DAVID KAISER - THE ROAD TO DALLAS: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy



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The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Kaiser, David. The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Harvard Univ. Mar. 2008. c.468p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 978-0-674-02766-4. $35.

Bolden, Abraham. The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The True Story of the First African American on the White House Secret Service Detail and His Quest for Justice After the Assassination of JFK. Harmony: Crown. Mar. 2008. c.320p. ISBN 978-0-307-38201-6. $25.95. HIST

Forty-five years after the JFK assassination, the interest in his murder continues unabated, and these two excellent books show in different ways—one scholarly and one personal—the assassination's relentless grip. Kaiser (history, Naval War Coll.; American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War) presents a scrupulously researched account, which may be one of the best books yet on the assassination. Unlike David Talbot's Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, Kaiser posits that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman although he did not act alone: the murder plot was hatched by Mafia bosses Santo Trafficante, John Roselli, and Sam Giancana as revenge for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's relentless pursuit of the mob and for the vast sums of money they lost when Castro closed Cuba's mob-controlled casinos. Other startling revelations are that Oswald might have been a CIA agent, even though he was promised a large sum of money by the mob to kill Kennedy, and that Jack Ruby killed Oswald on orders from the Mafia, to which Ruby was connected. This detailed, often chilling account stands out among the overwhelming number of assassination books. Highly recommended for most public and all academic libraries.