Monday, 11 April 2022 03:55

CNN’s Apologia for LBJ, Part Two

Written by James DiEugenio

Jim DiEugenio completes his review of this disappointing and less-than-candid four-part series about Johnson and his presidency, LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy, by reviewing the details of Johnson’s entrance into Vietnam and his escalation of the war that ultimately led to the fragmentation of the Democratic Party and a descent into militarism from which the nation has yet to recover.

Sunday, 03 April 2022 22:41

CNN’s Apologia for LBJ, Part One

Written by James DiEugenio

Many historians tend to give President Lyndon B. Johnson credit for policies that President John F. Kennedy actually originated and then assign blame to JFK for policies that LBJ actually originated. Jim DiEugenio sets the record straight in part 1 of his series on CNN’s Joseph Califano-inspired mini-series LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy.

Saturday, 05 March 2022 19:53

The Overthrow Attempt of 1934

Written by Ron Canazzi

Ron Canazzi, a new contributor to KennedysAndKing, reviews Jonathan M. Katz’ new book Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire with a particular view toward the overlap of Smedley Butler’s military deployments with the business exploits of Sullivan Cromwell and Brown Brothers Harriman and toward the parallels with the assassinations of the 1960s and the insurrection of January 6th, 2021.

Monday, 11 October 2021 17:07

The One and Only Dick Gregory

Written by James DiEugenio

Jim DiEugenio evaluates the new Showtime documentary, The One and Only Dick Gregory, and provides missing insight into Gregory’s work with Martin Luther King, Jr. and his expanding agenda toward opposition to the Vietnam War and focus on the common class struggle that culminated in the Poor People’s March.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:00

Collateral Damage: Mark Shaw’s Public Atrocity, Part 2

Written by Donald McGovern

Donald McGovern continues his review of Mark Shaw’s Collateral Damage by examining Shaw’s odd photographic evidence and the many wrong depictions contained in the book, by analyzing Shaw’s contrived murder scenario using a bulb syringe as the weapon, and by summarizing Shaw’s scholarship and thesis, concluding that he not only engaged in rumor, opinion, gossip, and innuendo, but in the worst form of gross speculation and evidence creation.

Sunday, 22 August 2021 22:00

Collateral Damage: Mark Shaw’s Public Atrocity, Part 1

Written by Donald McGovern

Donald McGovern reviews Mark Shaw’s recent book Collateral Damage, largely about the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Kilgallen, and discovers that the author recklessly engaged in twisting the facts to suit his theories through the use of a fabricated friendship, peculiar and unreliable resources, discredited witnesses, and more in Part 1 of a two-part analysis.

Saturday, 10 July 2021 18:00

Deep Fake Politics: Empire and the Criminalization of the State

Written by Aaron Good

Saving his best for last, Aaron Good finishes his review of Adam Curtis’ Can’t Get You Out of My Head with Part 3, dissecting the methods Curtis uses to muddle the truth and revealing his tendency to dissemble when dealing with very crucial aspects of state criminality, the dual state, geopolitics, Western imperialism, and the West’s adversaries.

Part 1  Part 2

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 00:00

Deep Fake Politics: The Prankster, the Prosecutor, and the Para-political

Written by Aaron Good

Aaron Good continues his review of Adam Curtis’ Can’t Get You Out of My Head with Part 2, which explores how Curtis relies heavily on Kerry Thornley in developing his bizarre take on “conspiracy theories” and then omits, distorts, and cherry picks facts to present his interminable exploration of our current dystopia.

Saturday, 01 May 2021 19:00

Why the Vietnam War? by Michael Swanson

Written by James DiEugenio

With an eye toward the Indochina machinations inherited by President John F. Kennedy, Jim DiEugenio reviews the new book Why the Vietnam War? by Michael Swanson, who foreshadows the fact that Kennedy was trapped by his own advisors and how his removal would lead to an epic tragedy.

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 00:40

Deep Fake Politics: Getting Adam Curtis Out of Your Head

Written by Aaron Good

Aaron Good shares Part 1 of his review of Adam Curtis’ Can’t Get You Out of My Head, which examines the problems with Curtis’ view of postwar US hegemony and his obscurantist tendencies regarding US monetary policy and international finance.

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