Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder

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9781596915329: Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder

A groundbreaking new reporting of the historical drama linking the Kennedys and the Castros that sheds new light on the JFK assassination.

Using breakthrough reporting and interviews with long-silent sources, Russo and coauthor Stephen Molton have crafted a dramatic retelling of the time before, during, and after the Kennedy killing. The book centers on the two opposed sets of brothers―the Kennedys and the Castros―who collectively authored one of modern history's most dangerous, and tragically ironic, chapters. Bobby Kennedy pushed for the murder of Fidel Castro and instead got the death of his beloved brother, a psychic blow from which he himself never recovered. Lee Harvey Oswald killed an admired president and traumatized a nation, but in so doing may have prevented a third world war.

Built on thirty years of intense research―including discoveries so significant that they have rekindled CIA and State Department interest in the Kennedy assassination―Brothers in Arms is a vivid, character-driven, 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 provides extraordinary new facts that will force a reconsideration of how and why the Kennedy murder came to pass.

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About the Author:

Gus Russo is the author of Supermob, The Outfit, and Live by the Sword, the last two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has worked an investigative reporter for PBS's Frontline, ABC News Special Reports, and Dan Rather's CBS Reports, and as a consultant for programs such as 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Eye to Eye with Connie Chung. He lives in Baltimore.

Stephen Molton is the author of the novel Brave Talk. Molton adapted Russo's book, Live By the Sword as a four-hour miniseries for Showtime, and has also written films for such companies as New Line Cinema and Paramount Television. He lives in New York City and Pioneertown, California.

From AudioFile:

This well-written investigative discourse promises the final answers to the controversy of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The biographical format jumps among three parties--the Kennedys, the Castros, and Lee Harvey Oswald--all alleged by the authors to be connected to the murder plot. Weaving such a Cold War web of intrigue amid so many cultures poses a supreme challenge for narrator Paul Boehmer. Without effort or error, he slips through Russian, German, and the Boston accent of John Kennedy himself. However, Boehmer's Spanish sometimes has weaknesses, and he never attempts the English of a Spanish speaker. Boehmer's soft voice, impeccable diction, and easy pace allow him to slip into the background, letting the strength of the prose and the complexity of the relationships described be the focus for listeners. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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