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Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy [Paperback]

Jim Marrs
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January 22, 1993 0881846481 978-0881846485 First Trade Paper Edition
The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can't be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039--when government files on the case can be unlocked.--Kirkus Reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

Twenty-five years after the event, assassination books continue to appear. Marrs, a Dallas-area journalist who teaches a college course on the event, has, however, produced a special one. Its nearly 600 pages are jammed with detail on every aspect of the shooting, the investigations, the suspicions that fell on the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, anti-Castro Cubans--all the usual suspects. For its comprehensiveness alone, this would be the one book for anyone seeking a really thorough examination of the assassination (but it sorely needs an index). Marrs is sensible and straightforward, giving every side of disputed questions, though it is clear that for him, as for most thoughtful people, the Warren Commission's picture of Oswald as a lone assassin doesn't work. The author talked to witnesses never officially interviewed, even offers never-before-seen pictures (though these contain nothing very startling). His conclusion: Kennedy made so many enemies in business, the military, the right wing, the mob, that his death became inevitable. He sees no Washington-based assassination plot, simply a willingness at the highest level (specifically Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover) to relax protective vigilance enough to allow the deed to be done.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

We have witnessed the publication of myriad works which purport to explain the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, such as Anthony Summers's Conspiracy ( LJ 6/15/80). Although most of these accounts suggest that Kennedy's death was the product of a conspiracy, they offer different interpretations as to who conceived and perpetrated this heinous crime. Dallas journalist Marrs brings together under one cover diverse theories and facts advanced in many of these works. He points to the inconsistencies and unexplained elements embodied in the official versions as to what transpired in Dallas before, during, and after the President's death. He does not, however, provide a novel theory that would answer some of the vexing questions raised in a reconsideration of the assassination. Appropriate for those with a special interest in the topic.
- Gary L. Malecha, Weber State Coll., Ogden, Ut.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (January 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881846481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881846485
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jim Marrs is an award-winning journalist and author. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism, Marrs worked for and owned several Texas newspapers before becoming an independent journalist/author. Marrs is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, the basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK, and Rule by Secrecy. His in-depth overview of the UFO phenomenon, Alien Agenda, is the best-selling non-fiction book on UFOs in the world, having been translated into several foreign languages. He is a frequent guest on several nationwide radio talk-show programs and television programs.

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152 of 161 people found the following review helpful
Jim Marrs' Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, published in 1989, still offers, in my opinion, the best introduction to the JFK assassination newbie. It was not the first book on the subject I read, but I wish it would have been. The book I picked up first dove deep into some very specific aspects of the case, and a pretty comprehensive overview of the assassination and the theories offered as to the truth about it would have made my initial plunge much easier. Not only does Marrs seek to bring together and distill the bulk of information out there, he does so in an orderly and systematic fashion. Part One looks at the assassination itself: the motorcade route and security, the movements of JFK and John Connolly at the time they were hit, the accounts of all manner of witnesses in and around Dealey Plaza, a detailed look at activity in and around the Texas School Book Depository as well as the Grassy Knoll, etc. In Part Two, he pontificates on the motives and means of all of the most likely culprits behind the murder: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet Union, pro-Castro as well as anti-Castro Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the CIA, the FBI, big business (especially oil), right-wing extremists, and the military. In Part Three, he examines all manner of evidence with a critical eye. The chaotic aftermath of the shooting offers up much food for thought in terms of unusual sightings and events, not the least of which is the murder of Officer Tippet and the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald from the time of the assassination to his capture in a local movie theatre. Jack Ruby's history and links to organized crime are threshed out, revealing many intriguing possibilities about the possible extent of Ruby's role in events. Read more ›
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener! October 2, 1999
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Mr. Marrs presents a very indepth study of the circumstances & events surrounding the death of JFK. It is well written and intriguing. Any intelligent, educated, open minded person has to conclude that the truth as told by the government & the Warren Commission is NOT the truth at all. It is very hard to say what exactly happened. We the public will never know the entire truth. But if you read this book with an open mind (that is important) you must conclude that there is definitely more to it & our government is guilty of lying to its people along with many other crimes.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I first read this book over a year ago and recently bought my own copy. The wealth of detail, the multitude of witnesses who saw something but were not questioned or were intimidated by the questioners, the endless connections and cross connections of the FBI, CIA, the Mob, military intelligence and the so, so obvious questions that should have been asked by investigators and the Warren commission that not only were not asked, but they turned away those who had answers.... all these and more make it so obvious that there was a conspiracy and a coverup! Mr Marrs does an excellent job of presenting a tremendous amount of information. If this subject intrigues you at all, I promise you.... you won't be disappointed in it's content. You will alternately be amazed, angry and frightened as well at the inescapable conclusions you can not avoid about our government, leaders and our national security... as well as our own personal security. It is chilling! I remember the events! of those days and nothing in this book contradicts any thing which I heard and observed at the time and it corroborates a number of things which I was sure I remembered noticing during the aftermath of the asassination. I believe this book to be factual and accurate as much as any could be written by someone was not a part of the conspiracy. Only the conspiritors and those who did the coverup can know more!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On Point: For The Most Part March 6, 2006
Jim Marrs has assembled a good book for JFK beginners, detailing all the basic facts about the killing of Kennedy and the surrounding events of that day.

The book touches most basis, and has more information than any other book Ive read relating to the subject. Also, it has some very very interesting chapters concerning the real identity of Oswald.

My only qualm with the book is the chapter entitled "Means, Motives & Opportunities". While the book covers the day of the assassination better than any other book Ive read, the "Means, Motives and Opportunities" section is very unfufilling. In most cases, he waste time giving broad descriptions of the Mafia, or the CIA, without REALLY digging into why they might be involved, or who specifically might be involved, and for what reasons. It's alot of side stories, like the chapter on Lucky Luciano, which has absolutely nothing to do with the killing of Kennedy at all, and is just a broad base to tie the government and mafia together.

In conclusion, if you want to know exactly what happened on Nov 22 1963, this is a great book. If your looking for other novelty facts about the case, this book will suit you. But if your looking to find out who was specifically involved & why, this book does not investigate that with anything more than backround information, that is, in most cases irrelevent to the actual topic at hand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and troubling connections
Jim Marrs has the uncanny ability (manifested in both his books Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy and The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy) to perceive and sort out, follow,... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Beauregard Bojavsky
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read just one book on the JFK conspiracy ....
....this is the book.

What you have here is the tome, the all in one accounting of the complete story. Read more
Published 20 days ago by hawkeye
1.0 out of 5 stars Who WASN'T involved?
After reading this worthless compilation of words, I seriously questioned whether somehow I had a hand in the Kennedy Assassination. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Stanwyck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping
Jim Marrs always doing it...I love this other book of his...he got me hooked when he write books about JFK
Published 2 months ago by Mariposa
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive discussion of the people and theories associated with...
Jim Marrs is an award-winning journalist. His writing reflects his profession since it is lean, to the point, and walks the reader through a lot of material quickly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross Fire
I enjoyed reading this book. I have read many books on the subject of JFK and found this one to be one of my favorites.
Published 4 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Jim Marrs Book
Jim Marrs has done a fantastic research job here, exposing much about the Kennedy murder. Not an easy read, but very worthwhile for the facts brought to light. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NHBunion
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Every aspect is included in this extensive book. Theories I never though about! Be prepared to read for a couple of months as all the information contained in this book is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by RamirezComposer
4.0 out of 5 stars In a word; Intriguing.
The idea of a lone gunman has never been plausible. Nevertheless, the mountain of evidence which points to conspiracy is astounding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L.Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Volume
If you're only going to read one book about the JFK assassination make it this one. Recently updated, it includes pretty much all of the other books' theories (no matter how far... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PLN
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