"This is an amazing story, and of interest to those who like history, whodunnits or any example of clear thinking. I had always dismissed "conspiracy theories" as paranoia, without bothering to inform myself more. This book changed my mind completely!
It is low-key, fact-filled and well referenced, with footnotes and a good index. It is also a disturbing book, as it forces the reader to confront and question many sacred cows.
Jim Garrison, DA in New Orleans at the time of Kennedy's assassination (and central figure in Oliver Stone's movie "JFK") began his own investigation immediately he heard that Lee Harvey Oswald had spent some time in New Orleans, as Garrison expected Dallas police and the FBI would soon be visiting him. They never did. The Warren Commission Report came and went. It was not until 1966 that a chance remark led Garrison to read the Warren Report for himself: "Considering the lofty credentials of the Commission members and the quality and size of the staff available to them, I had expected to find a thorough and professional investigation. I found nothing of the sort."
The book tells the story of what he did find and his own attempt to verify the Report's findings, in particular by talking to many of the witnesses called (and to many who should have been called but were not). His findings led him to Clay Shaw whom he indicted for conspiracy to murder President Kennedy." amazon
Jim Garrison was the only man in this country who brought a case to trial on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He shows the facts, the real deal! There are no flaws in Garrisons case except that so many other would be "experts" have written many flawed books on this sensitive case. JFK was assassinated because he was a dangerous man to the establishment of this Government. He was not only dangerous to the CIA and our military but also dangerous to the corporations at the time. Jim Garrison did what no other could do and he was a man who did it with pure GUTS! I hope that the youth of this country wakes up and demands that all the secret documents kept locked away till the year 2029 be brought to the public now. I hope that people realize for themselves that not only did Kennedy set out to change things for the better of the world, he was killed because of a conspiracy.
A book for people who believe any and everything they read.
His persecution of Clay Shaw caused the New Orleans newspapers to call for his resignation after Shaw was found not guilty after a mere 40 minutes or so. Google "Jim Garrison" to read all about his nutty ways. A better book by someone who attended the trial is "American Grotesque", or maybe "False Witness". Even JFK-assassination nuts think Garrison hurt their cause with his crazy theories (which changed weekly) and this false prosecution.