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Ultimate Sacrifice Makes News With The Kennedys




“At last the mysteries surrounding JFK’s death are fully explained by the startling revelations in this book. Its fresh, groundbreaking research documents how the blow-back from the Kennedys’ actions against the Mafia and Cuba led to the death of JFK. ULTIMATE SACRIFICE provides the final word on why the government had to cover up so much information for so long.”
-William W. Turner, former FBI Agent and author of Deadly Secrets

"How well do the authors make their case? With a relentless accumulation of detail, a very thorough knowledge of every political and forensic detail and the broad perspective of historians rather than assassination future historian of that tormented period in American history will be able to ignore their very convincing presentation.
--Publishers Weekly (November 10, 2005)

ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK (Carroll & Graf, November 18, 2005) by Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann provides the missing piece to one of the great puzzles of post-war America: the truth behind the events surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.


ULTIMATE SACRIFICE reveals a previously unknown “Plan for a Coup in Cuba,” authorized by John Kennedy and run by the President’s brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The CIA’s code name for their supporting role in the coup plan—AMWORLD—has never previously surfaced in any book, article or government investigation. And with that secrecy came tragedy. A plan as audacious as this engineered coup and its follow-up invasion by “invited” US forces, would have been a severe threat to national security if revealed in the post-Cuban Missile Crisis environment. And when Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny
Roselli—three powerful Mafia dons who would have gone to any lengths to rid themselves of what they saw to be persecution by the mob-busting Attorney General—learned of this plan, they realized that the government would go to equally audacious lengths in order to avoid revealing it to the public. With that knowledge to protect them, the seeds of a President’s demise were sown.

Drawing on seventeen years of research, thousands of recently declassified files, and dozens of interviews, ULTIMATE SACRIFICE re-creates and in many ways rewrites the crucial period of our history leading up to November 22, 1963

*ULTIMATE SACRIFICE details a previously unknown "Plan for a Coup in Cuba" authorized by President John Kennedy, run by Robert Kennedy and set for December 1, 1963

* The Kennedy plan, unique and different from any previously disclosed operation, was--as detailed in a Joint Chiefs of Staff memo--to have included a "palace coup," a provisional Cuban government and, if necessary, a "full-scale invasion" by "invited" US military forces.

*The CIA's code name for their part of the operation, AMWORLD, has never previously appeared, making it one of the most covert operations in United States history.

*ULTIMATE SACRIFICE will detail how the Kennedy plan was penetrated by the three mafia godfathers--Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante and Johnny Roselli—being vigorously pursued by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, along with a dozen of their associates, six of whom were also working on the Coup Plan.

*The crime bosses then used parts of the Coup Plan/AMWORLD to arrange JFK’s assassination in a way that would prevent a truly thorough government investigation, in order to protect the Coup Plan, its participants, and national security.

*By using the secrecy surrounding the Plan, the mob bosses would target JFK not only in Dallas but in two earlier attempts, one in Chicago on November 2 and then one in Tampa on November 18, which ULTIMATE SACRIFICE reveals and details for the first time.

*ULTIMATE SACRIFICE reveals why Robert Kennedy told several close associates the name of the Mafia godfather who had his brother killed—but couldn’t do anything about it.

*ULTIMATE SACRIFICE has finally pieced together the whole story by building on the work of the seven governmental committees that have investigated aspects of the assassination, on the labors of former government investigators, and on the four million documents that were declassified in the 1990s, in addition to exclusive interviews with dozens of witnesses and participants including Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, and the Kennedys’ closest Cuban exile aide, Harry “Ruiz” Williams.


Seventeen years in the making, ULTIMATE SACRIFICE is a landmark in historical research, compilation, and reporting, meticulously assembling all of the formerly out-of-reach or concealed pieces, to explain for the first time, the full and detailed context which gave rise to the Kennedy assassination. In doing so, authors Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann not only shed new light on one of the most tumultuous eras in modern American history, but definitively solve the mystery of its greatest political tragedy.

About the authors:
Lamar Waldron’s groundbreaking research has been cited in media outlets ranging from Vanity Fair and The New Republic to the History Channel and USA Today. His work has been acknowledged by authors such as Anthony Summers and Gus Russo, historians like Dr. John Newman and John H. Davis, and former government investigators Gaeton Fonzi and FBI veteran William Turner. Waldron received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgia State University and lives in Atlanta.

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in over a dozen languages. An internationally known speaker, his most recent books are The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Unequal Protection, We the People: A Call to Take Back America, and What Would Jefferson Do? His nationally syndicated radio show is currently on Air America and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK
Carroll & Graf, November 18, 2005
by Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann
912 Pages (including photographs and reproduced documents): $33: isbn: 0-7867-1441-7

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