the Warren Commission’s kack-handed management of the inquiry. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of new information here, most of which blows the CIA, FBI and a lot of other folk out of the water. After reading this volume, I watched the documentary version of ‘Rush to Judgement’ (available on YouTube), which even now is chilling in the sheer weight of unheeded evidence.
While I was never one of those who believed Oswald was solely responsible, even fifty-odd years on, the CIA’s role in the assassination (and a whole load of other murders), is pretty damn scary.
Mark Lane was one of the first and best JFK assassination researchers and his classic ground breaking book "Rush to Judgement" and subsequent film from 1967 really did open up the cracks in the Warren Commission's report. He kept the pressure up on the official story for over 50 years and was a major thorn sticking in the side of the authorities. This his final book is simply an update on his long tireless efforts to expose the truth but there really are no spectacular revelations, which is a little disappointing. That said its a worthy and enjoyable story very well narrated by Mark Boyett. To the late Mark Lane I would say a very big thank you for your excellent and tireless research.
What made the experience of listening to Last Word the most enjoyable?
Being a dedicated researcher of the JFK murder for decades, it is fulfilling to see one of the original authors (still alive) writing provocative and revealing substance about the crime of the last century. Lane has never been one to pull a punch and I thought the way he revealed the inter-connections between those who criticize him and the agency they work for to be bold and excellent counter-punches. Lane has been relentless in bringing to light the suspicious "coincidences" that engulf the assassination, the Warren Commission and their subsequent multiple white-washings. With so many of the most knowledgable and profound researchers now gone on to the other side of this life, it is a good thing that Lane, Josiah Thompson and a few others cling to the determined course of action in telling facts to the public. It will take people like Lane to counter-punch, once again, the new lathering of whitewash that is surely to appear in the film we are told of that has the involvement of Tom Hanks. Lane is a talented debunker and he will surely be at the forefront of critics of the Hanks production, if it sees the screen. Fortunately Leonardo DiCaprio has bought rights to a book which may well offset much of Hanks' "work." The world of truth owes a lot of gratitude to Mark Lane for this well-documented and powerfully written work.
Who was your favorite character and why?
THere were really no "characters" in this book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The energetic debunking of Vincent Bugliosi's tripe brought tears of laughter to me. Bugliosi is far more talented at writing stuff that is enjoyable to read than he is at telling the truth impartially and accurately. Bugliosi's penchant to exaggerate and stray far afield from the truth is infuriating and should be criminal. Lane took V.B. to task in fine style. The book was worth the listen just for that, alone.
Any additional comments?
"The Last Word" along with James W. Douglass' book "JFK and the Unspeakable" (Also available unabridged on Audible) are the best books written in the last two decades on the subject of the JFK assassination because they deal with how it came to be and the results of it, rather than merely the physics of gunfire and the controversy of testimony. While there is no way to say they are 100% accurate in all cases, they open up panoramic views of evidence that was ignored or intentionally obfuscated by people, whose job it was to tell the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Anyone who takes the time to listen to these two books can only end up thinking long and hard about the way things are today and how they had been if JFK had lived out his life and been allowed to see through his visions of a world of peace.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely based on Mark Lane's thorough explanation of an event that shook the world
What did you like best about this story?
His critique of Vincent Bugliosi's book and his revealing of Buglios's hypocrisy and ineptness.
What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?
Clear and believable.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I remember the day JFK was murdered and the utter sadness of everyone that I knew. Then the totally unbelievable murder of Oswald, in of all places .....the Dallas Police station. Now, after listening to Mr. Lane's book, I feel outrage at the lies our government put out there. They shouldn't wonder why people are not so patriotic anymore.
Any additional comments?
It would also be a good idea to watch the movie- "Rush to Judgement" Thank-you Mark Lane for your service to this country.
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