Coup d'etat in America : The CIA and The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by Michael Canfield and Alan J. Weberman ; Foreword by Henry B. Gonzalez
New York : The Third Press, 1975. First Printing. Stated. Hardcover. 314 pages ; photographs ; 25 cm. Unpriced dust jacket. Lots of rips and tears around the jacket edges. Discoloration to cover cloths. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
Coup d'etat In America
In December of 1974, comedian Dick Gregory stumped the country, calling for the reopening of the inquiry into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In his possession were photographs of three "tramps" picked up near the scene of the assassination who seem to bear remarkable resemblances to some of those convicted in the Watergate burglary. In the wake of this effort, which got overwhelming media coverage, so much information has come out, prompting recent polls that show the majority of the American people wanting the inquiry reopened.
Behind Gregory's efforts were two researchers, Alan J. Weber man and Michael Canfield, who for months had been quietly putting together all available information on what apears to have been the conspiracy to assassinate the President.These two writers gave Gregory the now famous "tramp" pictures.
COUP D'ETAT IN AMERICA: The CIA and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy is the result of the most thorough work of research and investigation to be carried out by private citizens. Although in the 11 1/2 years since President Kennedy was killed, numerous efforts have been made to unearth the true story behind the assassination, most have lacked the one element necessary for proving conspiracy—a motive. Weber man and Canfield provide one. The exhaustive evidence marshalled in this book overwhelmingly suggests that Kennedy was killed by elements associated with the CIA and Mafia-connected conspirators in retaliation for his refusal to provide the air support for preventing the Bay of Pigs fiasco. In their preparation for this book, the authors studied over 1500 documents and conducted numerous interviews including an exclusive interview with Watergate burglar, Frank Sturgis (given here in full) in which Sturgis admits that an assassination squad exists in the OA organized to murder people in America as well as abroad, and that he was a member of that squad. He tells of how he was once approached to carry out the domestic assassination of an important American, but denies having been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He offers to tell what he knows about CIA domestic operations if provided immunity by Congress.
Presented for the first time in any book is a photo-analysis of the "tramps," comparing them with photographs of Watergate personalities. Readers are provided with transparent acetate overlays so they can make these photo comparisons themselves. The book also contains 22 pages of photos, reproductions of important FBI and Secret Service documents and over 600 references. Perhaps this book's greatest achievement is its avoidance of sensationalism.
COUP D'ETAT IN AMERICA attempts not so much to point an accusing finger as to present the American public with the best possible evidence so far on the one incident that diverted the course of American history. The foreword by Texas Congressman, Henry B. Gonzalez, who now has a bill before Congress for reopening the inquiry into the assassination, underscores the extreme importance of this book. It is invaluable for the thorough understanding of testimonies at the Church Commission and other Congressional bodies investigating the CIA and the JFK assassination.
"If Congress, pursuing the challenges of this explosive book, supports what Canfield and Weberman have written, these two...may yet become the Woodward and Bernstein of a more appalling coverup than Watergate. The authors weave a web of bizarre and astounding linkages— of fact, probability, circumstance and people—to support their theory.. .[this] book.. .could result in a re-examination of the Warren Report." —Albert Johnston, Publishers Weekly
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michael L. Canfield, a native of Wisconsin, was Art Director of the McGovern Presidential campaign. He was editor and publisher of two tabloids in Wisconsin and in Florida. He was also resident manager of a state Drug Rehabilitation Center in Florida.
Alan J. Weberman is a graduate of City College of New York and calls himself a "native of Brooklyn." His penchant for minute details (his greatest asset in doing this book) earned him the title of "garbologist." He is perhaps best known in America for his analysis of Bob Dylan's poetry.
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