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In her account of Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation of and obsession with the JFK assassination, Mellen brings an astonishing amount of information to light, but even those very familiar with the topic will have trouble sorting out the tangles, turns and treachery. Garrison's complexities-an overdriven libido, a willful blind spot regarding the unsavory character of many of his investigators and a desperate relentlessness about the Kennedy investigation that likely led to his death at 70-are objectively portrayed. What is less clear, unfortunately, is the nitty gritty about his investigation. Rather than providing an outline of the events preceding and following Kennedy's assassination as uncovered by Garrison, Mellon slices up her book into topical chapters and confuses an already bewildering case by shifting timelines, authorial voices and locations with seemingly little cause. Even given a straightforward, chronological narrative of Garrison's investigation, the novice reader would have difficulty following the many threads of Garrison's inquiries: witnesses had multiple identities; research uncovered misinformation, disinformation and plain old lies; and some alleged CIA cover-ups may have been a product of Garrison's paranoia. Readers are likely to come away with a qualified admiration of Garrison and a muzzy understanding of how and why Kennedy was killed.
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"A FAREWELL TO JUSTICE is a fascinating and provocative book featuring one of the most unusual and compelling figures in the history of American jurisprudence. And though the book is massive, carefully researched, and intellectually persuasive, it also reads with the engaging particularity and narrative drive of an epic, tragic novel." - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAINSee all Editorial Reviews
Great book, so many details, a must read!! It helps so much in connecting events and people. Joan Mellen did a thorough investigation , more than 1000 interviews. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Demirkapu
Almost incomprehensible. Bad writing, just a hodgepodge of information thrown at you.
Plus, on page 259 she says Warren Reynolds, a witness who saw the person who shot Tippit,... Read more
i really wanted to like this book. i've tried to read it all the way through once, twice, three times. i'm a voracious reader, used to long, dense texts full of detail. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Gottwald
Best avoided... ridiculous mishmash of every single conspiracy notion on the internet. tries to tie Oswald to nearly every single government agency in Washington. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary E Davis
Anyone who has ever written so much as a term paper must be humbled by the sheer volume of work produced and research undertaken by this author. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CamdenNJReader
An objective look at Garrison's investigation. This is in in-depth analysis of all that Garrison went through, including the mistakes and turncoats in his own investigative corp. Read morePublished 20 months ago by robert korosa
A stunner! A must read for the dedicated Kennedy assassination buff. It isn't about magic bullet theories etc. But it will give you full background of "Why. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by TwilightStar