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A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History
     

A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History

by Joan Mellen
 

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Working with thousands of previously unreleased documents and drawing on more than one thousand interviews, with many witnesses speaking out for the first time, Joan Mellen revisits and extends the investigation of late New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, the only public official to have indicted a suspect in John F. Kennedy's murder.

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Working with thousands of previously unreleased documents and drawing on more than one thousand interviews, with many witnesses speaking out for the first time, Joan Mellen revisits and extends the investigation of late New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, the only public official to have indicted a suspect in John F. Kennedy's murder.

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A Farewell to Justice is a fascinating and provocative book featuring one of the most unusual and compelling figures in the history of American jurisprudence. And though the book is massive and carefully researched and intellectually persuasive, A Farewell to Justice also reads with the engaging particularity and narrative drive of an epic, tragic novel.”

“Joan Mellen confronts and with keen analytical insight tackles the thorniest and most personal issues surrounding that most complex and larger-than-life man named Jim Garrison. She ultimately places in accurate perspective the role Garrison’s investigation played in helping America understand the true significance of the assassination of President Kennedy, revealing why it’s not history but a foreshadowing of events that brought us to these dangerous times in which we now live.”

“For seven years Joan Mellen, with determination and breathtaking courage, investigated and tested the original inquiry of District Attorney Jim Garrison into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Single-handedly, she has taken that investigation far beyond where Garrison was able to go and has emerged from this terrifying underworld with astonishing revelations…. The writing is taut and dramatic, the book indispensable.”

“Joan Mellen is a rare breed—a biographer who writes with the passion of a truth-seeker, the skill of an artisan, and the attention to detail of a well trained scholar-researcher. She digs deep and she cares. I look forward to reading every book she writes.”

“The much-maligned Jim Garrison at last receives full vindication from Joan Mellen, whose own renewed investigation into the Kennedy conspiracy brings us ever-closer to the elusive truth of what really happened on November 22, 1963.”

A Farewell to Justice is a mammoth reconsideration of Jim Garrison’s investigation of the President’s assassination in Dallas. As such, it is a grand guignol of Nawlins’ archetypes—psycho-cops and sicko-spooks, corrupt pols and thugs and crusaders, oh my! A dark and sprawling book, it is packed with investigative leads, deeply researched and very very scary.”

Oliver Stone
“There aren’t enough people like Joan Mellen in the world. Like the subject of her book, Joan has toiled away, driven by nothing more than her own passion for the truth, and emerged with . . . a mammoth work that, I believe, will be the definitive biography of Jim Garrison.”
Dick Russell

"The much-maligned Jim Garrison at last receives full vindication from Joan Mellen, whose own investigation into the Kennedy conspiracy brings us ever closer to the elusive truth of what really happened on November 22, 1963."—Dick Russell, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much
Robert Olen Butler

"A Farewell to Justice is a fascinating and provocative book featuring one of the most unusual and compelling figures in the history of American jurisprudence. And though the book is massive, carefully researched, and intellectually persuasive, it also reads with the engaging particularity and narrative drive of an epic, tragic novel."—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain
Cyril H. Wecht

"One of the most critical and controversial areas in the JFK case relates to Jim Garrison’s investigation of Clay Shaw and Lee Harvey Oswald’s pre-assassination activities in Louisiana. Professor Mellen’s excellent scholarly research boldly details these events and sheds glaring light on evidence that the Warren Commission regrettably failed to explore. A Farewell to Justice is a must-read for every person who has ever entertained some doubt about who killed President Kennedy."—Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., forensic pathologist and coroner, and author of Mortal Evidence and Tales From the Morgue
Jim Hougan

"A Farewell to Justice is a mammoth reconsideration of Jim Garrison’s investigation of the President’s assassination. As such, it is a Grand Guignol of Nawlins’ archetypes--psycho-cops and sicko-spooks, corrupt pols and thugs and crusaders, oh my! A dark and sprawling book, it is packed with investigative leads, deeply researched and very, very scary."—Jim Hougan, author of Spooks: The Haunting of America: The Private Use of Secret Agents
Richard Layman

"Joan Mellen is a rare breed--a biographer who writes with the passion of a truth-seeker, the skill of an artisan, and the attention to detail of a well-trained scholar-researcher. She digs deep and she cares. I look forward to reading every book she writes."—Richard Layman, author of Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett
Dick Gregory

"For seven years Joan Mellen, with determination and breathtaking courage, investigated and tested the original inquiry of District Attorney Jim Garrison into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Single-handedly, she has taken that investigation far beyond where Garrison was able to go and has emerged from this terrifying underworld with astounding revelations. In A Farewell to Justice she brings to light the hidden witnesses and documentary record that establish the lead role of the CIA in the assassination and reveal that the setting up of alternative patsies accompanied the preparations for the shooting itself. The writing is taut and dramatic, the book indispensable."—Dick Gregory, coauthor of Murder in Memphis: The FBI and the Assassination of Martin Luther King

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597973540
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
981,295
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Joan Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of seventeen books, ranging from film criticism to fiction, sports, true crime, Latin American studies and biography. Her early work was about the cinema. Her “Women and Their Sexuality in the New Film,” published in 1974, was a landmark work in feminist studies. Larry McMurtry pronounced it “brilliant” in his Washington Post review. Her study of the image of women in film was followed by the companion study, “Big Bad Wolves: Masculinity in the American Cinema.” Her book about “The Battle of Algiers,” written in 1972, has been quoted widely in connection with the events of 9/11. In 1972, she was awarded a prize by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper organization in Japan. This led to her to write five books about Japan, including “The Waves at Genji’s Door: Japan through Its Cinema,” 1976. Her 1981 novel, “Natural Tendencies,” is set in Japan. More recently, she has written two books about Japanese film for the British Film Institute, “Seven Samurai” (2002) and “In the Realm of the Senses” (2004). She is also a biographer. Both “Kay Boyle: Author of Herself” (1994) and “Hellman and Hammett” (1996) were New York Times Notable Book of the year. “Hellman and Hammett” was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize. She has written for a variety of publications, including the Baltimore Sun, where she is a frequent contributor, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also lectured widely at universities and festivals, including, twice at the Harbourfront Festival of Authors and, most recently, during the summer of 2005 at the Shaw festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake. In 2004, she was awarded one of Temple University’s coveted “Great Teacher” awards for outstanding achievement, in particular in the graduate program in creative writing. Joan Mellen lives in Pennington, New Jersey.

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