LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination

Phillip F. Nelson. Skyhorse (Norton, dist.), $24.95 (704p) ISBN 9781616083779
Over the years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated many alternate scenarios have been put forward to challenge the official Lee Harvey Oswald-as-lone gunman story. Nelson reviews a massive amount of secondary sources to support his own hypothesis that the mastermind behind the assassination was then-VP Lyndon Johnson. LBJ's position as Kennedy's successor and "narcissistic/sociopathic personality," combined with his fear of a Kennedy plan to remove him from the upcoming 1964 ticket, form the basis of Nelson's conjecture. He dismisses the Warren Commission review of the evidence as a cover-up, stating that "it has become more and more apparent that much of the evidence originally put forward … was invented or modified." Nelson admits his position is speculative and amalgamates elements of previously offered conspiracy scenarios, but despite his attention to troubling loose ends in the official report, his effort to point the figure at President Johnson remains tendentious. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 12/05/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
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