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If you ask me, Malcolm is probably the most important researcher on this case that there is.

There are people who I consider show horses.  Then there are those I consider work horses.

Malcolm gets very little publicity.  Therefore hardly anyone knows who he is.  But the importance of what he has unearthed in the JFK case is of the highest value.

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I'm good friends with Alan Dale, and he generously allowed me a peek at this endeavor. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, as much of what is discussed will be up in the clouds. But that's kinda the point. Imagine you're standing at a conference and you hear two guys yammering away in the corner. And that you gradually make your way over to that corner to find out what they're talking about. And that you find you can only understand half of what they're saying, but find it interesting as heck anyway. That's kinda what this is like. It elevates the case and humanizes it at the same time...

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Here's a treasure chest of blurbs...

 

Malcolm Blunt’s encyclopedic knowledge of the inner workings of the CIA during the era of the Cold War is unrivaled. He is the Rosetta Stone for coded intelligence agency cables. Alan Dale’s discussions with Blunt offer an astonishing range of depth and details essential to anyone with an interest in understanding President Kennedy's murder and the hidden machinations of U.S. spy bureaucracies. 
 
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president, Waterkeeper Alliance; author of American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family
 
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Malcolm Blunt's brilliant work in the deep caves of the National Archives has opened up new perspectives on the Kennedy case for other researchers. Alan Dale's deft questioning of him in this book will help others to emulate his achievements.
 
Peter Dale Scott, author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, Dallas ’63, and The American Deep State
 
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Malcolm Blunt, an English psychiatric support manager turned forensic analyst, taught me a crucial art: how to understand the flow of information inside the CIA. I thought I understood something of the subject, but Blunt took me to a new level of insight. Alan Dale's fascinating interviews evoke Blunt's ingenious methodology and his wry humor. For anyone who wants to gain a granular understanding of the CIA's paper flow in the 1950s and 1960s, Dale's aptly-named volume, The Devil is in the Details, is essential. 
 
Jefferson Morley, author of Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years; Snowstorm in August, and The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
 
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Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall listening-in on a conversation between two incredibly intelligent, informed and knowledgeable people as they discuss the CIA, the national security state during the Cold War, how the National Archives, maintains and hides records and documents, how the government hides and keeps its secrets, and the Kennedy assassination? Here’s your chance. Don't miss it.
 
Dan Hardway, Attorney; Former staff investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations
 
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The most penetrating, influential interviews present not as interrogations, but as dialogues between a deeply informed questioner and a topically masterful subject. Success may be measured in direct proportion to the trust and respect that develop to bridge the gap, so to speak – qualities delivered in abundance by Alan Dale and Malcolm Blunt throughout these historic exchanges. The comparison is inevitable and irresistible: it is as if George Smiley has materialized in twin form, intelligence gatherer and analyst at the top of their games. The light they shed on the JFK assassination and associated operations is unlike any illumination you have yet to experience. 
Charles R. Drago, co-founder of the original JFK Truth and Amnesty Commission (1997), author of the Introduction to George Michael Evica’s “A Certain Arrogance” (2011) and Afterword to H.P. Albarelli, Jr.’s “Coup in Dallas” (2020)
 
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The devil is in the details -- also the light of truth. For nearly three decades, Malcolm Blunt has been digging through stacks of U.S. government documents and illuminating their meaning. It took an English citizen, working in his spare time and sidetracking his holidays, to burrow deeply into the hidden and hiding-in-plain-sight facts of the John F. Kennedy assassination -- the most earth-shaking American crime of the 20th Century. Countless Kennedy scholars, authors and independent researchers have come to depend on Blunt for eye-popping discoveries that previously eluded them. I count myself among this crowd. An envelope from England stuffed with photocopies from the always generous and highly credible Blunt would make my day as I was researching my books.
 
David Talbot, author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
 
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Alan Dale describes how Malcolm fully immersed himself in the dark waters surrounding the JFK case. He emerges fully radiant and filled with light. We need two, three, many Malcolms!
 
Bill Simpich, author of The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend, and State Secret: Wiretapping in Mexico City, Double-Agents and the Framing of Lee Oswald, https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret.html....
 
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Malcolm Blunt is the best there is! 
I have studied the JFK assassination since the 1960’s and have had the opportunity to get to know several high-quality researchers. Many of them were specialists in one particular aspect of the assassination. Malcolm has an outstanding knowledge that extends to all aspects of this 
complicated historic event. I first had the pleasure of meeting Malcolm in November 1998 as I was about to go onstage for my presentation at the JFK symposium in Dallas. About 6 months later I saw him again in the lobby of the National Archives building in College Park, Maryland. From that point on we became the best of friends and inseparable as we spent hundreds of hours studying documents, every possible moment that the archives were open. Additionally, we shared accommodations and spent a great amount of time talking about the treasured discoveries we found in the documents. Malcolm is not only a remarkable researcher; he is also a very generous and loving man who has treated my family and I as part of his own. I cannot even begin to express my thanks to this extraordinary man for mentoring me for all these years, as I have learned so much from Malcolm. 
 
With Love, 
 
Bill Drenas, Historian, Researcher and Consultant
 
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It is the mission of the Assassination Archives and Research Center to obtain, preserve and disseminate information on political assassinations. The founding fathers of this country understood that in order to be their own governors a people must “arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” British researcher Malcolm Blunt’s knowledge of the internal operations of Cold War intelligence agencies is peerless. To put the matter Bluntly, this collection of conversations with Alan Dale is a fascinating and groundbreaking penetration of the secrecy which warps the roles of all major players on the global stage. 
 
James (Jim) H. Lesar, president, Assassination Archives and Research Center,
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The name “Malcolm Blunt” is synonymous with phrases such as “trusted source” and “detailed insight” in relation to JFK records. That became apparent to me long before I knew anything else about him. It is not mere hyperbole. His abilities in these areas were always going to bring him into the sunlight as the most well-known private source of documents and interpretations of same, outside of the Mary Ferrell Foundation. No mean feat for a lone and modest individual without even a website to call home! With much gratitude, I recommend these interviews to all who care…
 
Greg R. Parker, author of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cold War, founder of the ReOpenKennedyCase (ROKC) Forum and curator of JFK essays at the Natural Causes website, https://gregrparker.com/
 
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When one studies the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one quickly realizes that there were really two assassinations. One was the assassination of the man. And the other was the assassination of the truth. With The Devil is in the Details, Alan Dale presents a series of conversations with perhaps the utmost expert on this second assassination, Malcolm Blunt. Rich in detail, these conversations with Blunt unveil an aspect to the Kennedy assassination unseen but to a select few. But they're not without their humor. In reading these interviews, in fact, one can't help feeling like a fly on the wall eavesdropping on the most interesting conversation at a D.C. hotel. We should feel fortunate then that Dale had the good sense to record these conversations, and publish their transcripts, so we could read them and learn from them, and read them again. Bravo, Alan!
 
Pat Speer, Researcher, author and producer of The Mysterious Death of Number 35, http://www.patspeer.com
 
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Since 1945 the United States has covertly developed, quietly sustained, and lavishly funded a parallel secret government controlled and directed by law enforcement agencies and several federal intelligence organizations, chiefly the Central Intelligence Agency. A propaganda system of nonpareil power mask their diabolical work. In ferreting out their massive, tangled, and hidden records while besting their foot soldiers in the bureaucracy Malcom Blunt is without peer, his work legendary. Alan Dale has done scholars and the nation an important service with his fine, clear, and helpful account. 
 
David R. Wrone, Emeritus professor of history, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, author of JFK Bibliography and The Zapruder Film
 
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In a world full of paradoxes, it takes a Brit to really understand America’s historic archives – and our deep political history. And few have mastered those as well as Malcolm Blunt, a true scholar and gentleman. 
 
Russ Baker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy.org, author of the New York Times bestseller Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years
 
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America does not know that over 2 million pages of documents were declassified 22 years ago on the JFK assassination. Those pages redefined the scope and the nature of President Kennedy's murder. Malcolm Blunt is one of the few who has read and collected many of those documents. Not many people know who he is, but for those who do know, he is a hidden hero in the Kennedy case.
 
James DiEugenio, author, Destiny Betrayed, 
 
 
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Allow me to paraphrase from the acknowledgements in The Road to Dallas (p. 494):
"Malcolm Blunt has tried to familiarize himself with every JFK document in the archives in College Park. I was fortunate to sit next to him during several of my trips there and found his tips to be invariably accurate and useful."
 
David Kaiser, author of The Road to Dallas
 
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One of the best things that happened to me as a JFK researcher was meeting and befriending Malcolm Blunt. I got to know Malcolm in the early 1990s. Malcolm and I were there from the earliest days of the newly formed Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) which had the power to acquire and declassify JFK assassination records. No one had spent more time following the ARRB than I and no one has spent more time in Archives II acquiring and reading the documents than Malcolm. Almost everything I would want to do as a JFK researcher Malcolm has already done. 
 
Joe Backes, Independent researcher
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YIKES! Bad (detailed) one-star review posted by someone on Amazon today with the initials LBP. It doesn't come across as the typical lone-nut "person" who didn't even buy it or read it, which is why I am troubled by it. I really like the author(s).

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2 hours ago, Vince Palamara said:

YIKES! Bad (detailed) one-star review posted by someone on Amazon today with the initials LBP. It doesn't come across as the typical lone-nut "person" who didn't even buy it or read it, which is why I am troubled by it. I really like the author(s).

Might this be Lance Payette?

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