For those interested, I will be spending an hour or more this evening with Brent Holland on his Nightfright show this evening.  You can listen in live:

Or stream it later from the Night Fright web site.  We will be focusing on Surprise Attack and spending time on both 9/11 and Benghazi.  It ought to be interesting, Brent tells me that he has recently interviewed an officer who was in the White House bunker on 9/11 and describes it as Cheney and Rice’s best hour.  My view is a good bit different so that dialog should be educational for both of us.  We will also be comparing command and control and the overall national security response on 9/11 to that following JFK’s assassination in 1963.  I presented on that at the November in Dallas JFK Lancer conference last month, bench-marking events on Air Force One and at the Pentagon in 1963 not only to 9/11 but to the shooting of President Reagan.   That was well received and most present were surprised since normally the events of November 22, 1963 are discussed in isolation, without relating them to other similar crises.

The good news on Surprise Attack is that within two months of publication its now in over 300 libraries including almost all major US Universities and a number of overseas locations.  Its also making its way into military and intelligence institutes and even to the FBI’s academic library.  Getting Shadow Warfare and Surprise Attack into libraries is a major goal for me, Shadow Warfare topped out at around 400, hopefully Surprise Attack will follow. The down side is that retail sales and most especially online sales have fallen below hopes, that never pleases authors or publishers. We are not sure why, the topic would seem to be extremely relevant and contemporary, both in regards to events like Benghazi, the interdiction of lone wolf terror attacks and the emergence of what is coming close to a renewed Cold War – in that regard things are playing out far to close to what I predicted in the last chapter to suit me, I would have preferred to be wrong on that.

The book has gotten overwhelmingly good reviews, but the media traction and name recognition is just not there to boost the sales – not uncommon for history books unless you are a news or entertainment figure putting out history titles…just the way of the world.  In any event, listen in to Brent and I if you have a chance and feel free to raise your own questions here.  I plan to follow up with some remarks from the NID conference shortly, before Christmas if at all possible, so stay tuned for that as well.


About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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  1. Marv Kramer says:

    You need to follow up on the contact Jack Ruby made with Gordon McLendon just prior to his assassinating Lee Harvey Oswald. I was General Counsel of the McLendon Corporation. I’m very aware of McLendon’s modus operandi.

    McLendon was the founder of the CIA Alumni Association. He was responsible for the “Wanted Poster” in The Dallas Morning News the day JFK was assassinated. McLendon was let off the hook on that one. A similar “Wanted Poster” had been directed at our Ambassador to the U.N. a few months before. The first one involved “race” the second one involved “foreign affairs.” Oswald would have been exposed and probably influenced by both, at least from a “telepathy” perspective.

    McLendon was a beneficiary of Ruby’s action. A trial of Lee Harvey Oswald would have involved those “Wanted Posters.” McLendon was a major player in the deep political background of the U.S. until he killed himself in the late ’80’s.

    I might ad: “Surprise Attack” is a very important book.

    • Marv, thanks for the kind words on Surprise Attack, that’s much appreciated. As to McClendon, I think one of the most interesting things is that he was a good friend of David Phillips ….close enough that following Phillip’s retirement, he and McClendon proposed a TV series on the CIA, similar to the very popular FBI series. It did not get traction but showed how close the two men were. McClendon is also a fine example of Phillips own personal media network, mostly with eastern journalists and news sources but ranging much further afield than that. Much is made of Mockingbird but it appears that Phillips built his own proprietary outlets, allowing to provide some very unique publicity. For example, the Alpha 66 press conference in NYC was apparently put together by Phillips/Bishop…even though at the time the CIA was very much opposed to what Alpha 66 was doing. Just shows that Phillips had the clout to run some seriously independent operations. McClendon was a real maverick in his field, his history is fascinating…no wonder Ruby saw him as an opportunity. I’m particularly intrigued by the fact that McClendon produced two of my favorite 1959’s B class monster movies….in 1959 he co-produced two of them, both filmed in Texas – The Killer Shrews and The Giant Gila Monster (I preferred the Gila Monster).

      • Marv Kramer says:

        But in acknowledging that racism is still deeply embedded in the United States as a “part of our DNA,” Mr. Obama turned to a racially charged word. ”

        He’s talking about the DNA of our socio/political culture. It lies at the deepest level of our culture. It effects how we interrelate with our fellow man and woman. It’s been altered by human hands.

        To understand what is happening to us, I would suggest purchasing a copy of the DVD: “The Killer Shrews” or at least googling it on Wikipedia. The research assistant who mistakenly altered the DNA in the movie, Gordon McLendon, is the same person who has altered the DNA in our socio/political culture here in the U.S..

        I’ve mentioned McLendon several times in the past few months. I was his corporate General Counsel. The movie was made at Cielo Studios in he middle of Lake Dallas. McLendon owned Cielo Studios. McLendon was the founder of the CIA alumni Club as well as the first person Jack Ruby asked for after assassinating Lee Harvey Oswald.

        The movie was made in 1959. McLendon’s actions in the movie are a projection of what he would carry out 10 years later: altering the DNA of our socio/political culture. He had the political clout to do it.

        McLendon killed himself in the late 80’s. He wasn’t sane. His legacy is the political insanity we are all now witnessing.

        Larry, this is a partial post of mine from on December 29, 2015. As you can tell “The Killer Shrews” is my favorite.

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