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History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Howard P. Willens.
Publisher Overlook  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.35 inches
ISBN 9781468307559
Pages/Publication Date 399/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61756
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On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in front of hundreds of witnesses, yet the circumstances of his murder have been hotly debated for decades. The presidential commission tasked with finding the truth, headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, published its findings the following year: Oswald had acted alone. But conspiracy theorists seized on what they saw as inconsistencies in the report and called it a cover-up. Howard Willens, one of the few staff members of the Warren Commission still living, supervised the investigation from the very beginning. Here he describes every aspect of the investigation—how it worked, the resistance the commission faced from the FBI and CIA, and how it came to its conclusions.

"A magisterial assessment of how the Warren Commission's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy stands up after the passage of 50 years. A superbly written account by someone who knows precisely what needs to be said and how to say it."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The commission got it right—Oswald was the sole assassin—and that conclusion hold up after 50 years of scrutiny."—Washington Post

"As a member of the Warren Commission's supervisory staff, Willens had intimate knowledge of the commission's work investigating the assassination of J.F.K. Here, he revisits the topic, from L.B.J.'s creation of the commission through the many twists and turns the investigation encountered, as well as the tumultuous reception the commission's report received upon its release. Conspiracy theorists will be disappointed (Willens believes Oswald acted alone), but his descriptions of behind-the-scenes machinations are both illuminating and disheartening as he recounts the many roadblocks that hampered the case. Of note are former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's continuous obfuscations (up to and including the bureau's contact with Oswald prior to 1963), the evolution of the single-bullet theory, and Oswald's attempt to kill a well-known Dallas politician in April of 1963—which eerily mirrored his assassination of President Kennedy. Willens covers all his bases, including Oswald's work as an FBI informant, his time spent in Cuba, and a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the commission report."—Publishers Weekly

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