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Jim Marrs
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Jan. 22 1993
The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can't be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039 - when government files on the case can be unlocked. - Kirkus Reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

Twenty-five years after the event, assassination books continue to appear. Marrs, a Dallas-area journalist who teaches a college course on the event, has, however, produced a special one. Its nearly 600 pages are jammed with detail on every aspect of the shooting, the investigations, the suspicions that fell on the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, anti-Castro Cubans--all the usual suspects. For its comprehensiveness alone, this would be the one book for anyone seeking a really thorough examination of the assassination (but it sorely needs an index). Marrs is sensible and straightforward, giving every side of disputed questions, though it is clear that for him, as for most thoughtful people, the Warren Commission's picture of Oswald as a lone assassin doesn't work. The author talked to witnesses never officially interviewed, even offers never-before-seen pictures (though these contain nothing very startling). His conclusion: Kennedy made so many enemies in business, the military, the right wing, the mob, that his death became inevitable. He sees no Washington-based assassination plot, simply a willingness at the highest level (specifically Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover) to relax protective vigilance enough to allow the deed to be done.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We have witnessed the publication of myriad works which purport to explain the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, such as Anthony Summers's Conspiracy ( LJ 6/15/80). Although most of these accounts suggest that Kennedy's death was the product of a conspiracy, they offer different interpretations as to who conceived and perpetrated this heinous crime. Dallas journalist Marrs brings together under one cover diverse theories and facts advanced in many of these works. He points to the inconsistencies and unexplained elements embodied in the official versions as to what transpired in Dallas before, during, and after the President's death. He does not, however, provide a novel theory that would answer some of the vexing questions raised in a reconsideration of the assassination. Appropriate for those with a special interest in the topic.
- Gary L. Malecha, Weber State Coll., Ogden, Ut.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By O. Rios
this is one of the most comprihensive and one of the best assassination books ever!!! you want the real truth to who killed Kennedy and why? read this. don't go fantasizing about how Oswald fired 1 shot which did 7 wounds and came out in prestitne condidition, ala Gerald Posner, read the facts! Marrs book was so good that along with Jim Garrisson's book, the movie JFK was born, which in turn created such a fire storm, that the American Government had to pass the Assassinations Freedom Act!!!!! what other book has ever done that? not gerald posners.
this book covers everything. it talks about oswald, ruby, the cia, the mafia, the cover-up, garrisson, dallas, new orleans, the warren commission, the house assassinations committee, and even talks about both lyndon and hoover's role in the assassination. this book is a bit long, and at times, you do get bored, but this book consisits of facts, unlike Posner who uses fantasy to make it look like Oswald and only Oswald killed Kennedy.
my favorite part of this book is when Marrs compares the whole Kennedy assassination to Julis Cesar. like Brutus says, "it's not that i didn't like Cesar, but i like Rome more". the same applys for LBJ, except he hated Kennedy and knew if he didn't do something, that is his childhood dream of becoming President would die. if hoover didn't do something, he knew he would be retired as FBI director. if the CIA didn't do something, there power would dwindle, just like JFK had said. the Mafia needed to get revenge. like Jim Garrisson once said, everything about the Kennedy assassination points towards 2 things: the Bay of Pigs, and the CIA.
what's not as important is who fired from what window, it's about who killed Kennedy, who had the benefited, and who had the power to cover it up. figure this out, and you've got the truth to who killed Kennedy.
E'tu Lyndon?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Jim Marrs' Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, published in 1989, still offers, in my opinion, the best introduction to the JFK assassination newbie. It was not the first book on the subject I read, but I wish it would have been. The book I picked up first dove deep into some very specific aspects of the case, and a pretty comprehensive overview of the assassination and the theories offered as to the truth about it would have made my initial plunge much easier. Not only does Marrs seek to bring together and distill the bulk of information out there, he does so in an orderly and systematic fashion. Part One looks at the assassination itself: the motorcade route and security, the movements of JFK and John Connolly at the time they were hit, the accounts of all manner of witnesses in and around Dealey Plaza, a detailed look at activity in and around the Texas School Book Depository as well as the Grassy Knoll, etc. In Part Two, he pontificates on the motives and means of all of the most likely culprits behind the murder: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet Union, pro-Castro as well as anti-Castro Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the CIA, the FBI, big business (especially oil), right-wing extremists, and the military. In Part Three, he examines all manner of evidence with a critical eye. The chaotic aftermath of the shooting offers up much food for thought in terms of unusual sightings and events, not the least of which is the murder of Officer Tippet and the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald from the time of the assassination to his capture in a local movie theatre. Jack Ruby's history and links to organized crime are threshed out, revealing many intriguing possibilities about the possible extent of Ruby's role in events. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The JFK Reference book March 29 2004
By Don
If you're looking for a an overview of the facts/theories surrounding the JFK assassination, this is the book.
I read "Crossfire" once, 10 years ago and still recommend it to anyone interested in knowing more about assassination of our 36th President. A good starting point of amateur researchers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still trust anyone? July 2 2003
For the serious armchair investigator, this is a veritable encyclopedia of information regarding the 22nd of November.
The evidence against the theory of a lone gunman is overwhelming. It may take some time to sort through, but the information is well organized and logical. A great read which will possibly leave you questioning the motives of anyone with authoritative power...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Intro to the Kennedy Assassination Dec 30 2002
We used Jim Marrs' book in the college course I took examining the JFK assassination. The instructor could have assigned us The Warren Commission Report, but, instead, we were given two or three two-page handouts, double spaced, which contained all the necessary facts from the government's point of view. Basically, from the 880+page report, these handouts were all that were necessary.
"Crossfire" doesn't cover the 90's decade, but that's all that is "wrong" with it. It's the best introduction, bar none, to the Kennedy assassination, and the first book I would recommend to anybody seriously interested in studying this American tragedy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Dec 17 2002
By A Customer
If you buy this book's thesis, you are accepting exactly what the KGB and Cuban DCI wanted Americans to believe. Instead, read a book on the Kennedy assassination by Edward Jay Epstein, especially "Legend."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Actually, the book is hilarious
If you want a good laugh, this is the book for you. My favorite
bit of nonsense is about the "unbrella man" who supposedly
opened and closed his umbrella to... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Kent Beuchert
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Taken Too Far
Jim Marrs, like most critics of the Warren Report, asserts that the Commission was selective with its evidence, vague about interpreting testimony, and filled with innuendoes that... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Rocco Dormarunno
4.0 out of 5 stars no stone left unturn
I am a true JFK conspiracy buff, so when I happen upon this book, I jnew it was basis of Oliver Stone"s JFK, but once inside I was happily amazed at the amount of information this... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002 by james barrows
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Unreliable
This one is more of a guilty pleasure than a serious work. Not very well researched it seems to throw everything into the pot without regards to veracity. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Aliens are among us?
I loved O. Stone's movie. I wanted to read this book, but I discovered that M. Marrs also wrote: "Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive JFK ever!
In college I had no life. So read every JFK assassination book there is and let me tell you this one is the best! Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!
Jim Marrs presents one of the best books available on the assasination of JFK. This book is the perfect companion for Jim Garrison's great book "On The Trail Of The Assasins". Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by Ben Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about the JFK assassinati
This book is unbelieveable. It has a ton of information and proves that the assassination was a COVER UP, CONSPIRACY AND OSWALD WAS A PASTY. Read more
Published on June 23 2002 by Patrick D.
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