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Essential: Nexus, Larry Hancock
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"It is inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the Government has to comply with all the overt orders of the Government." - CIA CounterIntelligence head James Angleton, in testimony to the Church Committee.

Nexus: The CIA and Political Assassination by Larry Hancock

This illuminating follow up to the Author's Someone Would Have Talked, traces the origins and evolution of political assassinations, as pursued by the CIA over some three decades, from PB/SUCCESS of the 1950's in Guatemala, through the various Cuba Projects of the 1960's and the Chilean activities of the 1970's. Providing the reader with essential background and historical context to understand the "culture" within the CIA, Nexus offers a detailed examination of some of the individual Cold Warriors whose careers defined the shadow world which by November of 1963 found itself in ideological conflict with the policies of the President of the United States. Sifting through decades of research materials and applying meticulous scholarship, Hancock exposes the realities of the Central Intelligence Agency, by both introduction and exploration of America's most famous Intelligence agency with special attention and significant focus on Cuba policy and its real world connections to undeclared war, regime change, programs of destabilization, and political assassination.

In his previous work, Someone Would Have Talked (Third edition, 2010), Larry Hancock confronted the concerted action of those connected to President Kennedy's assassination, examining a number of  credible people who have talked. Real people, many of them involved in the secret war against Castro which was then turned towards an historical rendezvous with destiny on November 22, 1963. Someone Would Have Talked evaluates these leaks and confessions, showing the connections between the individuals involved and demonstrating the evolution of a conspiracy. Utilizing over 14,000 documents, White House diaries, telephone logs and executive tape recordings, Hancock detailed how the new President managed a cover-up which sought to deflect and prevent any honest and open investigation of President Kennedy's murder -- A second conspiracy designed to mislead the public about the true facts of this monumental crime. What Someone Would Have Talked  -- some 480 pages in its most recent (2010) edition -- does not do is to provide a full picture of the culture and conditions which produced an era where "Executive Action Capability" was developed and employed.


* A Creature of its Time
* A Culture of Deniability
* Fighting Fire With Fire
* The Ends Justifies the Means
* Extreme Dysfunction
* Mongoose Bites Everybody Except Fidel
* Passing The Word In Miami
* Roots of Conspiracy
* High Strangeness in Mexico City
* Moving The Conspiracy To Texas
* The Culture of the "Cadre"

Exploring the Byzantine passages and secret corridors of power during the Cold War through 19 exhaustively researched chapters, Nexus is an invaluable historical study of how political assassination evolved within the Central Intelligence Agency. How did it start? How was it conducted? How will you recognize it when you see it? Who gave the orders? And, perhaps most importantly, who were the people actually involved in operational activities relating to political assassinations during the 1950's and 1960's? Nexus: The CIA and Political Assassination by Larry Hancock answers these questions as it reveals the institutional culture of a CIA that considered any perceived weakness in the face of Communist expansion as being equivalent to treason; a culture in which an obsession with national security could and did override all other moral and legal constraints. Nexus addresses President Kennedy's assassination in relation to ideological conflicts with his Intelligence agencies during the extraordinary two years, ten months, and two days of his presidency.
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