JFK and the Unspeakable

A few days ago i finished JFK and the Unspeakable - Why he died & Why it matters by James W. Douglas. To quote Princton Law Professor Richard Falk, "This book should be required reading for every American citizen."

Everyone of a certain age remembers where they were when they heard the news of JFK's murder in Dallas on Nov. 23rd 1963. i was in geometry class, sophmore year of high school. Politics and world affairs at any depth were still wel beyond my event horizon. The Cuban Missle Crisis kinda shook everybody's complacency tree, few things sharpen the mental focus like impending total destruction. But mostly, i chased basketballs, baseballs and tried to figure out girls [still haven't succeeded at that].

Douglas book lays out in detail the less than 3 short years of JFK's presidency. He tells the behind the scenes story of the Bay of Pigs, the Missle Crisis, Vietnam, the Cold War, and most importantly, how JFK was slowly but surely turning away from the Pentagon, from the CIA, from the military industrial complex his predessor Eisenhower publically warned him about. JFK was turning towards pacifism, toward detente, and away from the unspeakable.

i was a teenager back then but when i saw Jack Ruby gun down Oswald on national TV even i could smell a rat. Jack Kennedy's murder on that deadly Dallas day began the turning of a generation away from automatically accepting authority. My turning continues. Read JFK and the Unspeakable, it very well might give your turn a new momentum.