Back Channel: The Kennedy Years
This is the first book of a remarkable memoir of a Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy. Known familiarly as Bertie Mac, he reported directly to the President and his office was in the West Wing of the White House. Prior to achieving that position, he had been betrayed by his own government - the United States - and handed over to the Soviets. He was tortured in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow before being covertly rescued by two high ranking Soviet Generals (at great risk to themselves) who wanted to convey information directly to the White House to try to avert a nuclear confrontation they believed to be imminent. They believed that he would be a uniquely reliable conduit of information between the U.S. and the Soviet Union as he deeply mistrusted both governments and therefore had absolutely no motivation to "color" any information he might transmit. Bertie Mac coined the term "Back Channel" and served as a direct communication link between the White House and the Kremlin during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bertie Mac is a patriot, a soldier, a spy and an assassin. He served in all four roles during his time under President Kennedy - who became his friend and confidant. You will see the Soviet Union, the White House, Camelot, Vietnam and the conspirators behind the assassination of the President in a very new light and watch history as it was being made. Bertie Mac served under and reported to nine U.S. Presidents. This book is the first in the series. It is heavily documented with photocopies of documents which, though now declassified, originally bore the very highest of security classifications - Top Secret/ Sensitive/ Eyes Only. The documents are indisputably authentic and reveal the real facts that the American (and world) public never knew. Back Channel recounts the first stage of a totally fascinating journey.
I have always been fascinated by the Kennedy Administration. Of course, media has always portrayed certain things and left much out.
Now in this book, we get to see a lot more of went on behind the scenes. Some of the things that were just suspected and many of the things that there were not even any hints about.
I highly suggest reading this book to get a clearer glimpse of our country’s past and to see how much of it truly remains hidden from our views.
In the description of this book, they say that William Bertrand McFarland actually served under 9 presidents and that this book was just the first in the series. I can’t wait to read about the next 8 presidents to see what truly happened during their administrations.
Back Channel: The Kennedy Years (9781463556945): William Bertram MacFarland: Books
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