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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755365429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755365425
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By far the most convincing book . . . enthralling (Observer)

A book that must be read (New York Review of Books)

A brilliant work of investigation (Don DeLillo)

Reveals a honeycomb of CIA deceit and corruption (Sunday Times)

Races along like a John le Carré novel (Norman Mailer)

About the Author

Anthony Summers is the award-winning author of eight bestselling non-fiction books. As a BBC journalist, he covered events in the United States and wars in Vietnam and the Middle East for Panorama. His most recent book The Eleventh Day, co-authored with Robbyn Swan, was a Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History. It also won the Crime Writer's Association's Gold Dagger award for best non-fiction - which the first edition of this book also won. Summers is the only author to have won two Gold Dagger awards for non-fiction.


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An admirable study of the assassination and its background. Summers' work is characterized by restraint and an academic scepticism. As an investigation, the book is very well researched and well written, and it proceeds with a convincing logic.

Summers has an excellent historical method, seen for example in his clear and objective examination of the evidence on how Jack Ruby managed to get in the right place, at the right time, for Oswald's transfer through police headquarters.

Evidence is given the space to speak for itself. It becomes clear that it is not the author's intention to grind axes for particular angles on this mystery -or to pin the reader to one point of view. Here the author's task is to raise questions based on the available evidence. Though he points the way, he allows the reader to form his own opinions.

In other books, details about Oswald's background and about probable Mafia intrigues can be confusing. These questions naturally remain complicated but here for the first time I found Oswald's strange story made sense. Fluent, gripping -and possibly the best in its field.
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I initially came across the predecessor to this Kindle book whilst out shopping one Saturday afternoon way, way, way back in the autumn of 1988 and I've been hooked on the whole damning minefield that is the JFK murder quagmire ever since. Having acquired more books on the case than I care to admit to (or acknowledge for that matter) I will say this: Anthony Summers provides the most thought-provoking and lucid account of the most controversial murder case of the last century. Having bought several later editions of the book I am now looking forward to reading this latest - and updated - version. I particularly like Summers in-depth analysis of the life and times of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. By reading this work alone convinces me (totally and utterly) that Oswald was not the President's killer and was framed for the murder of JFK. The word "patsy" has oft been uttered in this case and, in my opinion, read this book and you will see why that word was invented for Lee Harvey Oswald. The book was a formidable contribution to the JFK assassination riddle back in 1988 and this updated version remains true some 25 years later...
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Heard the Author on a radio program and had too buy the book, myself and my Son have always been fascinated about the cover up (well were both sure that there was one) and the very in-depth information contained in this book only confirms our suspicion's. It grips you that much, you don't want too put the darned thing down! If you ever wondered about the killing of JFK- THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK....10 out of 10.
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Read this years ago under the original title "Conspiracy". Now available on Kindle, hurrah! In my view it is still one of the best books on the Kennedy assassination around because it is well-researched and even-handed in its approach. Unlike many titles in the genre, the author has no pet theory other than that Oswald was not the only gunman in Dallas on that fatal day, which is pretty much accepted by any rational person even remotely in interested in the key event. Summers therefore does a great job of investigating all the angles, the role of shadow government agencies, organised crime and the essential Cuban connections all get a thorough going through as does Oswald's own very interesting life and times.

This is not just a re-edition, there are updates and alterations of the original text made due to new information that has come to light in the last few years. Also contains some interesting graphics and photos which can be enlarged using the Paperwhite's controls.
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This study of the JFK assassination is well researched, supported by careful attention to detail in important stages of the case before, during and after the shooting in Dallas. I found this book to be a refreshing change from those that simply attempt to discredit alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's guilt or innocence. I deducted one star, only because I felt the book ended too quickly, when I became eager to read another two or three chapters. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking an objective analysis of the assassination.
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If you are looking for a definitive answer to the question of who killed JFK then this book will disappoint you. It is however, authoritative and incredibly detailed. Every possible angle is covered, every one of the many personalities involved is investigated. Was there a conspiracy? Almost certainly. The Mafia, anti-social Castro activists and the CIA all appear to have played a role. Was Oswald a patsy - again almost certainly. But it is incredibly complex - all the main characters seem to have had links to the intelligence services. The Mafia or both. What cannot be in doubt is that the CIA engaged in a massive cover-up of the evidence. And it would appear that they continue to do so. The book contains many bizarre facts of which I was unaware ,- for example Kennedy's brain is still missing. The autopsy photos do not match the injuries reported by those who attended it. At one point it appears that there was more than one Oswald in circulation. So who was the imposter? This is a fascinating but also frustrating book. The truth is that it will probably never be possible to say who exactly conspired to kill JFK. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the book is the evidence that the CIA worked closely with the Mafia, beyond any political or democratic control.and in the end both wanted Kennedy dead.
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