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“Fresh and important . . . We rush on through [Summers’s] narrative as if we were reading an artful thriller.” —The New York Times
“An awesome work, with the power of a plea as from Zola for justice.” —Los Angeles Times
“The closest we have to that literary chimera, a definitive work on the events in Dallas.” —The Boston Globe
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About the Author

Anthony Summers is the bestselling author of eight works of nonfiction. His investigative books include Not in Your Lifetime, the critically acclaimed account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy; Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover; Goddess, a biography of Marilyn Monroe; and most recently The Eleventh Day, on the 9/11 attacks—a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co; Updated edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569247390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569247396
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2003
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This book by Anthony Summers is the best overview available regarding the JFK assassination and the case for conspiracy. Summers comes across as a very objective writer, as well an investigator who made a major effort to track down those who could shed light on the key events. Although believing that a conspiracy existed, and that Oswald was a patsy, he also clearly spells out the evidence, which is quite convincing, that Oswald was also involved in it somehow--given, for example, some lies that Oswald told his questioners after he was arrested on November 22. Summers presents more solid information than just about any other book on the topic. Many witnesses that the Warren Commission ignored are covered in this book. The result is a compelling case that there was a conspiracy in the JFK assassination. This book contains the information that any objective person should be willing to think about before coming to a conclusion about the case. If you bypass this book, you will likely miss some key information required to make a reasoned judgement about what happened in Dallas that day.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Barnes on October 19, 2013
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I was seven years old when JFK was assassinated, so it's been part of my consciousness for the last 50 years. Like many, I've long had the sense that we didn't know everything about the event, but I never really delved into the subject. Unlike many reviewers, I'm not a JFK buff, and don't recall reading any books on the subject, at least for the last 35 years or so. Retired and with time to read, the 50 year anniversary piqued my interest in the subject once again. I wanted a book that was comprehensive, factual and didn't try to cram an opinion down my throat.

This book delivered, without question. It reads much like you would expect from a skilled reporter: factual, staggeringly well documented, well organized and generally unbiased. The author has spent literally decades researching the subject, and has personally interviewed a number of both primary and fringe characters. The book is meticulous in all aspects, including tracking of Oswald's movements through the USSR and back in the US in the months before the murder.

Reviewers of JFK books seem to like to offer their opinion as to the killer(s) and to belittle those that believe otherwise. I will avoid that and simply state that the circumstances described in the book are troubling and confusing, to say the least. Troubling in that the US government was apparently involved with plots to assassinate foreign leaders; the CIA was apparently involved with the Mob; the intelligence communities actively deceived and stonewalled the JFK investigation. Confusing in the intermingling of Mob and CIA characters; duplicitous behavior by Oswald in both pro-Castro and anti-Castro activities, evidence that may or may not have been in official files and other documents that were apparently destroyed.

As noted, I was interested in a comprehensive, coherent review of the evidence that has been accumulated in the last 50 years. This book delivers.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Rod Anderson on October 31, 2013
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I've read quite a few books regarding the JFK assassination over the past couple of decades, including three editions of this one (including the first entitled "Conspiracy", and now this newest one). I go back to it, because I find it to be the best of the breed.

I find it to be the best because it doesn't purport a pre-conceived theory, as many do, nor is it about the author (like "Best Evidence"), nor is it merely a fire hose of evidence in which all "facts" are granted the same credibility (like "Crossfire"). It is also human-readable, indeed, it is very well-written (don't laugh, more than a few books on this subject are simply unreadable - not because they are hyper-technical, but because the authors cannot put words into sentences). Along with the evidence and witness statements that are presented, this book gives a reasoned analysis of the credibility of that evidence. Emphasis is on "reasoned" -- the author tells the reader why certain evidence is likely to be less credible than others. The first-hand interviews of important witnesses by the author also add to the value of this work relative to many.

To restate a cliché, if you are going to read only one JFK assassination analysis book, I suggest this one.

The only reason that I don't give it five stars is that it sorely needs a "wrap-up" chapter at the end. There is a lot of information in this book, covering a lot of sub-topics regarding the assassination. Some sort of summary would help the reader -- certainly the new reader on this topic but also the experienced reader like me.

For the Kindle version, there is a work-around -- I found it helpful to highlight passages as I read along, and to then just read through the list of highlighted passages after I had finished the book. Sort of a DIY "wrap-up", I guess.

I highly recommend the book.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on January 11, 2003
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This work is certainly one of the best investigations into the murder of President Kennedy.
It is a new version of his former book 'Conspiracy'.
Although the author admits that he could not find the ultimate truth, he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald was framed by an alliance of anti-Castro militants, the Mafia and members of the CIA. He could not find out if or not Oswald was a low level CIA agent himself. The author believes however that Oswald was used by U.S. intelligence without his knowledge.
The author also proves convincingly that the version of the killing proclaimed by the Warren Commission is untenable.
This book is a real thriller about a diabolic masterstroke. The real protagonists behind the curtain could load all the suspicions on one person, whom they then ordered to be killed. The whole plot was buried by the Warren Commission.
A masterly investigation.
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