David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books

David Talbot

“There is a wealth of useful information about the Kennedy assassination available online,” writes Salon’s founding editor, David Talbot, who is now writing a book about Allen Dulles and JFK’s assassination.

“But before a beginner wades into these thickets, it’s best to start with some of the best books on the subject,” he adds.

Here’s Talbot’s top seven JFK books. Am I biased because Talbot is a friend and he includes my book? Yes, I am.

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JFK assassination film festival

The debut of Plaza Man reminds us that “the cinema of assassination inspired by JFK”  never ceases grow.

Send me links to the YouTube trailers of your favorite JFK film (feature, documentary, fictional, factual, or foreign).

Or just watch:

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The underground press on JFK, circa 1970

What we didn’t know then. A friend saw this on Ebay.

‘President Betrayed': Documentary on JFK foreign policy

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The CIA’s secret files on Jim Garrison, the prosecutor celebrated in the ‘JFK’ movie

Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison, New Orleans DA, and object of CIA attention. (Credit: LYNN PELHAM/TIMEPIX )

The CIA retains two secret files on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the crusading prosecutor who inspired Oliver Stone’s hit movie “JFK.”

The files–whose existence is reported here for the first time– are among the 3,600 secret U.S. government records related to JFK’s assassination that are scheduled to be released in October 2017. Earlier this week,  Politico and NOLA,com reported on the existence of the 3,600 records, which was first disclosed on May 12 by JFK Facts.

The Garrison files contain 16 pages of undated and unclassified material, according to  the  National Archives’ online database of JFK assassination records

One file– labelled  “CIA File on Garrison, James”–contains ten pages of material. The other–described as “Illegible Document, Garrison Investigation”–has six pages.

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Let’s hear from ‘The ‘Parkland Doctors;’ documentary seeks crowdfunding


I gave $63 on Indiegogo to support completion of this documentary, “The Parkland Doctors,” and so should you. Bringing together all these doctors to recount their experience in simple factual style will help complete and clarify the historical record of JFK’s assassination.

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So the Warren Commisison files will not be released until 2039. Is that correct?

The question comes from Mark. The answer is, “No, that is not correct.”

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Trailer of ‘Plaza Man,’ on JFK crusader Robert Groden


Barto sends word:

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Marie Fonzi has a great idea for Google on November 22, 2015

Wife of the late HSCA investigator Gaeton Fonzi, Marie has ideas for how to bring the JFK assassination story home to the next generation.. She has contacted Google and asked the search engine giant to do something special on their home page on November 22, 2015.

Who is Marie Fonzi to be saying such things?

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More on Russ Holmes, the CIA’s JFK assassination archivist

Comes a note from a well-informed source about the late Russ Holmes, the man in charge of the CIA’s JFK archives. Holmes was one of the best-informed people in the U.S. government about the JFK assassination records. From his record collection, there may yet emerge new revelations about the assassination of JFK in 2017.

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Will a list of the withheld JFK files be made public?

Ivan asks a good question about the scheduled October 2017 release of 3,600 still-secret JFK assassination records:

‘If the president decides to withhold a certain number of those still-secret 3600 JFK files, will a list of the withheld files be made public?”

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What would JFK and Jackie have said about the Cuban flag flying over Washington?

Cuban Embassy

Cuban Embassy on 16th St NW in Washington DC (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

“Peter Kornbluh, who runs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, was carrying around a book he co-authored, “Back Channel to Cuba,” about the twisted secret history of outreach between the nations. “I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” he said. “It’s a flag flying in the winds of change.'”

Source: Cuban flag over the new embassy in Washington signals a victory shared by American advocates – The Washington Post.

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The case for a U.S.-Cuba truth commission

ICYMI; Time for a U.S.-Cuba Truth Commission.

The mission of this commission would be to document, with fear or favor, the most violent episodes in the secret war between the United States and Cuba from 1959 to 2008.

 

Russ Holmes, keeper of the CIA’s JFK secrets, dies

Russ Holmes, CIA's JFK archvist

Russ Holmes, CIA’s JFK archivist

The narrative of Libra, Don DeLillo’s lucid novel about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is propelled by the ruminations of one Nicholas Branch,a mid-level CIA man in post-60s America. A civil servant, Branch is ordered by anonymous superiors to pull together everything the Agency has on “the six seconds that broke the back of the American century.”

As Branch takes on this Sisyphean task he marvels at the enormity and complexity and opacity of the CIA’s record related to the events that culminated with the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas. As he sifts through the case officer reports, the fitness evaluations, the budgets, and the op plans, the story of Libra unspools.

Russ Holmes, whose death in December was recently announced, was a real-life Nicholas Branch.

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Will Jeb Bush follow his father on JFK secrecy?

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush ‘s JFK moment

One question facing Republican presidential candidate Jeb BUsh  is whether he would, as president, allow U.S. government agencies to continue to withhold 3,600 JFK assassination records from public view after their scheduled release in October 2017.

One reader thinks President Jeb Bush would decide in favor of JFK secrecy. He calls attention to what Jeb’s father said on the issue, particularly George H.W. Bush’s signing statement attached to the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Act.

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