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At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy’s change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence. Once these dark “unspeakable” forces recognized that Kennedy’s interests were in direct opposition to their own, they tagged him as a dangerous traitor, plotted his assassination, and orchestrated the subsequent cover-up.

Douglass takes listeners into the Oval Office during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, along on the strange journey of Lee Harvey Oswald and his shadowy handlers, and to the winding road in Dallas where an ambush awaited the president’s motorcade. As Douglass convincingly documents, at every step along the way these forces of the unspeakable were present, moving people like pawns on a chessboard to promote a dangerous and deadly agenda.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Right now, I ask all of you—please, please, read JFK and the Unspeakable! I cried all night reading it, and didn’t sleep a wink. It is a book that could make us stand up and change the world, right now. Maybe we can save the world before it blows up. Really.”

    Yoko Ono

  • “In JFK and the Unspeakable Jim Douglass has distilled all the best available research into a very well-documented and convincing portrait of President Kennedy’s transforming turn to peace, at the cost of his life. Personally, it has made a very big impact on me. After reading it in Dallas, I was moved for the first time to visit Dealey Plaza. I urge all Americans to read this book and come to their own conclusions about why he died and why—after fifty years—it still matters.”

    Robert F. Kennedy

  • “A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world.”

    James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers

  • “Although nearly fifty years have passed since John F. Kennedy was assassinated, questions about who really killed him are debated still. Noted peace activist Douglass doesn’t really answer those questions but does present a compelling argument for why the ‘unspeakable’ (read ‘evil’)—a complex alliance of right-wing forces including agencies of the U.S. government—wanted Kennedy eliminated. The book is mostly about Kennedy’s commitment to finding an accommodation with the Communist world that would ensure lasting peace and forces opposed to that goal. Conspiracy-theory buffs love this book.”

    Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by A.J. Jr. | 2/3/2014

    " This is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom Tucker | 2/1/2014

    " This book made me sad for our country "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl Schibley | 1/30/2014

    " A must read for all the Kennedy conspiratist out there - the American war machine killed him because he wanted peace. I believe it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arlene | 1/27/2014

    " It gave an interesting account of the what was going on at the time of his assassination. "

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About the Author

James W. Douglass is a longtime peace activist and writer whose works include The Nonviolent Coming of God and Resistance and Contemplation. With his wife, Shelley, he is cofounder of Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington.