THE YANKEE AND COWBOY WAR: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate by Carl Oglesby
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THE YANKEE AND COWBOY WAR: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate

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Intricate assassinology in a broad, stimulating context by a former president of SDS, Boston Phoenix writer, and conspiracy investigator. Oglesby reviews the Kennedy assassination in Dallas and the Watergate caper, concluding that the latter was a successful attempt by the Eastern Establishment ""Yankees"" to pull a coup d'etat against Nixon and his ""Cowboy"" backers including Howard Hughes, while the former was ""a rightist conspiracy formed out of anti-Castro Cuban exiles, the Syndicate, and a Cowboy oligarchy, supported by renegade CIA and FBI agents."" These claims are elaborated with detailed investigation, while the ""Yankee-Cowboy"" duality remains vague and schematic, and Oglesby minimizes the extent to which the supposed ""Cowboy administrations"" of Johnson and Nixon were influenced by ""Yankee"" policymakers. The book attributes the conspiratorial potential in US politics to a long-term penetration of the government by members of the Anglo-American Round Table financiers' group, to Nazi agent Gehlen's incorporation into the postwar US intelligence network, and to Mafia infiltration of political life. Writing with disarming moderation, Oglesby throws in a number of odd factual claims--Joseph Kennedy is known for opposing US aid to WW II Britain, not advocating it--but his presentation of domestic plots against presidents and the presidency deserves attention.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1976
Publisher: Sheed, Andrews & McMeel