Several books of interest to our readers were published in 2018. Here are some of the more notable ones:
The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. And Robert F. Kennedy, by David Margolick. 1968 saw the assassinations of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the latter on the night he clinched the California primary while seeking the Democratic party nomination for the presidency. Margolick's book focuses on the complex relationship between these two men in the context of the civil rights struggle and a changing America. Margolick quotes John Lewis: "When these two young men were murdered, someting died in all of us."
A Lie Too Big to Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, by Lisa Pease. Veteran investigator Lisa Pease, who has written numerous insightful essays on the political assassinations of the sixties, takes on RFK's murder in this meticulously researched book. From Jim DiEugenio's introduction: "This book makes a quantum leap forward, in both the explication of the crime and the cover-up. Lisa Pease has found new evidence that is too abundant to list here. Some of it no one even knew existed.....if Sirhan ever got a new trial, this book could be used to set him free."
Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr., by Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock. Following their ground-breaking The Awful Grace of God, Wexler & Hancock deepen their focus on Sam Bowers and the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. From the publisher's summary: "The authors have located previously unknown FBI files and sources that detail a White Knight bounty offer.....an individual who carried money for the assassination .....audio recording of an admission that a key suspect obtained a weapon to be used in killing King."
Denial of Justice: Dorothy Kilgallen, Abuse of Power, and the Most Compelling JFK Assassination Investigation in History, by Mark Shaw. Reporter and What's My Line star Dorothy Kilgallen's 1965 death ranks near the top of the "mysterious deaths" following JFK's murder. From the publisher's summary: ".....tells the inside story of why Kilgallen was such a threat leading up to her unsolved murder.....statements by family members convinced she was murdered, and shocking new information about Jack Ruby's part in the JFK assassination that only Kilgallen knew about."
Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House, by Peter Dale Scott. The author of the groundbreaking Deep Politics and the Death of JFK returns to the JFK assassination with a special focus on the US military and Oswald's curious military records. The book raises the troubling notion of coup d'etat and brings in the notion of the "deep state", a currently popular term which Scott himself coined. From Rex Bradford's foreword: "If you want to see where the evidence has led one very informed person who has studied these matters for longer than almost anyone, read on."
At the Cold Shoulder of History: The Chilling Story of a 21-year-old Navy Hospital Corpsman Who Stood at the Shoulder of JFK During the Bethesda Autopsy, by James C. Jenkins with William Matson Law. Among the Navy corpsmen at Bethesda Naval Hospital brought in to assist in President Kennedy's controversial autopsy was James Jenkins. In this book with William Law, Jenkins tells a detailed accounting of what happened in the morgue that night, and what led him to believe there was a conspiracy in JFK's murder.
Creating Chaos: Covert Political Warfare, from Truman to Putin, by Larry Hancock. Larry has become a prolific writer on political assassinations and related topics. This book follows Shadow Warfare's focus on covert action as an instrument of policy. From the publisher's summary: "Hancock.....examines the evolution of political warfare tools and tactics in the era of the global Internet and ubiquitous social media, evaluating their effectiveness and illustrating the rapidly increasing levels of risk associated with these new and untested cyberwarfare tools."
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and CoverUp - A New Investigation, by Tim Tate and Brad Johnson. From the publisher's summary: "They show that Sirhan could not have fired the fatal bullets, reveal detailed evidence of a murderous conspiracy involving organised crime, and disclose CIA documents detailing successful experiments to create a hypno-programmed political assassin. The book also unmasks the likely identity of one of the most enduring mysteries in the case - the infamous 'Girl in the Polka Dot Dress'."
The Skorzeny Papers: Evidence for the Plot to Kill JFK, by Ralph Ganis. From the publisher's summary: ".....the author reveals the details of the post-World War II activities of former SS Commando Otto Skorzeny. Considered by British and American Allied forces as "the most dangerous man in Europe," Skorzeny planned and led numerous daring missions throughout the war.....gradually and methodically became involved in US intelligence and covert operations.....Skorzeny's network had a greater point of destiny in November 1963.....to carry out the most tragic mission in history."
The JFK Assassination Witness Index, by Mike Davis. From the publisher's summary: "Destined to become an essential reference for all assassination researchers, The JFK Assassination Witness Index presents in a single volume the key testimony of more than 300 witnesses, selected from the 26-volume set of Warren Commission Hearings and Exhibits, including investigative reports from the FBI, Secret Service, and Dallas law enforcement agencies. Many of these witnesses were never called to testify before the Warren Commission."
American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Robert Kennedy's son, a prominent environmental lawyer, has in recent years spoken out on the murder of his father and uncle. This book focuses on what he learned about life his famous family. From the publisher's summary: "These pages come vividly to life with intimate stories of RFK Jr.'s own experiences, not just with historical events and the movers who shaped them but also with his mother and father, with his own struggles with addiction, and with the ways he eventually made peace with both his Kennedy legacy and his own demons. The result is a lyrically written book that is remarkably stirring....."
Robert Kennedy and His Times: 40th Anniversary Edition, by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. This classic work by the late Arthur Schlesinger Jr. is a must read for those who wish to understand the Kennedy era and the political climate which enveloped it. From the publisher's summary: "chronicles the short life of the Kennedy family's second presidential hopeful in "a story that leaves the reader aching for what cannot be recaptured" (Miami Herald). Schlesinger's account vividly recalls the forces that shaped Robert Kennedy, from his position as the third son of a powerful Irish Catholic political clan to his concern for issues of social justice in the turbulent 1960s. Robert Kennedy and His Times is "a picture of a deeply compassionate man hiding his vulnerability, drawn to the underdogs and the unfortunates in society by his life experiences and sufferings" (Los Angeles Times)."