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Assignment: Oswald

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This book, written by the FBI agent assigned to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, is the first authoritative insider's account of the most traumatic event of our century. Provides fascinating, shocking details that shed definitive light on the tragic murder. B&W photos.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 6th 1997 by Arcade Publishing (first published November 22nd 1995)
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j. ergo
i give the guy a star b/c he never really slips up (enough for me) in his horse shit explanations of his part in & theory on the assassination. he consistently comes across as both a shameless liar, schliemel &/or both. as read by someone w/ a basic or beyond knowledge of the kennedy assassination, the book presents its author as a sincerely confident & incurious man--particularly for an officer of an investigative agency--who not only whole-heartedly believed in the now quaint black ...more
Dec 06, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it
It was interesting - and in some ways revealing - to read Hosty's description of the events leading up to and immediately following the JFK assassination, as well as his opinions as to everything that came after. His name will always be intimately associated with the assassination - and not merely because he was the FBI agent assigned to monitor Lee Harvey Oswald in the fall of 1963. I do believe he has been, to some degree, unfairly denigrated over the years by everyone from the Warren ...more
Pete daPixie
Not too far off four stars, maybe seven out of ten for 'Assignment Oswald'. I met Jim Hosty in 2003 when he sat in a question and answer forum. I admired his direct and forthright answers. Although his book maligns the government probes into the Kennedy assassination, and his involvement in these investigations, he has always stood by his views on the lone nut Oswald guilt.
It is interesting to read his suspicions of the communist left pointing their finger at the American right for involvement i
Jan 09, 2013 Al rated it liked it
In the fall of 1963, Hosty, a Dallas-based FBI agent, had responsibility for several hundred case files, including one Lee Harvey Oswald, a known Communist sympathizer. There was additional information in CIA files about Oswald, but unfortunately the FBI didn't have that. Still, Hosty knew more about Oswald than most, and in the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination, learned even more. Hosty received a great deal of criticism for not recognizing that Oswald was a threat, and this book is his ...more
alana n. rutledge
Excellent read!!!

The best book on the Kennedy assassination I've read. Couldn't put it down. Hosty's testimony is overwhelming. A must read.
S B Langham
Kind of a poor me pitty party.

Over all seemed to contain a good set of facts and schedule of events that occurred during the historical occurance.
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Hosty relates the story in an honest and earnest way, not sparing criticism of FBI colleagues.
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