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4.6 out of 5 stars
Last Word
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VINE VOICEon 28 September 2015
With so many books written about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (hundreds?) it's difficult to imagine this book really is the last word on the subject, even from the author himself. Nevertheless, lawyer and author Mark Lane gives us his verdict on the subject, with an air of finality.

Written in his familiar style, warm, witty, sometimes acerbic but always with a lawyer's eye for precision, The Last Word is an interesting read, though certainly not an essential one, when it comes to the topic. Whereas Lane's first book on the subject, Rush to Judgement, was a brilliantly original and devastating deconstruction of the official Warren Commission narrative, his second book on JFK's murder, Plausible Denial, seemed to cover some of the same material (and that book's chapter on why JFK was killed, might appear rather familiar to anyone who's read Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty's book JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the plot to kill John F. Kennedy). Yet Plausible Denial still managed to add plenty of fascinating new material. The Last Word is analogous to the cliched criminal returning once again to the scene of the crime. This time, however, Lane appears to be plagiarising himself once too far. Not only is this book reusing his previous books quite liberally, it repeats itself quite frequently (case in point: the Mexico City legend).

Yet despite this repetition, I found myself admiring The Last Word: the author's bold accusation emblazoned on the cover, his mastery of the facts, his work over so many decades, both within the "conspiracy" scene and without - Mark Lane has been a tireless searcher for what he perceives as the truth.

It could be said that, to use a courtroom analogy, The Last Word is Mark Lane's summing up of the evidence, to reinforce the story in those who have followed this tragic case over so many years and also his last throw of the dice to arrest the attention of a new generation, who may well come to view this public execution of a sitting President as now no more relevant than the death of Francesco I de' Medici, a mere historical curiosity.

Certainly, Mark Lane's first book on JFK's death, Rush to Judgement, is essential. His second book, Plausible Denial, whilst not essential, is still fascinating. This third book, The Last Word, is still a great read but it does not really contribute or add anything new to such familiar material, though it does précis other books rather well: JFK's Vietnam policy, the Secret Service, the Novo brothers and Gerry Patrick Hemming all get touched upon.

Aptly enough, The Last Word reads very much like a postscript. Mark Lane has been intimately involved with this story from the very beginning. His persistence and tenacity is to be admired. His writing style is so fluid and engaging that it is difficult not to be won over by this book, despite its limitations. Citizen Lane has been a proven speaker of truth to power over many years. For that alone, this book deserves your attention.
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on 22 May 2016
opens your eyes unless you live in a cave and still think Oswald killed kennedy. so many times he proves a point and its ignored by the gov. they just don't want the truth to be out there, as if many people actually believe Oswald did the deed. theres flaw after flaw in the case and its swept under the carpet like it didn't exist. glad I bought it and glad I read it. also mentions Abraham bolden in the book who was a secret service agent who told the truth and was treated abysmally, his book is what I'm reading at the moment and id never heard of his story till he was mention in lanes book. both worth a read
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on 24 May 2016
Stunning book, and the 50 years of research by Mark Lane (and many others) surely proves, beyond reasonable doubt, that there was a major conspiracy behind JFK's murder - with the CIA at the top of the suspects list and big business interests not far behind them. Shocking revelations also about the agency's murderous activities in Vietnam, and it's no wonder the agency's nickname "murder incorporated" stuck.
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on 5 May 2014
I cannot recommend this book more highly. This book was hard to put down - I started to read it as soon as it arrived and finished it in a few days. Mr. Lane is simply a lion of a man, courageous and clever. Thank god for people like him. Everything in the book I agree with except the extent to which Mr. Lane portrays JFK's peaceful intent on Cuba. Disappointed in Tom Hanks - either he needs to do more research, and of the balanced kind, or is in the pay or pocket of the "4th Branch" of government.
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on 1 December 2013
What more is there to say? Mark Lane's mastery of the Assassination provides all you need to know for a proper investigation.

How many successive Presidents have avoided the issue? Does the CIA have so much influence that the truth will never come out? Is Bill O'Reilly the latest apologist to come out of the woodwork?

Mark Lane must be the most frustrated person in the world but to me he is an American hero despite his left-wing leanings!
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on 10 December 2014
I highly recommend this book.
.Let this be the book you refer to from here on when looking for answers on who runs and rules the politics of this planet.
Well done Mr Lane, from Rush to Judgement to Last Word ,you have being with this story from the start, you are my hero!!
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on 13 June 2015
Mark Lane = LEGEND. Very educational work - no ridiculous theories; just good, hard facts.
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on 13 September 2012
Mark Lane is a defence attorney, who has worked tirelessly to uncover the truth about the Kennedy assassination, ever since his publication of "Rush to Judgement" in 1963, despite threats and intimidation. He has uncovered many dark deeds which those who perpetrated them have taken great lengths to hide, erase and mislead to enable plausible denials to be made. He took on E.Howard Hunt and the CIA in a trial in the United States District Court and won, with the evidence he presented. The Last Word may not be the last we hear on the subject, but this is a book about the evidence and these denials have been proven to be false. Unlike other books which speculate and theorise, Mark Lane offers proof of the CIA's involvement in the assassination. Anyone interested in JFK's assassination will be aware of Mark Lane, but this is one book which must be included in your library because of the clarity of evidence.
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on 23 May 2016
A Good Read.
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on 6 August 2013
Having an interest in this for 35 or more years I must say this is one of the few that grab you and clearly state it's case without being over dramatic ,just clear and concise
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