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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974899
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.5 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: #1,197,071 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
Format: Hardcover
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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49 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Williams on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
John McAdams has been peddling insults and lies about credentialed JFK researchers for years. Now this flimsy, selectively documented book presumes to tell the rest of us peons "how to think." A recurring example of his intellectual dishonesty is to toss all conspiracy theories into the same leaky boat. His chain of logic goes like this: Some people believe theories about the moon landing or 9/11 that are preposterous; therefore, all theories about the JFK assassination are preposterous--except his own, of course.

McAdams knows that his own position is the hardest to defend--it's virtually impossible to prove a negative such as "No one except Oswald was involved in the murder of JFK"--so he doesn't dare participate in an an honest debate about the facts of the Kennedy assassination. Like Vincent Bugliosi in his despicable book "Reclaiming History" McAdams impugns the intelligence, character and sanity of serious investigators whose peer-reviewed evidence he can't refute.

Here are just a few of the inconvenient truths about the Kennedy plot that Prof. McAdams expects his students to shrug off:

--Lee Harvey Oswald was no ordinary Marine. He studied Russian at the corp's elite spy school and had a high security clearance.

--While Oswald was in the USSR, someone in U.S. used the name "Lee Oswald" to buy a fleet of vehicles for anti-Castro rebels.

--When Oswald returned from his USSR "defection," he was not prosecuted and did not lose his top-secret clearance.

--Oswald's income tax returns are still classified as secret documents. (Speculation: He was a paid informant for the FBI, handled by agent James Hosty.
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