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2015 Books

Several books of interest to our readers were published in 2015. Here are some of the more notable ones:

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government], by David Talbot. The author of the acclaimed Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years has written here a decidedly unflattering portrait of CIA spymaster Allen Dulles, who along with his brother Foster defined an era of coup-driven foreign policy. Talbot paints a portrait of Dulles as a leader in the anti-Kennedy national security camp even while out of office, building on the theme first developed in Brothers. In this book, Talbot argues the case for Dulles as leader of the plan to assassinate JFK.

Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House, by Peter Dale Scott. Scott is one of the pre-eminent thinkers and writers on the JFK assassination and its "deep politics," and this book is in some ways the culmination of his thoughts on the case. This e-book continues where Deep Politics II left off in its analysis of Oswald, Mexico City, and the handling of the Oswald files. It then turns in new directions, looking at previously-ignored gaps in military records on Oswald, exploring the deep enmity between Kennedy and his military team and the evidence for coup-planning on their part, and making connections to the Watergate affair. The title of the book harkens to Scott's notion that the overt government is paired with, and at times overshadowed by, a "deep state".

John F. Kennedy's Head Wounds: A Final Synthesis - and a New Analysis of the Harper Fragment, by Dr. David W. Mantik. This e-book by JFK medical expert David Mantik makes the case that the Harper fragment, found in Dealey Plaza after JFK's assassination, was occipital bone. Mantik uses this conclusion to challenge the interpretation of autopsy photos as indicating a single head shot from behind, and makes the argument for shots from the right-front of the presidential limousine.

General Walker and the Murder of President Kennedy: The Extensive New Evidence of a Radical Right Conspiracy, by Jeffrey H. Caulfield. This lengthy and detailed book casts a skeptical eye at the the theories that the CIA or a CIA faction orchestrated JFK's assassination. Instead, the author delves deeply into Oswald's connections with right-wingers including former FBI agent Guy Banister, and presents the case for a radical right conspiracy involving General Edwin Walker.

Where Angels Tread Lightly: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume I, by John Newman. Author of the acclaimed JFK and Vietnam and Oswald and the CIA, Newman is back with the first of a planned three-volume series on the assassination of JFK. These books are primarily focused on the "Cuba Project" and CIA officers and agents involved in it, and begins with background on the Cuban revolution and U.S. policy in that era. Along the way, Newman is deeply engaged in a crypt-breaking project of his own, studying CIA records to reveal the identities of various players referred to only in coded names in CIA documents.

Surprise Attack: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11 to Benghazi, by Larry Hancock. Author of the well-respected Someone Would Have Talked and Nexus: The CIA and Political Assassination, Hancock moves outside JFK and the CIA in this investigative history volume covering many of the prominent surprise attacks in U.S. military history. Finding that most of these incidents were preceded by warnings, Hancock explores why those warnings were ignored.

Prayer Man: Out of the Shadows and into the Light, by Stan Dane. This new book, together with Bart Kamp's video presentation, lays out the evidence that a shadowy figure seen in the doorway of the TSBD is none other than Lee Harvey Oswald. Not related to the Billy Lovelady/Lee Oswald controversy of the Altgens photo, "Prayer Man" is another individual in shadows at the top of the steps of the Book Depository a short while after the shooting in Dealey Plaza. Dane argues the case that it is Oswald, who then could not have been on the sixth floor with a rifle.

Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War: Why the Kennedy Assassination should be Reinvestigated - Volumes One & Two, by Greg Parker. The second volume in Parker's history of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald picks up where Volume 1 left off, with Lee and his mother returning to New Orleans in the mid-1950s, where he joins the Civil Air Patrol. Parker includes interesting information on CIA projects including one assassination plot with eerie similarities to Dallas and Oswald, and another project involving the sister of Ruth Paine.

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