My apologies for the limited blogging the past few weeks. The explanation is simply that last month I was tied up with the publisher edit or Surprise Attack and the last couple of weeks I’ve been working with the changes and corrections required by the just completed copy edit. For those who have not gone through the process with a publisher, it has several phases and if its a history book you take about six months to get it to the galley stage, the galley’s go to reviewers and then you have another four to five months to actually get the manuscript formatted, reviewed and published. All that happens after you feel you are done with it and don’t really want to read your writing any more….but that’s not the way it works.
I’ve had some email questions about my books and how they fit together and even what the reading order should be – so I’m going to use this post to address that and then get back to the historical commentary posts.
I’ve written three (some would say four) books related to the JFK assassination. The first was a docufiction, November Patriots, which is out of print now. I worked on the document phase of that book paying a great deal of attention to the Texas trip and the events that immediately preceded it including the aborted trip to Chicago. My friend Connie Kritzberg, a Dallas reporter in 1963, wrote the fiction portion. That was at a time before the internet became the resource it is now so the book had a large number of documents actually printed in it. Follow that, I began work on Someone Would Have Talked, which evolved through three issues, the most recent in 2010. SWHT what I would call a deep context book, giving extensive detail on various individuals and groups plus a very concrete presentation of what I think was the conspiracy scenario and a detailed analysis of the damage control and aborting of an open ended investigation which followed.
Someone Would Have Talked is very much a detailed, bottoms up study…working from the operators up into the conspiracy. But its a deep book, a long book and some readers are not prepared to wade through that amount of detail. My response was to write NEXUS, which is a historical study of how political assassination was conducted within the CIA (and most definitely not like you see in the movies or in the ongoing slew of “tell all” books) – how projects originated, who made the call, how the directive was passed and who was actually used in the assassinations/attempts. Based on that study I went on to write a scenario of how I actually think the Kennedy assassination was stimulated, incited and evolved, down to the tactical level. NEXUS is a tops down look, very much more focused than SWHT and I would recommend it as the starting point….if you read it and find it viable, then go to SWHT for context and details.
Having become intrigued by actual CIA operations and personnel, I went on to do Shadow Warfare with Stu Wexler. It is a long term historical study of covert and clandestine operations from 1940 to contemporary times. If you want to get a good idea of the evolution of covert operations and trace the careers of several of the individuals you encounter in SWHT and NEXUS, then Shadow Warfare would be the place to go.
In addition to the above my friend Stu Wexler and I took a look at two other major assassinations of the 60’s, RFK and MLK. The research on RFK is available on Mary Ferrell as a series of essays; unfortunately although we became convinced that we had that conspiracy fairly well defined, we could not get the confirmation needed to take it to a book level. In regard to Dr. King’s assassination, we felt more confident and published The Awful Grace of God which contains our research. That was followed up by a short eBook this spring, giving more information from ongoing documents research and interviews. Stu has actually carried on, and will be publishing a related book dealing with religious terrorism in the United States – that book will be out in August and is already getting good library reviews.
I decided to go another direction, and do a study of the same period of history that is in Shadow Warfare, focused instead on conventional and terror attacks over the period. That work, Surprise Attack, focuses on threat and warnings intelligence, preparedness measures, the concept of deterrence and perhaps most importantly on the issues of command and control and human factors related to both preempting and dealing with both conventional/nuclear/cyber threats and attacks. With the documents and studies available, it allowed me to make some relatively strong statements in those areas and I anticipate that it will be the most controversial thing I’ve written to date. As noted above, it is moving towards actual publication and availability in book stores and on Amazon in the September time frame.
So…that’s my history with books, what’s out there, what’s coming and where you might start reading if any of it strikes your fancy, Larry