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My Amazon review of Where Angels Tread Lightly:
"There is no darker story in our recent history than how the American struggle with Fidel Castro became entangled with the assassination of President Kennedy." Dr. John M. Newman
Buried within the records of America’s military and intelligence bureaucracies are the hidden histories of the Cold War. The Assassination of President Kennedy, Vol. 1: Where Angels Tread Lightly brings greater depth and more detail to our understanding of the roots of its subject than anything previously published. It is a story that begins with an examination of the conditions and opposing factions within Cuba which led to Castro's 26 of July movement and the Cuban Revolution. This first book in Dr. Newman's planned multi-volume series on President Kennedy's assassination offers a masterful introduction to the dynamic complexities of Cuban-American relations in the wake of Fidel Castro's emergence and ascendency to power. Understanding how the United States responded to Castro, and learning who were the figures of consequence as officers, assets and operatives within the fabric of America's officially authorized Cuban operations is the necessary context for uncovering a hidden path which ultimately led to the assassination of President Kennedy.
This work reads like a classic film screenplay. The characters are of such color and intrigue as to be compared with those found in the richest and most enthralling Spy Novels. Dr. Newman introduces CIA affiliated individuals and personalities, agents and double-agents who employed multiple identities engaged in multiple -- sometimes overlapping -- operations. We learn of deliberate deceptions perpetrated against both presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy by their intelligence executives. We encounter June Cobb and her extraordinary counterpart, Katherine Taafe, certainly among the most interesting figures ever to cross the historical stage. We find extraordinary details about the Cuban figures who defined the earliest opposition to the Batista regime, the Directorio Revolucianario and its evolution into the DRE with which Lee Harvey Oswald made news on the streets of New Orleans in the summer of 1963, and we explore the pseudonyms, cryptonyms and acronyms relevant to our understanding of the period 1959 - 1963, the most seismically volatile period of the Cold War which will be the primary focus of this work in subsequent volumes. And throughout each chapter we follow the intriguing paths of an infamous cast of players: Allen Dulles, David Phillips, William Harvey, David Morales, E. Howard Hunt, Tony Sforza, Frank Sturgis/Frank Fiorini, Rolando Cubela and many others whose identities and actions will be with us from the earliest days of the Cuban Revolution all the way through November 22, 1963 and beyond.
This is not JFK for Beginners. There will be revelations even for the most experienced JFK assassination researchers; new details which will inform and fascinate all who are interested in history, the Intelligence agencies, their sources and methods. The Assassination of President Kennedy Volume 1, Where Angels Tread Lightly is an exemplary step in a new era of 21st century JFK research. Dr. Newman is a former Army Intelligence officer, an expert in Far Eastern studies, a scholar of Christian Theology and comparative religions, an historian, educator and author whose research has led to revelations about America's hidden histories. Whether 4, 5, 6 or more volumes, he is doing his part to see this through, to expose and explain, and to take us further than we've ever been in a scholarly examination of what really happened to President Kennedy, who was responsible, and how they got away with it.
He deserves our gratitude and support.
"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." Thomas Jefferson
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." James Madison