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"Disturbingly convincing . . . Both readers who have followed the JFK assassination for years and those new to one of the great debates of the 20th century will find much to contemplate here." --Library Journal Xpress Review
"Disturbingly convincing . . . much to contemplate here." --Library Journal
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Mark Lane is an author, lawyer and activist. His was the first voice to publicly question the top secret investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and his bestselling book, Rush to Judgment, was one of the first to question the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. A Citizen's Dissent recounts the vast efforts of our government and the establishment media to suppress his investigation into the assassination of JFK and to silence and destroy him for his work. His later works on the JFK assassination detailed the involvement of the CIA through an actual trial in which Lane cross-examined multiple agents [Plausible Denial] and the role played by the CIA and Secret Service [Last Word]. He crossed the country speaking at countless colleges and other institutions about the murder of the president sparking the creation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which looked into the assassinations of Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Freedom Rider while he served in the New York Legislature in 1961, he has defended the rights of the voiceless from his beginnings in East Harlem to Wounded Knee, where he successfully defended the leaders of the American Indian Movement. He freed James Joseph Richardson, a black man framed in rural Florida for the murder of his own seven children, from prison after serving over 20 years, many of them on death row [Arcadia]. He is a survivor of Jonestown [The Strongest Poison] and was a leader of the anti war movement during the Viet Nam era [Chicago Eyewitness; Conversations with Americans], Lane's autobiography, Citizen Lane, was published in 2012.
I have always respected Mark Lane and his writing. He is very good at what he does, and his JFK books are nothing short of awesome. This one is no exception. People have said other things, so I'll do 3 good, 3 bad observations. Make no mistake, EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. But go in with eyes open. First, the really good:
1) This is a book for every level of JFK assassination knowledge, from total novice to full-on conspiracy theorist. Clearly written, fun, not bogged down with too many footnotes, it is an easier read than most JFK assassination books. Yet, it has some new information, like Mr. Lane's relationship with forming the House Select Committee on Assassinations and how the HSCA blew its mandate and screwed up.
2) The MK/ULTRA stuff was not weighty and seemed appropriate and necessary for the discussion of how the CIA killed JFK. It was also done quickly enough that it didn't get bogged down, yet it contributed greatly to his points.
3) He cites to a number of other works, all good, that further the discussion, and expands on the clear deficiencies of the Warren Report, which he seems to have memorized. The first half of the book is well footnoted, yet not too much to bog it down.
Now the not so good:
1) Those wonderful footnotes disappear halfway through the book. He makes a number of assertions that, although I know them to be documented elsewhere and easily proven (though requiring some discussion and citations), that have zero footnotes. He also cites to woefully too few other fine books out there that prove his points. It leaves the impression that Mark Lane has not read some of the better books from the last 20 years, which might be the case.Read more ›
I finally finished reading "Last Word" by author Mark Lane. Any reader that wants to see why there is so much concern about the truth behind the Kennedy assassination should purchase this book immediately.
I have known Mark Lane since the mid 1960's. Mark investigated my assertions pertaining to my tangential involvement, as an agent of the United States Secret Service, in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination and summarized my predicament on page 235 of his book "Rush to Judgment" published in 1966. Contrary to what many believe, Mark Lane is not a conspiracy theorist. The documentary and other evidence adduced from painstaking and in depth research as exhibited in "Last Word" shows that Attorney Lane is a fearless, pragmatic, methodical investigator determined to get the truth before the American People and "let the chips fall where they may".
The author does not outright recklessly accuse our government or its agencies; but what Lane does is hammer home the undeniable facts buttressed by substantial proofs of his allegations. I sincerely hope that the book "Last Word" is not the last word that we hear from Attorney Mark Lane. We need more men of his integrity and concern for our freedoms if we are to maintain our leadership of the free world. I highly recommend that you read this book and draw your own conclusions from the research contained therein.
Attorney Mark Lane thoroughly destroys Gerald Blaine & Lisa McCubbin's book "The Kennedy Detail": on the merit of this alone, every person who purcashed and/ or read that book needs to read this as the antidote. Lane saves his best JFK work for last with his appropriately titled tome "The Last Word", a book that joins Jim Douglass "JFK & The Unspeakable" and Douglas Horne's 5-volume series "Inside The Assassination Records Review Board" in the "holy troika" of essential, must-read (and own) Kennedy assassination books. Lane skillfully takes apart Vincent Bugliosi's magnum opus on the Oswald-did-it side entitled "Reclaiming History" and, most of all, Gerald Blaine's fraudulent "JFK-told-us-not-to" book "The Kennedy Detail"---for the latter, Lane used my research materials, for which I am most grateful. In addition, Lane adds further credibility to the tale of former Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden and his book "The Echo From Dealey Plaza." It never ceases to amaze me how much great literature and research has come forth in the last 5-10 years. Mark Lane's book "The Last Word" adds to his legacy greatly. Get this one asap---Bugliosi, Blaine, and the CIA have a lot to answer for! Highly recommended; fantastic!
I have been a fan of Mark Lane, since his classic "Rush to Judgement." He has been a constant advocate for a through and unfettered investigation of the Kennedy assassination. Being more than a casual student of the events of November 22, 1963 I looked forward to "Last Word." Since he raised the first serious voice against the Warren Commission and his subsequent life's work has, to a large part been dedicated to getting at the truth, Lane has been a target of a number of overt and covert campaigns to discredit him. He seems to have emerged much the stronger man. It seems part of this book is he settling scores. That is fine, but I was hoping for more evidence and less carping. The book tends to repeat issues and facts, as if the reader missed them the first time or two. Several times I had to catch myself and see if I had misplaced the book mark and reread a part. He could have used a competant editor. While his excursions as to a number of misdead of the CIA are interesting and damning, some of this seems unrelated to the assassination. While Lane has a few scattered footnotes, many of his statements needed further documentation. Also the absence of an index and biliography do not help the case presented in the book. While there seem to be no shortage of interest, books, or websites on the events in Dallas, much of it is still on the fringe. Lane is still in the top tier of legitimate investigators, but I expected more-and he still needs an editor!