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    Friday, December 02, 2005

    Assassination Vacation



    If, like me and Jay-Z, you love all things Kennedy ("He padded hisself the rap JFK/you wanna pass for my Jaqueline Onassis") and can't rest 'til you find out what really happened leading up to that fateful day in Texas ("I got dead mens to meet and questions to fulfill/like is that mystery God real?/and how was Kennedy killed?"), you'll love Salon's JFK assassination mini-series:

    Ultimate Sacrifice, an excerpt from Lamar Waldron's and Thom Hartmann's new book about the plot to kill JFK on his visit to Tampa, FL, four days before his trip to Dallas.

    The Tampa plot -- and its many parallels to Dallas -- has remained hidden because of the battles John and Robert Kennedy were waging against Fidel Castro and the Mafia in 1963. The Kennedys had a top-secret "Plan for a Coup in Cuba" designed to overthrow Castro on December 1, 1963, and JFK's activities on November 18, 1963, were part of that plan. Hours after JFK's Tampa motorcade, the president was scheduled to give a major speech on Cuba in Miami, intended to assure the coup leader in Cuba of JFK's support.

    (Hey geeks: get your footnotes here.)

    David Talbot reviews the book. He's not convinced. Judge for yourself.

    To his credit, Talbot doesn't leave you completely hanging. He offers you a list of the top 5 books on the Kennedy assassination, including the Gerald D. McKnight's recent critique of the Warren Commission.

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