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Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery Paperback – 3 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349106819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349106816
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An epic tale (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Fascinating (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Anyone with curiosity will find a reason to read Origins Reconsidered: it is a superb account of the state of knowledge concerning the evolution of our species . . .Richard Leakey sees the wood and not just the trees (NEW SCIENTIST)

The most powerfully mysterious book to have emerged from America for many years. (THE TIMES)

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'A huge, sprawling, deeply intelligent epic' - Observer

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Mailer's "non-fiction novel" of Lee Harvey Oswald is stunning, not just for the new information he has uncovered about Oswald's life in Russia between 1959 and 1961, but because Mailer has ordered this information to provide true insight into Oswald's psyche. At nineteen and just out of the Marines when he flew to Moscow, Oswald intended to apply for Soviet citizenship, believing that Marxism was "purer" than capitalism. Remaining in the USSR for two and a half years, he married Marina and fathered a child before becoming disillusioned with his poverty and deciding to return to the US.
In the USSR, Oswald was under constant KGB surveillance, and Mailer's first-ever access to the KGB files and his effective use of them give the reader a sense of who Oswald was between the ages of twenty and twenty-two. All the everyday aspects of his life, his constant fights with Marina (and his eventual physical abuse of her), his belief that he is meant for "high destiny," and his inability to find success and purpose in his Russian life, despite his high ideals, show a young man frustrated in every aspect of life.
Using files from the KGB, Warren Commission, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and books written about Oswald by Gerald Posner, Priscilla McMillan, Jim Marr, and Carl Oglesby, Mailer presents an astounding amount of historical data. Keeping his prose style journalistic and factual, Mailer uses his talents as a Hollywood script-writer to create dramatic dialogues appropriate to the facts, bringing events to life and making this long novel move quickly.
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I enjoyed this book, although I don't agree with Mailer's theory that Oswald assassinated JFK and did it alone. But all the same it is well researched and gives a good insight into the enigmatic life of Lee Harvey Oswald.
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Well, it's certainly thorough! It starts with the story of Marina, his Russian wife. It's very, very long - I haven't actually finished it yet. it goes into minute detail into the findings of The Warren Commission, the FBI, the CBI, Oswald's letters etc. etc. If you're interested in the assassination of President Kennedy, then this is the book for you.
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Quite simply you will not find a better work on the subject of Lee Oswald. No padding just good solid research. You will not find better.
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Anyone wanting an overview of the life of Lee Oswald would benefit from reading this book. At times it appears somewhat lengthy and there is difficulty in following the chronology, but overall a book to read and enjoy.
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The hype surrounding this case is incredible. Mailer cuts thru it all and presents a simple set of facts - then you decide. So well researched and written, he puts other authors to shame!
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This is the most comprehensive study that has ever been compiled on Lee Harvey Oswald. It is enthralling and reads like a thriller. Though I do not agree with Mailer's conclusion, he clearly understood what drove Oswald.
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By Markie VINE VOICE on 28 July 2007
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Take no notice of the review below. Mailer has written a top book on the man who was more than likely behind the assassination of JFK. If you look in all the right places and disregard all the crackpot theories of multiple Oswalds, Oswald was replaced by a lookalike, he was just a patsy, blah, blah, (I'm sick to death of everyone other than Oswald doing it, Cubans, Mafia, CIA, FBI, Industrial Military Complex, the list goes on ad nauseum),you will see the logic behind the reasoning. Some people need to get a grip and look at the obvious rather than the ridiculous. "I'm just a patsy" Oswald cried, so would I if my arse would eventually fry in the electric chair, something that would not have escaped Oswald's attention when caught, never mind blowing Kennedys brains out he killed a copper too or should Officer Tippit be forgotten in the rush to exonerate Oswald? Read Mailers book and be enlightened a little.
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