- Perfect Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: JFK Lancer Productions & Publications; 1st edition (June 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977465721
- ISBN-13: 978-0977465729
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,087,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Garrison: His Life and Times, The Early Years 1st Edition
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Jim Garrison was a giant with a bigger-than-life personality. He had a towering physical presence, a brilliant and curious mind, an unmatched eloquence, a sardonic sense of humor, and most important, the courage to seek and speak the truth, no matter the consequences. Over the years the CIA, through an orchestrated campaign, has tried to discredit his important contribution to finding the truth about the JFK assassination and to destroy his personal reputation with smears and disinformation. In Joan Mellen's exhaustively researched and vividly written biography, the real Jim Garrison rises from the dead and practically leaps from the page onto the colorful streets of corrupt, decadent New Orleans of the 1950s and 1960s. For anyone who wants to know who Jim Garrison really was and where he found the strength to challenge the Warren Commission, the CIA, and anyone else standing in the way of truth, this book is essential reading. --Zachary Sklar Co-screenwriter of JFK Editor of On the Trail of the Assassins
Having known Jim Garrison well during his years as a district attorney, I found this book difficult to put down. It's an exciting and accurate description of the events in the political world of New Orleans during Garrison's tenure in office. --Judge Louis P. Trent
About the Author
Biographer Joan Mellen met New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in 1969. His relentless search for the truth about what happened to President Kennedy made a deep impression upon her. In 1997, Mellen started to work on the story of Garrison's life. This biography turned into the story of Garrison's investigation and then into a new investigation of the assassination itself in her recent book, A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History
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To understand Garrison's motives in his JFK case you must understand his philosophy about life, the law and government and the rights of individuals--and these are clearly described in Mellen's book.
Shown warts and all (sometimes uncomfortably so), Garrison's private life was a mess. But the information about his public life is key to an understanding of his ill-fated crusade to prove in a courtroom his belief in a conspiracy to cover up the facts of President Kennedy's murder.
Whether a Garrison supporter or opponent (and there are legions of both) Mellen's book must be read.
But for the untimely death under suspicious circumstances of his primary target, David Ferrie, in 1967, Garrison may have been able to overcome the campaign orchestrated by the CIA and its media assets to undermine his investigation. (Of course, we now have learned that Clay Shaw was a highly paid employee of the CIA, but this was being denied publicly by Shaw and his lawyers, and by the federal government, at the time.) In retrospect, it appears likely that the clearly coordinated effort to ruin Garrison personally would have proceeded in any event.
This book is highly recommended, along with William Davy's "Let Justice Be Done" and Mellen's companion work, "A Farewell to Justice," which fully recount the history of Garrison's doomed but valiant efforts to get at the truth.