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Has anyone read this book?

Xlibris Book on the 1963 JFK Assassination Named Finalist in USABooksNews Awards

In the Shadow of the Sphinx: A New Look at the Bay of Pigs and JFK Assassination,
Xlibris’ most recent publication, is currently attracting media attention for bagging the only award in the General History Category on the recently-concluded USABookNews.com National Best Books 2007 Awards.

Dr. Frank R. Durr’s text provides the readers with a new look on the fatal bullet that killed President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The event came as much of a shock to the world as Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Durr recreates JFK’s assassination, that dark day’s somber mood and its aftermath.

In the Shadow of the Sphinx is a thought-provoking read and is available at Xlibris.com. (link at bottom)

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This book is the result of over 30 years of research. It is divided into two parts; Part I analysis the Bay of Pigs fiasco as a factor in the President’s mounting disfavor among certain elements of the intelligence community. Also, for the first time, it explores his mind and his decision-making process. Result: A political decision to scuttle the operation. Part II explores the assassination conspiracy and is based on information known only to the author, a retired US Army counterintelligence agent. Part II concludes by offering the reader a “person of interest."

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Has anyone read this book?

Xlibris Book on the 1963 JFK Assassination Named Finalist in USABooksNews Awards

In the Shadow of the Sphinx: A New Look at the Bay of Pigs and JFK Assassination,
Xlibris’ most recent publication, is currently attracting media attention for bagging the only award in the General History Category on the recently-concluded USABookNews.com National Best Books 2007 Awards.

Dr. Frank R. Durr’s text provides the readers with a new look on the fatal bullet that killed President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The event came as much of a shock to the world as Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Durr recreates JFK’s assassination, that dark day’s somber mood and its aftermath.

In the Shadow of the Sphinx is a thought-provoking read and is available at Xlibris.com. (link at bottom)

Description

This book is the result of over 30 years of research. It is divided into two parts; Part I analysis the Bay of Pigs fiasco as a factor in the President’s mounting disfavor among certain elements of the intelligence community. Also, for the first time, it explores his mind and his decision-making process. Result: A political decision to scuttle the operation. Part II explores the assassination conspiracy and is based on information known only to the author, a retired US Army counterintelligence agent. Part II concludes by offering the reader a “person of interest."

Hi, Michael

Is it possible you could mention the name of " a person of interest" here or by e-mail?

Thanks, H. Dean.

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Hi, Michael

Is it possible you could mention the name of " a person of interest" here or by e-mail?

Thanks, H. Dean.

Hi Harry,

I have not read the book yet. (Just ordered it) I'll be traveling until just after the New Year. For sure, I'll let you know then, unless someone else here answers you first.

Hope you have a good Christmas.

Mike

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Hi, Michael

Is it possible you could mention the name of " a person of interest" here or by e-mail?

Thanks, H. Dean.

Harry,

Frank Durr names Edward G Lansdale as his "person of interest." Durr speculates that the

assassins were Filipino mercenaries with ties to Lansdale.

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Hi, Michael

Is it possible you could mention the name of " a person of interest" here or by e-mail?

Thanks, H. Dean.

Harry,

Frank Durr names Edward G Lansdale as his "person of interest." Durr speculates that the

assassins were Filipino mercenaries with ties to Lansdale.

Michael,

Most interesting. I've just ordered the book.

Napoleon Valeriano long has been a person of interest hereabouts.

Charles

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Michael,

Most interesting. I've just ordered the book....

Hi Charles. In The Shadow Of The Sphinx seems to be self-published and marked with many typographical errors.

Although the author reproduces many documents, ultimately his conclusions are highly speculative to say the least.

Nevertheless I found it to be a moderately interesting read.

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Hi, Michael

Is it possible you could mention the name of " a person of interest" here or by e-mail?

Thanks, H. Dean.

Harry,

Frank Durr names Edward G Lansdale as his "person of interest." Durr speculates that the

assassins were Filipino mercenaries with ties to Lansdale.

Hi Michael

Thank you for the info, much appreciated.

H. Dean

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Hi, Michael

Is it possible you could mention the name of " a person of interest" here or by e-mail?

Thanks, H. Dean.

Harry,

Frank Durr names Edward G Lansdale as his "person of interest." Durr speculates that the

assassins were Filipino mercenaries with ties to Lansdale.

"Edward Lansdale ( http://www.vietnamwar.net/Lansdale.htm )

Edward Lansdale was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 6, 1908. During the Second World War, Lansdale was a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)...

After the war, Lansdale was promoted to the rank of major and transferred to the > Philippines < (not Filipino -ed). Appointed Chief of the Intelligence Division, his main task was to rebuild the country's security services.

On his return to the United States in 1948, Lansdale became a lecturer at the Strategic Intelligence School in Colorado. However, in 1950, Elpidio Quirino, the president of the Philippines, requested Lansdale's help in his fight against the communist insurrection taking place in his country.

In 1953, Lansdale was sent to Vietnam to advise the French in their struggle with the Vietminh. The following year, Lansdale and a team of twelve intelligence agents were sent to Saigon. The plan was to mount a propaganda campaign to persuade the Vietnamese people in the south not to vote for the communists in the forthcoming elections.

In the months that followed, they distributed targeted documents that claimed the Vietminh and Chinese communists had entered South Vietnam and were killing innocent civilians. The Ho Chi Minh government was also accused of slaying thousands of political opponents in North Vietnam.

Colonel Lansdale also recruited mercenaries from the Philippines to carry out acts of sabotage in North Vietnam. This was unsuccessful and most of the mercenaries were arrested and put on trial in Hanoi. Finally, Lansdale set about training the South Vietnamese army (ARVN) in modem fighting methods. For it was coming clear that it was only a matter of time before the communists would resort to open warfare.

In October, 1955, the South Vietnamese people were asked to choose between Bo Dai, the former Emperor of Vietnam, and Ngo Dinh Diem for the leadership of the country. Lansdale suggested that Diem should provide two ballot papers, red for Diem and green for Bao Dai. Lansdale hoped that the Vietnamese belief that red signified good luck while green indicated bad fortune would help influence the result.

When the voters arrived at the polling stations, they found Diem's supporters in attendance. One voter complained afterwards: "They told us to put the red ballot into envelopes and to throw the green ones into the wastebasket. A few people, faithful to Bao Dai, disobeyed. As soon as they left, the agents went after them, and roughed them up... They beat one of my relatives to pulp."

After the election, Ngo Dinh Diem informed his American advisers that he had achieved 98.2 per cent of the vote. Lansdale warned him that these figures would not be believed and suggested that he published a figure of around 70 per cent. Diem refused and as the Americans predicted, the election undermined his authority.

Another task of Lansdale and his team was to promote the success of the rule of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Figures were produced that indicated that South Vietnam was undergoing an economic miracle. With the employment of $250 millions of aid per year from the United States and the clever manipulating of statistics, it was reported that economic production had increased dramatically.

Lansdale left Vietnam in 1957 and went to work for the Secretary of Defense in Washington. Posts held included: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Operations (1957-59), Staff Member of the President's Committee on Military Assistance (1959-61) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations (1961-63)."

IOW he was likely a significant participant in the pre OP PHOENIX Vietnam Ops, which amounted to nothing less than death squads.

(image: Philippino Falange (Franco flavoured fascists)

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An interesting and well-referenced article on Lansdale:

http://www.statecraft.org/chapter8.html

At least one Forum member also considers Lansdale as a "person of interest."

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.ph...amp;hl=lansdale

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.ph...amp;hl=lansdale

I recall that Prouty believed Lansdale was in Dallas 11/22/63.

Dawn

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An interesting and well-referenced article on Lansdale:

http://www.statecraft.org/chapter8.html

At least one Forum member also considers Lansdale as a "person of interest."

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.ph...amp;hl=lansdale

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.ph...amp;hl=lansdale

I recall that Prouty believed Lansdale was in Dallas 11/22/63.

Dawn

Indeed Dawn. Peter Lemkin posted several good links, including Prouty's 1990 letter to Garrison about Lansdale and others.

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.ph...st&p=131903

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