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Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?

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The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 continues to be shrouded in mystery and controversy. In Plausible Denial, Mark Lane, the author of Rush to Judgment, the provocative and bestselling critique of the Warren Commission, reveals startling evidence about the CIA’s involvement in a plot to murder the president.

In 1978, when a small magazine ran a story by CIA reneg
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published January 1st 1991)
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Oct 07, 2007 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to trace the origins of JFK conspiracies.
Ultimately, Mark Lane's book comes off as more self-serving than it does truthful or provable. Much of the text is self-praise for a court victory against E. Howard Hunt in a civil case. Hunt, for those who don't know, was a former CIA operative who, after bungling operation after operation and earning a reputation as one of the most ineffective agents in the history of the CIA, an arguably ineffective organization, went on to bungle a third-rate robbery of a then little-known hotel called The W ...more
Erik Graff
May 08, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
In 1978 began a legal process involving a suit and counter-suit concerning ex-CIA operative and Cuban invasion leader E. Howard Hunt's presence in Dallas on the day of the Kennedy assassination. Hunt had sued a small, right-wing journal for defamation of character upon their claim to this effect. Lane, on behalf of the journal, Spotlight, convinced a Miami jury that he was apparently present on that day along with Frank Sturgis, another CIA figure, and that the journal had reported the evidence ...more
Telford Delmoe
Jan 14, 2014 Telford Delmoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was NOT an easy read. Mark Lane is well versed in the Law. He is obviously an experienced Attorney with many years of study in the science. He spoke just above his audience to often lose me. I found myself stopping to look up words outside of my non-legal vocabulary. On a positive note he lays out distinctively what are known to be FACTS and they have clearly convinced me on what I had suspected all along... prior to reading this... and that is that the CI ...more
Fredrick Danysh
This work argues that Lee Harvey Oswalt was a patsy of the CIA in the Kennedy assassination. He uses his role as a lawyer in the Hunt v. Liberty Lobby libel trail to explore the case. Lane also emphasizes his own history with the Kennedy family and his research for other works on the conspiracy theory. New testimony is presented.
Oct 09, 2014 GT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thoroughly entertained and thought this book well done. As a lawyer Mark Lane is obviously a talented communicator and can put forward a compelling argument. He had me hook, line, and sinker. And had I been reading this 20+ years ago when it came out I'm thinking I would have been a true-believer as I want to believe there was a conspiracy.

Mr Lane will think less of me as I'll admit here for the first time that from the many books I've read and the documentaries I've seen, I'm now convince
Kevin Shay
Mar 15, 2016 Kevin Shay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most interesting part of this book to me was the first section in which Lane told how the House Select Committee on Assassinations was steered away from blaming the CIA and FBI, and how difficult it was for him to get even a mild criticism of the Warren Report published in the media. The details behind the little-publicized trial in which E. Howard Hunt and others disclose more tidbits about the CIA's role in the JFK killing are fairly chilling.
I think when all is said and done, Mark Lane, a
Nov 29, 2013 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mark Lane’s brash and brusque demeanor can be off putting, even to his fellow JFK conspiracy theorists, but no other researcher’s criticisms of the Warren Report run as deep or as far back in time as his. Mark Lane was criticizing the Warren Report’s conclusions even before the official report was released. As a defense attorney, he was appalled by the lack of due process in Oswald’s arrest and interrogation (with no lawyer present), the rush to judgment that declared his guilt, and the absence ...more
Duncan Macdonald
Loved the book. This victory over Hunt was one thing, but the spotlight shone on the JFK murder was greater. The Marita Lorenz testimony by proxy was something else. According to Marita Lorenz, the two-car caravan (from Miami to Dallas) which transported weapons included herself, Frank Sturgis, Jerry Patrick Hemming, two Cuban brothers named Novis and a pilot named Pedro Diaz Lanz. She stated that "they killed Kennedy". Why wasn't this brought to a criminal trial? Garrison couldn't corner Clay S ...more
Jim Trela
Interesting book. Interesting ideas. Makes you wonder if the whole truth will ever be revealed.
Jackie Levy
While tedious in spots, this book explains how Mark Lane managed to get a jury in the US to find that that E Howard Hunt, as an agent of the CIA, was involved in the Kennedy assassination. It should not be the first book someone who wants to know more about the assassination should read, it was more readable than some others. I found some chapters fascinating and others hard to get through. Mark Lane likes to give many, many details and spends quite a bit of time explaining the law. But, it was ...more
Christopher Earl
Brilliant book the beginning had me on the edge of my seat
Robert Gronenthal
Dec 26, 2015 Robert Gronenthal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible couldn't get past the first 5 chapters
Sep 24, 2007 Yat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
well, i read dis book to complete my assignment. it is about the assassination of John F Kennedy, the late US president. many people believed that it was not Lee Harvey Oswald alone who killed JFK on November this book, it is revealed that there was actualy a plan to kill him by CIA. there were also many evidences to prove this claim. the story was more and less like Prison Break where the CIA find somebody to take the blame for the murder.
Mar 06, 2013 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Lane is one of the best-known and most knowledgeable of the investigators of the Kennedy Assassination. At almost 50 years after this horrific crime, it's hard to keep the details straight even for people like myself who have kept up with most developments. For the novice, this is a great starting point. I highly recommend it.
Steve Davis
Dec 30, 2014 Steve Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A definitive book on the case for conspiracy in the assassination. Mr. Lane is one of the foremost experts in this field. He is highly respected and is not paranoid, but evaluates the evidence like the respected lawyer that he is. If you never read another book about who might have wanted JFK dead then this is the one.
Tony Moore
One of these books that makes you think, but it also makes you think that the author might be making half of it up. Took some skimming to keep the juicy parts coming. In the end, it didn't convince me of anything regarding the JFK assassination, so I guess it didn't work.
Pete daPixie
Feb 11, 2009 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of very interesting unanswered questions posed by Mark Lane. Also interesting to learn of the more recent tape recording (2003)made by E.Howard Hunt, and his confession of involvement/knowledge of 'the big event'. Initiated by L.B.J.
Mar 31, 2011 Mmmjay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Lane was one of the earliest critics of the Warren Commission report. His research is impeccable and his writing is clear and strong. Highly recommend this book to those interested in the JFK assassination.
Scott Duke
Nov 21, 2013 Scott Duke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic! couldn't put it down. the CIA has been found guilty of murdering JFK in not one but TWO district courts here in the US. this book is the story of the second trial.
Jun 14, 2014 Deven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Oswald did not act alone and maybe never even fired a shot. E. Howard Hunt is more likely to have been one of the gunmen than Oswald.
Sep 04, 2009 Addicted2Jeter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and I definitely believe that the CIA had something to do with the assassination. It was definitely a good read for me, and my dad. :)
Mar 06, 2014 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stand JFK conspiracism, but thesis here is that E. Howard Hunt, later famous in Watergate, was involved on the hit on the president.
Laurie Stoll
Dec 08, 2013 Laurie Stoll rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The subject matter of Plausible Denial was very interesting. I did feel that this book read more like a legal brief than a book.
Mar 18, 2011 Muriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book,I was never convinced that Oswald was the killer of JFK and this book gives a plausible alternative.
Aug 07, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persuading, well written perspective on the conspirisized CIA's involvement of JFK's death.
Jun 04, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different conspiracy book, long on facts and short on speculation. Could not put it down.
Jul 29, 2009 D.J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read if you, are a conspiracy theorists. This book really makes you think.
Tim Evans
Doesn't make a lot of sense. God knows how because everyone knows it was a cover-up.
Jul 05, 2010 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a real ball buster to be quite forward about it. Mark Lane holds nothing back. This book was written during the first Bush administration in the early nineties. He makes some startling comparisons and and has some overwhelming evidence surrounding E. Howard Hunt's involvement (and the mysterious coincidence that Richard Nixon was in Dallas the same day Kennedy was murdered). Mark Lane is one of the originators of demanding the truth from the American government in regards to its lie ...more
Mark Arnett
Dec 26, 2011 Mark Arnett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Lane is an author, lawyer and activist. His was the first voice to publicly question the top secret investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and his bestselling book, Rush to Judgment, was one of the first to question the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. A Citizen's Dissent recounts the vast efforts of our governme
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