(Very Late) Summer Reading

This year, I’ve read more books than any year in recent history. I’m forcing myself to spend less time dicking around online and more reading. I just finished The Long Tail and now I have a a new book. It is Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK by Lamar Waldron. I’ve known Lamar for pushing twenty years, since he was one of the first batch of writers I ever interviewed on the radio. When I met him, he was writing the Micra comic book and working on this crazy JFK book. That book has reached fruition finally. I’m 26 pages in and engrossed. I almost hate to stop reading and go to this reunion. That’s good since at 900 pages, this book is a doorstop that would beat up a Robert Jordan novel for its lunch money. It takes a little bit of resolve to even commit to picking this up and starting it, but it looks like that will be rewarded straightaway.

The premise of the book is right out there upfront, which is that the Mafia had JFK murdered. Why is related to a secret invasion plan the Kennedys had for Cuba, complete with an inside job palace coup murder of the Castro brothers. It should be noted that is isn’t fiction, it is a giant work of journalism with them digging through a huge amount of information that was already out there and some that has been declassified over the years. It promises to paint a cohesive picture of why so many investigations into the assassination hit a brick wall, mainly that you can’t get too deep into the truth without finding out about the secret Cuba plans and there were plenty of reasons to keep that secret. Man, there are going to be some late nights working on this book in the next week or three, I suspect.