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Conspiracy Hardcover – June, 1980

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  • 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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Format: Hardcover
Anthony Summers' comprehensive work on the assassination of JFK is among the top books on the subject, ranking alongside Gaeton Fonzi's "The Last Investigation." The author's voluminous research brings together the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle in a lucid and rare way. In a nutshell, the anti-Castro Cuban organizations [CRC, Alpha-66, etc.]and their right-wing American supporters [Gerry Patrick Hemming and Interpen, for example], the Mafia [Trafficante, Marcello, Giancana, Roselli], and elements within the CIA [David Atlee Phillips, E.Howard Hunt, Theodore Shackley, David Sanchez Morales, William Harvey, etc.] and their numerous contract agents [David Ferrie, Guy Banister, Lee Harvey Oswald(?)]were collaborating in an effort to assassinate Fidel Castro and reverse the socialist revolution in Cuba. The Mob wanted their gambling casinos back, while the anti-Castro Cubans and the CIA wanted multi-national corporate capitalism back. In a classic case of "blowback", the forces working to destroy Fidel and the Cuban Revolution failed in their efforts and subsequently conspired to destroy the man [JFK] they believed responsible for their failure. Elements within the CIA, CIA contract agents, Mob and anti-Castro Cubans had the motive, means and opportunity to effectuate the "blowback" assassination of JFK. For the meticulously researched details which support this thesis, read Anthony Summers' work: "Conspiracy". It's one of the most well-reasoned and articulate works on the subject of the JFK assassination.
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Format: Hardcover
If you only ever read one book on the Kennedy assassination, this is the one it should be. Absolutely first-class journalism in a clear and compelling narrative.

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.
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Edit January, 2010: I've just discovered that there is a problem with getting the title of this book to appear at the top of my review. It is Conspiracy, by Anthony Summers. Conspiracy It has appeared with similar titles, but it's still the same book. This book is still referred to by prominent researchers such as Jim DiEugenio, so it's worth picking up a used copy or checking it out of your local library. (End Edit January, 2010)

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.
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Format: Hardcover
The original 1980 edition and revised 1989 edition are hard to find but worth tracking down. Investigative author and BBC reporter Summers raises many questions and is able to answer very few of them. For those not able to accept living with such uncertainty, there is the cocoon-like security blanket of the official story and its defenders like Posner and Bugliosi. For the rest of us, we know there will be always be mysteries in this case that we may never find the solutions to.

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."
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