Phillip F. Nelson, after years of researching Johnson and the JFK assassination, concludes that during his vice presidency Johnson suffered progressively stronger bouts of mental collapse as he was busy undermining Kennedy s domestic and foreign policy initiatives for the purpose of cunningly saving them for his own legacy. His involvement with JFK s assassination is conclusively drawn with both text and photographic evidence showing Johnson s knowledge of when and where the assassination would take place. Nelson s careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover secrets from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country s history.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-12-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Over the years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated many alternate scenarios have been put forward to challenge the official Lee Harvey Oswald-as-lone gunman story. Nelson reviews a massive amount of secondary sources to support his own hypothesis that the mastermind behind the assassination was then-VP Lyndon Johnson. LBJ's position as Kennedy's successor and "narcissistic/sociopathic personality," combined with his fear of a Kennedy plan to remove him from the upcoming 1964 ticket, form the basis of Nelson's conjecture. He dismisses the Warren Commission review of the evidence as a cover-up, stating that "it has become more and more apparent that much of the evidence originally put forward … was invented or modified." Nelson admits his position is speculative and amalgamates elements of previously offered conspiracy scenarios, but despite his attention to troubling loose ends in the official report, his effort to point the figure at President Johnson remains tendentious. (Nov.)