Assignment: Oswald Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.