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"Anyone interested in exploring JFK assassination conspiracy theories should read the Warren Commission Report, the House Select Committee Report, and McAdams’s JFK Assassination Logic. The voluminous literature will fall into place. McAdams gives you a crucial road map—not to decide what you should think, but how to make up your mind in the face of conflicting information. His book is a must read."

"A useful primer for students and everyone whose skepticism needs refreshing. McAdams does not flatly rule out a JFK conspiracy, but spells out issues that should be considered by advocates of any specific conspiracy scenario—such as, would that have made sense to the conspirators?"

"John McAdams has the distinction of being both a clear thinker and a clear writer. This book takes on a subject many consider one of history’s great mysteries and offers simple tools to dismantle its apparent complexities—and, by extension, many more such mysteries in the world around us."

"Does your favorite Kennedy assassination theory stand up to scrutiny? Or were your views on what happened in Dallas shaped by misinformation from poorly equipped researchers? Professor John McAdams shows how conspiracy theorists have misled the public about this crucial event in American history."

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JOHN MCADAMS is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University. His articles have appeared in journals including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Sociological Quarterly, and Law and Contemporary Problems.
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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974899
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an assassination buff and have been so for quite some time. I ran the gambit from being a confirmed conspiracy advocate to being a true believer in the fact that Is sold acted alone. This work lays out all of the various far fetched theories and lays them to rest. Conspiracy nuts will hate it but it is the hard evidence explained in a concise and understandable manner.
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I trust John McAdams.

His website is an excellent resource for the objective and open minded JFK assassination researcher.

Predictably, the conspiracy advocates have trumpeted their dismissal of this book simply because it doesn't conform to their predetermined conclusion that the assassination of JFK was a conspiracy.

I am a former conspiracy believer, I've questioned the credibility of the pro-conspiracy authors, speakers and film makers who have invented an avalanche of contradictory and disconnected conspiracy theories over the past half century.

Ask nearly any pro-conspiracy believer to identify THE correct conspiracy that was behind the assassination of the president and you'll be on the receiving end of the most bizarre, confused and convoluted reasoning, it would leave Socrates stupefied.

I trust John McAdams to present a clear, rational and fact based perspective on how to think about claims of conspiracy.

The key words in the title of his book are "logic" and "think". These words are a welcome relief to those who genuinely studied this important moment in American history and concur with the findings of the Warren Commission.

Undoubtedly, these same words will confuse, irritate and infuriate the pro conspiracy advocates who have never applied the principles of logic and thinking to their fractionalized and bewildering conclusions.
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This is an excellent introduction to conspiracy theories. John McAdams is a noted debunker of JFK assassination conspiracy theories. He explains critical-thinking problems endemic to the conspiracy-theory community, especially a tendency to look at evidence discretely, and not think through the full implications of their opinion on a single piece of evidence.

It's a shame this book had to be written, and it's pretty good. It's readable, logical and informative. I would recommend it, as well as Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History, to anyone seeking to learn more about the JFK assassination.
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McAdams has run a JFK assassination website for many years. His grasp of the evidence is very broad. But neither he nor anyone else will ever convince the conspiracy buffs.

If you are undecided about the JFK assassination, this is the 'lone gunman' book you should read.
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The title and its premise seem a bit presumptuous but the book is clearly written and the author presents his views well. This is a lot more than can be said for most books in this genre. There is more bias than the author will admit, however, and his style is often condescending toward those who are open to other than "lone nut" explanations of the assassination. An example: he uses the adverb "cheerfully" several times when describing how certain researchers and writers accept testimony and other evidence that he finds dubious (as if all such researchers are of a kind-- paranoid, simplistic, and very easily duped). Mr. McAdams skims over some of the more difficult parts of a Warren Commission explanation: What was Oswald's motive? How did the "magic bullet" remain largely undamaged, while another of the bullets reacted as if frangible? Why did Oswald return to his rooming house, rearm, and set out for a theater? When arrested, why did he coolly deny a role in either killing (assuming his motive involved showing the world he was not a "nobody")? And on and on. The author does make some good points throughout his book, though, and for those who've read a few conspiracy-leaning JFK titles his work makes a reasonable counterpoint.
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In my opinion you shouldn't trust a man who goes out of his way to run a website devoted to proving Oswald's guilt who won't allow public commentary. That's the mark of a true hack.
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If you're like most people, you've seen some of the movies or documentaries that have been made about the JFK assassination, you've read some articles and perhaps a book or two (or three, or four...) about the subject, and you're perhaps a little bewildered about the variety of claims being made and theories being argued.

One book says Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone; another says this is impossible -- it had to have been a conspiracy. One book says it was the Mafia; a second says it was the CIA; a third says it was Lyndon Johnson; a fourth says it was the Military-Industrial Complex; a fifth says it was all of the above. All of the books have evidence of some sort or another to back up what they say. How can you tell which arguments are most credible? Is it true what some people say, that we can never really know what happened?

Give this book a shot; it's different. It doesn't tell you what to think about the assassination; it explains why there are so many conflicts in the evidence, what the most persistent reasons for confusion are, and how to use simple logic to determine what evidence is most reliable and what arguments are most credible.
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