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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Second Edition edition (October 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786719796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719792
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hildebrand on November 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was one of the very first books on the RFK assasination and still one of the best. Bill Turner was an FBI agent who published other true crime books and Jonn Christian was a former TV reporter. The prose in this volume, while not spectacular, is highly readable, especially relative to other assasination/conspiracy books. (Is it just me, or do a lot of other people feel a sense of total and irreperable fatigue after about 20 pages of your typical JFK assasination book?)

When one considers the bizarre nature of the known objective facts of the RFK assasination and the stakes involved, it is truly amazing so few books are available. Sirhan Sirhan is a true cipher, and nothing in the 'official' story about him allegedly murdering RFK makes any kind of sense. I will not get into the specifics here, as I think this book spells them out quite nicely, and anyone competant in Google can get a good summary of the points anyway on the 'net. (Also, I highly recommend a book from the early 1990's called 'It's a Conspiracy!' by the National Insecurity Counsel, for a very concise version of these points). But consider one this: The LA Police never released the details of their investigation, destoyed hundreds of crime scene photos and a bullet-struck tile at the crime scene (yes, they destroyed a bullet hole at the crime scene!), and shredded hundreds of pages of witness interviews. Instead of a full report, they released a 'Summary' 1986!!! (18 years after the event. Hmmm...)

Americans are astoundingly naive regarding assasinations.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 14, 2008
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This book is--far and away-- STILL the best book on the RFK hit. It is also a masterpiece of writing in any genre and in some ways creates a new one. This is the type of book whose subject matter made "gonzo" necessary but whose writing style makes gonzo seem worse than immature: a lie.

The breadth of investigation is stunning and only matched by the solid research and professional restraint in writing and analysis.

This also happens to be the single wildest narrative I have ever read in my life. You will not be able to believe the characters you meet in this book, yet in the end they are enlivened not by fictive writing but by the charge of a turning point in American history, documented to by a former FBI agent and a former corresponedent for ABC TV in San Franciso. This work is still respected in the field and Turner was featured in the 2007 Times Discovery channel.

At times this book reads like The Crying of Lot 49 but written by Hemmingway.


This book is not simply a who dun it. It is full of deep structural connections that show the direction the bullet was taking us as a nation.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on June 5, 2007
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Full disclosure: This reviewer is an avowed "no single shooter" believer, whether it be JFK, RFK or MLK and is predisposed to look favorably on any effort to shed a conspirational light on any of those tragic events. "The Assassination of RFK" raises all sorts of red flags about the tragic events of that June, 1968 night but fails to close the circle of doubt and deceit. The problem lies in that the authors have given us 3 books in one: It attempts to prove that Sirhan Sirhan was not the sole assassin at the scene. ARFK also tries to demonstrate that Sirhan MAY have been pre-programmed to kill Senator Kennedy in a "Manchurian Candidate" scenario. The most consuming effort herein lies with exposing the egregious effort by LAPD to destroy or withhold items of evidentiary value to a complete investigation AND the steadfast obstinence of the LA courts, justice system and "Establishment" toward reopening or expanding the case. This is a tall order for a work of only 321 pages in fairly large size type. Sadly, the authors Turner and Christian fall short; they certainly raise lots of smoke but do not prove any of the 3 cases outlined above. Another issue with the RFK assassination is that there is nowhere near the amount of "questions" that surround the JFK incident. One wonders what might have transpired had the LA authorities and "Establishment"simply allowed a full and complete investigation to run its' course. But they didn't!! Readers should take pains to read the introduction here. It outlines the eerie publishing history of ARFK. "Someone" did not want this story to see the light of day? Why? Previous reviewer Hildebrand has correctly stated that Americans are naïve concerning assassinations.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on February 13, 2008
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This is a history of the strangest assassination that you could imagine. It looked like an open and shut case. The LAPD made darn sure that those looks stayed that way. In spite of the objectivity, it becomes clear that there is more to this assassination, and cover up, than meets the eye.

The case seems quite strong that there were more bullets fired than Sirhans gun could hold. All of the shots into Kennedy were identified as entering from the rear. Sirhan was in front of Kennedy. The fatal shot was placed within inches of Kennedy's head. The LAPD ripped the pantry apart and destroyed the evidence while doing so. A photographers camera was seized at gun point, actually six LAPD cops at gun point. All of the photos from inside the pantry were not returned.

There is a shady hypnotist with a proclaimed CIA past and an even shadier preacher man who went to the LAPD on the following day and claimed to have met Sirhan strictly via picking him up as a hitch hiker on the day of the assassination. The preacher has a law record as long as your forearm and it is proved that he had known Sirhan for a considerable amount of time. The allegation that he had previously bought clothes for Sirhan will make you rub your eyes. The biggest story is that he suddenly had a nice Lincoln and was flashing up to thirty $1000 bills about the time of the assassination. This in spite of constantly being broke before the event.

There are LAPD members with CIA connections who squeezed in some side work in Latin America. One may wonder if their "other" employment was that of "jackals" (hitmen).
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