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The Yankee and Cowboy War

Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate

by Carl Oglesby
1976, Sheed Andrews and McMeel
ISBN 0-8362-0688-6
355 pages

From NameBase.org [1]
Two books in NameBase, The Yankee and Cowboy War by Carl Oglesby and Power Shift by Kirkpatrick Sale, are based on a single premise — that there has been a more-or-less conscious shift in the source of American ruling-class power during the postwar period. The Southern Rim (roughly the states or portions of states south of a line drawn across the country from North Carolina to just north of San Francisco) is challenging the traditional control of the Eastern Establishment (Chicago, New York, Boston, and points between). Sale uses this hook to analyze economic and electoral changes, while Oglesby develops a rough handle to link the JFK assassination and Watergate.

Both books are solid and valuable, although this pet premise isn’t necessary to either. Oglesby is perhaps the most capable theorist and prose stylist to emerge out of the New Left. Though I agree that Dallas and Watergate involved conspiracy and cover-up at some level, I’m not convinced that the conspirators are agents of a conscious struggle between Yankees and Cowboys. The book is essential despite this, and offers excellent commentary on Reinhard Gehlen, the Bay of Pigs, the Howard Hughes connection, the plane crash that killed Dorothy Hunt, and James McCord as a probable double agent. — D.Brandt

THIS BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT. Learn more about Carl Oglesby [2].