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Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK
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As he goes methodically about the task of composing his narrative, he neither hedges nor anticipates where the facts might lead. He simply lays them out in great detail exactly as he finds them. Needless to say, in the JFK assassination literature, careful fact-finding without heavy-handed interpretation is a sorely needed literary and research attribute. That alone makes this book an academic if not a literary success.
The CIA denials as they ascended the organizational ladder at Langley, started out badly enough and then just continued getting worse -- curiouser and curiouser. When Oswald supposedly defected in 1959, unlike the FBI, which kept a running file on him that it updated as needed, the CIA on the other hand, feigned no interest in him at all? They said the only file they had on this marine who had worked on the highly secret U2 Spy Plane radar system at Atsugi Airfield in Japan, was composed of news clippings of his defection?
Even the cables from Ambassador Richard Snyder at Moscow Station attesting to Oswald's alleged defection and his vow to release U2 secrets, somehow, we are led to believe, did not reach the threshold to trigger CIA interest in him?Read more ›
A refreshing aspect to this book is that Newman is reserved about jumping to conclusions. There is no mention of a gunman on the knoll, etc. Instead the author simply assesses whether a particular agency could have done more, dropped the ball, or exhibited gross negligence. In the 2008 addendum added to the back of the book, he does add his conclusion and thoughts about how everything played out the way it did. Again, still refreshingly, he also stipulates that he could be wrong, partly wrong, or maybe right. As a testament to this book, you can see that there are no negative reviews on Amazon from any anti-conspiracy proponents; The author's due diligence simply does not provide them an opportunity to refute his work.
Regardless, if you are just beginning in your inquiry into the assassination "Oswald And The CIA" is an excellent book with which to start. If you have already read a few other books on the assassination, this book is a must have for your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How anyone could rate this book 5 stars is absolutely beyond me. The author lists CIA records of when it was spying on Oswald. Read morePublished 15 days ago by travelertoo
This book is rock solid as far as the meticulous research. But as I read through the original material from when the book was first published I just didn't feel it had lived up to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Marzano
Warning: many readers will incorrectly think they finished John Newman's book upon finishing chapter 20 entitled, ¨Conclusion: Beginning¨. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RdgJr near NYC
"Lone nut" theory completely discredited. Thoroughly documented and footnoted. Government agencies still resist complying with JFK Records Act of 1992. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Don Helivian
A very long and difficult read. Much research and time were put into this book. What it boils down to is that Oswald was indeed an employee of the CIA and he was precisely... Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Hawk
The author says somewhere in the book that this is an account of Oswald' s file. Which is to say his CIA file. The file was extensive. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jack