Sunday, May 01, 2016

Author of JFK Book Was Most Shocked by Vietnam Revelations

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Patrick J. Sloyan is visiting Iowa’s Grinnell College today, to meet with and speak to students. No doubt one of the topics will be his 2015 book The Politics of Deception: JFK’s Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Civil Rights, and Cuba.

Sloyan listened to hundreds of hours of Kennedy audio recordings while researching the book. As he told Megan Tcheng, a writer with Grinnell’s student newspaper The Scarlet and Black, ahead of today’s visit, his view of Kennedy changed greatly as a result of what he discovered:
“As I got in to it, certain tape recordings leapt out at me. There was one conversation, [about the execution of a coup South Vietnam,] where JFK approved bribing a Vietnamese general. The general took the bribe, led the coup, assassinated the president of South Vietnam, destroyed the government stability in Saigon, destroyed the military in Saigon — and Kennedy was assassinated three weeks later. Lyndon Johnson went to his grave blaming Kennedy for that overthrow. That was the most startling thing I uncovered in my book.”

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