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on 29 April 2013
This book is a hodge podge of lesser known JFK assassination stories, so if you've been through the main stuff already and you're looking for some arcana, you might want to give it a look. But the thing is, these stories are lesser known for a reason. They are, for the most, part, not terribly revealing.

The story of "How the FBI Destroyed Police Chief Jesse Curry" is certainly a worthy and important part of the tapestry. However, even that one is marred by the author's poor job of providing context. For example, Sloan notes that Oswald "had been involved in pro-Cuban activities"..."that he was a troublemaker with Marxist leanings" without any apparent awareness of the back story behind all that. I mean, I can't really do it justice here, but suffice it to say there are plenty of good reasons to believe that Oswald had CIA connections and that all this Marxist stuff was part of an effort to create a rather obvious sham identity...and to set him up as a potential patsy. Just one detail out of many in support of this notion -- Oswald went to Russia, renounced his US citizenship, stated his intention to give the Soviets US secrets, only to return to the US to be welcomed with open arms, not hassled in the least, and in fact welcomed back to the country by a CIA-connected handler. Then he's suddenly attached to these bogus pro-Cuba groups, of which he's like the only member, and, you know, at the very least all this is worth mentioning. An informed, responsible author doesn't just call him "Marxist" and "pro-Cuba" and leave it at that!

So, from that point on, you take everything with a grain of salt. The book also includes a chapter endorsing the theory that the Russians killed JFK, and another that excuses all the shenanigans around the autopsy as simple incompetence that was all covered up purely for reasons of professional ego. If you find these ideas plausible, ok, you'll probably like this book better than I did. I find them absurd, but more importantly, I do fault the author for failing to put them in context, to address counter theories or problems. There are many other similar examples. The quick apprehension of Oswald is hailed as a straightforward triumph of law enforcement, no mention made of the suspicious circumstances around all that. Again, this is not the place to go into any of this in detail, but if you've read in any depth about this, you'll have some idea what I'm talking about.

It's perhaps not fair to expect a comprehensive treatment in a slim volume of mere oddities, but I'd have appreciated at least a tip of the hat towards the questions inevitably raised. You will be rewarded with a few interesting tidbits here and there, and after all, the book is cheap enough and a quick enough read you won't be risking much money or time by having a look. If you're new to the JFK assassination, I would not recommend this as a place to start.
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on 23 March 2013
If you're like me then you've read loads of JFK books, almost all of them dealing with the assassination in a similar way: going through the day itself; Oswald's death; Oswald's history; the suspects in a likely conspiracy; the Warren Report etc. This book is different. Instead of the above it simply gives you 12 stories of people that had some connection to the assassination, and what they saw and experienced. It's been a while since I read something on the case that genuinely sent a chill down my spine, but this book has quite a few. Even though it doesn't deal with the whole 'rabbit hole' of the JFK assassination, in a unique way it offers huge insight. It's also gratifying to hear whole stories from people such as Ed Hoffman, whom up until now I'd only read tidbits from in other books.

To clarify, if you're new to the case, you're far better off getting one of the many other books that go through everything. If you already know anything from the basics, to a lot, then Bill Sloane's book may give you many surprising insights that even a jaded reader may raise an eyebrow at.
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on 9 January 2014
This is a collection of "friend of a friend" type anecdotes the author offers no real evidence and seems unsurprised when a policeman who stops and searches a car doesn't record the driver's details, or a deaf dumb man doesn't carry around notebook and pencil to communicate with. The level of the authors critical reasoning can be gauged by the fact that in three chapters ha claims the USSR used spetznetz agents to commit the assasination, in another it was the CIA and in yet another pro or anti Castro Cubans did it. If you are looking for the truth about JFK's killing you won't find it here.
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on 15 January 2013
A small but concise look at the assassination theories that abound.
Interesting in some.ways as seen from different perspectives.Worth looking at for different ideas to a case that still has many loopholes.
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on 17 September 2014
Although I have read lots of books about the assassination, this one was really good the way it was written. The chapters are all interesting and some really good information comes from within the pages.
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on 16 February 2013
An uncomfortable opener to anyone looking to know more about the kennedy assassination. Meatier and deeper tomes exist but this is a good starting point.
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on 17 January 2014
I belong to a book club and we have discussed this book in detail and have found it to be a riveting read with all these revelations coming to light. Makes for a very interesting debate.
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on 27 October 2013
An absorbing read leading to the conclusion, at least, that the murder of JFK may have involved LHO but certainly not he alone. As to the "why" and "who else" ,we may now never know
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on 22 December 2013
A great read bringing together some of the lesser known stories connected with the assassination.A very well written book from start to finish
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on 25 April 2013
This is a very good book about the case, I really enjoyed it, it is an easy to read book.
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