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Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFKby Lamar Waldron
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Seventeen years in the making—drawing on exclusive interviews with members of the Kennedy administration and of the Kennedy's Cuban inner circle among dozens of others, complementing the information mined from thousands of recently declassified files — Ultimate Sacrifice is a landmark in historical research, compilation, and reporting, meticuloously assembling all of the formely out-of-reach or concealed pieces, to explain for the first time, the full and detailed context which gave rise to the Kennedy assassination. In doing so, authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann not only shed new light on one of the most tumultuous eras in modern American history, but definitively solve the mystery of its greatest political tragedy.
For more than four decades since his death in 1963, John F. Kennedy has captured the imagination of the American people. Myth and conjecture have swirled around him, his life and his work. Nonetheless, the secret with the most profound and catastrophic impact on America has remained hidden. Ultimate Sacrifice reveals this secret for the first time, providing the missing piece to one of the great puzzles of post-war America: The truth behind the events surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.
Ultimate Sacrifice reveals a previously unknown "Plan for a Coup in Cuba," authorized by John Kennedy and run by the President's borther, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The CIA's code name for their supporting role in the coup plan — AMWORLD — has never previously surfaced in any book, article, or government investigation, consistant with one of the most secret covert operations in our history. And with that secrecy came tragedy. A plan as audcious as this engineered coup and its follow-up invasion by "Invited" US forces, would have been a severe threat to national security if revealsed in the post-Cuban Missile Crisis environment. And when Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Roselli-three powerfull Mafia dons who would have gone to any lengths to rid themselves of what they saw to be persecution by the mob-busting Attorney General-learned of this plan, they realized that the government would go to equally audacious lengths in order to avoid revealing it to the public. With that knowledge to protect them, the seeds of a President's demise were sown.
This work reveals, for the first time, John and Robert Kennedy's plan for a coup in Cuba on December 1, 1963. Unique, distinctly different, and far more advanced than any previously disclosed operation, this plan is corroborated by many declassified military and CIA documents that have never been quoted in any book before.
Cuba's number 2 official today — Commander Juan Almeida — was secretly working with JFK in November 1963 to overthrow Fidel. The US government recently revealed Almeida's work for JFK, allowing the updated trade paperback of Ultimate Sacrifice to tell the full story for the first time (complete with new photos and documents). The authors obtained the story from almost two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, starting in 1990 with JFK's Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Their accounts are supported by thousands of newly-released files at the National Archives. Almeida's "palace coup" set for December 1, 1963, was to be backed up by US forces "invited" in by Commander Almeida, then Chief of the Cuban Army. However, three Mafia bosses being targeted by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy used several CIA assets to infiltrate the secret plot and murder JFK. This resulted in cover-ups by officials like RFK and LBJ, to prevent the exposure of Almeida and a possible nuclear confrontation with the Soviets. The new edition explains why Almeida was not a double agent, why Fidel suspected Almeida's ally Che Guevara, and what Fidel did in 1990 when he finally found out about Almeida's work for JFK.
About the Author
Lamar Waldron's groundbreaking research has been cited in media outlets ranging from Vanity Fair and The New Republic to the History Channel and USA Today. His work has been acknowledged by authors such as Anthony Summers and Gus Russo, historians like Dr. John Newman and John H. Davis, and former goverment investigators Gaeton Fonzi and FBI veteran WIlliam Turner. Waldron received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgia State University and lives in Atlanta.
Thon Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in over a dozen languages. An internationally known speaker, his most recent books are The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Unequal Protection, We the People: A Call to take Back America, and What Would Jefferson Do? His nationally syndicated radio show is currently on Air America and Sirius Satellite Radio.
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