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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lamar Waldron Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Updated with dramatic new revelations!

John F. Kennedy’s assassination launched a frantic search to find his killers. It also launched a flurry of covert actions by Lyndon Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, and other top officials to hide the fact that in November 1963 the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba, as part of a JFK-authorized coup. The plan’s exposure could have led to a nuclear confrontation with Russia, but the cover-up prevented a full investigation into Kennedy’s assassination, a legacy of secrecy that would impact American politics and foreign policy for the next forty-five years. It also allowed two men who confessed their roles in JFK’s murder to be involved in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. Exclusive interviews and newly declassified files from the National Archives document in chilling detail how three Mob bosses were able to prevent the truth from coming to light—until now.

With three new chapters and updated text throughout, this is a must-have edition. New material includes the completed story of how three powerful Mafia bosses used John and Robert Kennedy’s top-secret plan of staging a coup against Fidel Castro to murder JFK. Documented from the National Archives for the first time is Watergate burglar Bernard Barker’s decades-long work for the Mafia, even Barker’s time aiding the CIA with the coup plan. Barker sold out the coup plan to his Mob bosses helping to assassinate JFK, and forcing US officials previously involved with Barker to withhold key information from the Warren Commission. This version also contains important new information about the FBI informant who obtained the JFK assassination confession of godfather Carlos Marcello, which the Bureau kept secret for twenty years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I believe Waldron’s heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963…Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author, deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.”

    Liz Smith, New York Post

  • “Explosive.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets, this account proves the continuing relevancy and importance of seeking the truth behind one of the US’s most personal tragedies.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Exhaustively researched.”

    New York Observer

  • “They’ve done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory.”

    Ron Rosenbaum, acclaimed journalist

  • “Astounding…Thorough and meticulous in its research.” 

    Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again

  • “[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over eight hundred pages of intricately documented data…Their findings add pieces to one of our most perplexing puzzles and suggest where the key missing pieces may be found.”

    Daily Beast

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lee | 12/3/2013

    " After taking me 3 years to read I have finished this book and I strongly believe the mafia had strong connections to killing JFK and the other men mentioned in this book that all i really have to say on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nantz | 9/24/2013

    " great and want to re-read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed | 7/2/2013

    " Perhaps the best Kennedy assassination book so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice | 1/28/2013

    " Finished this book, and it is fabulous! It connects all the dots, making sense of thousands of documents released in recent years, trying their information in with historical information. It is a must read! "

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About the Author

Lamar Waldron was called “the ultimate JFK historian and examiner” by Liz Smith in Variety. His groundbreaking research has been featured by hundreds of newspapers and radio stations and was the subject of the Discovery Channel special Conspiracy Files: JFK Assassination. He has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, Geraldo Rivera, and Fox News. His work has been acclaimed by authors ranging from former FBI agent William Turner to Kennedy biographer John H. Davis. He is the author, with Thom Hartmann, of Ultimate Sacrifice.