Editorial Reviews


“Wonderful and informative book”- JFK era Secret Service Agent Frank Stoner

“I continue to be impressed with your research”- JFK era Secret Service Agent Lynn Meredith

“A great book”- JFK era Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden

“Vince Palamara is a Secret Service expert”- The History Channel, November 2003

“You are, unquestionably, the main authority on the Secret Service with regard to the assassination”- author Vincent Bugliosi

“I am impressed with your research, accuracy, and willingness to ‘tell it like it is'”- Secret Service Agent Robert DeProspero, former head of President Reagan’s Detail

“You’ve done a very valuable service. Your work is most interesting and even chilling”- Best-selling author and Kennedy cousin John Davis

“Most accurate, detailed and Factual Report on the John F. Kennedy assassination ever”- Secret Service Agent John Carman

“Based on research that includes interviews with former agents, the author raises plenty of questions and exposes many problems involving the Secret Service’s conduct and protection of Kennedy on that fateful day.”- The Post & Courier

“As agent John Norris explained in an interview for Vincent Michael Palamara’s book Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy: “Except for George Hickey and Clint Hill, [many of the others] just basically sat there while the president was gunned down in front of them.”- Vanity Fair

From the Author

“Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy” took over 20 years of my life to research and write. I knew I had to reverse the false verdict of history imposed on the late President Kennedy by some of his former agents, all in an attempt to blame the victim (JFK) for his own murder, that he ordered them off his limousine and other such falsehoods. When the number one and number two agents under Kennedy, Gerald Behn and Floyd Boring, respectively, categorically denied that Kennedy ever ordered them to do anything, along with the corroborating statements of top aides Dave Powers, Pierre Salinger, and many other former agents and White House aides, I knew the TRUE story of the JFK Detail had to be told.”

From the Inside Flap

President Kennedy’s best friend and top White House aide Dave Powers, who rode in the fateful Dallas motorcade and many others, agreed with my take on the Secret Service, as confirmed by a member of the federal board the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB). For his part, Powers himself wrote to me and stated that the agents “never had to be told to ‘get off’ the limousine”, a statement fully endorsed by both a former agent and a fellow researcher that also spoke to Mr. Powers. JFK did not “ban the agents from his car”!

From the Back Cover

“Vince Palamara, a recognized authority on the history of the Secret Service, recounts in methodical detail how certain standard protective measures were not implemented on that tragic day, leaving John Kennedy a virtual ‘sitting duck’ as he rode into Dealey Plaza and explodes the long-standing myth (swallowed without question by the Warren Commission) that Kennedy was difficult to protect, ordering agents not to ride the back of the limousine, making him somehow complicit in his own murder. Painstakingly researched and based on first-hand accounts from more than 70 former agents, White House aides, and family members, SURVIVOR’S GUILT is the definitive account of what went wrong with President Kennedy’s security in Dallas on November 22, 1963.”

About the Author

Vincent Michael Palamara is the leading expert on the Secret Service during the Kennedy years, interviewing more former agents from the Kennedy era (and other eras, as well) than all the government investigations combined. He has appeared on The History Channel, C-SPAN, National Geographic Channel, in numerous newspapers and journals (including Vanity Fair), on many radio and internet programs, and in well over one hundred other author’s books related to the Secret Service, JFK, history, politics, and other major events. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Amanda.

About vincepalamara

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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