Podcast interview with Jim Douglass on why JFK was murdered.
Oliver Stone recommends JFK and the Unspeakable on the Bill Maher show. Click on graphic to read Oliver Stone's blog on Huffington-Post
Advance Praise for JFK and the Unspeakable
"An exceptional achievement. Douglass has made the strongest case so far in the JFK assassination literature as to the Who and the Why of Dallas."--Gerald McKnight, author, Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why
"One of the most important books in recent years . . . . I hope many churchpeople will read it to understand the depth of our country’s unspeakable darkness and be free, in the spirit of John Kennedy and Jim Douglass, to pursue 'peace for all humanity.' "--John Dear, S.J., author, Living Peace
"Remarkable: devastating in its documented indictment of the dark forces that have long deformed the public life of this country . . . . This book should be required reading for every American citizen."--Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University
"Proposes a shocking rereading of the Kennedy presidency and assassination . . . . Douglass' message is that the greatest obstacle to world peace was and still is the secret National Security State that was built in the U.S. by the Cold War."--Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"With penetrating insight and unswerving integrity, Douglass probes the fundamental truths about JFK's assassination . . . . By far the most important book yet written on the subject."--Gaeton Fonzi, former Staff Investigator, US House Select Committee on Assassinations
"Douglass presents, brilliantly, an unfamiliar yet thoroughly convincing account of a series of creditable decisions of John F. Kennedy--at odds with his initial Cold War stance--that earned him the secret distrust and hatred of hard-liners among the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA. Did this suspicion and rage lead directly to his murder by agents of these institutions, as Douglass concludes? Many readers who are not yet convinced of this 'beyond reasonable doubt' by Douglass's prosecutorial indictment will find themselves--perhaps--like myself--for the first time, compelled to call for an authoritative criminal investigation. Recent events give all the more urgency to learning what such an inquiry can teach us about how, by whom, and in whose interests this country is run."--Daniel Ellsberg, author, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
"This book has the potential to change our narrative about our country, and our lives as citizens and disciples. May we have ears to hear these truths, hearts able to bear their burden, and hands willing to build a new story."--Ched Myers, author, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus
"A stunning mix of political thriller and meticulous scholarship. Douglass's book offers a goldmine of information and is indispensable for building prophetic spirit and hope."--Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary
"The most thoroughly researched and documented book ever written about President Kennedy's determination to prevent a nuclear war--and how his success in that struggle cost him his life . . . . In the shadows of our own time we begin to become better prepared to break free of the violence that threatens all of us today."--Don Mosley, co-founder Jubilee Partners
"A remarkable achievement, outstanding even in an overcrowded field. It is profoundly conceived, researched, considered, argued, and written . . . . Not all will agree with his detailed speculation as to what happened in Dallas. But Douglass's large picture of America's political agony is, I believe, incontrovertible and certain to last."--Peter Dale Scott, author Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
"Jim Douglass's spiritual and eloquent telling of President John F. Kennedy's martyrdom for peace is a peerless and extraordinary historical contribution."--Vincent J. Salandria, author, False Mystery: Essays on the Assassination of JFK
"Douglass writes with moral force, clarity, and the careful attention to detail that will make JFK and the Unspeakable a sourcebook for many years to come . . . . "--Marcus Raskin, co-founder, Institute for Policy Studies
"Jim Douglass is a courageous and single-minded Christian whose convictions are reflected in his life and witness. In this provocative new book, he brings together history and spirituality at the intersection of one of the most pivotal--and yet still mystifying--events of the past century. A myth-exploding story and compelling read."--Timothy George, Dean
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
An astonishing new examination of the Kennedy assassination and its meaning today.
James Douglass lays out the journey that led JFK in the course of three years from his position as a traditional Cold Warrior to his determination to break with the logic of the Cold War and lead the world in an entirely different direction. This sequence of steps led his adversaries in the military and intelligence establishment to view him as a virtual traitor who had to be eliminated.
Douglass's book has all the elements of a political thriller. But the stakes couldn't be higher. Only by understanding the truth behind the murder of JFK can we grasp his vision and assume the urgent struggle for peace today.
"As always, Jim Douglass, a digger for facts and a debunker of myths, raises questions that cry out for answers--ones we deserve but haven't been getting."--Colman McCarthy, author, I'd Rather Teach Peace
"[Douglass] has painstakingly unmasked the normalized politics of our marauding, perpetual-war economy as nothing less than the willful embracing of the Unspeakable, the voice from whence the spirits of havoc and horror, deceitfulness and murder are begotten."--(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
"Reading this book brings astonishment and deep sadness because of what might have been. Readers will, I hope, be inspired to work for a return to the kind of leadership JFK offered."--Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
"Jim Douglass never ceases to surprise us, taking us where we do not expect or often wish to go. In this fascinating work he links politics and spirituality. In re-forming the past he reshapes the future, with hope, thank God."--Bill J. Leonard, Dean and Professor of Church History
Wake Forest University Divinity School
"By dramatizing JFK's remarkable conversion away from a U.S. foreign policy based on military threat and force, Douglass holds forth hope for current generations to similarly dismantle our addiction to war."--Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
James W. Douglass is a longtime peace activist and writer. He and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington, and Mary's House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include The Nonviolent Cross, The Nonviolent Coming of God, and Resistance and Contemplation.