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Sunday, July 7, 2013

So You Wanna Work For The CIA / JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary / Signed Book Giveaway

A Secret Order
[Update 08/07: All 15 books have found happy owners. Offer closed for now.]

This November 22nd will mark 50 years since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination. I was less than two months shy of my seventh birthday...

One of the most fascinating narratives in A Secret Order, for me, was the story of the "femme fatale enigma," June Cobb. An attractive woman with clearly a great gusto for life, she sets off for Colombia with a pair of wanna-be druglord twins and winds up working for the CIA. Or so she figures, since apparently they don't always tell you who you're working for.

Aside from her international adventures themselves, what's even more fascinating is the information Mr. Albarelli has uncovered on the intelligence community's view of asset Cobb. Her recruitment, her grooming, and the musings on her usefulness in different settings are all very enlightening, and certainly show that the seemingly romanticized fictionalizations of the CIA are really not that far out there.

We are giving away books here!

I was honored to have been invited to pen the Foreword to this work, and in return I get to give away some autographed copies. Just email me at "" with your mailing address, and I will send one your way.

Hank was also kind enough to provide me with a list of books that he would recommend for further reading. True to his nature, it's a sweeping list, designed to provide plenty of material to help in forming one's own opinion (I've not read all of these, so I have to get cracking myself.) The list, with comments:
  1. Deep Politics and the Death of JFK by Peter Dale Scott [University of California Press, 1993]. - An excellent starting point for critical background information.
  2. Deep Politics II: Essays on Oswald, Mexico, and Cuba by Peter Dale Scott [The Mary Ferrell Foundation, 2007]
  3. Oswald, Mexico, and Deep Politics: Revelations from CIA Records on the Assassination of JFK by Peter Dale Scott [Skyhorse Publishing, 2013]
  4. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hired to Kill Oswald and Prevent the Assassination of JFK by Dick Russell [Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, Revised Edition, 1992]. - For me, in countless ways, a partial Rosetta Stone for the assassination, even apart from the material on Richard Case Nagell.
  5. Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK by John M. Newman. [Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., New York, 2008 edition with epilogue.] - A near masterpiece on Lee Harvey Oswald's possible ties to the CIA and his days in Mexico City.
  6. Bloody Treason: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by Noel H. Twyman [Laurel Publishing, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 1997]. - Overlooked classic.
  7. Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs [Carroll & Graf, 1989] - An early but excellent examination of the assassination.
  8. Inside The Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination Of JFK, Volumes I, II, III, IV, and V by Douglas P. Horne [self, 2009]
  9. Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace by Peter Janney [Skyhorse Publishing, 2012]
  10. Lee: A Portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald by His Brother by Robert L. Oswald and collaborators Myrick Land, Barbara Land [Coward-McCann, 1967]
  11. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters James W. Douglass [Touchstone, 2010]
...and for more relevant material on the shadowy side of our government:
  1. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy [The Ecco Press, New York, 1985] - This novel, which does not deal with the assassination, contains the key to unlocking all the high strangeness about the assassination and much more.
  2. Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA by Jefferson Morley [University Press of Kansas, 2008]
  3. The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs by Douglas Valentine [Verso, 2006]
  4. The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA by Douglas Valentine [Trine Day, 2010]
OK. Let's get to work and figure this thing out! What do you say?

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