- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Updated edition (September 21, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569247390
- ISBN-13: 978-1569247396
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not in Your Lifetime: The Definitive Book of the JFK Assassination Paperback – September 21, 1998
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Mr. Summers did a great job in covering Lee Harvey Oswald and the very likely connection to an intelligence agency, probably Army Intelligence. Another interesting subject is "Oswald's" mysterious Mexico trip. Was it really Oswald? The reactions from the FBI and other agencies is suspicious.
This is another book on the JFK assassination that is thoroughly researched and footnoted. There is also a large Souces and Notes section at the back.
What this book focuses on quite well are characters like Oswald, Ruby, the mafia, various CIA operatives, and cuban exiles. He also researched some of the later material like that released about the Kennedy plot to eliminate Castro with the aid of an underling and the back-channel talks with Castro. One of the more disturbing elements of the conspiracy is the flagrant obstruction by the FBI and CIA. He covers that very well also.
Overall one of the better books on the subject and on my short list.
But it becomes very clear how " national security" could indeed be a compelling official reason to keep information unavailable to the public, and why the warren commission report might indeed insist on a single crazy lone gunman.
What you thought you knew about the US and the world on the early '60's will be shaken up by this insightful, balanced, incredibly well-researched, and frankly brave book.
It's a pretty grim story. But it's far and away the best book I have read on this disturbing and important topic.
A more Defining Book will likely be written if and when the Nat'l Archives records are released unredacted in the years ahead.