Legacy of Secrecy

The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination


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This painstakingly researched follow up to Ultimate Sacrifice draws on “explosive new material” from the National Archives to piece together the puzzle of JFK’s assassination (Vanity Fair).

“A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets.” —Publishers Weekly

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 coup 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 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.

This trade paperback edition is updated with dramatic new revelations, has three new chapters, an expanded photo-document section, and updated text throughout, including 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.

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Praise For This Book

"Explosive new material, based mainly on government documents from the National Archives." —Vanity Fair

"Waldron and Hartmann offer convincing evidence . . . 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)

"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

"They've done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory." —Ron Rosenbaum

"Staggering!" —Mark Crispin Miller

"Exhaustively researched" —New York Observer

"[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over 800 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." —Ronald Goldfarb, Daily Beast