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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day (October 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936296527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936296521
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joan Mellen is a rare breed—a biographer who writes with the passion of a truth-seeker, the skill of an artisan, and the attention to detail of a well-trained scholar-researcher. She digs deep and she cares. I look forward to reading every book she writes."  —Richard Layman, author, Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett, on A Farewell to Justice

About the Author

Joan Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University and author of 20 books—ranging from biography and sports to film criticism—including A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History. She has written articles for several publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey.


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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Frank Beckendorf on November 6, 2012
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The subject of this title, George de Mohrenschildt, is a subject that few people (if any) have attempted to write a thesis about. de Mohrenschildt, being a major player in the JF assassination role has virtually been ignored - until now! Trine Day, has now stepped up to the plate, along with Joan Mellen.

What a terrific combination! TrineDay and Joan Mellen!

Joan Mellen, and her extensive determination, gives us a very valuable look at de Mohrenschildt! And, boy is it good! And, welcome! Just as she has done with her Garrison title, Marilyn Monroe expose, and many other non-fiction titles, Mellen does a superb job of letting us know a little more about George. And, face it, we've been waiting a long time.

Joan, who I spoke with about the book a week ago, uses a lot of expertise from people who I know to be able and competent information sources, i.e. Gordon Winslow and Gaeton Fonzi, who just passed away.

One of the great things about this title is Joan's look at De Mohrenschildt and his CIA connections. Every JFK researcher knows about his CIA connections, but until now, we never knew the extent. Joan takes care of that.

Was George Oswald's CIA handler? Did George really look after Lee and Marina when they came back from the U.S.S.R.? Did George have other CIA connections?

This is Joan Mellen at her best. And, this is TrineDay at its best. What a combination! When you finish this title and then lick your chops, check out the many other great titles TrineDay puts out! Man, you won't believe the titles and the nerve it has!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ray Brown on November 22, 2012
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"This book is a revelation and a page-turner."

This statement by Dick Gregory appears on the cover of Our Man in Haiti and is both succinct and accurate.

Anyone interested in George de Mohrenschildt, the Kennedy assassination, the covert actions of CIA in the Caribbean, and/or the historical exploitation of the Haitian people will find Joan Mellen's book to be of value.

My only pause is wondering if the documents sourced by the author always justify her conclusions. Still, this book is a solid five-star effort and leaves one eager for the next two books by Joan Mellen, scheduled to be published next year.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Treefrog on January 5, 2013
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Continuing the 2001 11 Volume set of books " Oswald's Closest Friend, The George De Mohrenschildt Story,", by Bruce Campbell Adamson, the author uses some of his photographs and rare snippets to make this work of art a "Signed Masterpiece". Not only do we see photos of documents showing that Clay Shaw was a highly paid asset of the CIA, as Jim Garrison had suspected, validating the premise of Oliver Stone's movie, "JFK", but we also find out that Paul Rothermel was a mole on the staff of H.L. Hunt, while reporting directly to his handlers in Langley. He even fooled Harold Weisberg into trusting him, sending his every letter directly to CIA headquarters. Jack White was also fooled by Paul Rothermel, sending a very interesting letter and employment application on April 28, 1968. All of the documents are photographed and add to the authenticity of this gem of a book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harris on December 2, 2012
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After you're done reading this book, read Family Of Secrets by Russ Baker to find out about George Bush's connections to George DeMorenschildt.Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John K Bowman on March 28, 2013
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The only other author to write much about this odd chacter is Bruce Adamson. Understanding George is a key to knowing what really happend in Dallas on November 22,1963. de Mohrenschildt was a sort of a con artist that flittered around the outer group of the rich and famous. He was a CIA contact for Oswald. George moved to Haiti just before Jfk's assassination, but bcould have been in Dallas using one of his CIA cover names. The CIA made sure we will never know the details because they claim to have eliminated his files just before it was revealed that George was a player in the assassination.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michele on December 3, 2012
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This is a great book and an easy read. We finally find out what George de Mohrenschildt was really like, and it's not a pretty picture, along with his intelligence ties and contacts with wealthy movers and shakers.

This book shows how he is weaved into Haiti, that poor abused country, and sheds light on the cast of characters in that country that make this book so interesting.

Joan Mellen also ends once and for all the fact that H. L. Hunt and sons had nothing to do with the Kennedy assassination. I love the way she details how so many of these implications came about and who started them. We also follow CIA and FBI throughout.

There was a lot of research that went into this book and there are many documents and footnotes. Looking forward to her next book about Cuba.

A great follow-up to this book would be the detailed listing of de Mohrenschildt's connections in this book: In Camera 50th JFK Assassination Investigation (Oswald's Closest Friend; The George de Mohrenschildt Story) [Kindle Edition] by Bruce Campbell Adamson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Rockwell on November 30, 2013
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Good book on Oswald's CIA contact in Dallas. Lots of good information. The author has done her homework. The most surprising chapter was the one showing how the CIA penetrated oilman H. L. Hunt's business and manipulated him. My only complaint is that amongst the mess and confusion surrounding the Kennedy assassination, the author seems a bit too sure of herself.
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