26.12.13

MATERIAL FOR THE CONSPIRACY BUFFS?

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot notes, "We are not conspiracy guys, although we do raise some questions about what is unknown and inconsistent."  Thus, Book Review No. 27 suggests that readers keep their copy of Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History in mind, or close to hand, in tackling Killing Kennedy.  The story begins with President Kennedy about to be inaugurated, and Lee Oswald in Minsk, and follows them to the day their paths cross.  Along the way, though, President Kennedy confronts Cuba and the CIA and the Mob (and culture-warrior Mr O'Reilly has the president shagging Marilyn Monroe, and Mrs Kennedy on a cruise with Aristotle Onassis).  The book is careful not to twist any facts in ways that a conspiracy buff might seize upon, although it leaves the reader with sufficient material to think any of Cuba or the CIA or the Mob might have motive to remove a president.  The Camelot myth owes itself more to rueful statements by Mrs Kennedy than to any policy achievements of those days.

(Cross-posted to 50 Book Challenge.)

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