John F. Kennedy
- Alexandra Zapruder, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film (Part 1) Written by Jeff Carter
The first in a two-part installment in which Jeff Carter reviews a book that "reveals some new – albeit not earth-shattering – information", but is also "imbued with a certain partisanship, not limited to family interests, which dulls the author’s critical thinking in some key areas."
- Was Dorothy Kilgallen Murdered over the JFK Case?
If Shaw had restrained himself, or if he had had an editor to point out the problems with his design, then this would have been a good and valuable book about Dorothy Kilgallen: who she really was, what we know and do not know about her death. But such was not the case. I would actually recommend Sara Jordan’s informative and objective essay instead, concludes Jim DiEugenio.
- Bruce Riedel, JFK’s Forgotten Crisis
After reading [this book], I was able to understand what this was all about—at least in a fundamental way. Also, my respect for President John F. Kennedy, which was already estimable, increased a bit more, writes Jim DiEugenio.
- Manning Marable, A Life of Reinvention Written by Joseph E. Green
As with other high-profile assassinations in the 1960s, the major media immediately began a propaganda campaign in support of the state-approved version of events, writes Joseph Green.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Pate McMichael, Klandestine: How a Klan Lawyer and a Checkbook Journalist Helped James Earl Ray Cover Up His Crime Written by Martin Hay
Martin Hay reviews «Klandestine» by Pate McMichael on the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination.
- William F. Pepper, The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Written by Martin Hay
Martin Hay reviews the merits and shortcomings of William Pepper's most recent book on the Martin Luther King Jr. case in light of his long career and previous contributions.
- John Avery Emison, The Martin Luther King Congressional Cover-Up
Jim DiEugenio reviews John Avery Emison’s The Martin Luther King Congressional Cover-Up, which presents valuable information on the case, though its title is somewhat misleading.
Robert F. Kennedy
- Larry Tye, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
Because of its innumerable textual and sourcing problems, Tye's book is neither worth reading nor buying, concludes Jim DiEugenio, who is prompted to muse: "Why did the author write the book? Only he can answer that question".
- Fernando Faura, The Polka Dot File on the Robert F. Kennedy Killing
With this book, we finally have a record of one of the very, very few mainstream reporters who actually delved into one of the assassinations of the sixties. Who tried to do an honest job and who actually tried to follow the evidence wherever it was headed, writes Jim DiEugenio.
- David C. Heymann, Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story Written by Lisa Pease
While I dislike intensely what [Heymann has] written, I can imagine the situation from his point of view. In his mind, he's a crafty guy who figured out a way to make a great living, while breaking, to my knowledge, no enforceable laws to do so. That he broke all laws of decency and historical faithfulness, if you put yourself in his shoes, is beside the point, writes Lisa Pease.
- Robert Kennedy, Jr., Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He didn’t Commit
The author tried to get more than one journalist to either write an article or a book on this case. In the end, he ended up having to do both. That tells us a lot about the state of the media in this country. But this book tells us more. The vast majority of readers who read this review will likely be surprised at the facts and events described herein, avers Jim DiEugenio.
- Dr. Michael Marcades, with Norma J. Kirkpatrick, Rose Cherami: Gathering Fallen Petals
Extraordinary, mostly never before seen photos, and a valuable document annex accompany Michael Marcades' narrative about his search for his mother, a time-consuming, courageous, and honest undertaking which gives us a picture of this unfortunate woman warts and all, concludes Jim DiEugenio.
- Mark Lane, Part II: Citizen Lane
On the occasion of Mark Lane's passing, Jim DiEugenio looks back at his autobiography, concluding: "Lane’s life stands out as a man who did what he could to correct the evil and injustice in the world around him, with no target being too small or too large in that regard. This book stands out like a beacon in the night. It shows both what a citizen should be, and what an attorney can be."