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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First Edition edition (Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851584722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851584727
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unearths some uncomfortable truths, including incontrovertible evidence that official assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was a long-time CIA agent who had been picked for the pasty role months in advance" (Morning Star) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Matthew Smith is a successful scriptwriter, producer and writer. He has written extensively on the Kennedy administration and assassination and was consultant to Central Television's The Men Who Killed Kennedy and the German ZDF television's John F Kennedy: Der Jahrhundertmord. His previous publications include Vendetta: The Kennedys and The Men Who Murdered Marilyn. His latest book Say Goodbye To America: The Sensational and Untold Story behind the Assassination of John. F. Kennedy was published in 2001 by Mainstream. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve East on 11 Sep 2002
Format: Paperback
JFK: The second plot, is probably one of the most well thought out and interesting account of what happened on november 22 1963. It gives the detailed accounts of witnesses, poses some new and very convincing theories, and is well written. Once picked up it is hard to put it down. A must read for anyone interested in the subject. Matthew Smith is somewhat of an expert on the Kennedy adminisration, having written other books on the subject, in my view, a very good buy not too be missed
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Luke Marshall on 26 Mar 2003
Format: Paperback
After seeing the JFK film and generally being interested in this period I bought this book purely by chance, and glad I did. The book starts with evidence from the day of the shooting right up to Lee Harvey Oswalds life and possible "real" involvement. The author shows vast knowledge on the subject, and at no point does he appear to preach but simply gives the facts with well backed up sources. The author being English also means that you gain a good neutral prospective on the subject giving a thorough account on the proceedings.
If you have to read one book on the mystery of the JFK death, showing the facts of what happened, possible connection with Oswald and possible reasons why JFK was assassinated then buy this. This is well worthy of the 5 stars because, unlike other non-fictional books, the facts and figures don't become merged into one, and the story flows very nicely with continuing interest.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 2003
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Anyone who spends years of their own time researching this subject deserves a great deal of respect.

Matthew Smith's theory is very plausible, not at all far-fetched. Clearly he has put a great deal of thought into this, and I will certainly read his other books on the same subject.

What makes this book stand out is that it is not simply a re-hashing of other people's theories, nor does it just focus on the failings of the Warren Report and the U.S. government (although his criticisms are well-founded and balanced). Where other books have thankfully stripped the official version of any credibility and raised serious questions, Matthew Smith goes a step further and says "this is what I think might have happened..." The second half of the book provides an excellent chronological account of Lee Harvey Oswald as an adult and shows very simply how he became involved in JFK's assassination.

The book itself, however, is at times badly written. Occasional poor sentence structure often causes the reader to stumble at a key stage. Smith also at times does not make clear whether he is writing about a documented fact or personal opinion. More noticeable is a tendency to repeat statements at curious times, or interject thoughts at random moments, particularly so in the last 2 pages: Smith is discussing the merits of a note allegedly written by Oswald to a "Mr Hunt", but this quickly moves into a 4-line conclusion to the book.

Don't let that put you off though - it really is worth reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hay on 27 Feb 2003
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This thoroughly researched and well presented book is one of the better accounts of the JFK conspiracy. It doesn't read quite as well as Matthew Smiths' later book "Say Goodbye to America", but is still more than worthy of reccomendation. A large portion of the book is devoted to Lee Harvey Oswald and the idea that he was an agent of the CIA. This popular idea seems very likely when looking at the events sorounding Oswalds' military career and defection to the soviet union. Unfortunately there is no real proof of this scenario and therefore it poses more questions than it answers. Never the less we can be sure that this is far closer to the truth than the Warren reports' lone assassin theory.
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In my humble opinion I would rate this as a really excellent book that is well researched and well indexed.
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This is a detailed account of President Kennedy's assassination. There's an overwhelming amount of evidence against The Warren Commission, a lot of which has been said hundreds of times before.

The first flaw I noticed about this book was that author Matthew Smith has not listed any of his sources and, forgive me if I'm wrong, I can't find anything in the book which suggests they're listed elsewhere.

By chapter five Smith indirectly supports the Commission by suggesting they had no option but to fabricate the lone killer theory. He quotes Lyndon Johnson supposedly saying to Earl Warren a free, independent judicial commission could discover the assassination was authorised by a foreign government and, if that was the case, a long and brutal war resulting in the lives of 40 million people and the USA being laid to waste would have been the only available option for revenge. If true, the Commission's actions were abhorrent but imagine if they proved Johnson's theory correct, no one would agree such a brutal war, which would almost certainly have involved nuclear weapons, was a realistic or plausible option.

Smith argues Lee Harvey Oswald, a believer in Communist principles from a young age, was specially picked out by the CIA during his time in the Marines to become a spy in Russia. Upon his return to America with his Russian wife and child, he was suddenly chosen by renegade anti-Castro CIA agents to be involved in the assassination. Kennedy would be killed and Oswald, who was not one of the shooters, would quickly flee in a privately hired jet to Cuba, making it seem like Castro had authorised the killing.
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