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This review is from: Accessories After the Fact (Paperback)
Back in the early 70s I worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide on a Senate Commitee trying to reopen the Kennedy assassination or generate support for a House investigation. This was in the post-Garrison era and the credibility of anyone challenging the Warren Commission was suspect. (We now know that many of Garrison's failings were due to sabotage, but back then he was still radioactive to Senators, Representatives, and their staffs.)
Anyway, after all the backlash following the Clay Shaw acquittal it was still a tough sell, and the typical Congressman would give you no more than 5-10 minutes time to make your case, so we needed a one or two page list of powerful bullet points demonstrating that Oswald could not have acted alone, if he acted at all, and showing that the Warren investigation was compromised by the FBI and the CIA. These were serious allegations, so each
point had to be backed up by solid proof.
At the time, there were 5-6 serious books damning the Warren Commision Report: Inquest, by Edward J Epstein; Rush to Judgment by Mark Lane; Six Seconds in Dallas by Josiah Thompson; Whitewash by Harold Weisberg; and They've Killed the President by Robert Sam Anson.
In creating that fact sheet, no book was more carefully documented than Accessories after the Fact, and no book was more comprehensive and meticulous.
When we had to source each bullet point Meagher's book did the best job in directing us to the proof.
I left the Hill in 76--before the HSCA was created, and it has always bitter disappointment to me how its own work appears to ha ve been sabotaged, not unlike what happend to Garrison.
In the years since I have retained a keen interest in this topic, and at last count have read over 40 books. Meagher's book still remains one of the two or three best books written about JFK's death. In fact I consider it one of the best forensic investigation reports I have ever read in 25 years of practicing civil rights litigation.
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2011 10:33:59 AM PDT
Posted on Nov 27, 2013 6:25:15 AM PST
John A. Shacklett says:
Compelling review! Thank you.
Posted on Nov 27, 2013 11:18:45 AM PST
I thank those of you who have read my review for your kind words. If you can read any other book, I would recommend Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi. Bugliosi contends Oswald acted alone. I have never read a book supporting the warren report report that I found persuasive in the least. Yet Bugliosi has caused me to question my own beliefs. Anyone intellectually honest should always want to remain open minded and question their own beliefs. I don't know what to believe any more.
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