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Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy Paperback – January 22, 1993

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ISBN-13: 978-0881846485 ISBN-10: 0881846481 Edition: First Trade Paper Edition

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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.

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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.
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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 9.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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164 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2003
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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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By R. Ladner on November 6, 2013
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I read the first edition when it first came out. It is well-written, so much so that it could also be used as a reference book. As you may already know, Oliver Stone used it as a reference, along with Jim Garrison's ON THE TRAIL OF THE ASSASSINS for his film, JFK. The 2nd edition also fills in where the 1st left off, including the Assassination Review Board results and aftermath. His conclusions (they are my own also) STILL hold up even after MANY in the mainstream media still tout Lee Oswald as the "lone-nut assassin". If you are not sure, this is a very objective book to draw your own conclusions.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Susan Klopfer on November 11, 2013
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But it did, in this new edition! I am a fan of Jim Marrs. His keen ability to write a book that is based in solid research and that remains an intriguing story is unsurpassed. Because of his early and continued work on the learning and teaching about the JFK assassination, readers like me have been able to follow the best research and theories over the past fifty years, to stay in touch with those who keep digging for truth on what is new about this U.S. coup d'état. Marrs slowly and carefully explains what has been discovered since his first book and I appreciate his intriguing and clinical approach. Where would we be without this journalist and author? Not nearly as far along on learning what happened to our president and to this country because of greed and power.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nancy G. Grimes on November 6, 2013
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I love the clear, coordinated accounts, the contrast with info included in the Warren Commission and, of course, the confirmation of my own belief, held since I was 10 years old at the time of the assassination, that the "kill shot" came from the grassy knoll. Until 9/11, this terrible event was a touchstone of my life: spectacular dreams dashed, the trajectory of our country's progress altered forever, the horrific, public death of a man who never deserved it. Marrs does an incredible job of telling this story. It reminds me that, however, tedious it will be, I want to read the Warren Report one day.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Tony on November 26, 2013
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I first read Crossfire when it was first published years ago. The new edition has been expanded with several improvements. Buyers would be well served if they purchased it. I was so, so disappointed that all the major networks (including MSNBC) went on and on during the week before the 50th year anniversary of the killing, stating that only Oswald was the lone, deranged killer. Some networks even made fun of "conspiracy theorists"--that is, anyone foolish enough to not believe the Warren Report.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1998
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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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