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Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  779 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can't be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039--when government files on the case can be unlocked.--Kirkus Reviews
Paperback, 656 pages
Published January 22nd 1993 by Basic Books (first published 1989)
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Pete daPixie
Certainly, I have to say that if the torch is passed to a new generation of the twenty first century, who look back to the tumultuous years of the twentieth, i.e. 1914-19, 1929, 1939-46, the date that must live in infamy is not just 7th December 1941, but with far longer and greater impact is 22nd November 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
After almost fifty years, the official spin remains of the lone nut, and until that lie is eradicated from the pages of history, then the laws of moral justice and social
Benjamin Wetmore
Every page of this book was revelatory in a new aspect of the Kennedy assassination and the many problems with the official story. Essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in the assassination, and, of course, for every history major who goes through their JFK phase.

It well combines all the existing theories at the time and lays them out, if not in a particularly scholarly fashion, than in an entirely readable and digestible way. If one is prone to think that Oswald acted alone,
Adrian Stumpp
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John Herbert
Like everyone else around the world, I knew exactly what I was doing and exactly where I was when John Kennedy was assassinated on the 22nd November 1963.

I was only 16 then and I'm 66 now, and even though 50 years have passed we're still no nearer the truth, as to who had Kennedy killed.

I recall that I was well and truly caught up in the excitement of JFK's reign (the guy was charismatic with a capital C) and the sickening reality of his demise, and the crushing reality that the perpetrators wil
Alastair Rosie
In the world of conspiracy theories, the JFK conspiracy reigns supreme as one of the enduring mysteries of the twentieth century whose effects are still being felt today. It was all the more shocking because the assassination was carried out in front of hundreds of people in broad daylight, and in its aftermath it seemed Camelot had died. With the subsequent government cover up, allegations of CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and Mafia involvement we in the twenty first century are still left wondering ...more
Chris Johnson
I was horrified while reading it and I dont think that has happened to me before. If I could have given this book zero stars or half of a star I would have. Marrs attacks everything that a historian does and also attacks the experts. I cannot fathom how anyone could write like this and actually have it published. Marrs does not do his research very well and I was so annoyed with the fact that he uses sources that he didnt even seem to check. In this book he attempts to be a historian and an expe ...more
Cormac Zoso
One of the first books to explore the Kennedy Assassination conundrum and the first to be well-known, it is still one of the best places to start when exploring this subject. Along with anything by Harold Weisberg, brings the Warren Commission report into a glaring light and shows it cannot have happened the way they said it did.
It's not so much "Was there a plot to kill Kennedy?" as *which* one of the various groups that wanted him dead did it, and in which combination. Kennedy was on the shitlist of the KKK, the Mafia, the Teamsters, and Cuban revolutionaries- not to mention people in his own government, LBJ included, who most certainly did not agree that the Viet Nam war should be ended in a timely fashion. This book is long (over 600 pages) but entirely fascinating- even the appendices are good reading. This book co ...more
Jason Ellison
My grandfather had many JFK assassination books and, as a kid, I would leaf through them, mostly looking at the pictures. Little did I know that I would one day end up reading almost all of his JFK books and then some. Jim Marrs' "Crossfire" was probably the first JFK assassination book that I actually read. It is an infinitely readable book, aimed at a mainstream audience, and for that reason alone it set a standard for all the other JFK, political, or conspiracy books I would read after. If yo ...more
I have never believed that Oswald acted alone. Oswald's statement "...I'm a patsy..." has haunted me because assassins usually take credit for their crime or they do not deny their crime. Assassins typically have a cause and if they die in the course of their "crime" they often believe they become a "martyr" for their cause. A symbol for which others can rise to fight for their cause. They can also be your typical mental case however these assassins are few and far between. I wanted to believe t ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Yaremis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yaremis by: Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell (not 100% certain)
I thought, when I first read it in probably the 2000s, that it was extremely comprehensive and the best that I had (and have up to 2012) read on the Kennedy assassination. Prior to reading it, I had read two or three other books on the topic that I do not think I finished because I found them lacking and/or did not agree with their presentation of facts and conclusions.
Tracy Lackey
Great, in-depth read about JFK's assassination. So many details, this author seemed to have an incredible amount of knowledge about this issue. Interviewed every single person involved, witnesses, suspects, Secret Service, and otherwise. So detailed it was almost overwhelming but a must-read for any and all JFK enthusiasts.
Jen Padgett Bohle
Mar 16, 2010 Jen Padgett Bohle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who doubt the Warren Comission findings
This is THE book to read if you want an introduction to the conspiracy surrounding JFK's assassination and the subsequent cover up. This book, with its careful examination of the tiniest of details, still manages to intrigue me after having been obsessed with the JFK assassination for 20 years.
Peter Vanderhooft
This book is a compelling read but should not be marketed as non-fiction. Upon further research, it is apparent that this book is chock full of unsubstantiated claims and crackpot conspiracy theories. This book is a poor example of historical writing and an even worse example of crime fiction. Books such as this create unnecessary confusion about the facts and draw people into erroneous conclusions about historical events unnecessarily.

That being said, I did enjoy reading this book. The narrativ
Jan J
Jul 21, 2015 Jan J added it
Done!! Good but depressing. Never trust anything the government or the media tells you!
Pete daPixie
The original 1989 edition of 'Crossfire' was one of my favourite JFK assassination books. Marrs' professional journalistic stamp got five stars from me. If it was possible to increase these star ratings, I wouldn't hesitate. The 2013 revised and updated 'Crossfire' is as comprehensive and pertinent to the coup of '63 as I have come across.
The new book of 555 pages follows closely to the '89 version. In three parts, Part I has the same content, minus the summary. Part II has been updated with add
Thomas Ryan
Jim Marrs' "Crossfire" is what the Warren Commission should have been. The extensive documentation presents eyewitness account of what happened on one of most tragic days in our country's history. It also presents an extremely detailed history of who Lee Harvey Oswald was and the characters who surrounded him, as well as JFK, the Bay of Pigs, and the men who occupied president's cabinet. There's a map to show the route the motorcade took through Dealey Plaza as well as obscure photographs includ ...more
This book is my reference guide to the murder of JFK and the era that allowed such. I've learned so much about the time as well as the day this great leader was taken down for his stand against war and this book is so thorough and detailed that it makes me feel like I have actually met JFK.
I have always been intrigued by the mystery and tragedy of the assassination of John F Kennedy. It just blows my mind on how either a lone gun man or several people could of orchestrated such a unbelievable tragedy to not only him, his family but our nation. The innocence of our nation died that day in November 1963.

When I read this book was my first books on the assassination though I have read countless more since with each author with more information and theories than the last.

Jim Marrs def
j. ergo
yeah, even though marrs has continued to float off into the ufo/secret societies still control everything/nazis ate all the cheese on the dark side of the moon & didn't leave shit for anybody else netherworld, the particular book is still--i believe--one of the best places to start w/ a near complete overview of the possible players & their motivations in the jfk assassination. this is prob'ly the 4th time i've read it, & but for only the occasional lapse into opinionated language, t ...more
Morgan Chambers
This is the quintessential report for those interested in the Kennedy assassination conspiracy! Jim Marrs does it again.. and this is a huge book packed with so many facts and footnotes it'll make your head spin...
A must read if you can put aside a block of time... does not disappoint :::
Fredrick Danysh
For fifty years there has been conspiracy theories about the JFK assassination. Marrs presents evidence from various sources to point at who believes is responsible. This is a good read for the Kennedy assassination buff.
This book, "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy," by veteran conspiracy author Jim Marrs, is culturally relevant since this is the book that inspired Oliver Stone's JFK, which in turn inspired a whole new generation of Kennedy assassination conspiracy buffs. Most of the information presented is either laughably twisted, outright false, or has been debunked in more reputable sources, but this book is still HIGHLY entertaining.

Note: This review concerns the 1989 edition of the book. Apparently
This book comes as close as any book I've read to expressing the questions and lingering doubts I have about the "official" conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy. There may be perfectly innocent and logical explanations for many things, but all I've heard is supposition -- excuses and alibis based on everything except cold, hard evidence. As far as I'm concerned, the case for conspiracy that this book makes is much more credible than the Warren C ...more
Garry Fry
One of the first Kennedy books I read. Good entry.
George Presley
Very good. Easily read. Unfortunately I may have come across this book at the end of my assassination book series and it may have been one book too many for me. It is suggested by the author that the reader may just want to keep this book as reference. This is an excellent purpose for having this book. Each chapter is broken down by specific points of question and then a summary is given of the overview. Very concise. However, many scenarios are given leaving the answers somewhat open ended to a ...more
Really great read, chocked full of provocative information. Only negative is that the massive depth of evidence and theories are presented without any real narrative, making it a slow read at times. If conspiracy theory or true crime interests you, this is a must read. Jim Marrs put together one of the most exhaustive and well written books on the Kennedy assassination, hands down.
Sep 01, 2007 Fox rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested
really lets u think4yourself.doesn't point any fingers but gives u all the info-background,motives&means,so u can decide4yourself.after seeing the movie jfk,i found that the movie was based on this book,&i was always fascinated by the jfk assassination-the greatest conspiracy&lie ever.
superbly written.great source book4anyone interested in the case...
just read might take a while,cuz it makes u think but after finishing it,i just wanted2read it all over again!
i've read it maybe3
Robert Snow
The Mother of all Conspiracy Books! I've read a lot of books on the JFK assignation everyone has a theory and a plot and motive. After visiting the Texas School Book Depository now a Museum in Dealey Plaza I came to my own conclusion... One man, one gun from the Texas School Book Depository. As to why...? As to conspirators...? The simple truth might be one loner who could never fit in and was trying to make a statement. But, there is Conspiracy galore in this book if you need to find one.
SPOILER ALERT: I have read assassination books for decades and in this accounting have found the mother-lode of well-organized, coherent information. Bravo to the author for publishing what will, barring a complete break-down in government security, be the best accounting of the 1963 coup d'état that forever changed not just US but world history.
As the last sentence of the manuscript says, "Et tu, Lyndon?"
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American journalist and scholar and expert on conspiracies.

Marrs has given lectures about the John F. Kennedy assasination at University of Texas at Arlington.

Marrs is a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
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