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The Warren Commission Report: Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Paperback – February 15, 1992


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"President Lyndon B. Johnson, by Executive Order No. 11130 dated November 29, 1963, of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The President directed the Commission to evaluate all the facts and circumstances surrounding the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin and to report its findings and conclusions to him.

The subject of the Commission's inquiry was a chain of events which saddened and shocked the people of the United States and of the world. The assassination of President Kennedy and the simultaneous wounding of John B. Connally, Jr., Governor of Texas, has been followed within an hour by the slaying of Patrolman J. D. Tippit of the Dallas Police Department. In the United States and abroad, these events evoked universal demands for an explanation." --From the Foreword
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Unabridged edition (February 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312082576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312082574
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In short Oswald was definitely firing shots from the Dallas School Book Depository building.
OverTheMoon
Virtually every one of the "conclusions" stated within it's pages are not only in dispute, but some are based on outright falsehoods invented out of whole cloth.
Investigator
No other possibilities are explored, and evidence that doesn't fit is ignored or misrepresented.
TLR

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brent E. Jones on March 5, 2001
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Whether a steadfast believer that Oswald acted alone, a staunch conspiracy theorist, or an undecided observer of the John F. Kennedy assassination, this book should be your starting point for research into making an informed judgement. Virtually every book on this subject references the Warren Report, either for support or to point out flaws, inconsistencies, and omissions. The Warren Report can be argued as wrought with errors or even completely false, but one has the responsibility of reading it before passing any judgement, since it was indeed the first official stance taken by the U.S. government regarding the murder of JFK. I give the Warren Report a five star rating not because I purport to stand behind its conclusions, but because I view it as the quintessential starting point on this subject. Far too many opinions have already been cast by individuals who trash this work outright without ever having read it. Judge for yourself, and then move on to enlightened works that either support its findings or take great exception. Regardless of your opinion, it will be an informed one.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brent E. Jones on March 5, 2001
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Whether a steadfast believer that Oswald acted alone, a staunch conspiracy theorist, or an undecided observer of the John F. Kennedy assassination, this book should be your starting point for research into making an informed judgement. Virtually every book on this subject references the Warren Report, either for support or to point out flaws, inconsistencies, and omissions. The Warren Report can be argued as wrought with errors or even completely false, but one has the responsibility of reading it before passing any judgement, since it was indeed the first official stance taken by the U.S. government regarding the murder of JFK. I give the Warren Report a five star rating not because I purport to stand behind its conclusions, but because I view it as the quintessential starting point on this subject. Far too many opinions have already been cast by individuals who trash this work outright without ever having read it. Judge for yourself, and then move on to enlightened works that either support its findings or take great exception. Regardless of your opinion, it will be an informed one.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Wykes on November 29, 2005
The killing of President Kennedy is seared into the American conscience. It is quite understandable that so many competing theories of what actually happened that day would persist for so many years.

I read the Warren Commission report many years ago...back in 1974 and 1975. At that time I was convinced that the Commission's findings were accurate.

Over time, however, my feelings changed. Oswald seemed to have ties to Cuba and to the USSR. Ruby seemed to have ties to the underworld. I began reading conspiracy books and began to believe them. The "magic bullet" theory began to seem unbelievable, and the idea of more than one shooter seemed credible.

Over the years, I read about many conspiracy theories. Nixon, for example, was in Dallas that morning -- did he have something to do with it? Then there is that mysterious man with the umbrella, and the shadow by the grassy knoll, and, of course, Lyndon Johnson, who may have had something to do with it. Some even suggested that the driver of the presidential limosine was the shooter!

More recently, I have looked at the evidence again. The other reviewer is right -- the Warren Commission Report has stood the test of time. It seems so very clear to me now that Oswald is the one who did the shooting that day, that he fired three times, and that he probably acted alone.

The evidence of the conspiracy theorists includes hearsay, rumors, and blurred shadows. They speak with great authority as if they had been there -- some of them were probably not even born at the time.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Halbower on December 1, 2005
The Warren Report was the official report on the assassination of JFK. Because Lee Harvey Oswald was shot 2 days after the assassination by Jack Ruby, there was no trial. The American people would not stand for this, so President Johnson authorized the Warren Commission to determine what happened on November 22, 1963.

This book is an important work in American history, regardless of which side you take: lone assassin or conspiracy. It is fairly easy to follow; the authors sum up their conclusions in each sub-chapter, make their case and then dismiss what they believe is "uncredible."

Unfortunately, the book I have has no index and no table of contents. I'm not sure if this edition that I'm reviewing does or not; I suspect it also is lacking this critical apparatus. This makes reviewing their notes and conclusions somewhat muddled. Some would say that this was deliberate, all part of the conspiracy and coverup. I can't draw that conclusion.

The Warren Report doesn't prove that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. It proves that Lee Harvey Oswald COULD HAVE acted alone. Many leads are dismissed out of hand. For example: a Dallas cop saw Oswald running down Houston Avenue moments after the shooting, getting into the passenger side of a station wagon. Later that afternoon, that cop saw Oswald in the captain's office being interrogated. He told his chief that's the guy he saw. The chief dismissed this and said that a little old lady saw him board a bus after the shooting. Therefore there was no getaway car.

One of the reasons that Oswald was pinned down to the Kennedy killing was that he took a shot at General Walker. They pinned this crime to him in December of 1963; the shooting took place in March.
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