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Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy Paperback – Jan 1 1993

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881846481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881846485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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.
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In this book, Jim Marrs tries to present the many theories about the assassination of President Kennedy, no matter how realistic or laughable. The book tries to cover its topic exhaustively, and gives you an idea of the full gamut of theories about the J.F.K. assassination.
Probably the best statement to make about the book is what the author wrote at the beginning of his Preface: "Do not trust this book. In fact, when it comes to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, don't trust any one source or even the basic evidence and testimony..."
Mr. Marrs begins the book by giving a wide variety of witness statements. Some of it is contradictory, some of it is very thoughtful, and some of it is plain ludicrous. While I found this section interesting, I found the fact that he gave equal weight to statements made shortly after the event as he did statements that weren't made until years - sometimes decades - after the assassination.
The second part of the book outlines the possible suspects for the crime - giving their means, motives and opportunities. This was my favorite part of the book. Not only did he list the possible subjects (Oswald, USSR, Cuba, Mob, CIA, FBI, LBJ, Nixon, etc.) but he gave a brief history of the person or organization. I found it extremely fascinating to learn about the history of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover, the formation of the Secret Service, how their powers evolved, etc. If I were reviewing the book on this section alone, it probably would have received 5 stars.
The third section of the book discusses consequences and occurences after the assassination. These include the Warren Commission, Ruby killing Oswald, the irregularities around the autopsy records, the Garrison investigation, etc.
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