The Warren Commission Report (Library of Essential Reading Series)by Warren Commission Staff
At its fortieth anniversary John F. Kennedy's assassination remains the center of controversy. The United States' youngest-elected president became the country's youngest president to die when at forty-six years old he was shot in front of a crowd of onlookers while driving through Dallas. It was a loss of innocence for America. Idealistic and charismatic, the country's first Roman Catholic president embodied the spirit of America.
Just one week after the assassination, conspiracy theories were already brewing. President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission on November 29, 1963, to determine how and why the tragedy occurred. The Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy was issued on September 24, 1964, and answered such pressing questions as:
- Was Lee Harvey Oswald acting on orders from the Soviet government?
- How did Lee Harvey Oswald get past the Secret Service Agents who were guarding the President?
- Did the doctors who operated on President Kennedy fail to save his life?
- Was Oswald's assassin, Jack Ruby, actually a co-conspirator?
Although the Commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting on his own, there have been many opposing views put forward about the true facts of the assassination. However, none of the subsequent research and analysis in the past forty years has conclusively rebutted the findings of the Warren Commission.
Today, the Warren Commission Report remains an important political document. Complete with forensic data and photographs, the government's detailed analysis provides a point of reference for historians and conspiracy theorists alike, who, over the years, have come to know this assassination as just one of the many untimely deaths in the Kennedy family, America's royal family.
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