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.

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While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

George R.R. Martin Gives Us His Book Recommendations

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George R.R. Martin has shot to fame in recent years after his gritty fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted into a TV show by HBO. Called Game of Thrones, the series has become one of the biggest shows on TV and has helped newcomers discover Martin’s equally great novels. Game of Thrones‘ final season is set to air next year, but we’re still eagerly waiting for the next installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. If you can’t wait for the next book, then why not check out this list of books Martin has recommended?

As the New York Public Library reports, Martin has given us not one, but two lists of books he feels we should read, fantasy and general fiction, so there should be something for everyone here.

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Barack Obama Shares What Books He’s Been Reading

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It’s always interesting to learn what other people are reading, even more so when they happen to have been one of the most powerful people on the planet. If you’ve been wondering what former US President Barack Obama has been reading since he left office then you’re in luck. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, Obama recently took to his official Facebook page to share what he’s been reading.

“I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time,” he wrote. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss The Americans – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer.” Read More

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Monroe’s private life was not without controversy and she had documented struggles with substance abuse, depression and anxiety. Her second and third marriages to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller were both highly publicised and both ended in divorce, then there were the rumours of an affair with the president. Read More

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Today we’re going to take a look at the best new releases, out or coming out soon that feature the latest royal couple. Here they are, along with release dates and information.
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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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