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John F. Kennedy Assassination - How LBJ & Accomplices Killed JFK: 12 Key Books

Updated on January 23, 2016

I vividly remember when the school principal came into my 4th grade classroom and had the teacher turn on the TV which declared, “The President’s been shot.” Do you remember November 22, 1963, and that long sad weekend?

I have been to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, watched the Oliver Stone documentary, and read some of the hundreds, if not thousands of books have been written about who killed John F. Kennedy.

Among all the books I've either read, or read reviews about, are volumes of excellent work done by individuals who have done their own investigation. Here follows my short list of the best investigative type books that I have found. I've listed them in a suggested order of study. Join me and a multitude of others in a courageous look at the truth that keeps being hidden.

There can be no "justice" in America so long as this coverup continues. Don't depend on the broadcasting networks for any historical truth. I echo others who have said "the powers that be" depend upon the ignorance of the American electorate.

Dealey Plaza - the turn onto Elm St.

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

1. The Forces Behind the Assassination

Thoroughly and convincingly documented and well written. I would require as reading for all high school and college students, and anyone who is a registered voter!

Many excellent books prove that the assassination of JFK was the result of a conspiracy. Douglass verifies the certainty of the conspiracy and explains the historical facts surrounding JFK's murder; from the creation of the CIA to the gradual obliteration of the freedoms upon which this nation was founded.

The U.S. intelligence agencies and military were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, and saw Kennedy as a direct threat to their power and influence to bring this about. Douglass' excellent work clarifies this power struggle, how when these dark "Unspeakable" forces recognized that Kennedy’s intentions were in direct opposition to their own, they marked him as a dangerous traitor, plotted his assassination, and orchestrated the subsequent cover-up.

I do differ on one premise. Rather than Kennedy during his presidency gradually turning away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace, I think he ran for President to, among other things, break new ground for peace around the world.

Six Seconds in Dallas

2. An Early Compilation of Objective Facts

Thompson really wanted to find the truth, and this is an essential book to read about the JFK Assassination. He looks objectively at both sides and includes many irrefutable photos and documentary evidence, impressive charts and maps of where the witnesses were shown to be located, and what they saw, and what they told the commission, and why the commission didn't bother to interview key witnesses. Thompson tells the story, and in the footnotes criticizes all the problematic ideas that some pro-conspirators have.

The Last Investigation

The Last Investigation
The Last Investigation

2008 Paperback edition


3. & 4. The Trails They Want to Keep Hidden

I agree with a reviewer that "all post-war history orbits around Dealey Plaza". Serious JFK research intent on finding the truth revolves around Fonzi's ground-breaking findings. It seems that books about the assassination after "Last Investigation" try to veil the trail he uncovered. (Reason to avoid the 2008 edition and I recommend the 1993 or 1994 editions.)

Fonzi worked for the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) between 1976 and 1978, when the sound tape proved conclusively that more than one gun was involved. Like the Garrison investigation (which was sabotaged), Fonzi's too ultimately pointed toward a rogue faction within the CIA, but Fonzi went farther down that trail than anyone.

He had been constrained, however, by a non-disclosure agreement with CIA from the time they began to suppress the HSCA's activities. This was also coincident with the landmark censorship court case over Vincent Marchetti's "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence". It was not until after the passage of the 1992 JFK Records Collection Act and its implementation by Bill Clinton that Fonzi was able to publish "Last Investigation".

Accessories after the Fact: The Warren Commission, the Authorities, and the Report

5. The Real Purpose of the Warren Report

This is the one book to take a serious unimpassioned look at the Warren Commission's Report and its inaccuracies, and to analyze its contradictions. It proves the Commission had a single purpose, and finding the truth was not one of them. No book was more carefully documented and It is also becoming harder and harder to find.

A lawyer considers Meagher's book one of the best forensic investigation reports he's ever read in 25 years of practicing civil rights litigation, and would "recommend this book to all citizens of the USA as what took place in Dealey Plaza that day was conspiratorial," before and afterwards, and thus was titled, "Accessories After the Fact". You might especially enjoy Meagher's analysis of the curious movements of Patrolman JD Tippit just before his death. Or, revisit the fundamental facts of the case that have become so muddled in intervening years.

Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza

6. It Was Like an Ambush

Those with military background when visiting Dealey Plaza in Dallas recognize the feel of coming on the scene of a possible ambush site. This book was published also after the implementation of 1992 JFK Records Collection Act. It is written by a former military sniper, helps you understand what really happened that dark day in American history.

Roberts' instincts, honed also by 20 years as a police officer by the time of writing, led his investigation far beyond what he originally thought to be "just" an unsolved murder. This investigation leads beyond the Mafia, the CIA, the FBI, the US military, and all of the usual suspects right up to the small group of extraordinarily powerful men .

Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed

7. Medical Facts Before the Coverup

Drs. Crenshaw, Wecht, and Aguilar provide us groundbreaking new information on the medical aspects of President Kennedy's death. They present credible evidence and as a result are attacked by those with ulterior motives. Dr. Crenshaw was present when both JFK and Oswald were brought to Parkland Hospital; corroborated by others who were also present.

A Parkland hospital telephone operator has also supported the fact that Crenshaw did receive a phone call from LBJ and it was transferred to the room where Oswald lay. In this phone call, LBJ attempted to coerce Crenshaw into "hearing a deathbed confession" from Oswald that he killed JFK. This is an honest, first-hand account of the proceedings at Parkland, and worth a read by all who are interested in the truth of JFK's murder.

Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.

8. A Force Behind the Act and the Coverup

McClellan has had access to inside information as a member of the legal firm of Edward A. Clark that represented Lyndon B. Johnson's private as well as public needs. Access to individuals protecting the president as well as promoting his agenda has lead him to the conclusion that when you follow all the details, L.B.J. and his lust for power are what lead (at least in part) to the assassination of JFK.

Perhaps the most fascinating is McClellan's insight into the real L.B.J. and his associates. He fills gaps with what he calls 'faction' or journalistic novelization. Regardless, and though the evidence is not conclusive, it provides enough of a convincing argument and overall outline to show that it is totally consistent with the personalities, histories, Johnson's early political career and desires of the people involved. And there is the question of the remarkable fingerprint evidence left at the Texas School Book Depository.

9. The Researcher's Reference by First-class Journalist

Conspiracy, by Anthony Summers, a BBC journalist, was completed in 1980 shortly after the HSCA published its report on the Kennedy assassination. It is still referred to by prominent researchers, so it's worth picking up a used copy (at the link on the right), or checking it out of your local library. There is currently one used copy on for just less than $20.

It was startling when published, not for any extreme claims, but for its engaging marshaling of a huge body of exhaustively researched facts. Absolutely first-class journalism in a clear and compelling narrative, and the same book has appeared with similar titles.

Summers focuses on three main suspects, the Mafia, the anti-Castro community, and U.S. intelligence agencies. The French Connection section confirms some information I have read before. Each of these entities are linked by solid evidence. He spends considerable time on Oswald and Jack Ruby, both of whom had links to the three main suspect entities. He did provide some new material on them both that I had not seen.

10. A Look at the Government Protecting Itself

Abraham Bolden was asked by JFK himself to serve on the White House Secret Service detail. He became appalled by the irresponsible approach to the president's security and when he voiced his concern he was mistreated and made a scapegoat by the federal authorities. Rather than focus on the question of conspiracy, he addresses the Secret Service's failure to stop JFK's murder, and its poor response to allegations of unpreparedness.

Bolden's strength is in his ability to recall events with singular detail. It is a great story of courage, tenacity, and family loyalty. It also reveals what lengths the U.S. government will go to in order to protect itself from embarrassment or criticism.

JFK and his Secret Service Detail: Preview of Mark Lane's new film featuring Abraham Bolden

The Guilty Men looks at LBJ's involvement

11. LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination

Published July 23, 2010

This new book includes not only a recounting of LBJ's developmental years, and the people-manipulation skills he learned, but explains a personality disorder that grew unchecked and hidden from the public behind a hidden quest for a life-long goal. Combined with his amoral choices and thirst for power, he became a person no one ever confronted on any issue for which he had made up his mind, including the Vietnam War.

The book explains how LBJ purposely undermined Kennedy’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives and his active masterminding of JFK’s assassination is conclusively shown. Included also is photographic evidence that he knew in advance when and where it would happen. LBJ began planning his takeover even before becoming the vice presidential nominee in 1960.

12. The Taking of America, 1-2-3, by Richard E. Sprague

After I read all (except for #11) the books on this list, and more, I read this e-book and became astounded. All the pieces and theories on JFK's assassination were brought together into an even bigger picture of what was behind that fateful day. Sprague's book confirmed all the clear case evidence and then told me much more. It is like Meagher's book in that it is an unimpassioned carefully documented analysis of the facts, but it also presents more of them -- enough to complete the big picture of what happened.

What actually happened is what astounds. I think I was prepared to take it in having first become well acquainted with the facts, by reading these other books before this one. Therefore, I list Sprague's as last, even though it exposes the most of what was involved in JFK's murder. It takes courage to consider the powerful manipulations at play hidden from public view and see the truth. May we unite in courage for the truth.

© 2010 Deidre Shelden


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      david t. krall 

      4 years ago

      from: david t. krall


      as a longtime researcher, since 1973, I am convinced the JFK/RFK

      team was removed by a powerful force or a combined force that exist

      behind the scenes...not unlike other well planned "enterprises"

      planned and carried out where the stakes are hi and no prisoners are

      taken...with as much precision as a Pearl Harbor, a Valkyrie, 3/15/43 b.c. (Julius Caesar) , Heydrich in 1942, murder of Sergi Kirov by Stalin

      and his henchmen{and his subsequent state funeral ! same for Rommel

      in Nazi Germany by Hitler and his henchmen, & also given a state funeral--sound familiar?}. During, and near the end of WWII, The massive growth & infusion of a huge legal/gov-pol/intel/military/corp hierarchy coupled, intertwined and intra and inter-related with an inbred and large assassination/coup apparatus would only be inevitable and a matter of time that at some point this "opaque" hydra or a sizable element of it would stike "at some domestic threat"

      that is deemd itself self-worthy and /or powerful enough to remove

      for it own (corrupt) survival AND delusional /dysfunctional false patriotic motives...that time was 12:30 CST, 11/22/1963...

      david t. krall

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      anndavis25, yes, his girlfriend is actually one of many who say they clearly know LBJ was behind JFK's assassination.

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Everybody remembers where they were that day. It changed History. Also, I saw a show by Geraldo Rivera where he interviewed LBJ's girlfriend. I couldn't believe television would air it. She had a son by him, and very adamantly said that LBJ was behind the plot.

      Interesting hub.

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      8 years ago

      Ms Dee

      Thanks, Ted was also instrumental in making sure that there was little evidence in the JFK jr death.

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Yes, makes me wonder about JFK, Jr.'s death. I've read recently how Ted was threatened that his children would be killed if he pursued to uncover anything in the Chapaquideck (sp?) incident/affair, and that Robert was killed so he wouldn't become president and have enough power leverage to uncover it. LBJ was bipolar and, yes, an expert at long premeditated manipulation, particularly in his manic periods.

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      8 years ago

      ..always been fascinated by the Kennedy assasination and cover-up and you have made several good points and have done your homework with a world class assignment - so a hubtremendous salute to you my friend - and ironic to see Wayne Brown's name just above because he wrote a good one on the same subject a week ago ..check it out .....but I'm glad I checked this out too!

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Hey, good to get this referral...I will look it up. Yes, in the middle of reading "LBJ: Mastermind of JFK Assassination" by Philips. He has the details down of the CIA's part, which portion of it.

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      8 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Great Hub, I've always been interested in the Kennedy Assasination. The History channel had an interesting documentary last week on Bobby Kennedy and how the CIA was involved in it and linked it to JFK's. It was done by 3 British researchers. I wish I'd gotten the name of it, will see if I can find it again, they usually repeat.

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Very interesting to hear your gut feeling, Wayne. Yes, LBJ's history sure explains a lot. Didn't know about the "black stars" fraternity. How about that! Yeah, I lean toward LBJ and his attorney, Clark, getting it started and then the times back then with the cold war all came together with parts of the other agencies to all take a part, some souls unknowingly, until it was too late. Appreciate getting your take on it. Be interested to hear what you think about that book, The Road To Dallas.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I certainly remember that day and where I was. I have always considered it the day that America lost its innocence. I too have read many books on the subject over the years. I have had the gnawing feeling in my gut since early on that deep, deep, deep down inside this whole thing, LBJ lurks. I have also read about him and his methodology which only continues to drive my hunch. John Connelly made a critical comment (according to his wife) when he was struck by one of the bullets. He was quoted as saying "My God, they are going to kill us all!" as if he expected them to shoot the President but not everyone else. Johnson and Connelly go way ,way back to college days and a fraternity Johnson created called the "black stars". It was said that of those who were members, they were so loyal to Johnson that he could call them up even years later and they would come at this beckon call. If one asks the question, "who had the most to gain from Kennedy's death"...there is only one real answer...LBJ. I am currently reading a book called "The Road To Dallas"...not sure where it is headed yet but I think it learns more toward the mob and the Cuban connection. I have resolved that the truth will not come to light in my lifetime but I truly feel that my gut feeling is a good one. Thanks for the info and thanks for sharing! WB

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      It's very helpful to me how you articulate the courage we must have to confront the truth, Osita. I appreciate your perspective. From what I've read, I'm realizing JFK grew in this courage as well, through his term as president and up to his death.

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      Osita Ebiem 

      8 years ago from New York

      For a long time I have come to the conclusion that it is only when we are honest, sincere and courageous enough to confront our past no matter how ugly can we find the faith and strength to face the future. Until then we will be condemned to continue to repeat our uninspiring past. Thanks Ms Dee for this good compilation.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This Hub deserves a "100" today and right now. Excellent. You could submit this in several venues! Voted Up, Useful, awesome and beautiful. Tweet.

    • Ms Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Yeah, back then I swallowed it too. It is shocking what really happened =(

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      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I was in the gym at my high school after lunch when we heard. I'll never forget it.The pricipal called an assembly and most of my friends and I cried and cried.Back then we swallowed the Oswald story.


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