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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc (1 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881846481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881846485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marrs attempts to bring together the gist of all [the assassination] material into one 'thorough source book'... He neatly capsulizes the plethora of theories offered by critics of the lone-gunman theory... Crossfire is compelling, albeit macabre, reading." --The Washington Post "Marrs re-examines issues never satisfactorily resolved by the official inquiries... Crossfire raises profound and deeply troubling questions." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can't be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039--when government files on the case can be unlocked." --Kirkus Reviews "The huge mass of evidence Marrs presents to support his theory is irresistibly intriguing." --Booklist "Dallas journalist Marrs brings together, under one cover, diverse theories and facts...He points to the inconsistencies and unexplained elements embodied in the official version as to what transpired before, during, and after the President's death." --Library Journal "For its comprehensiveness alone, this would be the one book for anyone seeking a really thorough examination of the assassination... Marrs is sensible and straightforward, giving every side of disputed questions, though it is clear that for him, as for most thoughtful people, the Warren Commission's picture of Oswald as a lone assassin doesn't work." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Jim Marrs is an award-winning journalist and independent researcher and writer. For over thirty years, he taught a course on the Kennedy assassination at the University of Texas at Arlington. Marrs lives in Springtown, Texas. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 1997
Format: Paperback
One of two books on which Oliver Stone's film "JFK" was based, "Crossfire" is perhaps the most convincing and interesting of all revisionist works on the infamous event. Meticulously researched, with dozens of witness accounts and factual tidbits, Marrs builds his case brick by brick, arriving at conclusions that are intelligent and wholly believable. The book itself covers all angles of the assasination, from Oswald's alleged CIA connection, to Castro's often suspected role in the events, to the possible involvement of the mob and political figures. Regardless of one's personal beliefs regarding the event, this is a book that is hard to put down, and will certainly cause the reader to re-think his or her previous conclusions.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2003
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Jim Marrs' Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, published in 1989, still offers, in my opinion, the best introduction to the JFK assassination newbie. It was not the first book on the subject I read, but I wish it would have been. The book I picked up first dove deep into some very specific aspects of the case, and a pretty comprehensive overview of the assassination and the theories offered as to the truth about it would have made my initial plunge much easier. Not only does Marrs seek to bring together and distill the bulk of information out there, he does so in an orderly and systematic fashion. Part One looks at the assassination itself: the motorcade route and security, the movements of JFK and John Connolly at the time they were hit, the accounts of all manner of witnesses in and around Dealey Plaza, a detailed look at activity in and around the Texas School Book Depository as well as the Grassy Knoll, etc. In Part Two, he pontificates on the motives and means of all of the most likely culprits behind the murder: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet Union, pro-Castro as well as anti-Castro Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the CIA, the FBI, big business (especially oil), right-wing extremists, and the military. In Part Three, he examines all manner of evidence with a critical eye. The chaotic aftermath of the shooting offers up much food for thought in terms of unusual sightings and events, not the least of which is the murder of Officer Tippet and the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald from the time of the assassination to his capture in a local movie theatre. Jack Ruby's history and links to organized crime are threshed out, revealing many intriguing possibilities about the possible extent of Ruby's role in events.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NormaE on 30 Mar. 2014
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Jim Marrs' "Crossfire" is the most complete examination of the Kennedy assassination that I have ever read, while also standing as an utterly engrossing read about the most notorious "whodunnit" of the twentieth century.
Such is the strength of the case demonstrated by the author in favour of a conspiracy to kill JFK (and its subsequent cover-up) that even the most ardent "lone gunman" advocate must concede that at the very least, some very serious questions still need answered about what really went down in Dallas on that November day some fifty years ago now.
Opponents of Marrs and his fellow researchers who argue for a conspiracy are often labelled with the slightly derisory term "conspiracy nuts", but as the author demonstrates, if it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck...
This book is an absolutely excellent place for anyone new to the subject to begin their research. Likewise, this newly revised and updated edition contains intriguing new ideas and opinions for those of a more longstanding interest to chew over. Worth every penny of the purchase price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1998
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I first read this book over a year ago and recently bought my own copy. The wealth of detail, the multitude of witnesses who saw something but were not questioned or were intimidated by the questioners, the endless connections and cross connections of the FBI, CIA, the Mob, military intelligence and the so, so obvious questions that should have been asked by investigators and the Warren commission that not only were not asked, but they turned away those who had answers.... all these and more make it so obvious that there was a conspiracy and a coverup! Mr Marrs does an excellent job of presenting a tremendous amount of information. If this subject intrigues you at all, I promise you.... you won't be disappointed in it's content. You will alternately be amazed, angry and frightened as well at the inescapable conclusions you can not avoid about our government, leaders and our national security... as well as our own personal security. It is chilling! I remember the events! of those days and nothing in this book contradicts any thing which I heard and observed at the time and it corroborates a number of things which I was sure I remembered noticing during the aftermath of the asassination. I believe this book to be factual and accurate as much as any could be written by someone was not a part of the conspiracy. Only the conspiritors and those who did the coverup can know more!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2005
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I agree with my fellow reviewer...I have over 40 books on the Kennedy assassination, and I kissed a lot of literary frogs before I found this book.
If you are a curious 'first timer' this should be the book to buy to start you off on your journey. And it will be a journey!
Welcome to a world where authors rant at each other, where information is filched and published, where book after book goes over the same ground with a fine tooth comb before two or three more facts per book are placed in the melting pot, and where you can find real gems - Sylvia Meagher, Mark Lane, Harold Weisberg et al, and contrived stuff like Posners 'case closed'.
This is by far the best generalist book on the JFK killing.
As stated elsewhere, it goes into the whole business in quite minute detail, and pulls out a myriad facts that are omitted by other authors, and best of all, it's a good read.
Read this before dipping your feet into the more esoteric areas of assassination literature.
If you really are new to the genre, get hold of a copy of Posners book first, read it, and then read this one. Then use your own objectivity decide whether there was a meticulously planned conspiracy to kill JFK - or not.
Happy Reading.
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