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Spy Saga: Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence Hardcover – December, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0275935719 ISBN-10: 027593571X Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Pub; First Edition edition (December 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027593571X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275935719
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Political scientist Melanson argues that Oswald was an agent provocateur working for U.S. intelligence. He bases his logically coherent arguments on an examination of Oswald's actions and associations from the 1950s through John Kennedy's assassination. The author succeeds in casting doubt on the official version of that event and in posing troubling, unanswered questions. But, as is often the case with works on this subject, some of Melanson's conclusions seem as implausible as the Warren Commission findings he disputes. Readers who are unfamiliar with previous assassination literature may find it difficult to follow the complicated events and large cast of characters. Nonetheless, the book will have an audience among those who believe there is still material to be mined in this quarry.
- Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwest ern Louisiana, Lafayette
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Armand Herpe on September 2, 2007
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Lee Harvey Oswald was recruited by American Intelligence on a fake defector mission to Russia.he was not a ''Communist'' or a ''lone crazy nut'' or ''unstable'' but a Man of sound mind and judgement who wanted nothing more than to serve his country!!Mrs Melanson proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt!!!this book is out of print get it while supplies are still available!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harris on December 11, 2012
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It's a shame this book is out of print. Hopefully it will be reprinted. This is the best book I've ever read on Oswald's connections with the CIA. Also Read: Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
to read of Oswald's companion George DeMorenshildt and his connections to George Bush, Sr.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JM on November 22, 2011
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This classical book analyzes Oswald's whereabouts during the last 5 years of his life. The author adumbrates the general logic hidden behind an apparently erratic political behavior (defection, Fair Play for Cuba Committee...) : Oswald was an asset of an intelligence organization all along. Spy Saga is a good introduction to Oswald before diving even deeper waters with two more recent books : Oswald and the CIA and Harvey and Lee
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TLR on July 29, 2013
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The late, great Philip Melanson produced another winner with Spy Saga, exploring the evidence that Oswald defected to the USSR on behalf of the US government, and that he remained a low-level intelligence operative upon his return to the US.

Indications that much of Oswald's military career has likely been suppressed include J. Lee Rankin (Warren Commission counsel) in a secret executive session of the Commission in January 1964 saying they needed "to find out what he (Oswald) studied at the Monterey School of the Army in the way of languages." This was not a school ordinary Marines would be sent to, but a place where people would go if they were being groomed for intelligence work. Wherever Rankin got this information from is a mystery, because it quickly disappeared down the memory hole and was never explored by the Commission. We only know about it due to the efforts of Harold Weisberg to have the transcript of the meeting declassified in the early 1970s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Burt on September 4, 2013
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This is an indispensable book for those researching the role of Oswald in the JFK assassination. Without it, I don't think I would have gained enough perspective to get me that A on the research paper. I was surprised to find that I actually liked the read too -- I will read it again and again. This gem stays on the bookshelf under lock and key, so to speak.
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