“There is a wealth of useful information about the Kennedy assassination available online,” writes Salon’s founding editor. “But before a beginner wades into these thickets, it’s best to start with some of the best books on the subject.”
In their new book “Dallas 1963″ veteran author BIll Minutaglio and Steven Davis offer a “biography of a city” that they say has lessons overlooked by historians of JFK’s asssassination..
“We felt there was a welling toxic environment in Dallas,” Minutaglio tells KUT News radio in Austin.
Thanks to everybody who sent their thoughts on the AP story on Morley v. CIA, a lawsuit seeking still secret JFK assassination records. I will file my declaration to the federal court early next week and post it here.
Altogether the AP story, “Five Decades Later Some JFK Probe Files Still Sealed,” was picked up by at least 29 major news outlets. They include:
Most mainstream political commentators from Rachel Maddow on the left to Bill O’Reilly on the right have embraced the official theory of the assassination of JFK. Others have shied from the complexities and controversies of the subject.
Not Larry Sabato, a professor of political science at the University of Virginia and a prolific pundit with reliably moderate politics. His new book, The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, will be published next month.
In a new blog post, Dale K. Myers and Gus Russo accuse me of pounding the Drums of Conspiracy.
One of my friends says the piece is “well-worth reading.” To which another friend, David Talbot, responded:
From Jane Henderon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes a useful rundown of some — but not all of the upcoming JFK books — that will be published this fall.
She has missed a couple of important one and mercifully skipped many of the less worthy tomes. JFK Facts will continue to report on other JFK books coming this fall, along with your recommendations about which are worthwhile and which are a waste of time.
In the cinema of JFK’s assassination, the new TV documentary “Letters to Jackie” promises pure escapism.
Featuring Hollywood actors reading from the letters sent to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy after the death of her husband, the movie offers an escape from the interminable loop of an unsolved true crime story. As the trailer (produced by Steven Speilberg) indicates, “Letters to Jackie” frames November 22, 1963, as a family tragedy — a personal, not political, event.
Michael Swanson, an investment adviser turned JFK researcher, called my attention to “Council of War,” a fascinating official history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which documents the Pentagon’s resistance to, and resentment of, President Kennedy’s foreign policy, especially on Cuba and Vietnam.
Published last year by the JCS, the study presents an unvarnished view of an unprecedented mistrust between White House and Pentagon in the year before Kennedy was violently removed from power.
“Read this book and you are reading a real history of the American empire and defense establishment written for future leaders of the Pentagon and armed forces,” writes Swanson, who plans to publish his own study of the Cold War from 1945-1963 in the fall.
Some highlights from “Council of War:”
Chris Vogner, movie critic for the Dallas Morning News, reminds us how the first broadcast of Abraham Zapruder’s film of JFK’s assassassination on ABC TV in March 1975 changed American popular culture.
The beautifully illustrated video that accompanies the piece reminds up why the impact of Rivera’s journalism is so hard to acknowledge.
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Howard Willens, a former senior staff attorney for the Warren Commission, has a new book coming out that insists the first investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the best and most accurate.
For a snapshot of young America thinking about the assassination of JFK, check out WhokilledJFK.org
This is a polished website created by the students in an honors American History course on JFK’s assassination taught by Don Fulsome at American University in Washington DC.
I spoke to the class last week and came away impressed by the level of thoughtfulness. It’s clear these young people have grasped the complexities of November 22. I’m going to post some of the comments I received from the students in the days ahead.
Stephen Hunter is the cleverest JFK assassination conspiracy theorist to come along in many a year, so clever that few of his fellow theorists have even noticed that he is one.
In his latest novel, “The Third Bullet,” Hunter pulls off a an authorly act of legerdemain: he dresses up a rigorous reading of the forensic evidence about the assassination fo President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, in the guise of an international shoot ‘em up thriller.
The trail of adventure runs from Baltimore to Moscow to Dallas as Hunter’s creaky alter ego Bob Lee Swagger, a humble soldier of fortune who packs a mean pistol, solves the crime of the century while chatting up old buddies and twitching for a drink. Read more
After writing up the news of Jeff Greenfield’s forthcoming book, “What If JFK Had Lived?” I contacted him to see if he would answer some questions about the book’s scope and purpose. He responded right away by email. Read more
The re-broadcast of National Geographic’s JFK documentary, The Lost Bullet, in Canada last weekend is another reminder of how stilted and weird the mainstream media discussion of JFK assassination is. I haven’t seen the film yet, so I won’t comment on the particulars of its thesis.
But the film’s not-terribly relevant point illuminates a curious phenomenon: how the obsession with conspiracy distorts, defines and limits the editorial vision of news organizations. It is a species of un-journalism.