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JFK: Breaking the News: A Reporter's Eyewitness Account of the Assassination and It's Aftermath Hardcover – 1 Nov 2003
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This is a most interesting book and one gets the feel that "You are there".
Hugh Aynesworth has that nice talent of being able to make a book (that from another author would be boring) interesting from go to whoa.
Buy the companion DVD too.
The author was present in Dallas throughout the assassination weekend and this superb book is crammed from cover to cover with his original notes, interviews and published pieces plus much more besides. There are many great photographs, too.
For readers who would like to experience the immediacy and reality of those awful hours, Aynesworth's journalistic skill will do the job far better than any of the far removed (in space and time) ramblings of the conspiracy brigade.
Speaking of 'conspiracy', it is an 'established fact' - apparently - that 'the media' was complicit in the cover-up of JFK's murder. Reading this book will demonstrate conclusively to any reasonable reader that neither the author nor his hundreds of fellow journalists were being, misled, suppressed or coerced in their relentless pursuit of 'the facts'.
Do try to add this book to your 'assassination bookshelf' - it really is priceless.
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Good timeline and it's well laid out.
Researcher Shirley Martin wrote in a 1967 letter: "In the summer of '64, I had a long talk with Mr. Aynesworth, introducing myself to him as a friend of a relative to General Clyde Watts, ex-Major General Edwin A. Walker's close friend and attorney (Oxford). Mr. Aynesworth mistakenly assumed that I was a political conservative and immediately deluged me with disgusting anti-Kennedy stories. ("Kennedy needed a trip to Dallas like a hole in the head," etc.) At the same time Mr. Aynesworth heaped what seemed to me to be inordinate praise on the city of Dallas, the Dallas police (Lt. George Butler, Captain Fritz, Chief Curry, etc.), and the Dallas Morning News (for which newspaper Aynesworth was working at the time). He confided, too, that Tom Buchanan (Paris) was a "fairy" and detailed for me a number of extremely slanderous alleged incidents in the life of Mark Lane. In addition, Mr. Aynesworth definitively labeiled Mr. Lane a "communist." ... In addition, Aynesworth boasted that a Commission attorney had already confided to him (in July) what the Commission verdict was to be (in September). Oswald would be named, but according to Aynesworth it was in reality "...a communist plot. Warren will do a cover-up for Moscow." Aynesworth insisted that Marina had had an affair with him after the assassination, and that during this period she had revealed to him that she and Ruth Paine had shared a Lesbian relationship prior to November 22, 1963. Aynesworth also declared that he had been on 10th Street "looking down on the Tippit murder scene at 1:05pm, not later than 1:10..." on November 22nd." (This would be remarkable, since the Warren Commission placed the time of the murder several minutes later).
Jim DiEugenio wrote: "He has maintained that on November 22, 1963 he was in Dealey Plaza and a witness to the assassination --- although there is no photograph that reveals such. At times, he has also maintained he was at the scene where Tippit was shot --- although it is difficult to locate a time for his being there. He has also stated that he was at the Texas Theater where Oswald was arrested --- although, again, no film or photo attests to this. Further, he has written that he was in the basement of the Dallas Police Department when Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby. Like Priscilla Johnson, Aynesworth soon decided to make his career out of this event... With the work of the Assassination Records Review Board, many more pages of documents have been released showing how tightly bound Aynesworth was with the intelligence community. It has been demonstrated that Aynesworth was - at the minimum - working with the Dallas Police, Shaw's defense team, and the FBI. He was also an informant to the White House, and had once applied for work with the CIA. As I have noted elsewhere, in the annals of this case, I can think of no reporter who had such extensive contacts with those trying to cover up the facts in the JFK case. And only two come close: Edward Epstein and Gerald Posner."