5 Best Books About the JFK Assassination

The assassination of John F. Kennedy is one of the best known events in American history and with so many files from the assassination finding themselves classified, it’s an event that has always attracted conspiracy theorists. Over the years the subject has been discussed extensively, and many books on the subject have been written. You’d think we may have exhausted the subject but with the release of a cache of classified files last week, the subject is back in the forefront of the minds of many.

So today, we’re looking at some of the best and most informative books about the assassination of JFK, fiction and nonfiction, and all offering their own insight into the tragedy that rocked the USA.

The Report of the Warren Commission: The Assassination of President Kennedy

This was the first volume to deal with the assassination of JFK and every book written afterwards was a response to this book. Published in September of 1964, this investigative nonfiction book concludes that Oswald acted alone, firing two bullets into Kennedy’s head and neck.

The Report of the Warren Commission US
The Report of the Warren Commission UK

On the Trail of the Assassins – Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison was sceptical of the findings of the Warren Commission and this book, which featured key source material for Oliver Stone’s movie JFK, suggests that the president was executed by a vast cabal of businessmen, gangsters, politicians. Cuban dissidents and spooks.

On the Trail of the Assassins US
On the Trail of the Assassins UK

American Tabloid – James Ellroy

American Tabloid is crime fiction, but it starts with Castro’s coup and ends with the Dallas assassination with the back story also leaning on a conspiracy involving Cuban interests, the CIA and the Mafia.

American Tabloid US
American Tabloid UK

11/22/63 – Stephen King

King also spun an entire fiction tale around the assassination of JFK, throwing in some time travel for good measure. In it we see Oswald fraternising with the Russians, the CIA and other criminal forces and the entire story is hung on whether Oswald was a lone wolf.

11/22/63 US
11/22/63 UK

Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery – Norman Mailer

We’re finishing our list with a book that we think no list on this subject would be complete without. Norman Mailer used KGB material released in post-Soviet Russia to shine light on the formative period that Oswald spent in the USSR as a young man.

Oswald’s Tale US
Oswald’s Tale UK

This list is by no means extensive, the number of books on this subject are endless and we suspect given the current news may grow again, but these books are the ones we think show this crisis in the most interesting and informative light.

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: October

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month we see the same book in the number 1 spot for a second month, it’s proven to be a massive bestseller and is now the top of our top 20 for two months running! Have you read any of the books below? We hope you enjoy the recommendations. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: September

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Another month has passed as the year races by and now we’re into September and if you’re looking for some reading suggestions then we have the FRA Top 20, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

Every month we ask the group members to let us know what their favourite read was from the previous month. Those results are then collated, giving us a top 20 recommended reads for the following month. Here’s September!  Read More

Obama Shares What He’s Been Reading This Summer

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It’s always interesting to know what any public figure has been reading lately, but even more so when that public figure also happens to have been the 44th President of the United States. Every so often, Barack Obama takes to his official Facebook page to let us know what he’s been reading and what he’d recommend.

Obama published a post on Sunday evening detailing five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that he’s been reading over the Summer. “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon,” he wrote. “This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Read More

4 Brilliant Leon Uris Books

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Leon Uris (3rd August, 1924 – June 21, 2003) was an American author of historical fiction who wrote many bestselling books. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Uris was the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Uris. His father was a Polish born immigrant, his mother a first generation Russian American.

Uris was six years old when he was first recognised for his literary skills when he wrote an operetta inspired by the death of his dog. He would go on to write many bestselling works, based around major political and historic events. Today we’re going to recommend four books you may like to try. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: August

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Those who have been around a while will remember our Hit of the Lits feature, a top 20 of the books you’ve loved in the previous month. Well on popular request we’re giving this feature a reboot with a new name and a new layout.

Last month we created a poll in our reading group The Cwts, and that poll has run all month giving you the chance to add your favourite read from the last thirty days. With July now over we have our top 20 for August and here it is, the readers’ choice top 20 for August.

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Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

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  • Sherry Sharpnack says:

    “11/22/63” was simply an excellent novel. I loved the time-traveler knowing what was going to happen and trying to prevent it. Just a riveting page-turner.

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