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Sunday, 09 March 2014 19:00

Dale Myers, With Malice (Part 1)

Written by Gokay Hasan Yusuf

The first installment of a long and detailed critique of Myer's arguments for Oswald's culpability in the Tippit murder.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:47

Vincent M. Palamara, Survivor's Guilt

Written by James DiEugenio

surivorsguiltAt the end, Palamara lists a very good chronicle of failures by the Secret Service in Dallas. It goes on for three pages. It is very provocative and even disturbing. The author uses it to crystallize the argument he has been making without being explicit about it [, concluding] that the Secret Service was not just negligent, but culpable in the assassination. With the amount of evidence in the first half of the book, it's hard to disagree with him, writes Jim DiEugenio.

 

Monday, 09 June 2014 18:28

Harrison E. Livingstone, Panjandrum: Secrets of the JFK X-rays

Written by David Mantik

[Livingstone] was once a heroic pioneer in the medical evidence. His books (and Lifton's contributions, too) were invaluable introductions for me. For that I am still grateful to both. Unfortunately, I see little of value in this book, but rather lots of pointless confusion. The book should not have been written-and it should not be read, concludes David Mantik.

Sunday, 16 February 2014 18:16

Shane O'Sullivan, Killing Oswald

Written by Vasilios Vazakas

This is a good enough documentary for the novice, but it does not contain enough information that is vital to understanding this complex case. I also believe that there were plenty of good researchers to recruit instead of David Kaiser, who, with all due respect, is just a better version of Robert Blakey, writes Vasilios Vazakas.

This book is really an entry level book for the novice, an overview of the assassination that tries to touch all of its aspects. ... Its major themes, like the shooting sequence and the identification of the conspirators are not well constructed and some of his conclusions are not supported by the latest findings. And his criticism of Jim Garrison was unfortunate and unjustifiable. After finishing the book you are left with the impression that it was probably written in the 90s and not in 2013, writes Vasilios Vazakas.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:47

Robert Groden, Absolute Proof

Written by James DiEugenio

Bob Groden has been a true champion of the case for the public. He has devoted much of his adult life trying to show that the Warren Commission was nothing but a sham meant to conceal the true facts of Kennedy's death. His current book is a decidedly mixed bag of virtues and liabilities. But taken as a trilogy, his last three books form what is the best photo library available in book form on this case, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Friday, 22 August 2014 16:46

Michael Swanson, The War State

Written by James DiEugenio

A valuable Big Picture book, one with many new sources for study, which bring in much fascinating information. The light [Swanson] sheds on men like Nitze and Acheson show just what hollow clowns the so-called Wise Men of the media really were. [The book] also demonstrates just how powerful and dangerous the Military Industrial Complex has become. By showing Kennedy's opposition to it, he may have also shown why Kennedy was killed, concludes Jim DiEugenio.

Sunday, 04 May 2014 16:25

Robert Rakove, Kennedy, Johnson and the Nonaligned World

Written by James DiEugenio

Taken as a whole, this is a valuable book. When coupled with Muehlenbeck's Betting on the Africans, much needed light has now been cast over the specifics of Kennedy's dealings with the Third World: how these broke with the past, and how LBJ and Nixon then returned them to their previous state, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 21 July 2014 16:16

Jeff Greenfield, If Kennedy Lived

Written by James DiEugenio

The once progressive co-author of A Populist Manifesto with this book has written the worst kind of alternative history, one seriously colored by the view from the present, and more specifically, of those who won and those who lost, with a decided bias in favor of those who won, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Monday, 11 August 2014 16:06

Jean Davison, Oswald's Game

Written by James DiEugenio

Oswald's Game really tells us more about the biases and obsessions of Jean Davison on the Kennedy case than it does about its ostensible subject. Which is really the worst thing one can say about a biographer, concludes Jim DiEugenio.

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