(Hardback). 224 Pages / Published: 30/03/2023 Frontline Books
Praise for Mel Ayton's JFK and RFK Articles
‘Mel Ayton’s research on this difficult question: “Who was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?” is excellent.’ – Colonel Manuel Chavez, Former US Air Force Intelligence Officer assigned to the CIA’s office in Miami from 1960–4
‘Mel Ayton has a well-deserved reputation for doing the near-impossible: writing about controversial history (including conspiracy theories) in a sober but imaginative way, combining reliable accounts with intellectually stimulating arguments. I highly recommend his work’ – Rick Shenkman, publisher, History News Network
‘[Mel Ayton] is doing a fabulous job of setting history right’ – David Aaronovitch, columnist for The Times and author of Voodoo Histories – The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
‘Mel Ayton [is] one of the few analysts who has fully grasped the crime’s Middle East connection. . . . Far from being a “maniacally absurd” crime, as Newsweek concluded, the Robert Kennedy assassination was in fact an eminently political act. It was the first “blowback” attack the United States suffered as a result of its Middle East policies’ – Stephen Kinzer, ‘Shot Heard Round the World’, The Guardian
‘The greatest riddle in any of these high-profile assassinations is motive. Thanks to Mel Ayton, the RFK killing can now be removed from that list of mysteries’ – Gus Russo, author of The Outfit and Supermob
‘Mel Ayton has accomplished something that no one writing about the RFK assassination has ever achieved before. By combining a judicious review of the forensic and eyewitness evidence with a firm grasp of the historical context, Ayton has finally made sense of the 1968 killing’ – Max Holland, author of The Kennedy Assassination Tapes and publisher of Washington Decoded
‘Mel Ayton presents a compelling examination of the convicted [RFK] assassin’s motivations, his state of mind, and the mountain of evidence used to denounce and imprison him’ – Craig Hendricks, The History Teacher, Vol. 41, No. 2
‘I have read some of your . . . articles about Sirhan’s many conspiracy theories, which demonstrate the wealth of your research as to the RFK murder.’ – California Deputy Attorney General Jaime Fuster
Mel Ayton [is] a writer I’ve found to be a valuable debunker of unwarranted conspiracy theorizing. He reminds us with copious quotations in [his articles] how repeatedly and explicitly Sirhan made clear why he targeted R.F.K.: because Sirhan hated the state of Israel and hated R.F.K.’s support for Israel.’ – Ron Rosenbaum, the New York Observer
‘Important and extensively documented. . . . especially pertinent to understanding current lone wolf terrorists, as it discusses leading forensic psychology theories to explain Sirhan’s possible mental state and motivations.’ – Joshua Sinai, Perspectives on Terrorism
The 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan may well be one of the most transforming events of the last third of the 20th century. . . . Mel Ayton documents the elements that contributed to Sirhan’s hatred of anyone or anything associated positively with Israel or Jews.’ – Harvard Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, Foreword to the 2019 edition of The Forgotten Terrorist
“There are a handful of investigative historians, like author Mel Ayton, who are best known for their unique insights into American history. What is particularly remarkable about Ayton is that he is a British scholar who is widely admired and respected as one of the top experts in the world on the protection of U.S. presidential candidates. His latest work, Protecting the Presidential Candidates: From JFK to Biden, is the third in his wonderfully researched and brilliantly written series of books about this fascinating subject. And it is Ayton’s best and most important work to date.” Dan E. Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars and The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy
“With Protecting the Presidential Candidates, Mel Ayton takes a deep dive into the intersection between law enforcement and politics. Through meticulous research and compelling, character-driven stories, Ayton shows us that both running for President of the United States, and protecting those who do, are among the riskiest and most unpredictable pursuits in modern American life. An important contribution to the literature of the Secret Service and presidential politics”. John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Authors of Mindhunter and The Killer’s Shadow, http://mindhuntersinc.com/about-us/
The Assassination of RFK - June 13, 2019
RFK All These Years Later - June 26, 2019 - Hr 2
How Hollywood has been fooled by Robert F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists 31 March 2019
4 June 2018
Review of the latest RFK conspiracy book, 'A Lie On Every Page'
New Scientific Evidence Demolishes Bogus RFK Conspiracy Theories Ed Primeau, an acoustics expert with 35 years experience analysed the audio recording of the Robert Kennedy assassination using sophisticated computer software, iZotope RX. It has only become available in the last few years . He concluded eight shots had been fired, corroborating the work of the acoustics experts who assisted Mel Ayton for his book The Forgotten Terrorist.
The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
- With a new Foreword by Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, Second Edition May 2019.
The second edition also features a new afterword containing interviews and new evidence, as well as a new examination of the RFK assassination acoustics evidence by technical analyst Michael O’Dell.
“The 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan may well be one of the most transforming events of the last third of the 20th century....Mel Ayton documents the elements that contributed to Sirhan’s hatred of anyone or anything associated positively with Israel or Jews....” Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz in the Foreword to The Forgotten Terrorist.
“I am a recognized expert on the 1968 murder of Senator Robert Kennedy. Thus, I say with considerable authority that the exquisite detail contained in Mel Ayton’s well-written, wonderfully researched work makes it must-reading for anyone interested in this case. Step by step, Ayton demolishes the false claims by conspiracy theorists who allege that Sirhan Sirhan was a hypnotically controlled assassin, programmed to kill and programmed to forget about it. Using his encyclopedic knowledge of the assassination investigations, Ayton reveals how the confessed-and-convicted assassin’s defenders managed to persuade a large portion of the American public into believing that a second gunman was responsible for the Senator’s death. Nobody knows more about the issues revolving around the RFK murder case than Mel Ayton. Nobody.”—Dan E. Moldea, author of The Killing of Robert Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity
Hunting The President (2014)
"The only book of its kind and certainly the best book of its kind...A fascinating and very important book which I heartily recommend.... it's easy to figure out why Mel Ayton's writing has drawn nearly universal praise in the past and for his present volume Hunting The President... Even for people who know American history; even for people who have a special expertise in the history of presidential assassinations; you're going to learn a great deal from (this) new book.........." Michael Medved
PLOTTING TO KILL THE PRESIDENT (2017)
Plotting To Kill The President is a corrective to the numerous history books and biographies which have ignored or overlooked numerous threats American presidents have faced; some serious enough to have placed the chief executive within a hair's breadth of assassination. Many stories within the study have remained largely hidden from the public; some buried in newspaper archives and others in government reports, presidential memoirs, bodyguard memoirs, Secret Service agents' memoirs and presidential libraries.
“Mel Ayton has a well-deserved reputation for doing the near-impossible: writing about controversial history (including conspiracy theories) in a sober but imaginative way, combining reliable accounts with intellectually stimulating arguments. I highly recommend his work.” — Rick Shenkman, Publisher, History News Network
Plotting To Kill The President is an eye-opener into a buried part of presidential history. Would-be assassins have stalked every U.S. president from George Washington forward. Mel Ayton reveals the numerous never-before-told incidents about how a wide array of presidents survived near-fatal assassination attempts -- J. Patrick O’Connor, editor of Crime Magazine and the author of The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper.
“Mel Ayton reveals that attempts to assassinate the president are not the exception but the rule—almost as old as the republic itself. [Plotting to Kill the President] also helps us understand better those infrequent occasions when attempts succeed”. Max Holland, Editor of Washington Decoded and author of Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat
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