Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

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What really happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963? Was the assassination of John F. Kennedy simply the work of a warped, solitary young man, or was something more nefarious afoot? Pulling together a wealth of evidence, including rare photos, documents, and interviews, veteran Texas journalist Jim Marrs reveals the truth about that fateful day. Thoroughly revised and updated with the latest findings about the assassination, Crossfire is the most comprehensive, convincing explanation of how, why, and by whom our ...

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Overview

What really happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963? Was the assassination of John F. Kennedy simply the work of a warped, solitary young man, or was something more nefarious afoot? Pulling together a wealth of evidence, including rare photos, documents, and interviews, veteran Texas journalist Jim Marrs reveals the truth about that fateful day. Thoroughly revised and updated with the latest findings about the assassination, Crossfire is the most comprehensive, convincing explanation of how, why, and by whom our thirty-fifth president was killed.

"The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can't be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039--when government files on the case can be unlocked."--Kirkus Reviews.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Marrs attempts to bring together the gist of all [the assassination] material into one ‘thorough source book’…. He neatly capsulizes the plethora of theories offered by critics of the lone-gunman theory…. Crossfire is compelling, albeit macabre, reading.”
The Washington Post

“Marrs re-examines issues never satisfactorily resolved by the official inquiries…. Crossfire raises profound and deeply troubling questions.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can’t be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039—when government files on the case can be unlocked.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The huge mass of evidence Marrs presents to support his theory is irresistibly intriguing.”
Booklist

“Dallas journalist Marrs brings together, under one cover, diverse theories and facts…He points to the inconsistencies and unexplained elements embodied in the official version as to what transpired before, during, and after the President’s death.”
Library Journal

“For its comprehensiveness alone, this would be the one book for anyone seeking a really thorough examination of the assassination…. Marrs is sensible and straightforward, giving every side of disputed questions, though it is clear that for him, as for most thoughtful people, the Warren Commission’s picture of Oswald as a lone assassin doesn’t work.”
Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twenty-five years after the event, assassination books continue to appear. Marrs, a Dallas-area journalist who teaches a college course on the event, has, however, produced a special one. Its nearly 600 pages are jammed with detail on every aspect of the shooting, the investigations, the suspicions that fell on the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, anti-Castro Cubans--all the usual suspects. For its comprehensiveness alone, this would be the one book for anyone seeking a really thorough examination of the assassination (but it sorely needs an index). Marrs is sensible and straightforward, giving every side of disputed questions, though it is clear that for him, as for most thoughtful people, the Warren Commission's picture of Oswald as a lone assassin doesn't work. The author talked to witnesses never officially interviewed, even offers never-before-seen pictures (though these contain nothing very startling). His conclusion: Kennedy made so many enemies in business, the military, the right wing, the mob, that his death became inevitable. He sees no Washington-based assassination plot, simply a willingness at the highest level (specifically Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover) to relax protective vigilance enough to allow the deed to be done. (Dec.)
Library Journal
We have witnessed the publication of myriad works which purport to explain the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, such as Anthony Summers's Conspiracy ( LJ 6/15/80). Although most of these accounts suggest that Kennedy's death was the product of a conspiracy, they offer different interpretations as to who conceived and perpetrated this heinous crime. Dallas journalist Marrs brings together under one cover diverse theories and facts advanced in many of these works. He points to the inconsistencies and unexplained elements embodied in the official versions as to what transpired in Dallas before, during, and after the President's death. He does not, however, provide a novel theory that would answer some of the vexing questions raised in a reconsideration of the assassination. Appropriate for those with a special interest in the topic.-- Gary L. Malecha, Weber State Coll., Ogden, Ut.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465031801
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 163,792
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Marrs is an award-winning journalist and independent researcher and writer. For over thirty years, he taught a course on the Kennedy assassination at the University of Texas at Arlington. Marrs lives in Springtown, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    Too Much Taken Too Far

    Jim Marrs, like most critics of the Warren Report, asserts that the Commission was selective with its evidence, vague about interpreting testimony, and filled with innuendoes that have little basis in reality. Unfortunately, many books objecting to the Commission's findings employ the same tactics and are therefore guilty of the same offenses. And this book is one of the biggest offenders. Each of the short sections focuses on one of the unsettling and unresloved aspects of the tragedy of 11/22/63 that doesn't fit into the Warren Report's findings, and impulsively indicts someone as being a conspirator. When I first read this book back in the early 90's it had a peculiar effect on me. I would finish a section and say, 'Ah! So it was the Mafia!' Only to finish the next section and say, 'Ah! So it was the Cubans!' The next section had me going, 'Ah! Rogue government agencies working with both elements did it!' And so on... Then one section, out of left field, described the wild moodswings of the New York Stock Exchange on the days immediately before the assassination. And I asked myself, 'Wait a minute. Am I supposed to believe that Charles Schwab was involved, too?' Come on. I read the rest of the book with the same skepticism I'd read the Warren Report years earlier. I tried re-reading CROSSFIRE earlier this year and I put it down almost immediately; that's what prompted me to write this review. I do believe there was a conspiracy of some kind. (Gerald Posner's tantrum, CASE CLOSED, only further convinced me that the case is still, indeed, very much open.) But the plot couldn't have involved every right wing group, every government agency, Dallas cops, Corsicans, KGB, Cubans, and the Vinnie 'Big Nose' Goombatz crime family. Unfortunately, the trail to the truth about the assassination is getting darker, colder and lonelier with each passing year. Long ago it had slipped from current events to history: several other assassinations, conspiracies, and tragedies (like 9/11) only relegated the JFK murder further into the shadows of distant memory and, almost, irrelevance. Stick with Josiah Thompson's SIX SECONDS IN DALLAS, if you can find it, and just about anything by Edward J. Epstein for a glimpse into this impenetrable event. Skip this mess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

    I already have a jump start on 11/22/2039. If this book does anything, it does an excellent job of revealing the truth. The Warren Commision's conclusions were all wrong. This is because Kennedy's head jerked backward, not forward as the commission incorrectly stated.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    A must read !!

    Very comprehensive; an excellent overview !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Tour de force

    Well researched, logically organized, written in an interesting style. The best book published on the betrayal that was and is the murder of John F. Kennedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

    The Warren commission's conclusions were all wrong. This book sheds a little bit more light into the investigation. If it was me, I would reopen the investigation right now and not wait 33 years until 2038, that's just too long to wait for the truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    A Definitive Sourcebook

    I echo the sentiments of others who have favorably reviewed this book and would add that it should be used as a reference source or companion while evaluating other sources. The research is both solid and exhaustive, as are the annotations. This book is devoid of the outlandish, implausible theories found in other sources. Nor is Marrs a Warren Commission apologist -- the other extreme. In true journalistic fashion, this work presents documented facts and eyewitness testimony and allows readers to decide for themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    Conspiracies

    This is by far, the most interesting and entertaining, and informative book about the assasination I have ever read. Please check this one out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    A Complete Investigation

    If you ever wondered who was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy I urge you to read this book. A thorough look at all of the evidence, theories, mistakes and inconsistancies involved with the crime of the century. After presenting a theory, the author tests its validity and relevancy, until finally proposing his own articulate theory.

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