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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Sourced Myth-Balistics: We See the Gestation of the Big Lie, October 25, 2013
By Boyce Hart “bubblegum” (nyc) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy (Paperback)
This is a preliminary review. Time is of the essence because of all the BS books that are given access to the Corporate ,… I mean public airwaves. More later.
I have finished the first chapter and the sourcing is incredible. The author addresses the allegation that JFK ordered agents off the back of the limo. The number of sources is as incredible as the analysis of their caveats. The sourcing is so thorough and the chronology so precise that we can actually see the gestation of the Big Lie– that JFK “ordered” the agents off the limo– as a necessity in the evolving cover story. The sourcing in the main text is dense. That’s a good thing when you get to material as contentious as this. Then there are the footnotes. Even more sources, each one analyzed in terms of the what the other agents said.
This book will never be reviewed in the corporate press. It has too many footnotes. It is published at an exceptionally important time. The widely reviewed book JFK’s Last Hundred Days, for example, acknowledges JFK’s true Vietnam policies which is a real shift for MSM books. On the other hand this admission is counterbalanced by the books wholesale adaption of the JFK Deathwish mantra that Survivor’s Guilt so thoroughly rebukes. Compare the sourcing of these two books. The New York Times sure won’t.
For some topics, empiricism is just too vulgar, Their is simply too much at stake, including the credibility of grey ladies and Tina Brown tea parties in the tooth-free sweets of The New Yorker.
Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology.
Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy.
Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination.
All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works.
Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library.
Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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