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Brothers in Arms : The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder
Building on thirty years of research, Gus Russo rewrites a seminal moment in American history: the drama linking the Kennedy brothers and the Castro brothers. Here, in an irresistible narrative, are the discoveries that have spurred the CIA and the State Department to reopen their investigations into the Kennedy assassination.
Building on thirty years of intense research, Gus Russo rewrites the historical drama linking the Kennedy brothers and the Castro brothers. Through fresh reporting and interviews with long-silent Cuban and Soviet sources, Russo has gathered stunning new information. These sources include the KGB's encrypted "Oswald file" - a cache never before seen by anyone outside the KGB - exclusive interviews with Cuban agents and US-hired Castro assassin Rolando Cubela, and the only privately held copy of Jack Ruby's diary. His discoveries have already spurred the CIA and the State Department to reopen their investigations into the Kennedy assassination.
In a dramatic, character-driven narrative, Russo recounts the time before, during, and after the killing, centering his view on the two opposed sets of brothers - the Kennedys and the Castros - who collectively authored one of modern history's most tragic, and tragically ironic, chapters. Bobby Kennedy pushed for the murder of Fidel Castro and instead got the death of his beloved brother and, ultimately, his own death. Lee Harvey Oswald killed an admired president and traumatized a nation, but in so doing may have prevented a third world war.
Written in conjunction with screenwriter Stephen Molton, this is a vivid, almost cinematic narration of a singularly fascinating time. For neophytes, it is the most accessible and informed single volume on the assassination. For the many readers fascinated by this story, it will provide extraordinary new facts that will force a reconsideration of how and why the Kennedy murders came to pass.
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November 01, 2008
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