The JFK Assassination Debates

The JFK Assassination Debates

Lone Gunman Versus Conspiracy

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2006
ISBN: 9780700614745
0700614745
Branch Call Number: 364.1524 KURTZ
Characteristics: xvi, 280 p. ; 24 cm

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The truth about the JFK assassination can be found in "Case Closed," by Gerald Posner.

LRS1969 Nov 13, 2015

A real piece of garbage.

And I am sick of the review shown that quotes a$$hole Thomas Mallon.

This reviewer - not giving an example of actually reading this book - gives this SAME exact response to EVERY book on the JFK assassination that doesn't fit the Warren Commission!

And I believe that is an abusive use of review process.

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StarGladiator
Feb 09, 2013

EXTREMELY NEGATIVE rating for lack of scholarship by a "distinguished historian" who will write anything if he's paid enough (somewhat like that Michael Beschloss character on PBS?). For the real deal and in complete contradiction to this book of fiction by Kurtz, please read James Douglass' book, JFK and the Unspeakable: unlike the fraud, Kurtz, Prof. Douglass actually did the work and put forth the effort, taking numerous depositions he had gathered from the FBI and Secret Service, back to the witnesses who signed them, asking them if that was what they had actually said? Negative again and again and again! Kurtz cites fiction from Gen. Walker, w/out divulging that Walker was convicted numerous times of public indecency and lewd behavior, and was an ardent anti-JFK and pro-segregationist! Kurtz knows absolutely nothing of the backgrounds of Ruth and Michael Paine, nor of Lee Oswald's being elected 8th grade president at the NYC school he attended. How can Kurtz possibly mention the false assertion by the Itek Corporation about the weapon used, without mentioning their long, close and profitable association with the CIA [and that the majority owner was the Rockefeller family]??? Obviously never read the Warren Commission Report - - and this farce calls himself an historian?!?!?! [Kurtz uses a typical method of appearing very sloppy in his supposed work, while mixing in bits of truth [p. 118, and one or two pages elsewhere]. Yes, nothing suggesting that the rifle Oswald was alleged in owning and firing, was in fact fired - - nobody could prove Oswald fired at Gen. Walker, which made no sense to begin with [except that Oswald was a big Kennedy fan in actuality], and neighbors id'd two tall men in suits who left the scene, et cetera. Kurtz does include the remarks by Beschloss about Oswald giving the Soviets critical data on the U-2 [slated for replacement by the SR-71 Blackbird], but fails to mention or understand that Oswald's cover story had him working at a radar unit in Japan, one of the takeoff points of the U-2, but the plane the Sovs shot down that day flew in from Pakistan, whose coordinates and flight plan Oswald would have been ignorant of. [Oswald was supposed to pass on that info, per the CIA op plan, and the Soviets were supposed to have duplicated the advanced cryptographic communication equipment aboard the U-2, which had been // chipped \\ a process whereby defects introduced to the microchips would allow encrypted messages to be deciphered - - a process championed by CIA Director of Plans, Richard Bissell.] Was Kurtz purposely misinforming, or just the sloppiest guy in the room? [FYI: Per that comment by rocknrollphilip below: see how Thomas Mallon is related to Neil Mallon.]

rocknrollphilip Jan 23, 2012

Listening to the theories, one notices the tendency of their proponents to believe that the farther away they get from the assassination itself, the closer they will be to it's origin. As in "The X-Files", "the truth is out there," beyond where anyone has yet looked.
-Thomas Mallon

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