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Inquest is the classic study of how a government attempts to establish the truth after the assassination of a president. Edward Jay Epstein, then an undergraduate at Cornell, was the only person to interview most of the members of the Warren Commission and its staff, lawyers, and investigators. He also obtained from them their memos and the crucial FBI Report. The result w ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 29th 1966 by Viking Press (NY)
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Pete daPixie
Edward Jay Epstein is almost as much of an enigma to me as Lee Harvey Oswald. My copy of 'Inquest' is from 1966 and joins Weisberg's 'Whitewash' and Lane's 'Rush to Judgement' as the earliest publication in my JFK assassination book shelf.
Unlike Weisberg and Lane, Epstein, in his probe for the establishment of truth exposes the Warren/FBI forest but fails to see any trees. We may allow for the early date of his thesis, yet two decades later in a Wall Street Journal essay Epstein remains a lone-n
Erik Graff
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JFK assassination fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
There is a whole range of books, hundreds of them, about the Kennedy assassination, very few now supporting the Warren Commission as being either thorough or forthcoming. Epstein is one of the moderates. He accepts many of the Commission's central claims, most particularly that Oswald participated in the shooting of President Kennedy. He does not, however, accept the magic bullet nonsense nor that Oswald was a lone, crazy murderer.

This book was written only two years after the events it describe
Holly Foley (Procida)
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I knew there were conspiracies surrounding the assassination of JFK, I never really studied the details of the assassination. This book on the Warren commission spent time analyzing how they went about writing the report and reckoning with various theories to calm down a worried world. There really is a lot of confusing evidence surrounding the single bullet theory and the idea that if that can't be proved a second assassin should have been explored. The world didn't seem ready for that op ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
While the Warren Commission Report into the runs to several volumes, the author boils the input and findings to down to two hundred pages. One quarter of this is two appendices containing FBI reports.
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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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