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WHO SHOT JFK? (Pocket Essentials) Hardcover – 20 Sep 2007
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So what was new to me:
Loy Factor, a Native American, who confessed to be part of the sixth floor sniper team along with Ruth Ann, LHO and "Mac" Wallace aka Malcom E. Wallace, LBJs trusted hitman.
Identification of a fingerprint found on "Box A" on the sixth floor of the TSBD belonging to none other than "Mac" Wallace.
"The LBJ Gang" is described convincingly and it feels like a particularly difficult part of the jigsaw puzzle falls into place after hours of concentrated pondering.
Jack Ruby and his "appearances" are presented in a less sophisticated and dramatic way and I think that serves both the truth and Jack Ruby best.
Further more the double Oswald theory is given a new and more elaborate twist.
Robin Ramsay is more logical, direct, straight forward and clear cut than most "Kennedy assassination buffs" and researchers. Unfortunately that results in the book coming across as less "scientific and analytical" which makes me wonder whether I can take it at face value.
Since the book has been published forensics has become much less of an arcane art to the general public, and there has been considerable research to case. None of which should in any way detract from the enjoyment of this book. As much as I may disagree with his conclusions, Mr Ramsay is a fine writer and story teller, who tries to be sceptical and admits when he is choosing to believe something based on supposition if not evidence. He remains by far the gold standard of conspiracy theory journalism, respected by sceptics and true-believers alike, and often loved for his wry and humorous style.
The author skims through all the major themes (Russia, Cuba, Mob, LBJ, FBI etc etc) pointing towards the key works on each of them and why some are more plausible than others. It is not a detailed overview of the events themselves nor a comprehensive case for a particular suspect (though Ramsay makes it clear where he is pointing) and the style is more blog like than academic. Think Wikipedia with some real thought and analysis.
Somebody did it, it probably wasn't Oswald. You might not find the answer in here but it will likely make you appreciate why people are still asking questions.
The notes are very useful as is the bibliography for anyone wanting to take a deeper dive into the subject.
It does this in a very scant way by looking at a given aspect (the two Oswalds, the failings and agenda of the Warren Commission, the criminal past of LBJ), summarising the better (and poorer) books published on that aspect and including, at the end of each chapter, a lot of very good web references for further research.
'Who Shot JFK' won't tell you much about the subject. Its a starting point to the most recent thinking at the more serious, sober and less nutty end of the JFK conspiracy scale - and as such it's OK. It's very light reading - its 150 pages are small and 35 of them are footnotes so you can read it easily in a night. For a book[let] of such limited scope and shelflife it's overpriced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book really hard to follow. The author seems to think if you're reading this book, you already know everything about the assassination, the suspects, the goings on... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2009 by Mr. Nicky G. Woodward
firstly i'm no expert on any of the JFK conspiracy details but i just felt very disappointed by this book. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2008 by Jude M. Clancy
Yet another JFK conspiracy theory! How many is this now? And yet another different conclusion. I've yet to read two books on the case that agree with each other! Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2008 by Mr. S. R. Grenyer
I agree with the reviewer above - starting from the viewpoint that Oswald was indeed the fall guy he claimed, this slim readable booklet provides a nice short summery of the issues... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2007 by Mr. Peter Antill