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The Road to Dallas

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674034723

Publication Date: 11/30/2009

Academic Trade

536 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

28 halftones, 2 maps

Belknap Press


A thorough recounting of facts interspersed with interpretations and opinions that carry the weight of someone who knows how to analyze history… Kaiser isn’t the first to suggest JFK was assassinated by a conspiracy of anti-Castro Cubans upset at Kennedy’s failure to eliminate Fidel Castro and a Mafia enraged by the obsession of JFK’s attorney general, his brother Robert Kennedy, to attack organized crime. But Kaiser may be the first to reach the depth of reporting the facts that support this theory… It would be hard to imagine anyone but Kennedy assassination scholars and historians not learning something new in Kaiser’s book. For fans of Oliver Stone’s movie JFK (1991) and JFK assassination junkies, the book is the latest—and perhaps best—view of the historic event.—Roman Modrowski, The Chicago Sun-Times

Historian David Kaiser’s meticulously researched new work, The Road to Dallas, about the shocking and clandestine maneuverings of our CIA and FBI under President John F. Kennedy, paints a disturbing portrait of what often goes undetected at the highest levels of government… Kaiser’s investigation seems to put to rest the long-held notion put forth by the Warren Report that Oswald acted alone and was simply a nutty gunman. He examines new evidence that lays out Oswald’s extensive entanglements with suspicious persons prior to the assassination… Kaiser’s fine book destroys any romantic view of world politics we might wish to cling to—and shows us a much darker reality.—Elaine Margolin, The Denver Post

We may yet one day discover a ‘smoking gun’ that makes all other theories fall away. Until then, Kaiser’s book may rise to be the most plausible explanation we are likely to read.—Richard Delevan, Irish Independent

In The Road to Dallas we see the rare vindication of the lunatic fringe, as Kaiser—who teaches history at the Naval War College—puts forth the first serious historical study to confirm what we’ve long suspected: that JFK’s killing was not the work of a lone madman. Comprehensive and well documented, The Road to Dallas connects the dots from the CIA to Carlos Marcello with convincing thoroughness. If you think you’ve had enough of grassy-knoll theories, this book will surprise you.—Leopold Froehlich, Playboy

A most interesting book on the JFK killing—much better than almost all the rest… It is 509 pages long, costs $35, and is well worth the time and money… [The] trove of official material has been sifted by some (not as many as one might expect) writers and historians in the intervening years, but by none exhibiting Kaiser‘s dogged approach, application of logic, clear writing style, understandable presentation and impressive analytical ability… This is a dynamite book—understandable, readable and as vivid as the best crime novels. Only this hit job happened. And it changed our world.—John Hanchette, Niagara Falls Reporter

Kaiser, a respected professional historian at the Naval War College, combed through mounds of previously classified documents to craft an interesting, well-written account of the days leading up to the assassination. Kaiser effectively places the events that transpired in Dallas within the context of contemporary politics. He masterfully tracks the administration’s vendetta against organized crime and the numerous Kennedy-era assassination plots against Fidel Castro. The author lucidly argues that the assassination, although carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald, was the culmination of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s crusade against the mob. While this conspiracy theory is not new, the supporting documentation and the captivating account laid out by an established historian makes for some fascinating reading.—J.B. Cook, Choice

In the seemingly neverending arms race between the lone-assassin and the conspiracy theorists, Kaiser adds a serious piece of scholarship to the arsenal of those who believe Americans have yet to learn the whole truth about the assassination of JFK.Kirkus Reviews

A scrupulously researched account, which may be one of the best books yet on the assassination… Kaiser posits that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman although he did not act alone: the murder plot was hatched by Mafia bosses Santo Trafficante, John Roselli, and Sam Giancana as revenge for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s relentless pursuit of the mob and for the vast sums of money they lost when Castro closed Cuba’s mob-controlled casinos. Other startling revelations are that Oswald might have been a CIA agent, even though he was promised a large sum of money by the mob to kill Kennedy, and that Jack Ruby killed Oswald on orders from the Mafia, to which Ruby was connected. This detailed, often chilling account stands out among the overwhelming number of assassination books.—Karl Helicher, Library Journal (starred review)

While plenty of authors have argued that the Mafia and anti-Castro Cubans were behind the assassination of President Kennedy, few have done so as convincingly as Naval War College history professor Kaiser… His attention to detail and use of recently released FBI and CIA files put this analysis ahead of many of its fellows… This is a deeply disturbing look at a national tragedy, and Kaiser’s sober tone and reasoned analysis may well convince some in the Oswald-was-a-lone-nut camp.Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Finally a historian, without preconceptions, has looked at the voluminous, once secret documents produced by the CIA, the FBI, and other government agencies in response to the JFK Assassination Records Act of 1992. Kaiser’s nuanced conclusions on Oswald’s guilt and the ominous issue of conspiracy will command respect from even those who disagree with them. Comprehensive, beautifully crafted, and well-reasoned. An essential addition to the JFK corpus.—G. Robert Blakey, Notre Dame Law School, former Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations

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