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High Treason: The Assassination of JFK & the Case for Conspiracy (Carroll & Graf) Paperback – November, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786705787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786705788
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally published in 1980, High Treason remains one of the touchstone texts for many who are unconvinced that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. "Too many people have too much at stake to allow the truth to come out," cautions Livingstone, "even though it has been squeezed out drop by drop over the years. The cover-up is kept in place to this day by those with interests that are threatened by the truth of a political assassination."

Among the provocative conclusions that Livingstone reached, and which he expands in this revised edition, is that "all of the evidence, including the famous Zapruder film, was fake," deliberately altered to conceal direct proof of multiple gunmen. He enlists several people, including eyewitnesses to the autopsy, to go on record in order to support this allegation, and also documents the "strange deaths" of numerous people who he believes are related one way or another to the cover-up. Although there are some occasional lurid turns of phrase, High Treason is for the most part one of the calmer, more levelheaded examinations of JFK's death.


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was the book that introduced me to the mysteries surrounding the JFK Assassination. Recently, I revisited this book and read it again. I am glad I did.
I found this book to be an interesting read. I also found it to be very direct and to the point about what the authors think happened. I appreciated how they lined the information out step by step by step to back up their beliefs.
I was particularly interested in the unusual deaths of those people who are associated with the JFK murder. The large number of deaths in the unusual manners indicate a conspiracy if nothing else does. I like that this was covered in this book because many books tend to miss this point.
There are many conspiracy theories out there. I found that this one had proof and evidence that seemed to back up what might have happened. This is a good book and can be a good introduction to the JFK mystery.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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I felt that this book was well worth the time that it took toread. Groden and Livingstone wrote in-depth all of the inaccuracies ofthe Warren's Report and other conflicting evidence that our government states as being the truth. The only negative thing that I can say about this book is that it can be a bit confusing and takes quite a bit of time to read. I am sure that I will be re-reading it again to pick up on parts that never did sink in. Others have put this book down by saying that Groden made all of the evidence fit his "theory" of a conspiracy. A theory is a speculation just like how the Warren's Report is a theory, its not true fact and most of use would agree with that.
Overall, very good book, worth the time to read. Remember, keep an open mind.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
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"High Treason" is a document written in blood about how government really works. Every American interested in their rights and in our system, should read this book with care. "High Treason" is a magnificent work because it understands the structure of power and how powerful men work. I have not read a more convincing book on the conspiracy to kill JFK. Posner and Livingston present an enormous amount of convincing evidence. I would place this book by Oliver Stone's masterpiece, "JFK." "High Treason" is an important book that I think should be read in schools. Not so much as to educate on the Kennedy assassination, but on the workings of our government and how power really works. I'm glad it has been republished with new information. I was so enfuriated by Gerald Posner's load of shit, "Case Closed." "High Treason" REALLY looks for the truth. And in the end, is disturbing.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Rosario on October 4, 1999
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This book took me by surprise after reading the 26 volumes of the Warren Report. This book shows you a concise, detailed account of all the evidence ignored by the Warren Commision and the House Select Committee on Assassinations. I highly recommend this book to anybody who believes that JFK's Assassination issue is closed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Tobias on July 28, 2005
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The authors do a very credible and thorough job of bringing to light facts that make it very difficult to believe that a lone gunman killed JFK from the rear. The forensic medical evidence, including eye witness reports from multiple health care workers who directly saw the President's wounds, is particularly compelling, as is evidence that the autopsy films and other documents were altered. Convincing analysis of the Zapruder film, is also presented, as well as detailed analysis of photographs, including some apparently faked photos of Oswald. The deaths of multiple witnesses in so short of a period of time is not only further suggestion of cover up of a conspiracy, but is very chilling as well. The evidence presented is detailed and rather technical at times, but it seems that this approach is essential if the real facts are to be uncovered. If there is a weakness to the book, it is that the authors sometimes damage their credibility slightly by being overly speculative at times, and sometimes engage in "purple prose" where a more even-handed approach would have been more suitable. But on a topic of such emotionality and divisiveness, the book is overall very level headed and objective. Due to the comprehensiveness and technicality of some of the material, this might not be a good introduction to the topic. However, if you are already familiar with the basic issues surrounding the assassination, or if you enjoy such detailed material, this book would be an excellent choice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2003
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This is a great book for those that have already done a great deal of research on the assassination; it is NOT for beginners. The reason for this is twofold; the sheer amount of information that is alluded to would take 3-4 volumes if background information had to be included with each assertion, and the writing style of the authors is unique.
Many other reviewers have alluded to this writing style, calling it "hard to read" or "hard to follow". I did not experience this at all, and in fact found the authors' sarcasm in some cases both witty and exclamative. Truthfully, I enjoyed the way the book was written. Additionally, the index of the book is both extensive and in many cases illustrative of some finer points.
Again, I would not give this book as a gift to an assassination novice, but for those of us who enjoy studying this event this book offers much food for thought.
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