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  • ASIN: B00005W6WL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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I studied government at Cornell and Harvard, and received a Ph.D from Harvard in 1973. My master's thesis on the search for political truth ("Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth" and my doctoral dissertation ("News From Nowhere") were both published as books. I taught political science at MIT and UCLA. I have now written 14 books. My website www.edwardjayepstein.com)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Morris on August 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was likely on the market in my native Australia before I was born (1975), and I had heard of it many times but never did get it until I bought it from Amazon recently. My used copy is still as pristine as CE399, even though it was the first edition hardcover !

The best news is that on Amazon, it's quite cheap in used condition - I think I paid a couple of bucks for the book, with the shipping to Australia being the most costly thing (but still very reasonable).

I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn't call it overtly conspiratorial as many of the books & TV programs I have seen around are, but I also take issue with the flaws in these too, whereas I found that Epstein is refreshing, as he strips back all the years of conjecture, and basically asks if the WC presented an honest case against Lee Harvey Oswald.

This is quite a short book - 201 pages from the intro to the end of Appendix B - but I can see why it was a successful publication at the time, and I would consider it required reading for anyone looking for a more balanced view of the WC findings. The last 50 pages are really the FBI preliminary report from December 1963, and the FBI supplementary report of January 1964. Some of the most interesting information you will find in this book:

- The WC's virtual panic of the allegation that LHO was an FBI informant, and almost incredulously, allowing Hoover of all people to check out this "ugly rumor". I'm sure that to everyone's total shock, Hoover found no evidence at all to support the allegation (it strikes me as being comparable to Hitler theoritically asking Himmler to publicly investigate if the Nazis were running extermination camps or not).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Reagan on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While at a yard sale I ran across a copy of the Warren Commission Report for a dollar. After I read it I realized that Jay was right. There is little doubt that LHO was a patsy. At age 10 I got to work the action of a 6.5 Carcano and no way was that the only rifle fired at Dealy plaza. And since the additional bullet found in 1974 effectively removes any real doubt about the truth. Furthermore a brief glance at the character of Arlen Specter should totaly discount his single bullet story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Klopfer on February 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Epstein presents a logical, dispassionate look at the Warren Commission and its investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy. I found a number of surprises along the way, but most interesting was learning the origin and reasons behind the single bullet theory. A good read -- I couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Felde on December 31, 2012
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An important book for even occasional assassination buffs. Often referenced by other writers on the subject. One of many books to demonstrate that the Warren Commission did nothing to help establish truth, and in fact was extremely effective in obfuscating the facts.
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