- Paperback: 755 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf (September 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881844381
- ISBN-13: 978-0881844382
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Paperback – September 1, 1988
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Lifton's startling book that pieces together shocking facts behind the JFK assassination. Lifton discounts the lone gunman theory and points to a successfully executed conspiracy that reached to the highest levels of the federal government. Lifton spent 15 years researching this book and his conclusions are shocking. After reviewing all the evidence, Lifton feels that the "best evidence" is that the young President's body fell into the hands of the people who deceived the nation and the world and to this day have not been brought to justice. A book you will find hard to put down. Illustrated with photographs & drawings. A riveting read that just make you question what really happened in Dallas that day.
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Up front, I will say that reading this book will NOT tell you who killed President Kennedy, or why. It WILL tell you how the killers [plural] got away with it.
Everyone over a certain age can tell you where they were on November 22, 1963 [I was in Chemistry class]. Early on, many of us realized that the "Oswald did it" solution was just too simple. My Dad was a firearms expert who said that the [alleged] sixth floor shots would have been easy, UNTIL he saw Olwald's rifle; then he said that they would have been impossible. [Of course, "easy" for Daddy doesn't mean "easy", but hundreds of Military and Police shooters could make those shots WITH A DECENT RIFLE].
The gist of this book is that JFK's body as autopsied at Bethesda was in much different condition than it was when it left Parkland. Dr. Humes was not a liar; he was lied to. By all accounts, J.J. Humes was a fine man. Despite a 25 year career in Navy Medicine [the first years in Laboratory Medicine], I never met him. Several people I knew respected him greatly. Dr. Humes was presented, in the presence of numerous superior officers, with an altered body, and told to perform an autopsy. An impossible position.
When President Kennedy went to Dallas, the plot was in place. Had it worked as planned, much of the controversy of the past 44 years would have never come to light, but two things went wrong:  JFK arrived at Parkland still [barely] alive, and  John Connally got shot. The Parkland ER was to receive one victim, DOA. Instead, they got two live ones, one of whom could be saved. The doctors at Parkland included "sheep" and "goats", but they got hopelessly mixed up during the half hour attempt to save the President. They body had to be altered after leaving Parkland [somewhere], but mistakes got made, witness saw [parts of] things, and an eternity of controversy started.
The wound descriptions given by the Parkland doctors are totally different from those given by Dr. Humes in the autopsy protocol. Do I remember every detail of every patient I've ever treated in an ER? Preposterous. But some, I can never forget; I would absolutely remember every slightest detail of treating a President. Anyone would. In the end, there's simply too much evidence for the Grassy Knoll, and an altered body.
I disagree with Mr. Lifton about 1 or 2 minor points. He considers Oswald an innocent victim; I'm not so sure, though I agree that he fired no shots.
If I have to criticize this profoundly great book about anything, it's Mr. Lifton's assumption that the average reader possesses a level of medical knowledge that they really don't. [I made the very same critique of Cooper's biography of Jeff Davis, another President whose term was unjustly shortened by tragedy].
President Kennedy is dead. God rest his soul. I don't know who killed him, and David Lifton doesn't, either. Something of ALL of us died with him. That's true be you liberal Democrat, conservative Republican, or those like me who still use present tense in speaking of Jeff Davis. ALL of us are Americans who had our innocence stolen from us. Read this book. Make your OWN descisions, but be informed when you make them.
What also makes the book interesting is the biographical information about author David Lifton. The book is written from his perspective of becoming immersed into the JFK mystery to the point where he stopped working on his Master's Degree and was subsequently expelled from the university.
Mr. Lifton was a physics and engineering major in college which gave him the ability to look at all of this in a very scientific and objective way. Sadly that's exactly what the Warren Commission and the HSCA panel were never willing or able to do. The Navy doctor who performed JFK's so called autopsy, Commander Humes, was an expert at saying things that were true but saying it in such a way that only he knew what he was talking about. That's exactly the kind of language that should never be used when discussing the results of an autopsy.
I suspect many JFK researchers have always wished someone could look at the Zapruder film, the Mary Moorman picture, and the other JFK visual evidence and see what is really there. Well someone was able to do that. His name was Tom Wilson. Wilson subjected those artifacts to his advanced photographic analysis technology which can peel away layers of light and shadow and reveal what is in those movies and pictures.
It's interesting to compare David Lifton's conclusions with what Tom Wilson said. Mr. Lifton was correct about many things but there were things he could not have known without the benefit of Tom Wilson's invention.
Among the many shocking things Tom Wilson discovered:
1. John Kennedy was hit by at least six bullets including three shots to his body. And that doesn't include the throat shot.
2. The head shot struck JFK in the right temple area and the bullet was travelling at an upward trajectory when it impacted with JFK's head. The missile fragmented into two pieces upon impact.
3. There could have been as many as 10 people shooting at JFK. There was a shooter in the Texas School Book Depository but not in the fake Oswald window. This shooter was in another window on the other side of the building.
4. Many, many changes were made to the famous Zapruder film before it was ever released to the public. The presidential limousine was 7 feet farther down the road than what the Zapruder film shows. How convenient that when the shooting started JFK was hidden behind the freeway sign in the modified Zapruder film. These alterations to the Zapruder film can be easily detected today using modern technology.
The book A Deeper, Darker Truth by Donald T. Phillips is based on Tom Wilson's work. I recommend reading this book by Mr. Lifton and then Phillips' book. Then maybe read some of Doug Horne's Inside The ARRB volumes to get the total picture about the medical evidence conspiracy.
This book by David Lifton describes a dismal, murky, gruesome abyss of murder, lies, confusion, and a massive abuse of trust and authority. According to author John M. Newman the CIA created fake connections between Oswald and the KGB when Oswald was in Mexico City. Lyndon Johnson told everyone that Lee Oswald was working for the Soviets when he assassinated JFK and if that horrible truth ever came to light World War III would begin.
John Newman calls this the World War III virus in Oswald's CIA records. And once Johnson started playing that card the truth was never going to come out of any government agencies. And it never has. No matter what evidence surfaced, what witnesses saw, etc., it would always come down to the secrecy being a matter of national security.
And hiding the truth about the JFK assassination really is a matter of national security. If the truth could ever be proven in court the entire American democratic system might start to fall apart at the seams. That's why they're still covering it up even today. The truth would raise too many questions about events like the Vietnam War and what else they may be lying about even now.
The only thing I didn't agree with Mr. Lifton about is he said Jim Garrison's Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans was a farce. Judyth Baker has now surfaced and shown that yes Clay Shaw was part of that murky CIA underworld in New Orleans when Lee Oswald was living there.
Tom Wilson appears in episode 6 of the great JFK documentary series The Men Who Killed Kennedy. The hypocrites took legal action and had some episode of this TV series banned from television forever. However they can still be viewed on the internet and I recommend that people view all 9 episodes.
A Deeper, Darker Truth: Tom Wilson's Journey into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK - Volume 1
Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed
On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
Texas in the Morning: The Love Story of Madeleine Brown and President Lyndon Baines Johnson
The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ
The Dark Side of Lyndon Baines Johnson
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination
Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy