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New Books in 2012

The last months of 2011 and early 2012 come with a crop of new books about the JFK assassination and related topics. Notable additions to the literature include:

Nexus: The CIA and Political Assassination, by Larry Hancock. Available on amazon.com, and on jfklancer.com. Hancock, the author of Someone Would Have Talked, reviews what is known about how political assassination programs were organized within the CIA, and then applies that to the Kennedy assassination, to "provide a full picture of the culture and conditions which could allow such an act to be instigated by CIA personnel and then not be exposed by an Agency investigation". See Larry's book blog for more information.

JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think About Claims of Conspiracy, by John McAdams, available on amazon.com. McAdams is the author of the well-known Kennedy Assassination Home Page, which is "dedicated to debunking the mass of misinformation and disinformation surrounding the murder of JFK". McAdams' book addresses issues of witness testimony, false memories, selective quoting, and evidence reliability, along the way purporting to debunk a large number of particular claims of conspiracy in McAdam's typically crisp, informed, and breezy style.

Oswald Russian Episode, by Ernst Titovets, which is not available on amazon.com or easily found, but is available as a PDF download. Titovets lived in Minsk and knew defector Lee Harvey Oswald, who described Titovets in his historic diary as "my oldest existing acquaintance", a friendship also noted by Marina Oswald. In his book, Titovets tells his personal story and recounts details of his friendship with Oswald, whom he concludes "made himself a convenient object on which to frame the assassination of John F. Kennedy."

11/22/63, by Stephen King, available on amazon.com. Master horror fiction writer Stephen King presents a thick novel in which the headline "JFK Slain in Dallas; LBJ Takes Oath" is replaced on the back cover with "JFK Escapes Assassination; First Lady Also Ok!". The book's protagonist uses a wormhole in time to try to change the past and stop JFK's assassination, though finds that "the past is obdurate." The novel assumes Oswald to be the lone assassin of Kennedy. According to the book's wikipedia page, a film version is in the works.

Some links to reviews are posted here:

Review of Nexus, Jim DiEugenio.

Review of JFK Assassination Logic, David W. Mantik.

Review of JFK Assassination Logic, Mel Ayton.

Review of JFK Assassination Logic, by Frank Cassano.

Review of 11/22/63, Errol Morris.

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