The Last Investigation: What Insiders Know about the Assassination of JFK

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Gaeton Fonzi’s masterful retelling of his work investigating the Kennedy assassination for two congressional committees is required reading for students of the assassination and the subsequent failure of the government to solve the crime. His book is a compelling postmortem on the House Select Committee on Assassinations, as well as a riveting account of Fonzi’s pursuit of leads indicating involvement in the assassination by officers of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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The Last Investigation: A Former Federal Investigator Reveals the Man behind the Conspiracy to Kill JFK

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Overview

Gaeton Fonzi’s masterful retelling of his work investigating the Kennedy assassination for two congressional committees is required reading for students of the assassination and the subsequent failure of the government to solve the crime. His book is a compelling postmortem on the House Select Committee on Assassinations, as well as a riveting account of Fonzi’s pursuit of leads indicating involvement in the assassination by officers of the Central Intelligence Agency.
First released in 1993, The Last Investigation was a landmark book upon its release. More than merely an indictment of the Committee’s work, Fonzi tells the story of the important leads he developed as an investigator, which sent him into the milieu of Kennedy-haters among anti-Castro exiles and CIA officers. In this highly readable book, the author follows the trail to formerly obscure CIA officers such as David Atlee Phillips and David Morales. New records declassified under the JFK Records Act have only added to the dark questions raised here.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“Historians and researchers consider Mr. Fonzi’s book among the best.”
Oliver Stone
“Gaeton Fonzi brings to the continuing puzzlement over the JFK murder a Chandleresque hardness and wonderment, a sense of a lonely man walking down a dark street, fighting the demons of official power, a loner who was aborted by the Congress at the lip of light.”
Richard Schweiker
“A rarity among Kennedy assassination books.”
Senator Richard Schweiker
“A rarity among Kennedy assassination books.”
James DiEugenio
“I consider this book one of the ten best ever published on the JFK assassination.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fonzi's account of the Kennedy assassination, which links Oswald to the CIA, has the tension of a good spy novel. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Fonzi was a federal investigator for the congressional committees that issued reports in the 1970s questioning some aspects of the Warren Commission Report. While he doesn't know the names of the people responsible for JFK's murder, he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald worked secretly for the CIA and that there was a conspiracy involving the intelligence agency. In detailed and lively prose, he describes his far-flung investigation into the possibility that Oswald met with CIA agents before the assassination, especially David Atlee Phillips, a fervent anti-Castro agent who later became head of the CIA's Western Hemisphere Division. Like other conspiracy proponents, Fonzi also argues that the ``single bullet'' theory is refuted by medical evidence. He accuses the congressional committees for which he worked of backing off from the evidence they uncovered that implicated the CIA in a political murder. Amidst the hundreds of conspiracy books published in the last 30 years, this is one of the most believable, although it only offers circumstantial evidence and educated speculation. See also Harrison Edward Livingstone's Killing the Truth , reviewed below.-- Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626360785
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 623,461
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaeton Fonzi was an award-winning investigative journalist, a former senior editor of Philadelphia Magazine, and a consultant to 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, and Inside Edition. He died in Florida in 2012.

Marie Fonzi is the widow of Gaeton Fonzi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Fonzi's credentials give him credibility and perspective

    Gaeton Fonzi's The Last Investigation was published in the 1990's, and is based on his experience as an investigator with the late 1970's House Assassinations Committee. The house committee concluded a probable conspiracy. Therefore, this now deceased author could have claimed the same level of credibility as those who served on the 1964 Warren Commission, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. The house committee had access to government documents not gotten to by the Warren Commission, and Fonzi was especially adept in investigating Cuban exile/CIA collaboration of several Miami based JFK assassination suspects. The author is a prolific writer, who takes the reader through 1970's Miami streets, while talking to his contacts.

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