The JFK Review of Books

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.

Henderson’s list:

“Among a couple dozen authors marking the Dallas tragedy is respected presidential biographer Robert Dallek, who in ‘Camelot’s Court’ looks at Kennedy’s own ‘team of rivals.’ A doctor who was in the hospital when Kennedy was shot collects physicians’ memories in ‘We Were There.’ Another man who was there, former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, joins Lisa McCubbin for ‘Five Days in November.’ Other remembrances are compiled by Life (‘The Day Kennedy Died’) and Dean Owen (‘November 22, 1963,’ with a foreword by Helen Thomas) and at least one book focuses on providing a portrait of the setting, ‘Dallas 1963’ by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. Ira Stoll makes a case for ‘JFK, Conservative.’

“Of course, the crowd claiming to divulge secrets weighs in, including former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon, who says he’s found new FBI information in ‘A Cruel and Shocking Act.’ Some of the others: ‘The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination’ by Lamar Waldron; ‘CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys’ by Patrick Nolan; and ‘The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ’ by Roger Stone.”


6 thoughts on “The JFK Review of Books”

  1. That said, I should mention I find the book to be a likely standout not because it conforms to my opinion, but because I’ve already seen several sections where I find myself thinking, Damn. Haven’t read that before! And after 20 years of reading books on both sides of the aisle about this topic, that’s no easy feat!

  2. I’ve yet to dig into the Dallek book or finish Sabato, but I’m making that a priority after acquiring an advanced copy of Shenon’s book on the Warren Commission.

    Based on my initial skimming and tendency to get lost in perusal when first receiving, Shenon’s view tends to corroborate my own: namely, Oswald was the assassin, with or without encouragement, with Cuba a likely device for such encouragement if it existed, and any obstruction of justice or burying of facts were to buttress reputations, personal or agency-wide (in essence, a very similar finding to what he concluded on the 9/11 report).

    Of course, that’s just on initial observation, but it does look like it’s going to the standout in a list of a very small few books on the topic I’ve acquired this year.

  3. Another book she missed:

    Killing JFK: 50 Years, 50 Lies
    –From the Warren Commission to Bill O’Reilly,
    A History of Deceit in the Kennedy Assassination

    The unbiased facts, concisely-presented by a skilled, highly-credible author. Over 200 source-notes support a compelling case that the death of President Kennedy involved more than a “lone nut” assassin. Rebuts the 50 biggest lies told by government and media.

  4. interesting on John Newman, I thought he had retired from JFK research. There are several upcoming books that promise new info such as Anthony Summers updated Not In Your Lifetime,Shenon’s A Cruel And Shocking Act, and Sabato’s Kennedy Half Century. So, I’ll be looking forward to these the most, along with Roger Stone’s book, though Jim Marrs and Joan Mellen have updated their works, and may have some pertinent stuff as well.

  5. News that I consider extremely significant is that both John M. Newman and Bill Simpich are working on books that promise to be essential to furthering our understanding and awareness about the assassination. I was told that Dr. Newman’s new book may ultimately be published in three volumes. Bill’s eBook, “State Secret” is expected to be released before the end of this anniversary year. And David Talbot is researching his follow-up to “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years” with “The Devil’s Chessboard” focusing on the career of Allen Dulles which he expects to be completed in 2015.

    Stay tuned.

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