The JFK Assassination Debates

The JFK Assassination Debates

Lone Gunman Versus Conspiracy

Book - 2006
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Who killed JFK? Ever since that fateful day in Dallas, theories about President Kennedy's murder have proliferated, running the gamut from the official "lone gunman" verdict to both serious and utterly screwball conspiracy theories. Michael Kurtz, a distinguished historian who has plumbed every crevice of this controversial case for more than thirty years, now sums up and critiques four decades of debate, while also offering provocative new perspectives. Kurtz presents an objective accounting of what we actually know and don't know about the assassination, underlining both the logic and the limitations of the major theories about the case. He then offers unique interpretations of the physical and forensic evidence and of existing areas of controversy, leading him to new conclusions that readers will find hard to dismiss. Kurtz shows how the official investigation's egregious mishandling of the crime-scene evidence-related to virtually every aspect of the case-is largely responsible for the lone gunman/conspiracy schism that confronts us today. Those responsible for that investigation (including the Dallas police, the FBI, and the Warren Commission) failed so miserably in their efforts that they would have been laughed off the air if they had been portrayed on any of TV's popular CSI series. One of the few experts writing on the subject who actually met Oswald, Kurtz also provides new information about the accused assassin's activities around the time of the assassination and about his double life, analyzing Oswald's ties to the intelligence community, to organized crime, and to both anti- and pro-Castro Cuban activists. Mustering extraordinary documentation-including exclusive interviews with key figures and extensive materials declassified by the Assassination Records Review Board-he both confirms and alters much previous speculation about Oswald and other aspects of the case. Who really killed JFK? Forty years later, most Americans still feel they don't know the truth and that their own government isn't telling them the whole story. This book offers a corrective to even the most recent "final verdicts" and establishes a sound baseline for future research.
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2006.
ISBN: 9780700614745
Branch Call Number: 364.1524 Kurtz 2006
Characteristics: xvi, 280 p. ;,24 cm.

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The truth about the JFK assassination can be found in "Case Closed," by Gerald Posner.

LRS1969 Nov 13, 2015

A real piece of garbage.

And I am sick of the review shown that quotes a$$hole Thomas Mallon.

This reviewer - not giving an example of actually reading this book - gives this SAME exact response to EVERY book on the JFK assassination that doesn't fit the Warren Commission!

And I believe that is an abusive use of review process.

Feb 09, 2013

EXTREMELY NEGATIVE rating for lack of scholarship by a "distinguished historian" who will write anything if he's paid enough (somewhat like that Michael Beschloss character on PBS?). For the real deal and in complete contradiction to this book of fiction by Kurtz, please read James Douglass' book, JFK and the Unspeakable: unlike the fraud, Kurtz, Prof. Douglass actually did the work and put forth the effort, taking numerous depositions he had gathered from the FBI and Secret Service, back to the witnesses who signed them, asking them if that was what they had actually said? Negative again and again and again! Kurtz cites fiction from Gen. Walker, w/out divulging that Walker was convicted numerous times of public indecency and lewd behavior, and was an ardent anti-JFK and pro-segregationist! Kurtz knows absolutely nothing of the backgrounds of Ruth and Michael Paine, nor of Lee Oswald's being elected 8th grade president at the NYC school he attended. How can Kurtz possibly mention the false assertion by the Itek Corporation about the weapon used, without mentioning their long, close and profitable association with the CIA [and that the majority owner was the Rockefeller family]??? Obviously never read the Warren Commission Report - - and this farce calls himself an historian?!?!?! [Kurtz uses a typical method of appearing very sloppy in his supposed work, while mixing in bits of truth [p. 118, and one or two pages elsewhere]. Yes, nothing suggesting that the rifle Oswald was alleged in owning and firing, was in fact fired - - nobody could prove Oswald fired at Gen. Walker, which made no sense to begin with [except that Oswald was a big Kennedy fan in actuality], and neighbors id'd two tall men in suits who left the scene, et cetera. Kurtz does include the remarks by Beschloss about Oswald giving the Soviets critical data on the U-2 [slated for replacement by the SR-71 Blackbird], but fails to mention or understand that Oswald's cover story had him working at a radar unit in Japan, one of the takeoff points of the U-2, but the plane the Sovs shot down that day flew in from Pakistan, whose coordinates and flight plan Oswald would have been ignorant of. [Oswald was supposed to pass on that info, per the CIA op plan, and the Soviets were supposed to have duplicated the advanced cryptographic communication equipment aboard the U-2, which had been // chipped \\ a process whereby defects introduced to the microchips would allow encrypted messages to be deciphered - - a process championed by CIA Director of Plans, Richard Bissell.] Was Kurtz purposely misinforming, or just the sloppiest guy in the room? [FYI: Per that comment by rocknrollphilip below: see how Thomas Mallon is related to Neil Mallon.]

rocknrollphilip Jan 23, 2012

Listening to the theories, one notices the tendency of their proponents to believe that the farther away they get from the assassination itself, the closer they will be to it's origin. As in "The X-Files", "the truth is out there," beyond where anyone has yet looked.
-Thomas Mallon


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