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Shvoong Home>Books>Crossfire The Plot That Killed Kennedy Review

Crossfire The Plot That Killed Kennedy

Book Review   by:jaccob     Original Author: Jim Marrs
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November 22, 1963 was one of the most terrible events in American history. President John F. Kennedy was brutally murdered while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. It was an event that shocked Americans as well as the rest of the world. Pretty soon authorities came up with the conclusion that a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald committed the assassination. This theory is completely preposterous and all evidence points to the contrary. In order to believe that Oswald is the lone assassin one would first have to believe that one bullet could cause seven different wounds, which is nearly impossible. What really happened and who was involved nobody really seems to know. The mystery surrounding the JFK assassination is the most complex mystery that I have ever seen. As one unravels each new layer there are clues that seem to contradict one another. Crossfire by Jim Marrs presents several theories regarding the motive behind the assassination and the different groups that could have been involved. The novel provides a multitude of information about the political and social atmosphere of the 1960’s while delving deep into what is possibly the nation’s most convoluted mystery. The book begins by setting up the circumstances surrounding the actual assassination. This includes information pertaining to the route of motorcade, possible whereabouts of Oswald on the fateful day, and people hearing shots coming from the grassy knoll. Next, Marrs gives a detailed history of Oswald’s life. Once Oswald joined the Marines and worked for intelligence his life becomes more obscure. Nobody really knows who he was and there was even one point in time when people were impersonating him. Oswald was supposedly in Dallas, Russia, and Mexico at the same time. The mystery surrounding Oswald’s life is in itself a confusing mystery.Next, Marrs presents different theories implicating various groups that would want Kennedy eliminated. This includes the CIA, FBI, Mafia, Cubans, Russian, Oilmen, the military, and many others.
The major portion of the evidence points to the CIA, but there is so much information and so much that does not make sense it is really hard to tell what role who played. Later on Marrs talks about the Warren Commission, which was supposed to determine the cause of the assassination. The Warren Commission was a giant joke. One thing that one learns after reading the book is how different the American government of the 1960’s was from today’s. The CIA carried out many covert operations and assassinations that they do not do as much today. Plus under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover the FBI was a lot more powerful agency. Also, the influence of the mob was more extensive. I am very glad that I was not living during those turbulent times. I sometimes distrust the government today, but it would be shocking to learn that the government might have conspired to eliminate its own leader. If you are a person who is interested in the history, politics, and culture of the 1960’s, you will love this book. It provides fascinating ideas about how our government acted and the ideas of the times. It is a very large book and it is not required that one reads it from beginning to end. There is so much information on every single page that it would take almost an eternity to read it from cover to cover. If you find the circumstances surrounding the JFK assassination interesting, you will greatly enjoy this book. Also, another valuable source that provides extra information is the movie JFK by Oliver Stone.
Published: July 13, 2005   
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