- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill (June 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070623929
- ISBN-13: 978-0070623927
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conspiracy Hardcover – June, 1980
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There has been an industry in Kennedy assassination books, with nearly half of them ridiculous and nearly another half having no integrity. This book, now aging in some aspects, was startling when published, not startling because of extreme claims, but startling for its skilled marshaling of a huge body of facts. It is done so well, you will not be able to put it down.
My apologies to another reviewer, but Gerald Posner's book not only contains errors, it brings nothing fresh to the controversy. Posner simply re-interprets parts of the body of evidence according to his inclination, and he is an awkward writer. But it is the body of evidence itself which is in question, or at least many important parts of it.
This book is well researched, with many references to publicly available sources including the Warren Commission report and the HSCA report. His status as a journalist for the BBC gave him access and the resources to interview some people who may not have talked to most other journalists or investigators. In this book, copyright 1980, Summers claimed that he was the first journalist to interview many of his sources. However, this was not usually because these sources were unknown to other journalists, but because the journalists and the corporations they worked for couldn't be bothered.
Summers did not appear to have an agenda in proving a particular point (e.g., Michael Collins Piper). While he does come to his own conclusions, these are informed by exhaustive research that lead to each point. He focuses on three main suspects, the Mafia, the anti-Castro community, and US intelligence agencies. Each of these entities are linked by solid evidence. The author spends considerable time on Oswald and Ruby, both of whom had links to the three main suspect entities.
The book was completed shortly after the HSCA published its report.Read more ›
Summers writes: "As I did more and more work on this [the JFK assassination] I became increasingly more ashamed for my mainstream American colleagues...In 1978 I went to Dallas, 15 years after the assassination, knocking on doors of witnesses. My preamble would be 'I'm sure you spoke to everyone back in 1963,' and the response would be, much to my surprise, 'No. Where have you been all these years?' The media and in some cases law enforcement, had never spoken to them." "The key targets of suspicion can now be distilled to three - members of the Mafia, American intelligence personnel, and anti-Castro activists...Nobody I spoke to on the Assassinations Committee...felt that the case had yet been exhaustively investigated. All agree that lack of time and funds forced the Committee to leave important research unfinished."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book. Well and deeply researched, annotated and easy to follow. I would venture to guess that this might be one of the best books that reflect the Kennedy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fred Houpt
One of the great unheralded books on the Kennedy assassination. Anthony Summers has uncovered the primary suspects years before Oliver Stone's JFK and the AARB's releasing... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Adams
Anthony Summers did his homework on this one. From Oswald's hidden connections to the CIA to the names and backgrounds of the shooters on the Grassy Knoll, he has put the puzzle... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Leila Kirkconnell
Summers book is an exhaustive piece of investigation which seeks an explanation for all of the threads to the JFK assassination puzzle which the Warren commission and the HSCA left... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by IBR
I read information about this JFK assasination, but not with this perspective and detail, so i recommed to people who wants to know the true about JFK assasination.Published on February 23, 2013 by carlos
I have to say that I am very disappointed in Anthony Summers with this book, after reading `Reclaiming History' by V. Bugliosi. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by R. Marten
"Conspiracy" by Anthony Summers is a riveting sequence of events unveiling unmistakable evidences that the assassination of the late John F Kennedy was nothing less than a... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Anthony Summers has written many other books, such as The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J, etc. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Steven H Propp
CONSPIRACY is one of the more comprehensive books I have read on the murder of John F. Kennedy.
I have read many different books on the subject in the last 32 years. Read more