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The author, a student of the various conspiracies of John F. Kennedy's assassination, was intrigued when the investigation by New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison, was made public. Now, in 1969, the author believes that Garrison's investigation was flawed. The reasons for his allegations are the basis for this book.
Prologue: Oswald in New Orleans
The First Con
Hardcover, book club, 192 pages
Published 1969 by Viking Press, Inc. (NYC)
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Erik Graff
Dec 22, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: JFK assassination fans
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I read this book as a counterpoint to Oliver Stone's JFK movie as it is a detailed critique of the film's protagonist, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. While many of Epstein's points are well-taken, this book is significantly superseded by former Director of Central Intelligence's, Richard Helms', 1979 sworn testimony that in fact Clay Shaw was, as Garrison failed to prove in court years before, an employee of the Agency.
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Jul 05, 2009 Tom Mueller rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in the conspiracy plot
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"A substantial portion of the contents of this book appeared originally in the New Yorker."/ Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 167-177). Refutes Garrison Inquest.
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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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