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A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History Hardcover – Bargain Price, October, 2005
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In her account of Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation of and obsession with the JFK assassination, Mellen brings an astonishing amount of information to light, but even those very familiar with the topic will have trouble sorting out the tangles, turns and treachery. Garrison's complexities-an overdriven libido, a willful blind spot regarding the unsavory character of many of his investigators and a desperate relentlessness about the Kennedy investigation that likely led to his death at 70-are objectively portrayed. What is less clear, unfortunately, is the nitty gritty about his investigation. Rather than providing an outline of the events preceding and following Kennedy's assassination as uncovered by Garrison, Mellon slices up her book into topical chapters and confuses an already bewildering case by shifting timelines, authorial voices and locations with seemingly little cause. Even given a straightforward, chronological narrative of Garrison's investigation, the novice reader would have difficulty following the many threads of Garrison's inquiries: witnesses had multiple identities; research uncovered misinformation, disinformation and plain old lies; and some alleged CIA cover-ups may have been a product of Garrison's paranoia. Readers are likely to come away with a qualified admiration of Garrison and a muzzy understanding of how and why Kennedy was killed.
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"A FAREWELL TO JUSTICE is a fascinating and provocative book featuring one of the most unusual and compelling figures in the history of American jurisprudence. And though the book is massive, carefully researched, and intellectually persuasive, it also reads with the engaging particularity and narrative drive of an epic, tragic novel." - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN
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I wish I had read Joan Mellen's book before I completed and published my own work, "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board," late in 2009.
If I had, many of Joan's findings and conclusions would have strengthened the case I made (in Volume V of my book) that the assassination of JFK was a state action, ordered by the power elite that ran the National Security State at the height of the Cold War. That assassination was an act of consensus, not the action of a few rouge elements. Key operatives and executives in the CIA's covert action arm willingly carried out the assassination, and former and then-current CIA officials managed the ensuing Warren Commission investigation, as well as the continuing media spin that supported the lone assassin conclusion.
Along these lines, I particularly recommend her Chapter 11, titled: "John Kennedy, Jim Garrison, and the CIA." This chapter should sway anyone who is still skeptical about Agency involvement in the assassination. And her well-documented revelations that accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was an informant or employee of three Federal Agencies (the CIA, the FBI, and Customs) certainly removes any doubt that he was acting in accordance with the instructions of his handlers in U.S. intelligence, from the time he returned to the U.S. from his "defection" to the USSR, until President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Many years ago, and in fact for almost three decades, I remained a fence-sitter about Jim Garrison's investigation, not sure whether he was on the right track or not. No longer. Joan Mellen has written the best-documented, and most scholarly work about the Garrison investigation to date, and it is hard to imagine anyone ever topping it. Garrison was clearly "the real deal," and was on the right track. Oswald was deeply involved with two CIA employees, or assets, during his short stay in New Orleans in 1963---David Ferrie and Clay Shaw---and Mellen proves this beyond a reasonable doubt. Garrison performed honorably and courageously, and simply ran into a U.S. government-organized disinformation buzz-saw. He has been vindicated by history, and Joan Mellen has played a major part in his resurrection and vindication.
So, if you have not read this book yet, purchase it immediately, and read it now. It is THE book to have about Jim Garrison's investigation into President Kennedy's assassination. Joan Mellen does not pull any punches, neither about Jim Garrison himself, nor about the Kennedy brothers, nor about the CIA. This is why I respect her seminal work as much as I do. "Better late than never" is an adage that applies perfectly to my belated reading of this work, which is now the "gold standard" in regard to books about Jim Garrison and his activities in New Orleans from 1963-1969.
Brutal murders of witnesses, intimidation, bribery, and other tricks by our government agencies kept it quiet for so long, but now, as some remaining people alive are now losing their fear, and the FBI has lost some of its biting teeth, more truth is emerging.
For those who deny this still ... ask why both parties have continued to keep the remaining documents about the assassination (that haven't been destroyed, totally redacted or censured) locked up as top secret more than any other secrets in the nation's history.
Mellon condensed 1800 final pages of her original book into this complex tome which should interest any historian, and indeed, should have changed history.
Beside intelligence (`the clandestine arm of warfare interests in the US government'), the war machine corporations wanted in no way to attach their fortunes to the Kennedys.
The only legal action against the alleged perpetrators of the assassination came from a courageous district attorney, Jim Garrison. That he was very near (part of ) the truth is proven by the frontal vicious attacks launched against him and his investigation by intelligence itself. All legal and illegal means were good enough to destroy him.
But he was only near a part of the truth: the ground staff, not near those who ordered the murder, the upper level of the plotters.
Joan Mellen shows profusely how Oswald was continuously surrounded by intelligence agents and how the latter shared their beds with the Mafia. J. Garrison knew that he fought against `a secret state of its own' and `a major menace to the democracy we live in'.
The author reveals also that there was an alternative scapegoat in the wings, if the framing of Oswald would not succeed, and, more controversially, that Bob Kennedy was against Garrison's investigation, because he thought he needed `to gain the presidency to deal with the facts of his brother's death.'
This book throws a shrill light on the Pravda-like media (C. Johnson) who are creating a Kafkaesque world which has nothing to do with this world's political and economic realities. Another example in this book: the U2 Powers incident in 1956 was a provocation to kill détente between Eisenhower and Khrushchev.
This book is a must read for all those who are interested in the most important coup d'état of the 20th century and who want to understand the world we live in.
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