The Echo From Dealey Plaza

The True Story of the First African American on the White House Secret Service Detail and His Quest for Justice After the Assassination of JFK

Bolden, Abraham

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Echo From Dealey Plaza
From the first African American assigned to the presidential Secret Service detail comes a gripping and unforgettable true story of bravery and patriotism in the face of bitter hatred and unthinkable corruption. Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true--and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president's vision for a new America. But the dream quickly turned sour when Bolden found himself regularly subjected to open hostility and blatant racism. He was taunted, mocked, and disparaged but remained strong, and he did not allow himself to become discouraged. More of a concern was the White House team's irresponsible approach to security. While on his tour of presidential duty, Bolden witnessed firsthand the White House agents' long-rumored lax approach to their job. Drinking on duty, abandoning key posts--this was not a team that appeared to take their responsibility to protect the life of the president particularly seriously. Both prior to and following JFK's assassination, Bolden sought to expose and address the inappropriate behavior and negligence of these agents, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment on a trumped-up bribery charge. A gripping memoir substantiated by recently declassified government documents, The Echo from Dealey Plaza is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice, as well as a shocking new perspective on the circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved president.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 030738201X
Branch Call Number: 363.2 B687e 2008
Characteristics: 306 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden was proud when President Kennedy asked him to work at the White House. But once he is there he encounters racism, drinking and other bad behavior from other agents. Here he gives us a view into his world and into an often romanticized part of history.

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Nov 17, 2014
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Riveting. I couldn't put this book down. It's amazing the extent that the JFK "conspiracy" would stretch into the life of this man. Abraham Bolden was a very brave man for his honest and forthright opinion. I wish I could shake his hand. If I were an American, I would also apologize to him.

Oct 14, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Bolden, who sadly attempted to contact the Warren Commission with vital information (first Black-American member of a presidential US Secret Service detail, appointed by President Kennedy to the post) pertaining to the Kennedy murder. Unfortunately, he was railroaded into prison which successfully removed him from the picture! A book of utmost importance, especially given the last three years leading up to the 50th year date of the JFK assassination, the Corporate Media has been awash with Wall Street-financed propaganda staunchly suggesting that the alleged murderer (never proven, remember, as Lee Oswald was in police custody at the time of his own murder) was Mr. Oswald, a true travesty of American history and misinformation!

May 20, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A truly must-read book for anyone wishing to understand real American modern history.

Very much worth reading.

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