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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- C. Andrews
Outstanding as fiction. Sickening as non-fiction
Poor Lee Oswald
A Jack Ryan thriller, because it seemed more like fiction. Moved along fast and there was always another piece of the puzzle showing up to fit into the big picture.
Research names first
I didn't laugh or cry, but it made me almost sick to think such events could happen in our country. The investigation makes the conspiracy theory of November 22, 1963, not only believable, but logical.
Mark Kincaid has a great voice, but he consistently mispronounced some names (Schlumberger, Plaquemine, Houma stood out).