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The JFK assassination debates : lone gunman versus conspiracy
Michael L. Kurtz
Adult Nonfiction E842.9 .K89 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Southern Louisiana University historian Kurtz (Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective) rehashes the debate about whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating JFK, coming down on the side of conspiracy. In this, he is by his own account on the same page as some 68% of the American public. Kurtz provides a serviceable summary of the arguments and theories supporting each view: solo shooter vs. triangulated fire orchestrated by an unspecified cabal of malignant forces. The familiar landmarks and debates are all here: the grassy knoll, the "magic" bullet, the possible organized crime connection, the possible Cuban connection and the various, contradictory intrigues of America's intelligence community. Each aspect is detailed, each cogently laid out all leading nowhere. The facts, both agreed on and debated, remain the same here as they have been in countless other volumes. With regard to the key issue who killed JFK? Kurtz admits, "I do not know the answer," while charging everyone from the CIA, to the Warren Commission and the Kennedy family of a "continuing coverup" of evidence. In the end, Kurtz leaves us no closer to definitive truth than we've been before regarding the quagmire of November 22, 1963. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Of the numerous books on JFK's assassination, many are dogmatic, speculative, or swamped by numbing detail. Fortunately, Kurtz (history, Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective) offers a superior account. He has spent four decades researching the assassination, and the result is this balanced appraisal of the varying theories, from the lone gunman-"magic bullet"-premise to those conspiracy theories that cannot be dismissed as the ramblings of kooks. Kurtz himself favors conspiracy and includes convincing evidence, from previously classified documents released after the 1992 President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, that reveals CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and Warren Commission cover-ups. Intriguing accounts bolstering the author's conclusions include details relating to Lee Harvey Oswald, the Cuban-Mafia connection, the bumbling autopsy of the slain President, and the controversial roles of Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, and Warren Commission members Arlen Specter and Gerald Ford. This reasoned addition to Kennedy assassination literature joins such recent books as Gerald McKnight's Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why and David Wrone's The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination, showing that the truths behind the assassination have not been completely uncovered and likely never will be. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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