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A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History

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Working with thousands of previously unreleased documents and drawing on more than one thousand interviews, with many witnesses speaking out for the first time, Joan Mellen revisits the investigation of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, the only public official to have indicted, in 1969, a suspect in President John F. Kennedy’s murder.Garrison began by exposing t ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Potomac Books
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Pete daPixie
Aug 31, 2012 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Barack & Mitt
Joan Mellen's 'A Farewell to Justice' (2005) assaults the reader with such machine gun rapidity of names, characters, aliases, spooks, double agents and shadows that may bewray and bewilder. Following in the footsteps of much maligned New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison on his trail of the assassins, Mellen documents the real history of his investigation that was so loosely portrayed in Stone's 'JFK'.
Approaching the fiftieth anniversary of this coup d'etat, the importance of Garrison's pursuit of trut
Aug 22, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
My head is spinning...disappointed in apparent absence of editorial oversight (did the editor even LOOK at the manuscript?) and as one of Joan Mellen's critics put it, "she threw sentences into the air and didn't care how the words landed" or something to that effect. The author is on the faculty of the English Department at Temple U and spent 7 years investigating the investigation. However, the thread of Jim Garrison's story continues ever slowly to unwind amid a mountain of minutiae, the stra ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Donald rated it liked it
Recommends it for: JFK Assassination Researchers
I eagerly awaited the publication of Joan Mellen's "A Farewell To Justice.' As one of Jim Garrison's die-hard defenders, I had high expectations for this book, and after reading it, those expectations were simply not met. I have had exchanges with Joan on a JFK Forum, and we just agree to disagree about Bobby Kennedy. That's my main objection to this book; Joan's very negative portrayal of Bobby, who is one of my all-time heroes. Although Joan thinks Garrison was correct, and gives a decent acco ...more
Mar 28, 2009 Sheik rated it it was amazing
I knew several of the key players in this mostrous murder to stop JFK from pulling us out of Vietnam by 1965.

I read every book on the killing....and Joan Mellen has filled in ALL the spaces , and it all adds up.

If you want to know what's running our Country, and why we have no voice in it's policies.....this is why.

Big Jim was right, and this book is a tribute to his courage and patriotism.
Mar 30, 2009 Mona marked it as to-read
Anxious to read this book that my brother, Roger suggests. Being from New Orleans and hearing the convincing pleads from Jim Garrison regarding the assassination of JFK, and the associations of Clay Shaw, Carlos Marcello, Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald along with many other "valid" reasons the FBI keeps from the world public - Our tax dollars working against us since 1960's! Roger believes Joan Melon discovered or uncovered volumes and truck loads of information and research by Jim Garrison tha ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Steven marked it as to-read
Very, very poorly written, almost incomprehensible, and almost impossible to follow if one does not have some knowledge of the players involved. Little, if any, background information. To me, it seems like it was written not for those who want to learn the story but for those who lived through it. Stream of consciousness does not work for me where the story is already convoluted and complex.

I will return to this book and try to piece together the story after learning a bit more about the invest
Oct 28, 2009 AC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: assassinations
This is not, as I've said, a good book. But there is one photograph in it that is worth the price of the book. It is a picture of a young Lee Harvey Oswald, about 16 years-old, with a group of boys at a flying camp run by a still youthful looking David Ferrie. So much for the claim that Ferrie had never met Oswald.

Here is the photo:

(Otherwise, this book is hopelessly misconceived and executed)
Sep 01, 2007 Fox rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: serious researchers
did a lot of research on the case.fascinated by jim garrison&this book is enlightening in so many ways.
great writing&unlike any other book i've read on this subject
i wouldn't start with this book.best2read a few b4or 2c some documentaries-the men who killed kennedy.a british documentary from the late80's is a good one,4example
Oct 04, 2014 Speesh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spies, crime
To put it simply; this must surely be the mother and father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle and next-door neighbour of all books about the Kennedy assassination cover up. No doubts about it. If there’s a stone still remaining unturned, bush un-peeked behind, a shopping list uncategorised, it surely ain’t worth peering into or under. If you have even the remotest interest in the killing and the (obvious) cover-up afterwards (and you have a few weeks to set aside to reading this) you need to read th ...more
Kathi Jackson
Jan 06, 2017 Kathi Jackson rated it it was amazing
I really admired Garrison and think he knew what was true in the JFK assassination. It's sad that he lost his good reputation when this happened.
John Thomas
A comic masterpiece! Thousands of people in the know; all but a few tied to the CIA; all silent until now! Hundreds of main players, some with the same name, but different; some with different names but the same! Sex of all kinds, zanies everywhere!
Lawrence A
Aug 07, 2008 Lawrence A rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, jfk-rfk
One of the best-written books on the JFK assassination, and the investigation in New Orleans by then-District Attorney Jim Garrison.
Richard Gipson
Feb 28, 2014 Richard Gipson rated it did not like it
Poorly written and documented. The author throws around names with such abandon that this book quickly takes on the complexity and obfuscation of a bad Russian novel.
David Meritt
Sep 06, 2014 David Meritt rated it liked it
Read it a long time ago and should read it again, but it seemed to draw a lot of conclusions based purely on speculation.
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Joan Mellen is the bestselling author of twenty books, including A Farewell to Justice, her biographical study of Jim Garrison s New Orleans investigation of the Kennedy assassination. She has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Baltimore Sun. Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in ...more
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