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Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald

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The endless tangle of questions about bullets, trajectories, wounds, time sequences & inconsistent testimony that's surrounded the JFK assassination & has fascinated generations of self-styled investigators, probably never will be satisfactorily resolved. Each new release of documents from the various bureaucracies involved in the half century old investigation may ...more
Unknown Binding, 382 pages
Published March 1st 1978 by McGraw-Hill Book Company (NY) (first published January 1st 1978)
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Erik Graff
Nov 17, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: JFK assassination fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
The JFK assassination was announced to us while on recess. After a hastily organized assembly we were all sent home. There, for several days, I was glued to the television. In the months that followed much fruther attention was paid to the event by the media.

The first criticisms I heard of the Warren Commission Report were later, when, during high school, I heard Mark Lane interviewed on radio. It wasn't until years after that, however, that I read anything of book length beyond Marina and Lee.

Pete daPixie
Aug 16, 2013 Pete daPixie rated it liked it
Stinker, Sailor, Assassin, Spy. Edward Jay Epstein's 'Legend', published 1978 pitches the JFK assassination reader into the swirling hall of mirrors created by the CIA, FBI, KGB and Cuban counterintelligence agencies. While Angleton struggles with his paranoid search for a mole, high in the structure of the CIA, and the sudden defection of the KGB's Nosenko poses more questions than answers, J. Edgar takes off her dress and removes the max factor. We are left all these years later with a secret ...more
Sep 22, 2007 Nathan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Conspiracy fans, JFK curios.
In spy terminology, a "legend" is a myth created around a person to hide their real intent, or more specifically, their real loyalties. Edward Jay Epstein examines, in Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald, the relationship between the murderer of J.F.K. and the intelligence services of 3 governments. It also touches on conspiracies to assassinate the President and various witness and allegations ignored by the Warren Commission. Most important, though, as a historical document, the book ...more
Dec 14, 2009 AC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: assassinations
Nosenko was a liar (perhaps...); LHO was a Russian agent 'simpliciter' (bull). Epstein basically allowed himself to become the vehicle for Helms and Angleton to whack their enemies with (starting with JEdgar).
Sep 03, 2010 John rated it really liked it
This is the second time I read this book. Both time were enjoyable, though it took the second time to really get the message. The probability that Oswald was working for the Russians in the assassination of JFK is extremely high. Because the FBI could have been held responsible for errors in tracking Oswald, the information was buried, the CIA counterinsurgency department members that had the correct assessment of related information, were disposed of / replaced, and someone who was actually a R ...more
Janne Kautto
Aug 18, 2014 Janne Kautto rated it really liked it
Well written book. He made a good case that Oswald was the lone gunman. But still at the end he left things open because some new evidence might come to light that changes things.
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Dec 05, 2013 Edward Wilson rated it really liked it
Very interesting look into the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and the FBI and CIA's encounters with him BEFORE November 22, 1963. I Highly recomend
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Edward Jay Epstein (born 1935) is an American investigative journalist and a former political science professor at Harvard, UCLA, and MIT. While a graduate student at Cornell University in 1966, he published the book Inquest, an influential critique of the Warren Commission probe into the John F. Kennedy assassination. Epstein wrote two other books about the Kennedy assassination, eventually colle ...more
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