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Kennedy and Lincoln: Medical and Ballistic Comparisons of Their Assassinations
Kennedy and Lincoln: Medical and Ballistic Comparisons of Their Assassinations
by John K. Lattimer
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty years old and still bright as a button!, 27 April 2010
This wonderful (1980) book is a real boon for readers who are interested in both the Lincoln and John Kennedy assassinations.

The author writes with great knowledge and understanding on both historic murders. He compares and contrasts the ballistic and medical evidence of the two shootings and the whole book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and diagrams.

For this reviewer, the Lincoln assassination was not the main interest - the Kennedy killing was.
Coming barely two years after the HSCA had affirmed the conclusions of the Warren Commission, The Ramsay Clarke Panel and the Rockerfeller Commission, Lattimer's book really did put to rest any lingering 'conspiracy' doubts that I had.

His impeccable medical background lends this book real heavyweight credibility. Unlike any other author before him, he formulated and conducted practical experiments to test some of the most contentious issues raised by the 'research' and 'conspiracy' writers.

In the thirty years since this book's publication only a few others have come close to matching Lattimer's scholarly work.

If you see a copy anywhere - grab it!

You'll love yourself forever!


Reporting the Kennedy Assassination: Journalists Who Were There Recall Their Experiences
Reporting the Kennedy Assassination: Journalists Who Were There Recall Their Experiences
by Laura Hlavach
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars a stroll down memory lane, to Dallas '63, 27 April 2010
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I really enjoyed this book; and if you are a keen reader of the JFK assassination you will to - unless you are 'conspiracy theorist', of course. This book is strictly 'real-world' and doesn't pander to 'theories' about three murders that were solved within days of them happening over forty years ago.

The entire book is a verbatim and lightly annotated transcript of a reunion that was held in '93 featuring many of the surviving journalists who covered the assassination weekend in Dallas thirty years before.

It's a wonderful read as so many famous names offer up their recollections of where they were and what they did as the dramatic events unfolded.

Between those taking part just about every facet of the assassination is covered, beginning at Forth Worth early on that fateful morning right up to the funerals of JFK, Tippit and Oswald.

The reader won't find any in-depth analysis of the murders or any 'new evidence'. Instead, he will find a wealth of delightful anecdote - the sort that only journalists seem able to accumulate - that helps bring to life many of the key personalities that were interviewed by the press as each writer sought to piece together the incredible story.

Some lovely little insights into Jack Ruby, Marguerite Oswald and Marina Oswald are offered up by the likes of Hugh Aynesworth, James Altgens, Eddie Barker and many, many more.

If you like your history presented in this engaging 'oral' style you'll like this book, I'm sure.


Error of Judgement: the Birmingham Bombings
Error of Judgement: the Birmingham Bombings
by Chris Mullin
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a depressing read - but highly neccessary, 4 April 2010
My (1987) copy was published & printed four years before 'the six' were finally freed so it doesn't end on the high note that later editions were able to.

Mullins drew a lot of flack at the time for 'sympathising with the bombers'. Well, it turned out that he was right. The confessions were forcibly obtained and the crucial Griess tests were flawed.

We were all outraged at these dreadful acts but, unfortunately the police allowed their outrage to cloud their objectivity and sense of justice. There really were no winners in this.

There can be little doubt that this book contributed greatly to the final appeal outcome. Books rarely manage to get results as dramatic as this. Perhaps only Ludovic Kennedy's '10 Rillington Place' can match this one for accomplishment.

A riveting read but not a bundle of laughs.


Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President John F. Kennedy
Beyond the Fence Line: The Eyewitness Account of Ed Hoffman and the Murder of President John F. Kennedy
by Casey J. Quinlan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars could the assassins shuffle along the fence a bit, please, Mr. Hoffman has a few more who want to get in, 29 Mar. 2010
Well, it took Ed about 45 years to finally get his story into book form and, in 2008 the Lancer group gave him what amounted to a 'lifetime achievement award' and got two writers to tighten-up and polish his version of the JFK murder.

This book really represents the 'final draft' of Ed's ever-changing and ever expanding tale of the hectic few seconds behind the picket fence on the grassy-knoll as dozens of assassins shuffled and buffeted each other in desperate attempts to get off the 'kill-shot'.

Ed's co-authors have managed to crystallize his story into a seemingly plausible narrative by very carefully refining and omitting all of those 'awkward' problems that have prevented Mr. Hoffman from getting into print before now.

I accept that Ed Hoffman was present on the fly-over when the shooting occurred - I don't accept anything else that he says and nor should the more discerning reader.

I often wonder just how the conspiracy buffs manage to reconcile all of the variant descriptions of activity on the knoll. Quite simply, if Ed Hoffman is right (and honest) then James Files, Gordon Arnold and Ricky White were all lying; Jean Hill and Lee Bowers were both seriously mistaken and so on ad infinitum.

Come on buffs, buy this book and make a decision; these people can't all be telling the truth if Ed is.

Who's zooming who?

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The JFK Assassination:Dispelling The Myths
The JFK Assassination:Dispelling The Myths
by Mel Ayton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the sensible written by the sane, 28 Mar. 2010
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Mel Ayton's 2002 book is the ideal one-stop-shop for anyone who hasn't yet got into reading the JFK assassination and wants to.

The author's overview of the case that now bears no resemblance to the actual events of 1963 is thorough and highly reliable.

He addresses all of the areas that 'theorists and researchers' still desperately cling to in order to perpetuate the ultimate 'whodunit' and his intelligent assessment of all of the issues will afford any reasonable reader a satisfactory solution and a good read into the bargain.

I was especially gratified to see that Ayton makes frequent reference to the Warren Commission, The HSCA and the (Ramsay) Clarke panel. Far too many writers seem to feel that the diligent work of these three enquiries was either corrupt, incompetent or never happened at all.

I would like to point out just one (pretty important) error: When describing the encounter between Oswald, Truly and Baker, the author repeats the oft cited 'fact' that Oswald was drinking a Coke. He wasn't! Truly and Baker were both asked directly whether Oswald was holding anything when the confrontation took place. They both testified that he wasn't.
(The Coke doesn't appear until later when Oswald walks through the office and meets Mrs. Reid. She testified that the bottle was "full". So was he even drinking it?)

Nonetheless - five bright, shiny stars for Mel Ayton.


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION: The Answer to the Warren Report Critics
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION: The Answer to the Warren Report Critics
by Charles Roberts
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early book on the JFK & Tippit murders, 19 Mar. 2010
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The author of this 1967 book - Charles 'Chuck' Roberts - was the Newsweek White House Correspondent at the time of the JFK assassination. He was actually riding in the motorcade behind the president when he was killed.

His on-the-spot reporting gives massive credibility to this book. He was in the motorcade, he went to the Trade-Mart, then on to Parkland and eventually found himself aboard AF-1 at Dallas, Love Field. Roberts was one of only two reporters who flew back to Washington with the new president and the grieving JFK party. He was interviewed live on ABC television later that same evening by Bob Flemming.

Roberts dedicates the major part of this relatively short book (only 128 pages) to challenging some of the many 'conspiracy' notions that had already taken root by 1967. His prime targets are Mark Lane, Harold Weisberg, Edward J. Epstein and Penn Jones Jr.

He skilfully shows how Lane, Weisberg, Epstein and Jones set the early trend for 'conspiratorial' writing with selective use of Warren Commission testimony and unfettered flights of fancy that ignored and distorted the known facts.

For this reader, however, the best part of the book is Roberts' recreation of the flight back to Washington. He was there, and as an impartial observer his account goes a long way to rendering a much clearer picture of the unfolding events within the confines of AF-1.

Much has been written over the years about the fraught two hour flight; most of it by `interested parties'. This author's account will afford the reader a much more objective insight into LBJ's first actions and statements as the president of the United States.

(Check out Steven M. Gillon's 2009 book, `The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After' for a highly detailed analysis of the same period).

If you see a copy of this book, do try to add it to your `assassination bookshelf', it really is very good indeed.


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5.0 out of 5 stars As experienced and told by the men who were there., 13 Mar. 2010
There are many good books on the subject of the 'Bay Of Pigs' and this one - by Haynes Johnson - was one of the very earliest.

Written in conjunction with the four leaders of Brigade 2506 so soon after their release from jails in Cuba, the reader can thus be sure that Johnson's source material is truly first-hand and authoritative.

Artime, San Romàn, Oliva and Ruiz-Williams relate the catastrophic story, which, at its heart is a tale of CIA duplicity and incompetence with many hundreds of brave men led to their deaths and incarceration for a cause that could never have been won.

This is an ideal entry-point for readers who would like to discover how the men of Brigade 2506 were encouraged to launch a futile raid on Cuba with empty promises and woeful planning.

This book serves as both a wonderful historical resource and, at the same time, a lasting testament to the men who gave everything they had in pursuit of their ideal.

Où Est La Maison De Fromage?
Où Est La Maison De Fromage?
Offered by johnny8640
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La maison de fromage? Je ne sais pas, moi!, 10 Mar. 2010
As far as I'm concerned Johhny Clarke can do no wrong.

It is true (as Pagan Ronnie) points out that the recording quality of the live tracks and some 'home-made' demos isn't good, but - as Ronnie says - some of this material isn't available anywhere else, so...

There are times when the pace of his delivery isn't helped by the regular rhythm of the backing band. The real skill of JCC is his wonderful change of speed, emphasis and metre. Sometimes the regularity of the music inhibits this and the poetry suffers.

There are some nice 'alternate versions' of stuff for the older fans.

Not an ideal intro to the amazing JCC, I agree, but manna from heaven for the devoted.

Word Of Mouth - The Very Best Of John Cooper Clarke
Word Of Mouth - The Very Best Of John Cooper Clarke
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Jimmy, gimme the gimmix!!!, 10 Mar. 2010
If you were unlucky enough to be born too late and you missed this wonderful man the first time around, now's your chance to get up to speed.

If you've ever wondered what all the old 40-somethings are talking about when this guy's name crops up, buy this album and clue yourself in - you'll love yourself for doing it.

His poems and delivery are unique.

Fans will argue endlessly about what constitutes a Johhny Clarke 'best of' but this offering will bring joy and laughter to anyone who has a funny-bone in their body regardless.

Be nice to yourself...

The Kennedy Assassination 24 Hours After
The Kennedy Assassination 24 Hours After
by Steven M. Gillon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great history writing, 7 Mar. 2010
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Steven Gillon's book is a real treat for those who like their history written in the 'you-are-there' style.

His narrative of LBJ's first twenty-four hours in office is well researched and well sourced.

The author follows the new president from Dealey Plaza to Parkland Hospital and from there to the 'pressure-cooker' atmosphere of Air Force One for the strained and tortuous flight to Washington.

Johnson reacts and responds as he and those around him struggle to come to terms with what has happened and what must now be done.

Gillon does a superb job of presenting the complex and contradictory LBJ as he deals with friends and foes alike during the first crucial hours of the transition of power.

This is a great book and a riveting read. Along with Max Holland's 'The Assassination Tapes', it is a wonderful. historical resource and a rare insight into Lyndon Johnson.

Treat yourself to a copy.


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