Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation And Why
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Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation And Why [Hardcover]

Gerald D. McKnight
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This meticulous but tendentious dissection of the official JFK assassination probe commits the very sins it condemns. Historian McKnight (The Last Crusade: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI and the Poor People's Campaign) argues that the commission embraced the politically safe lone-gunman theory from the outset and therefore slanted its investigation, ignored crucial leads and discounted contradictory evidence and witnesses. Examining mountains of documents, McKnight presents a well-researched, if dense and disjointed, indictment of a biased and sloppy commission and an obstructionist FBI. He interprets the errors and irregularities as the cover-up of a conspiracy, as he revisits such conspiracist touchstones as the Zapruder film, the position of Kennedy's neck wound, the single-bullet theory and the "false Oswald" reports. Insisting on Oswald's innocence, he floats the far-fetched conjecture that "CIA hardliners" killed Kennedy and implicated Fidel Castro in the murder as a pretext for war against Cuba. By restricting his discussion largely to Warren Commission findings, McKnight sidesteps later research supporting the Oswald-acted-alone scenario, particularly Gerald Posner's 1993 study Case Closed, which answered most of his objections and remains the best account of the assassination. 21 b&w photos.
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Important and scrupulously researched. . . . Provides a chilling and convincing rebuttal to Gerald Posner's lone gunman, no conspiracy account. -- Library Journal

From the Back Cover

"Just when scholars deemed the John F. Kennedy assassination 'case closed,' along comes Gerald McKnight to shatter certain fundamental assumptions. Breach of Trust is a shrewd, well-researched, deeply provocative investigation into the gross delinquencies of the Warren Commission. Essential reading for anybody trying to solve the twentieth century's great murder mystery."--Douglas Brinkley, James H. Clark Professor of U.S. History and Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Tulane University

"An extraordinary and exceptionally well-written work that convincingly proves that political reasons, not high investigative standards, formed the Warren Commission, guided its inquiry, and dictated its conclusions."-David R. Wrone, author of The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination

"It's impossible in brief to do full justice to McKnight's persuasive study, which adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the assassination and ensuing investigation."-Michael L. Kurtz, author of The Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective

"Reopens old questions and poses new challenges to the 'official story.' No one interested in the Kennedy 'case' can afford not to read it."-Lloyd C. Gardner, author of The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping

About the Author

Gerald D. McKnight is professor emeritus of history at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and the author of The Last Crusade: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People's Campaign.
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