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On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy Paperback – October 16, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1620872994 ISBN-10: 1620872994 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620872994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620872994
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Garrison was the district attorney of Orleans County who rose to prominence during his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He passed away in October 1992.

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I decided to read the book.
Scott W. Rasmussen
If enough of us try hard enough for long enough, perhaps more of the truth will one day emerge.
Mcgivern Owen L
Jim Garrison's work in uncovering the conspiracy to assassinate JFK is paramount.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There was abuse of power involved in this case, but it wasn't by Jim Garrison as some people would have you believe. The government's pursuit of various trumped up charges against Garrison, after the failed Clay Shaw trial, was an egregious abuse of governmental power against its citizens, in this case against Garrison. This occurred under President Nixon and was basically an extension of the abuses associated with Watergate. The discussion in the book of Garrison's experiences in this regard is a reminder of the fragile state of our freedoms. As for the heart of the book, the discussion of the conspiracy to kill Kennedy, Garrison covers a lot of ground. Appropriately, he focuses key parts of the discussion on Guy Banister. It was apparently out of Banister's office that Oswald seems to have been working in August 1963, when the conspirators set Oswald up, such that when a pro-Castro sympathizer (ie. Oswald) would get arrested in the case, they could argue for their long-sought war against Cuba. Garrison may not have been correct in everything he said, but he makes a strong case in this book that he was on the right track. He was undertaking a difficult job in resolving such a complex case, but the job was made much more difficult by the killing of witnesses and the penetration of his investigation by those seeking to obstruct justice. Up until now, the conspirators have won. Maybe if enough people read this book and demand justice, tomorrow will be different.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on January 27, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I avoided reading this book when it was first published thinking it was but a mere rehash of Garrison's earlier book "A Heritage of Stone." However, thirty years on, I have pleasantly discovered that I was greatly mistaken. "On the Trail of the Assassins" is not a rehash, but stands quite sufficiently on its own.

More than anything else, it is first a devastating critique of the Warren Commission's Report; perhaps the best there is so far. Second, it is written by a first-class legal mind. And whatever else one might say about Jim Garrison, it is difficult to ignore the fact that he has one of the best legal minds in this nation. Third, it is a summary report of the Garrison investigation, which again, it is difficult to ignore that Garrison, on a shoe string budget, and with a handful of mostly volunteers, did a much better job investigating the JFK assassination than all of the nation's institutional police and intelligence machinery combined. And finally, the book is Garrison's own defense of the case he lost against the only man ever to be charged with JFK's assassination, Clay Shaw.

As a critique, Garrison attacks the slipshod way in which federal and Texas investigations pursued (or failed to pursue) the evidence and suspects -- other than the "carefully prepared patsy" Lee Harvey Oswald. Among these ways is the fact that Oswald was interrogated for more than 30 hours without a transcript; that the three tramps found in the rail car a few feet from the grassy knoll were released without even recording their names; and the general lack of curiosity on the part of the FBI and Dallas police authorities in following leads, protecting evidence, and in interrogating witnesses.
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on June 22, 2004
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On the Trail of the Assassins is an excellent starting point for those trying to make sense of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. The author was the District Attorney of New Orleans, Louisiana at the time of the shooting. He felt, rightly it seems, that his jurisdiction contained a hotbed of intrigue against J.F.K. OTA is 2 tales in one: The first marshals the virtual kaleidoscope of sinister information, actual events, recreated events, innuendo, questions, malfeasance, lying, ineptitude, charges and countercharges behind the killing. The second relates the author's frustrating attempts to convict a real life person with plotting the act. The first effort is highly successful. This is true at least to the extent that the attentive reader should be convinced that 1) Lee Harvey Oswald certainly DID NOT assassinate Kennedy on his own and 2) was in every likelihood not DIRECTLY involved with the shooting -period. Furthermore, the author proved, to this reviewer's satisfaction that 3) Oswald also did not shoot Dallas Police Officer J.D.Tipitt that fateful afternoon. Linking Tippit to Oswald is critical in determining guilt. Finally, the author effectively eliminates the Mafia as the culprits in the crime. The foregoing is no small accomplishment. Left unanswered are the mysteries that have plagued virtually anyone who is unsatisfied with the Warren Commission or subsequent House investigation into the affair. A partial list of these issues encompass: the virtual criminal activities surrounding Kennedy's so called autopsy, the presence of a second and even third (!) gunman in Dallas that day, the outright theft of the President's brain from the National Archives and the total and complete failure of the Secret Service to protect J.F.K. in Dallas.Read more ›
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an amazing story, and of interest to those who like history, whodunnits or any example of clear thinking. I had always dismissed "conspiracy theories" as paranoia, without bothering to inform myself more. This book changed my mind completely!
It is low-key, fact-filled and well referenced, with footnotes and a good index. It is also a disturbing book, as it forces the reader to confront and question many sacred cows.
Jim Garrison, DA in New Orleans at the time of Kennedy's assassination (and central figure in Oliver Stone's movie "JFK") began his own investigation immediately he heard that Lee Harvey Oswald had spent some time in New Orleans, as Garrison expected Dallas police and the FBI would soon be visiting him. They never did. The Warren Commission Report came and went. It was not until 1966 that a chance remark led Garrison to read the Warren Report for himself: "Considering the lofty credentials of the Commission members and the quality and size of the staff available to them, I had expected to find a thorough and professional investigation. I found nothing of the sort." The book tells the story of what he did find and his own attempt to verify the Report's findings, in particular by talking to many of the witnesses called (and to many who should have been called but were not). His findings led him to Clay Shaw whom he indicted for conspiracy to murder President Kennedy.
The details of the assassination that Garrison uncovered are fascinating, e.g. Lee Oswald's negative nitrate test on the day of his arrest, the disappearance of Kennedy's brain, the odd (to say the least!) White House commands to vacuum and wash the car Kennedy was shot in, etc.
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