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As a photographic record: Excellent!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Killing of a President: The Complete Photographic Record of the Assassination, the Conspiracy, and (Paperback)
First the good.
Robert Groden has assembled an amazing array of photographs of and related to the assassination. For JFK buffs (yes I'm guilty of being one) it is an invaluable resource, especially for someone outside the US who hasn't been to the scene. In conjunction with some of the best JFK assassination videos and research books it can really make the scene come to life again. There is an almost preternatural beauty in some of the Dealey Plaza scenes shown in this book. Groden has been able to obtain photographs from private hands, some of which were not publicly available.
The Not So Good
Groden has a habit of ambiguously captioning some of the photos he presents. At times it is difficult to know exactly which one the caption refers to. This is a minor annoyance but more significant is when he assumes that the reader can see what he sees. Groden has, no doubt, subjected these pictures to major enhancements and blowups which perhaps show things that the ordinary reader cannot discern in the "normal" photos in the book. One example is his use of film of LHO distributing pro-Castro leaflets outside the Trade Mart. He categorically states that Clay Shaw is in the background walking towards LHO. This may well be true, however I couldn't identify Shaw as that tiny figure with a dash of white (hair?) from the photo in the book.
I would prefer a comment like "enlargements reveal that the figure in the background may well be Clay Shaw".
Other researchers will (and have) taken issue with Groden's theory (he presents it as absolute fact) of minimum 6 shots from at least 3 directions. I personally have no problem with that but would prefer that he presented it as "my theory" rather than "this is what happened".
Having said all that I would strongly recommend:
1.Purchase the book (would make a great gift for someone interested in the JFK assassination but who hasn't any books on it).
2.Don't take the text as gospel.
3.Cross check with other works.
A caution re the autopsy photos. They are necessary but not for the faint hearted! Parents may want to keep this book away from impressionable kids until they're ready for it.