There is a new book out that is receiving rave reveiws from eminent theologians,and the likes of experieced Cold War observers like Daniel Ellsberg and Marcus Raskin. The book is called JFK and the Unspeakable and it is by a Catholic activist named James W. Douglass
It is not merely an “assassiaton” book. It is the most important book about Cold War history and how it effects us today that I have ever read.
The author uses the writings of Thomas Merton-- in particular his wrtings to famous americans in letters about the ethical issues of the Cold War-- as a structural divice to enhance the framing of the issue discussed in the book. These include many letters that point to a radically new interpretation of the Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest the world has ever come to nuclear destruction.
This is not the CMC that you learned in High School This book is loaded with new detatails from documents only recently declassified as a result of the Congresseionally mandated NRRB process that began in 1994 and continued until 2005. Shcholars are only just now analyzing this new information.
JFK and the Unspeakable
Why He Died and Why It Matters
by James W. Douglass
Advance Praise for JFK and the Unspeakable
"JFK and the Unspeakable is an exceptional achievement. Douglass has made the strongest case so far in the JFK assassination literature as to the Who and the Why of Dallas. The conjunction of unrestrained elements in cold war America—defense industry elites, Pentagon planners, and the heads of the intelligence community—were the forces that led inexorably to Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”–Gerald McKnight, author, Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why
“With penetrating insight and unswerving integrity, Douglass probes the fundamental truths about JFK’s assassination. If, he contends, humanity permits those truths to slip into history ignored and undefined it does so at its own peril. By far the most important book yet written on the subject.” --Gaeton Fonzi, former Staff Investigator, US House Select Committee on Assassinations
“Douglass presents, brilliantly, an unfamiliar yet thoroughly convincing account of a series of creditable decisions of John F. Kennedy—at odds with his initial Cold War stance—that earned him the secret distrust and hatred of hard-liners among the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA. Did this suspicion and rage lead directly to his murder by agents of these institutions, as Douglass concludes? Many readers who are not yet convinced of this ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by Douglass’s prosecutorial indictment will find themselves, perhaps—like myself—for the first time, compelled to call for an authoritative criminal investigation. Recent events give all the more urgency to learning what such an inquiry can teach us about how, by whom, and in whose interests this country is run.” --Daniel Ellsberg, author, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
“For forty years Jim Douglass has been our leading North American Catholic theologian of peace. But this monumental work on the witness of JFK is something deeper still. Douglass is trying to get us to connect the dots between our ‘citizen denial,’ the government’s ‘plausible deniability,’ and the Unspeakable. This book has the potential to change our narrative about our country, and our lives as citizens and disciples. May we have ears to hear these truths, hearts able to bear their burden, and hands willing to build a new story.”—Ched Myers, author, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus
“This book’s story of JFK and the ‘unspeakable’ is a stunning mix of political thriller and meticulous scholarship. Even as it points persuasively to rogue powers at work in the U.S. military-industrial complex, it also witnesses to the power of spirit, inspiring prophetic voices like Thomas Merton’s, turning a president like John Kennedy toward peace, thus also enabling readers to see into the current deep structure of U.S. war and empire. Douglass’s book offers a goldmine of information and is indispensable for building prophetic spirit and hope.”—Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary