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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
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

About the Author

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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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Glazer on January 11, 2014
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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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37 of 64 people found the following review helpful By hllib on April 23, 2012
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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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26 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Litwin on November 20, 2011
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John McAdams is one of my heroes. His website is chock full of materials that debunk all sorts of nonsense on the JFK assassination [note: one of my articles is on his website]. Now, he has written a book that is important in two ways: first, he continues to debunk tons of junk; and secondly, he gives us a primer on how to think about the evidence. And, that makes it a book that anybody can use to think about a variety of controversies. So, my advice to anybody getting into the JFK assassination: Buy and read this book first. It may save you from going down the conspiracy path and wasting many years of your life. And, if you know somebody who is into the JFK killing - buy this book as a gift. This is essential reading - and it makes a great gift, too.
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15 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Rational Voice on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just one example of the details McAdams must ignore to write his book and to do what he does on his website.:
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(The Warten Commission never disclosed that Virginia Hale was the wife of a former FBI agent whose son had been married to John Connally's daughter, and the FBI did not disclose that in 1962, that same son was observed burglarizing the apartment of JFK's alleged mistress. Since all of the Hale family related "coincidences" were concealed by the FBI and Warren Commission, McAdams must ignore this. I.B. Hale was employed by Henry Crown,
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After you read about Mr. Crown and about the Hales, make your own decision about the POV McAdams is promoting.)

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Robert Allen Hale was the son of I. B. Hale[1] and Virginia Kingsbery Hale of Fortune Road, Fort Worth, TX. [2][3][4][5] Warren Commission exhibit CE 1891[6] states that Mrs. Virginia Hale of Fortune Road, employed in the Fort Worth office of the Texas Employment Commission, sent Lee Harvey Oswald out on the job to the Leslie Welding Company in July, 1962.

In April, 1959, Robert Allen Hale was cleared by a Florida Coroner's Jury of responsibility related to the shooting death of his teenaged wife of only 44 days, Kathleen Connally Hale, the daughter of the future Texas Governor, John Connally.[7] Kathleen was already pregnant and they eloped to Oklahoma. They moved to Florida and lived in a small apartment for a month when Kathleen was killed by a shotgun blast below her right ear. Kathleen's family family blamed Hale, but John Connally himself thought it might have been a suicide pact that Hale backed out of.

On November 22, 1963, John Connally was in the seat in front of President John F.
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18 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For many years I believed in a conspiracy that killed John Kennedy. But over time, people and events have been exposed as to what happened to Kennedy in 1963. John Mcadams has put together a nice layout as to why most conspiracies are not what they seem. I'll cover a few areas that I found very interesting.

Many witnesses have changed their stories over the years--Ed Hoffman,Jean Hill or Lee Bowers to name a few. Was this due to a faulty memory, coercion of some sort or just wanting to be part of the big picture we call a conspiracy? It is common for conpiracy theorists to parade a bunch of witnesses, all of whom give testimony supporting a conspiracy, and then ask, could all of these witnesses be wrong? If you pick a random sample from among all the witnessess in Dealy Plaza, it's highly unlikely that they will all be wrong. But if the witnessess were chosen because they support a particular theory, then this leads people to believe all witnessess in Dealy Plaza believe in a second shooter. This is not the case. In fact, Mcadams compares the findings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations vs. Josiah Thompson who wrote, "Six Seconds In Dallas". Shots from the grassy knoll----Thompson 33, HSCA 20. Texas School Book Depository---Thompson 25, HSCA 46. Don't know----Thompson 126, HSCA 76.

The witnessess who believe in the grassy knoll shooter can't even agree on what they believe they saw. So much for eyewitness testimony being 100% accurate.

Authors who believe in a conspiracy love to mis-quote or strip context to mislead readers--case in point,Jack Ruby's plea. He claimed he could not talk in Dallas for fear of his life. Most people assume by this comment that Ruby wants to tell about his part in the conspiracy.
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