- Hardcover: 182 pages
- Publisher: Kestrel Books; 1 edition (October 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966277201
- ISBN-13: 978-0966277203
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cover-Up Hardcover – October, 1998
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"Cool, clear, concise. Galanor has boiled down a mass of complex materials into an easily accessible, enlightening discussion. Superbly done."
--Michael Parenti, author of Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media
"Quickly and dramatically Cover-up shatters the lone assassin theory. The weaving of photographs and document with scientific evidence exposes in a remarkably clear way the workings of a cover-up."
--John Loughery, The Hudson Review
"A thoroughly researched account of how the Government's version of the Kennedy assassination is filled with contradictions and impossibilities."
--William Pencak, Professor of American History, Penn State University
"A cogent destruction of the Government's account of the assassination. An astounding amount of evidence counters the deceptions and forgeries that lie at the heart of the official cover-up."
--David S. Lifton, author of Best Evidence
"Galanor skillfully cuts through thirty-five years of clutter and zeros in on the crucial evidence. His systematic, persuasive analysis--supported by beautifully reproduced documents and photographs--will lead any reasonable reader to a chilling but inescapable conclusion: there was a conspiracy and a cover-up."
--Zachary Sklar, co-author of screenplay JFK
"With 40 volumes from two official investigations, as well as hundreds of published books--all devoted to the solution of John F. Kennedy's assassination--Stewart Galanor's eloquent, spare volume is a treasure for novice and expert alike. With understated prose and well-chosen images, Galanor dissects the core issues that hobble the single assassin thesis.
"His amazing short section on Dealey Plaza witnesses may well be the best summation of this evidence in print. Interviews he conducted thirty-two years ago not only formed the basis for this remarkable chapter, but also justified early doubts about the truthfulness of the witness reports the FBI delivered to the Warren Commission."
--Gary L. Aguilar, MD, Head, Division of Ophthalmology, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco
About the Author
Stewart Galanor is the author of the textbooks Calculus: A Visual Approach and The Paradox of Tristram Shandy. He is a multimedia consultant and technical writer for financial institutions and the television industry. He resides in New York City.
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This book is kind of like a Cliff's notes. I read nothing new, the author takes discrepancies that may very well have explanations and draws conclusions. A major instance of this involves the massive rear head wound. Much has been made by many critics of the statements made by the Parkland doctors about the existence of a rear head wound. Rarely do they mention that the doctors themselves have largely retracted those statements and/or attributed them to a large piece of skull that had flapped open and was laying toward the back of the presiden'ts head.
Perhaps someone can explain why this persists. You can try to make the case that the doctors have been unduly influenced or anything else you want to posit, but it completely ignores the Zapruder film. It very clearly shows the inpact of the final shot. The side of the president's head is visibly blown out. At the same time that you view the large piece of skull that is blown out of the side, parietal section of his skull you can clearly see the back of his head which is intact. The frame allows you to see that his hair on the back of his head wasn't even out of place.
If anyone would care to point out a (logical) explanation for this I am open to it. As it stands there is no question in my mind as to where the massive defect in his skull was located.
I paid too much for this book. I still think the best I have read was by Anthony Summers, who now has serious doubts about Oswald's innocence. This is very shallow and trivial by comparison.
Galanor's book is a well-written volume that is easy to read and beautiful to look at. It features an excellent 13-page photo section at the front of the book that outlines the story of the assassination up to the publication of the Warren Report. At the end of the main text is an extended document section followed by the Zapruder frames and Galanor's analysis of where 216 Dealey Plaza witnesses thought the shots originated. The document section, which includes photographs taken by Galanor, is beautifully reproduced. I had never seen some of these items in such detail and clarity before.
Galanor, a multimedia consultant and technical writer based in New York, has studied the assassination since 1964. His book purports to show evidence that a conspiracy existed to assassinate the 35th President. It is essentially a compendium of criticism of the "official version" of the assassination as presented by the Warren Commission (WC), House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), and the major news media.
Grassy Knoll Witnesses
One of the major contributions Galanor obviously hopes to make with Cover-up is his analysis of those witnesses who reported shots originating from the grassy knoll. In 1978, the HSCA had Dr David Green, chairman of the Psychology department at Harvard, analyze accounts of witnesses from the 26 WC volumes and FBI reports. Dr. Green and the HSCA concluded that, out of 178 witnesses analyzed, 11% thought the shots came from the grassy knoll, 27% thought they came from the TSBD, 44% were unsure, and 17% named another source. According to Green, the size of the sample (178 out of approximately 600 people believed to have been there) "makes it difficult to believe that a sizeable selection bias was present". Galanor argues that a significant number of these witnesses were, "government agents who tend to identify with the government's case. Hence the Committee's selection process did not come close to producing a random sample". Galanor concludes, "Therefore, Dr. Green's claim that an accurate statistical analysis could be performed is false".
Additionally, Galanor offers a detailed look at four issues pertaining to the knoll witnesses that he maintains were not considered by Dr. Green and the HSCA.
1. Accommodating Witnesses Galanor maintains that, "One delicate issue to confront is the truthfulness of some of the witnesses". He then goes on to explain how Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry, JFK aide Kenneth O'Donnell, and AP Photographer James Altgens originally expressed the view that the shots came from the knoll but later changed their story to match the "official version".
2. Deficient Interrogations On this subject, Galanor writes, "A second issue to consider is: How diligent was the Warren Commission in obtaining the Witnesses' accounts?". He goes on to cite three witnesses who were never asked their opinion as to the direction of the shots and who fingered the grassy knoll area.
3. Erroneous Reports Most of the discussion in this section is reserved for the notes made by Secret Service agent Glen Bennett. In his notes reported to have been made around 5:30 p.m. (before the autopsy), Bennett said he saw one shot strike JFK "four inches down from the right shoulder" and subsequently saw the fatal head shot hit "the right rear high". The WC mentioned Bennett in their report, giving substantial weight to his observations. According to Galanor, "A more demanding Commission would have examined photographs of the assassination to see if Bennett was at least looking at the President when the shots were fired. Alas, photographs taken by witnesses show Bennett looking off to his right toward the knoll long after he claimed to have turned to look toward the President".
4. Witnesses Not Called Galanor maintains that the government never interviewed several reporters who witnessed the assassination and the HSCA analysis is therefore incomplete. Galanor's own analysis of the 216 grassy knoll witnesses shows the following:
32% were not asked where the shots came from. 37% thought the shots came from the grassy knoll. 32% thought the shots came from the TSBD. 24% could not tell where the shots came from. 4% thought the shots came from both the knoll and the TSBD. 3% named a location other than the knoll or TSBD.
With Cover-up, Galanor offers a concise treatment of the undeniable discrepancies that exist in the JFK case today. Lone assassin theorists will no doubt find many areas in the book to challenge and may point out that some of the anomalies in the evidence are probably benign in nature. The major contribution of Cover-up is likely to be Galanor's own analysis of the 216 grassy knoll witnesses. To his credit, Galanor has omitted many discredited theories and misrepresentations of fact that weaken similar volumes. He is also to be credited for presenting a substantive discussion of the medical evidence without using some of the more graphic autopsy materials. In this regard, Cover-up would be an excellent tool for even younger students wishing to familiarize themselves with the issues that may suggest conspiracy. On the down side, he asks many questions, only some of which he attempts to answer. Ultimately, it will be up to each reader to decide if the puzzles of the JFK assassination are the evidence of a conspiracy or the result of an inadequate autopsy, mistaken eyewitness observations, and various other innocuous slip-ups. On that score, Galanor leaves the reader with no doubt as to where he stands.