On the Trail of the Assassins
- One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
- Narrated by: Mark Kincaid
- Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-17-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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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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By MsTexaFornia on 01-25-16
Outstanding as fiction. Sickening as non-fiction
If you could sum up On the Trail of the Assassins in three words, what would they be?
Poor Lee Oswald
What other book might you compare On the Trail of the Assassins to and why?
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.
What three words best describe Mark Kincaid’s performance?
Research names first
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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.
Any additional comments?
Mark Kincaid has a great voice, but he consistently mispronounced some names (Schlumberger, Plaquemine, Houma stood out).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Mark Lynch on 10-08-17
History is proving Jim Garrison to be correct.
This is the book on which Oliver Stone based his famous movie JFK. The story of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrisons investigation and the subsequent trial of Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder John F Kennedy is a truly remarkable tale. Mr Garrison took on the entire might of the US security state and media. Although he was ultimately unsuccessful in his quest losing at trial the revelations he was able to make along the way (including the subsequent public release of the Zapruder film) have added greatly to the understanding of the JFK assassination. Mr Garrison was a brave and patriotic public servant who put his entire career and reputation on the line in order to do what he thought was right. His investigation was infiltrated, many witnesses were intimidated or died in mysterious circumstances and he was ruthlessly smeared in the media. Mr Garrison is however now having the last laugh as history and subsequent revelations appear to be proving him correct. This is an audio book that tells a truly fascinating story.