The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination by Lamar Waldron.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Counterpoint;(November 12, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1619022265

Amazon Review.

November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many records to remain secret for almost fifty years.
The Hidden History of JFK’s Assassination draws on exclusive interviews with more than two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence, and Congressional personnel, who provided critical first-hand information. The book also uses government files—including the detailed FBI confession of notorious Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello—to simply and clearly reveal exactly who killed JFK. Using information never published before, the book uses Marcello’s own words to his closest associates to describe the plot. His confession is also backed up by a wealth of independent documentation.
This book builds on the work of the last Congressional committee to investigate JFK’s murder, which concluded that JFK ‘was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy,” and that godfathers [“Santo] Trafficante [and Carlos] Marcello had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy.” However, it also draws on exclusive files and information not available to Congress, that have only emerged in recent years, to fully explain for the first time how Marcello and Trafficante committed—and got away with—the crime of the 20th century.
Some of the book’s revelations will be dramatized in the upcoming Warner Brothers film Legacy of Secrecy, produced by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which also stars Robert De Niro as Carlos Marcello.
The Hidden History of JFK’s Assassination is the definitive account of the crime and the secrecy which has surrounded it.

This is not the first book that I’ve ever read on JFK’s assassination.. but it it the most informative.

There have been many theories over the years but the Warren commission insisted it was "one nut".. Oswald.

This book releases much information that has been declassified over the years.  Some of the information had trickled out thru over the years but without proof, of a conspiracy. This book "tells it as it was".

I have to say the book makes a lot of sense.  So much so, that I find it hard to think that some of the same things are still going on today.  Which could be why I am not very politically minded.   "I" cannot stop corruption.  Even good people get corrupted over money.. and this country is built on "money".. ergo .. not hard to figure out eh?

This was an excellent books for details.  Sadly, knowing the details do not change the ending.

I remember exactly where I was when the news came that Kennedy was dead.

And horribly, I was watching television when Robert Kennedy was also killed.  Some things you never forget.

Thirteen Days

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F Kennedy.

Paperback: 185 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 17, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0393318346

"A minor classic in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by a participant of the shifting moods and maneuvers of the most dangerous moment in human history."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a new foreword, the distinguished historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book’s enduring importance and the significance of new information about the crisis that has come to light, especially from the Soviet Union. 

For some time I have wanted to read more on the Cuban Missile Crisis.  After all I was old enough to remember it happening.  Mostly I remember that my brother was in the Air Force at the time stationed at the Azores, and I remember one evening especially, that my mother and I (and the world) was waiting to hear if we were going to war or not, knowing war would be nuclear and probably end most of our lives.

We were terrified.

Even knowing the decisions of President Kennedy were based on opinions of many, didn’t help the stress and anxieties of  those of us who remember. 

I know there are much larger books that are written on the matter, but knowing how close the Kennedy’s were and how they learned on each other, I wanted to read Bobby’s view.   And many times he hit the nail right on the head.

When one reads books on history, I believe each of us learns something we didn’t know before reading it.  So it was for me with Thirteen Days. 

No matter what others thought of Kennedy as President.. I was darn glad he was our President in 1962! 

This is a really good, short, account of that terrible time.  If you have an interest, but don’t want to read a tome, this would be the book for you.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books;(December 2, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1616204516


From Booklist

In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books. A. J. Fikry, the cantankerous owner of Island Books, is despondent after losing his beloved wife and witnessing the ever-declining number of sales at his small, quirky bookstore. In short order, he loses all patience with the new Knightly Press sales rep, his prized rare edition of Tamerlane is stolen, and someone leaves a baby at his store. That baby immediately steals A. J.’s heart and unleashes a dramatic transformation. Suddenly, the picture-book section is overflowing with new titles, and the bookstore becomes home to a burgeoning number of book clubs. With business on the uptick and love in his heart, A. J. finds himself becoming an essential new part of his longtime community, going so far as to woo the aforementioned sales rep (who loves drinking Queequeg cocktails at the Pequod Restaurant). Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere. –Joanne Wilkinson

This is exactly what the title tells you.  It’s a story.  No murders. No big adventures. Just a story of a part of a man’s life who owns a small bookstore. ("bookstore" was the keyword to perking my interest)

It was a nice read.  Calming. Relaxing. A bit of a love story. (there’s more than one kind of love). A background story. Interesting friends and relatives.  Not necessarily a book I would normally read.  But I liked it anyway.  There was one part I didn’t like.. but it’s a small book and you wouldn’t want to know everything should you decided to give it a read.  For the most part I found myself engaged in the story…and I can’t say that for everything I read.

The Girl on the Train

The Girls on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books (2015)
ISBN-10: 1594633665



Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut

As I purchased this book from Friends of the Library, the lady leaned over and said: "you won’t be able to put this down".   Ohhhh, says I, this sounds good!

So I started reading it the same evening.   I always give a book about 50 pages and if I haven’t gotten into it by then it’s on to the next book.

Ten pages…

Twenty pages…

Thirty pages… hmmmmm.

Forty, then fifty pages.  by now I am confused.  Each chapter has a persons name on the top.. but every page as you read them is "in the first person"… I, I, I, I…. *sigh*

There’s got to be more to this, because the lady said it was .

Sixty pages… finally!  I am beginning to see what’s going on!   The "I’s" were driving me insane! I couldn’t follow "who" I was reading about!  gah!

From page 60 on the story grew.  And it turned into a really good Who Done It?!

I am glad I went beyond the first 50 pages… once past it.. the rest was definitely worth it!   A very good mystery.  My only draw back would be that I didn’t care for the "style" of writing.

.. but I would recommend it to people who like a good mystery!

Eleanor: The Years Alone

Eleanor: The Years Alone by Joseph P Lash.

Publisher: Konecky, William S;(1972)
ISBN-10: 1568520891   367 pages


The New York Times Bestseller—“Superb…Lash has reached the highest level of the biographer’s art.” —Wall Street Journal

Joseph P. Lash, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and National Book Award-winning writer of Eleanor and Franklin, turns to the seventeen years Eleanor Roosevelt lived after FDR’s death in 1945. Already a major figure in her own right, Roosevelt gained new stature with her work at the United Nations and her contributions to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She continued her activism on behalf of civil rights, as well as her humanitarian work, which led President Harry Truman to call her the First Lady of the World. Lash has created an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary person.

I have to show the Inside cover which I love!

As some may know some time ago I read the two huge volumes on Eleanor Roosevelt.  If only we were lucky enough to have her here now to run for President!!  She’d have MY vote!

Then I read a few books of both Eleanor and Franklin.  I truly feel the Roosevelt’s did more for this country than any other presidents. (including Theodore)

Eventually I knew I wanted to know more about the years Eleanor spent after Franklin passed away.  I already knew that she did not "fade away" as most do once they are out of office.  But I have to admit I didn’t realize "how much" she did!  She was non stoppable and the new President Truman even called on her for advice.

What a remarkable woman she was.  She fought hard for the poor and the needy.  She wanted every American to have a good life, and a fair life. 

She fought for rights of the blacks to desegregate and to have the rights they were born with, without fear. 

And although I don’t talk about today’s politics I will say that sincerely, I do believe  Franklin and Eleanor’s era was the last of the totally corrupt politics that we have today. (unknown if there was "some" but surely not ALL like today.. that’s just IMO, which doesn’t mean a hill of beans to anyone but me anyway)

So I you like reading about Eleanor I would say that this book sums up "Her Years Alone"… I wish I had the privilege of meeting her.

Sons & Brothers

Sons & Brothers by Richard D Mahoney.

Publisher: Arcade Publishing (1702)
441 pgs.

Since no where could I find a "review".. this is the back of the book.

 Sorry, to have to put such small writing up as a "review" but not even Amazon had a review of this book!  I  have never seen  Amazon not have some sort of review ..even a small one!

So… after I read Rosemary, the Hidden Kennedy Daughter, I thought I would continue with a second Kennedy book and chose Sons and Brothers by Richard D Mahoney.

ummmm.. wow!

I was old enough to be around when Kennedy was in office, so I have some memories of it all. (granted the brain cells are fading!)  But many things in the book "exposing" the brothers of one thing or another, I had heard of. 

I had heard the Joe Kennedy "paid" for JFK to win the presidency. I had heard quite a bit about Joe Kennedy and never cared for him.    I had heard that JFK was a "ladies man". (no surprise there)   I had heard that JFK lived in a lot of pain from his back.   So many things  I knew of.. I just didn’t know the who did what, when, where, to whom?. Is the government corrupt?!  LOL.. when I look back and look at things today… In my opinion (which means nothing)  America has gone to hell in a handbag!…….  I don’t believe we can be saved any more. But, that’s just how I feel.  I am sure many people differently.

Anyway, many small details that went into something happening or not happening were given in this book, if they are all believable .  Many or most I believe, which is partly why I said what I did above.

I never heard or realized just how much Bobby did while JFK was in office… and how many things he did contributed to the demise of both JFK and Bobby.  However, truth be known, I still put the bulk of the blame of so much that happened to this family on the greed for money and power of their father Joe Kennedy.

To me this reawakened a time I cannot say was a joy to live through.  Plans to kill Castro.  Mafia galore. The death of both brothers. (I am sure most of us who were around when Kennedy was assassinated remembers where they were when they heard the news. )   But, though JFK might not have been the best person in the world.. I still believe he did many good things for the American people in the short time he was in office.

Bobby.. he had unreal beliefs.  No one could possible get rid of all the corruption in America.  But he wanted to.  He also wanted to help the poor, of all colors.  

I can’t say much more..

This book brought back memories and taught me things I didn’t know (behind the scenes).  This was a book for anyone who wants to know more about these two brothers and how they went about things in politics.  It was very hard making strides forward when the "corruption" wanted them dead.   

You don’t have to guess who won.

Rosemary The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. by Kate Clifford Larson.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 6, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0547250258

Amazon Review

They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference.
Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. 

Major new sources — Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors’ letters, and exclusive family interviews — bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then — as the family’s standing reached an apex — the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret. 

Rosemary delivers a profoundly moving coda: JFK visited Rosemary for the first time while campaigning in the Midwest; she had been living isolated in a Wisconsin institution for nearly twenty years. Only then did the siblings understand what had happened to Rosemary and bring her home for loving family visits. It was a reckoning that inspired them to direct attention to the plight of the disabled, transforming the lives of millions.


Basically, I knew the story of Rosemary before I read this book.

I admit to having very conflicting feelings as I read about Rosemary.  On one hand, considering what was known and not known "back in the day", part of me felt that Rose and Joe and other siblings did very well for Rosemary.  Though much of it depended on sending her "away" to places that felt they could help her.  If money could heal it would have been accomplished.

But more and more she was someone the Kennedy’s wanted to hide.  It wasn’t right to have so many strong, intelligent children, and have this one that was not.   As I said, very conflicting feelings, because today we know so much more and what happened to Rosemary by her father, never would have happened today.  But with all their money and fame Joe and Rose kept seeing her as an embarrassment. 

Admittedly, for many years they spent a fortune trying to "fix" Rosemary.  That part was good. Every parent would do whatever possible to help their child.  But underneath you knew it was more for not letting others know they had an imperfect child. *sigh*

Again, I admit, after reading much of Roosevelts reign of presidency and having Joe Kennedy in England constantly telling Roosevelt to "not go to war, not help England".. I really did not like Joe Kennedy.  After reading this book… it cemented my feelings about him.  And I can’t say I grew fond of Rose either, who seemed to raise her children as a JOB, without much soft and tender loving feelings.

I am glad to say that what happened to Rosemary would not happen to her today.  But that doesn’t take away that it DID happen to Rosemary.

I was young when JFK ran for president.. but I liked him.  I also liked what he did in office, most especially, (of course) our race for space, and how he handled the Cuban Crises.   I don’t know how he would have played out if he wasn’t assassinated, but then no one will.  He also was the one, once he saw what happened to his sister, to push for laws helping mentally and physically disabled children. 

This is actually a short book. It told about the whole family but did not pretend Rosemary was not there.  It’s a piece of History that if you are interested in the Kennedy’s and "Rosemary".. it helps to understand the situation.  But I’m not saying the choices were all good, or right.


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