William Law's "In the Eye of History" is an important look at the medical evidence in the JFK assassination, one that meshes nicely with Harold WeisbeWilliam Law's "In the Eye of History" is an important look at the medical evidence in the JFK assassination, one that meshes nicely with Harold Weisberg's "Post Mortem" and David Lifton's "Best Evidence." Law's ground breaking work has largely flown under the radar in the research community, and more recognition is long overdue.
Law takes the reader through the murky world of the JFK autopsy. It's a world filled with multiple caskets, and multiple body bags, and decoy ambulances. Whatever theory one subscribes to, something very peculiar was going on at Bethesda Naval Hospital that night. Law found the people who were there, and put them on the record.
Law was the first citizen researcher to interview crucial witnesses like FBI agents James Sibert and Francis O'Neill. The Sibert interview is particularly fascinating. The man who co-wrote the often-quoted report on the Bethesda autopsy was a quite knowledgeable researcher himself. Neither Sibert nor O'Neill bought the absurd single-bullet theory.
I've been studying the JFK assassination since the mid-1970s, and there isn't much about the subject that I don't know. But I found out new things in this book. To cite just one example, I was unaware that J.Thornton Boswell, one of the two pathologists who produced "an autopsy unworthy of a Bowery bum," in the words of Harold Weisberg, rejected an opportunity to perform the autopsy on Martin Luther King, Jr.
William Law has the reputation of being one of the best interviewers in the world, and that is reflected in all the eye-opening interviews in this book. It's time that the research community realized he is a pretty special writer and researcher as well....more
John Kelin does a remarkable job of chronicling the often contentious relationships between the early critics of the Warren Commission, and the cruciaJohn Kelin does a remarkable job of chronicling the often contentious relationships between the early critics of the Warren Commission, and the crucial work they performed in spite of it all. Having met a few of these "first generation" critics myself, I can testify personally to the animosity that existed between most all of them. Large egos, combative personalities, and professional jealousies combined to prevent any effective coalition from ever forming, which might have provided a more powerful opposition to the establishment media and politicians that so fiercely clung to the impossible official story.
Those reading this wonderful book should always remember that the reason why a chicken farmer, a lawyer and local politician, a small Texas publisher, a housewife, and a World Health Organization employee produced the essential research in this case, was because no professional journalist ever had the slightest desire to investigate the assassination of the President of the United States. The fact they achieved what they did, and exposed the lone assassin myth for what it was, is all the more remarkable because they were just individual citizens, working against powerful forces, with no subpoena powers and limited budgets.
"Praise From A Future Generation" is compelling history, and an obvious labor of love. Those of us who continue to research this case must never forget the debt we all owe to Mark Lane, Harold Weisberg, Sylvia Meagher, Shirley Martin, Maggie Field, Penn Jones, Jr., Thomas Buchanan, Sylvan Fox, Ray Marcus and Vincent Salandria. They, and the others that came immediately after them, are American heroes and true profiles in courage. ...more