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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (401 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James W. Douglass Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781452672083
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world. James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Arlene | 1/27/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josh Stephens | 1/17/2014

    " What a struggle to get through this one. I don't usually quit a book midway through, but I just couldn't keep reading this with any interest. Very slow, a ton of facts (most not even relevant), and very repetitive. I actually meant to buy The Kennedy Detail but mistakenly ended up with this one. Terrible mistake. This is a conspiracy theory book where the author tries to convince you the CIA killed JFK. While the author is very convincing, how am I to take all of the facts he lays out as the truth? Unless you are a diehard JFK historian, there's no way for me to tell if the author is telling the truth, obscuring the truth, or outright lying. If everything he laid out is the actual truth, then there is no question JFK was killed by the CIA. But how am I to know? In the end I just could not stand this book. Do not read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Miller | 1/13/2014

    " Had to put this one down to do college reading but the part I read gives lots of evidence as to the conspiracy. I will get back to it when I can. Many, many examples of CIA's plot to kill Kennedy. Must read for any conspiracy buffs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickie | 1/9/2014

    " Intriguing and well researched by a credible author who is not wearing a tinfoil hat. Gave me a new perspective on the machinations of power seekers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/4/2014

    " So far just the initial part of this book is full of stunning revelations and fascinating insights into JFK. The author parallels discussing JFK with the famous monk Thomas Merton who was a tireless peace advocate who hoped that the young catholic president would turn the world away from a potential nuclear holocaust towards peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonia | 12/31/2013

    " i learned so much from this book. how i wish history classes would teach us what douglass reveals in this well researched and noble book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 12/25/2013

    " This is a must read for those who want to know. It explains everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Hill | 12/9/2013

    " I'm 75 pages into this book. It has already revealed more about the Cold War, the CIA and the constraints of the Presidency than any other book I know of. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 11/22/2013

    " Conspiracy freak!! don't waste your time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred Bomer | 8/10/2013

    " An EYE-Opener!! More than worth the read. I simply couldn't put it down. It really brings together the be-hind the scenes workings of the only "soup" in our nations history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian David | 6/4/2013

    " There are truckloads of books on the subject of the crime of the century. Most of them try hard. Some of them succeed in advancing the understanding of the general reader. A few achieve greatness. Of those that do, this is the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 2/13/2013

    " A Must read for those interested in Peace issues -- not just for JFK Assassination nerds! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/14/2012

    " If this is true, The Illuminati still rule the world. Quite interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 amber | 9/18/2011

    " drew me right in. i honestly know nothing about JFK except he was assassinated in dallas and is by far the most handsome man to be elected president. maybe i'll learn a bit more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 5/8/2011

    " Should have done a little more research on the author, he's a conspiracy nut so anything he says I found difficult to believe. I finally had to stop reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/13/2011

    " I'm 75 pages into this book. It has already revealed more about the Cold War, the CIA and the constraints of the Presidency than any other book I know of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/14/2011

    " If this is true, The Illuminati still rule the world. Quite interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/17/2010

    " Heartbreaking book that points to what might have been--a more peaceful, compassionate world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 11/11/2010

    " Ok, here I go on my rant agin about politics and death. I feel this author performs well in the "why this is important" words. Or, how does gravity work ?? "

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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.

About the Narrator

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.