Assignment: Oswald

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Special Agent James Hosty began investigating Lee Harvey Oswald in October 1963, a full month before the JFK assassination. From November 22 on, Hosty watched as everyone from the Dallas Police, the FBI, the CIA, Naval Intelligence, and the State Department up through the Warren Commission to J. Edgar Hoover, Robert Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson reacted to and manipulated the facts of the president’s assassination—until Hosty himself became their scapegoat. After seeing his name appear in three inconclusive federal...

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Overview

Special Agent James Hosty began investigating Lee Harvey Oswald in October 1963, a full month before the JFK assassination. From November 22 on, Hosty watched as everyone from the Dallas Police, the FBI, the CIA, Naval Intelligence, and the State Department up through the Warren Commission to J. Edgar Hoover, Robert Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson reacted to and manipulated the facts of the president’s assassination—until Hosty himself became their scapegoat. After seeing his name appear in three inconclusive federal investigations and countless fact-twisting conspiracy theories (including Oliver Stone’s motion picture), Hosty decided to tell his own story.

Assignment: Oswald is the authoritative insider’s account of one of our country’s most traumatic events. Combining his own unique, intimate knowledge of the case with previously unavailable government documents—including top secret CIA files recently released from the National Archives—Hosty tells the true story behind the assassination and the government’s response to it, including the suppression of a documented Oswald-Soviet-Castro connection. Hosty offers an exclusive insider’s knowledge of the mechanisms, the power structures, and the rivalries in and among the various intelligence and law enforcement agencies and why they have determined who knows what about the assassination. Here, at last, is an unmistakably expert and responsible account of the murder of President Kennedy.

From the FBI agent assigned to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the Kennedy assassination comes an authoritative, insider's account which reveals the systematic incompetence of those involved in the investigation after JFK's and Oswald's murders, and details how autocratic notions of national security resulted in the suppression of a documented Oswald-Soviet-Castro connection. of photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Real Crime Book Digest
“One of the best books ever written on the day-to-day events after the JFK assassination . . . . An absolute must-read.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hosty, as Kennedy assassination buffs know, was the Dallas FBI agent delegated to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22, 1963, and who later became the center of a firestorm over whether Oswald should have been under surveillance as a likely assassin. He is also the man who, following instructions from his supervisor, destroyed a note from Oswald warning him to lay off Oswald's wife, Marina (whom Hosty had interviewed in early November about Lee), thus giving rise to all sorts of dire conjectures among conspiracy theorists. Hosty, a sturdy, no-nonsense type who is finally telling his own story with the help of his lawyer son, has no truck with them. He remains convinced that Oswald was the sole shooter, though he also feels there was tacit approval of his action in certain Cuban and Soviet quarters, and that Oswald, who expected to get away, probably acted to bolster his position with his foreign handlers. Hosty's book is interesting more for its facts, however, than for his theorizing. He was present during Oswald's interrogation, conducted early post-assassination interviews with Marina (who he suspects was a Soviet agent) and is full of intriguing details about the pecking order at Hoover's FBI, the frantic efforts to shift blame, the jealous guarding of their own turf by police, FBI, Secret Service and CIA with the result that no one ever had a clear, complete picture of events before or after the killing. Hosty's book is therefore a valuable addition to the assassination bookshelf-as well as the self-portrait of a likable family man whose first thought after the shots were fired was for the safety of his wife, who was in the vicinity. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Booknews
Hosty, an FBI counter-intelligence agent assigned to Lee Harvey Oswald one month prior to the Kennedy assassination and a lead investigator in the FBI's post-assassination investigation, offers an insider's account of his knowledge of the case, drawing on his experience and on previously unavailable CIA files and other government documents. He reveals the suppression of a documented Oswald-Soviet-Castro connection, and the power structures and rivalries among various agencies. Includes b&w photos and appendices of original documents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This book, written by the FBI agent assigned to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, is the first authoritative insider's account of the most traumatic event of our century. Provides fascinating, shocking details that shed definitive light on the tragic murder. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611453089
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 333,061
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Hosty retired from the FBI in 1979. He lives in Kansas City and Florida with his wife, Janet.
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