Bryce Zabel -- co-author of A.D. After Disclosure and author of Surrounded by Enemies -- will be on Coast-to-Coast AM on Sunday night September 27 (into Monday morning September 28) with George Knapp. Bryce and George will be talking about Bryce's controversial new book:
Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?
“Surrounded by Enemies” provides a controversial answer because of what it's not. It’s not a look through rose-colored glasses about all the great things JFK might have done if he'd gotten that second term, nor is it a time-travel adventure about rifts in the space-time continuum. Bryce Zabel has written a political and pragmatic tale, grounded in a basic truth. Namely, that if an assassin or assassins had shot and missed on November 22nd, then President Kennedy would have woken up in the White House on November 23rd, knowing that the day before somebody had tried to execute him in broad daylight on a public street before a global television audience.
Life would not have pinged back to normal -- not for the Kennedy administration, and certainly not for the forces that tried to murder him. There would still have been investigations into the shooting but they would hardly have been colored by respect and grieving for a martyred President as they were in our timeline. Instead, the questions would have been asked during a national presidential election. John Kennedy would have found himself in a political fight for survival, even after the actual physical threat of Dallas had passed.
Indeed, Zabel argues that President Kennedy and his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy might very well have found themselves playing the roles of the nation’s first conspiracy theorists. They would have known far better than most just how many people might have wished JFK could be eliminated.
This riveting, journalistic novel is presented as a commemorative 50th anniversary retrospective assembled by contemporaneous journalists on the staff of a fictitious newsmagazine, Top Story. Its narrative incorporates professionally designed faux-magazine covers (right) depicting JFK with luminaries he actually meets in the alternate-history's parallel universe, including the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. The iconic cast of 1960s characters also features Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong, Cassius Clay, Marilyn Monroe, F. Lee Bailey, Lenny Bruce and, of course, Lee Harvey Oswald.
The video supporting the book has to be seen to be believed. Here it is: a video that is a news talk show straight from the alternative universe where John Kennedy survived, on their 50th anniversary, talking about his legacy.