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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; Reprint edition (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611453089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611453089
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A valuable addition to the assassination bookshelf.

One of the best books ever written on the day-to-day events after the JFK assassination . . . . An absolute must-read.

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Format: Paperback
It was interesting - and in some ways revealing - to read Hosty's description of the events leading up to and immediately following the JFK assassination, as well as his opinions as to everything that came after. His name will always be intimately associated with the assassination - and not merely because he was the FBI agent assigned to monitor Lee Harvey Oswald in the fall of 1963. I do believe he has been, to some degree, unfairly denigrated over the years by everyone from the Warren Commission and factions within the FBI to the press and conspiracy theorists. My own view is that he was really just a bit player in this whole sordid story - largely because I believe Oswald was framed; even if I'm wrong about that, though, I do not believe Hosty had any compelling reason to suspect Oswald posed any danger to JFK on his fateful Dallas trip. Certainly, I disagree with anyone who blames Hosty for JFK's assassination.

All of that being said, however, I am no fan of James Hosty. It is an incontrovertible fact that he destroyed evidence pertinent to the investigation - whether he was ordered to do it or not, he acknowledges having destroyed a note that Oswald left for him in the FBI office shortly before the assassination. No matter how much he regrets having done it, that action prevents me from placing 100% confidence in anything he says. That is my bias - but Hosty has his own biases, as well. For one thing, he is a firm believer in the lone nut theory put forth by the Warren Commission; concomitant with that is his own belief that the Warren Commission and the federal government covered up various ties that Oswald had with the Soviets and Cubans. I think he is sincere I these beliefs, but I have to note that these beliefs also prove quite convenient for his position.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute 'must' for any serious reader of the JFK assassination.

James Hosty was the man assigned by the FBI to interview Lee Oswald and his wife when they first arrived in Dallas.

Hosty gives the reader a chronological 'walk-through' of all the key events and personalities that he was personally involved with.

The author begins with his first awareness of the Oswald's and the later news that JFK was coming to town. Then, methodically, the FBI agent recounts his attempts to establish contact with the young, recently-returned defector. He never did succeed, of course, and he never got to confront Oswald until after the murders of JFK and Tippit.

It's all here: the mysterious 'threatening note', Oswald's address book, Jack Revill's claim about Hosty's 'garage statement', Oswald's behaviour and answers under interrogation and lots more.

Hosty jumps forward in time to his appearance before the HSCA. He shares with the reader all of the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that took place as individuals and organisations all sought to distance themselves from their various failings in the lead-up and aftermath to the murders of that fateful day.

This is an indispensable read for all those who really want a factual overview of the events and people that shaped history all those years ago.
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Format: Hardcover
It seems as though Hosty&Son decided to cash in on the cottage industry that has become the JFK assassination. While revealing nothing new here, Hosty manages to continue the Warren apology in a rather boring fashion. Rest assured, there are a lot of answers concerning the death of JFK that Hosty could give us, but he doesn't here, and probably never will.
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Very informative book from someone with direct access to the investigation and who was there on the day. Now I need to look up what happened to Oswald's wife
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Format: Paperback
LARGELY BIOGRAPHICAL IN NATURE, HOSTY DWELLS IN (TOO MUCH) DEPTH ON HIS PROBLEMS WITH THE HIERARCHY OF THE FBI. IN MY OPINION, THERE ARE POTENTIAL NUGGETS WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED BUT WERE SHORT CHANGED IN HOSTY'S SELF DEFENSIVE NARRATIVE.
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