Jim Garrison’s classic account of his investigation and prosecution of the murder of JFK.
Almost 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his murder continues to haunt the American psyche and stands as a turning point in our nation’s history. The Warren Commission rushed out its report in 1964, but questions continue to linger: Was there a conspiracy? Was there a coup at the highest levels of government?
On March 1, 1967, New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison shocked the world by arresting local businessman Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder the president. His alleged co-conspirator, David Ferrie, had been found dead a few days before. Garrison charged that elements of the United States government, in particular the CIA, were behind the crime. From the beginning, his probe was virulently attacked in the media and violently denounced from Washington. His office was infiltrated and sabotaged, and witnesses disappeared and died strangely. Eventually, Shaw was acquitted after the briefest of jury deliberation and the only prosecution ever brought for the murder of President Kennedy was over.
Returning to audiences for the first time in years, On the Trail of the Assassins - the primary source material for Oliver Stone’s hit film JFK - is Garrison’s own account of his investigations into the background of Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy, and his prosecution of Clay Shaw in the trial that followed.
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Jim Garrison's tale of being the only person to ever bring someone to trail for the murder of President John F. Kennedy is as fascinating as it is important. Mr. Garrison presents his story in a manner that should fascinate anyone regardless of their interest in the case prior to reading this book. The way in which he (the DA of New Orleans) stumbles into the case and how the facts unfold before him and his office is gripping. In my opinion Jim Garrison is a true America hero.
There are a great many excellent books on the JFK assassination. And while this is not the best, it is one of the most important. I would also recommend "JFK and the Unspeakable", "Destiny Betrayed" and "They Killed our President". For pro-lone gunman versions try "Case Closed" and "Parkland" although I feel both have been sufficiently discredited (see "Reclaiming Parkland" for one). But any sane person should hear both sides. I believe all of these have audio books.If you are looking for an objective overview of the facts of the case, I strongly recommend "22 November 1963: A Brief Guide to the JFK Assassination" (no audio book I'm afraid). Or if you want an obsessively detailed version try "Master Chronology of JFK Assassination". But reading that is like a full time job! Also no audio book.
His performance is commanding and kept me invested and interested.
There are some lines that have been rerecorded and do not sound the same. It is very distracting.
It is too long for a single sitting.
Unfortunately Mr. Garrison wrote this book 25 years after the assassination and it does appear that his memory of some events is a little faulty. The two that stood out to me were his inaccurate description of the motorcade route being printed four fifths of the front page of the Dallas Morning News (it was more like one 8th), and his description of Johnny Carson's attempt to prevent him from showing pictures on his show which he described as Johnny physically stopping him whereas Johnny actually stands them up for the camera but states that they won't show up and the camera never tries to zoom in on them.While based on these two I am sure there are more inaccuracies, but these I can prove. However since they are both so easily looked up and neither could be considered lynch pins of his case, I think we can conclude they are mistaken memories rather than intentions to mislead. If he was lying to strengthen his case then he chose very poorly what to lie about.Some people have jumped on these inaccuracies and used them to attempt to discredit the man and his case. However do your own research, almost everything he claims in the book can be investigated and most of it I have been able to corroborate form other documents or witnesses.As with any historical book (not just conspiracy based ones) I am obsessive in looking up references and corroborating what the author claims. It is very common to find some inaccuracies. In fact it is the norm.Many of the witnesses discussed have since been interviewed on video in several documentaries (for example "The Men Who Killed Kennedy"), and obviously any reference to the Warren Commission is easily looked up online.My number one recommendation to anyone interested in the JFK assassination (or anything important historic event for that matter), do your own research. Do not accept anyone else's conclusions, including Garrison's, the Warren Commission or especially any conspiracy website where it is apparent they approach the evidence with a conclusion first (like the Warren Commission). Wild speculation may be interesting, but do the facts support it? That is what matters. With that in mind, I firmly believe an objective investigation of the facts supports two decisive conclusions. There was a conspiracy and there was a cover up.
We'll likely never know who killed JFK but it remains doubtful that it was Lee Oswald, at least by himself. Jim Garrison appears to be quite paranoid and parts of the book look to be greatly embellished.Was the CIA responsible? That is a good possibility.
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