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American Grotesque: An Account of the Clay Shaw-Jim Garrison Affair in the City of New Orleans
Reissued to coincide with the 30th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, this masterwork of journalism by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer details the infamous, unsuccessful attempt by Jim Garrison to prosecute Clay Shaw in New Orleans as a key conspirator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 24-page insert.
Hardcover, 669 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Simon & Schuster
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This book is a great antidote to the disgusting lionization of Jim Garrison. The book reveals Garrison to have been a corrupt fantasist who violated Clay Shaw's constitutional rights as part of his own campaign for reelection. As a movie entertainment, Oliver Stone's JFK is beautiful and compelling. As history, it is worse than garbage. It is fortunate that Kirkwood, who actually attended the sham trial of Clay Shaw, has provided this account showing that the real establishment conspiracy was Ji ...more
I gave this book one star on the basis of some of the content being entertaining and even informative. That being said this book is NOT to be taken seriously. The author makes it clear he is biased and is merely cooking up a hack job in favor of Shaw.
James Kirkwood, Jr. was an American playwright and author born in Los Angeles, California. His father, James Kirkwood, Sr. was an actor and director in silent films and his mother was actress Lila Lee. He died in 1989 of spinal cancer.More about James Kirkwood Jr....