The JFK Assassination

Book and Video Recommendations


These are titles that I feel I can strongly recommend as excellent additions to an existing library or as a beginning to a new one.

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No image available Rush to Judgment
by Mark Lane

The first major book to challenge the "lone nut" conclusions of the Warren Commission Report. Lane, an attorney, uses the book as a fascinating, very readable brief for the defense of Lee Harvey Oswald. This book was a classic from the day it was published, and still today provides a superior introductory overview of the case. --Grover Proctor

Plausible Denial by Mark Lane Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?
by Mark Lane

In Rush to Judgment, Lane makes the case for who didn't assassinate JFK. In this volume, he puts elements of the CIA on trial for the murder. My complete review of this book is found on these pages. --Grover Proctor

Not In Your Lifetime by Anthony Summers Not in Your Lifetime
by Anthony Summers

When this book first came out in the late 1970s, it was titled Conspiracy. It was then and is now one of the best of the conspiracy books. Summers brings a questioning and unbiased English journalist's eye to the case. This 1998 updating considers the results of the Assassination Record Review Board's investigation. --Grover Proctor

No image available The Last Investigation
by Gaeton Fonzi

Award-winning journalist and Congressional investigator Gaeton Fonzi has produced the sine qua non of research and analysis books related to the assassination. This book details not only an insider's focused and reasoned critique of the workings of the House Assassinations Committee, but also the results of his own years of investigation into America's clandestine intelligence operations in the South and the Caribbean in the 1960's. Fonzi's style is never sensational or out of focus; he is the epitome of the rational, understated authority whose conclusions the nay-sayers will be hard pressed to fault. As a journalist, he asserts nothing more than his wish to set the record straight, and that record paints a picture that is at once gritty, exciting, deceitful, and seamy. In short, The Last Investigation is a singular milestone in the understanding of America's odyssey from before Dealey Plaza until today. My complete review of this book is found in these pages. --Grover Proctor

Best Evidence by David Lifton Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
by David S. Lifton

This book and author have their critics. But the volume still for me contains the best collection of unanswered questions about the assassination and its aftermath that exists. Lifton's medical terminology can sometimes be overwhelming, and I've often wished I could sit down with a surgeon and go over every passage to understand more fully what is being discussed. Nevertheless, no one has, to my knowledge, ever successfully debunked or explained away the propositions Lifton puts forth here. A gripping read. --Grover Proctor

JFK by Fletcher Prouty JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty

Written by the man who was depicted in Oliver Stone's film as "X," Jim Garrison's secret informant on the military-industrial complex, this book is a startling and clear companion to those who wish to know more about issues that could only be hinted at in the movie. --Grover Proctor

JFK Script by Oliver Stone JFK: The Book of the Film: The Documented Screenplay
by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar

One of my first impressions of Oliver Stone's film JFK was that it would be possible to put a footnote about every 10 seconds to show exactly where (and how meticulously) Stone got each of the details, subplots, and characters. Much to my surprise and delight, in 1992 they did just that with this annotated script. My complete historical analysis of the film appears in these pages. --Grover Proctor

Deep Politics by Petere Dale Scott Deep Politics And The Death of JFK
by Peter Dale Scott

This book is a rigorously scholarly analysis which goes to the heart of Scott's main thesis that the government, as currently constituted and controlled, has not allowed and cannot allow (for reasons of self-preservation) the truth about the assassination to come out. The heart of Scott's book is a documentation of the way the power structure works in America. It is at the level of Deep Politics that relationships and alliances occur between elements normally seen as disparate, sometimes even mortal enemies: intelligence, Mafia, drug cartels, and vested economic interests such as petroleum and import/export. My complete review of this book is found in these pages. --Grover Proctor

The Killing of a President by Robert Groden The Killing of a President: The Complete Photographic Record of the JFK Assassination, the Conspiracy, and the Cover-Up
by Robert J. Groden

There is no question that Robert Groden's knowledge and collection of photographic information about the assassination is unparalleled. This book is an amazing collection of photographs, from before, during and after Dealey Plaza. --Grover ProctorJFK

No image available The Ruby Cover-Up
by Seth Kantor

This remains to this day the best background work on Jack Ruby, the man who silenced Lee Harvey Oswald forever. --Grover Proctor

Real Answers by Gary Cornwell Real Answers: The True Story Told by Gary Cornwell, Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations
by Gary T. Cornwell

"The Kennedy case is the greatest murder mystery of all time, but it is more than that. It is our history, and from it we can learn timeless lessons about life, about the impact upon our own thinking of often unfounded assumptions and biases, and about how our government works -- both when it works as it should, and when it goes astray. I hope that reading Real Answers will be as entertaining and enlightening for you as running the Kennedy investigation was for me." --Gary Cornwell

Bloody Treason by Noel Twyman Bloody Treason: On Solving History's Greatest Murder Mystery: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
by Noel Twyman

"The best book written on the JFK assassination." --Mary Ferrell, noted researcher in Dallas and consultant to the House Select Committee on Assassinations
"The best book on the JFK assassination to date--easy to read. Pick it up and start anywhere in any chapter, and start reading.... I agree with 99% of the book.... It's as if (Twyman) has been reading my mind; but he has more proof than I have ever gathered." --Jack White, Photograph analyst, JFK researcher and consultant to the House Special Committee on Assassinations

The Adamson Report by Bruce Campbell Adamson The Adamson Report: Zapruder/Bush & the CIA's Dallas Council on World Affairs (Oswald's Closest Friend; The George de Mohrenschildt Story)
by Bruce Campbell Adamson

"This volume was prepared for the U.S. Attorney General and the Abraham Zapruder Arbitration Board. They were made aware that Zapruder had ties to Oswald's closest friend, George de Mohrenschildt (CIA agent) and both had ties to the CIA's DCWA." --Bruce Campbell Adamson


The Man Who Knew Too Much by Dick Russell The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hired to Kill Oswald and Prevent the Assassination of JFK
by Dick Russell

"Carroll & Graf has been in the forefront of producing books about the Kennedy assassination--of widely varying quality; it has come up with a winner this time. Russell, a freelance journalist who has written for Time and the Village Voice, has spent 17 years on this mammoth study of one of the most mysterious figures on the fringes of the assassination: Richard Case Nagell, described as the man 'hired to kill Oswald and prevent the assassination of JFK.' " --Publishers Weekly

The Great Zapruder Film Hoax by James Fetzer The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: Deceit and Deception in the Death of JFK
edited by Dr. James H. Fetzer

"This volume emerged from The Zapruder Film Symposium, which was organized and moderated by James H. Fetzer on the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota, 9-11 May 2003, and may well prove to have been among the most important conferences in the history of the study of the death of JFK. Certainly, the discoveries reported here remove any question about the film's authenticity and reveal the lengths to which the conspirators were willing to go to cover up the true cause of death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy." --publicity blurb

The Zapruder Film by David Wrone The Zapruder Film: Reframing Jfk's Assassination
by David R. Wrone

"The famous Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination lasts a grand total of 26 seconds. In this 400-page book, Wrone (professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point) dissects Zapruder's footage frame by frame, only to end up restating at length the well-worn argument, expressed much more succinctly in scores of other publications, that the film shows shots fired from three different angles, none of them correlating with Lee Harvey Oswald's perch at the Texas Book Depository. Wrone's book will appeal to only the most die-hard and detail-driven assassination buffs, though these findings by a sober historian may draw attention as we mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination." --Publishers Weekly


Case Closed Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK
by Gerald Posner

"In this national bestseller, Gerald Posner presents what he believes to be overwhelming evidence that Lee Oswald did, in fact, assassinate JFK. Based on new interviews, secret files, and the latest computer enhancements of film and other evidence, Case Closed is a must for everyone seeking the truth."

Warren Commission Report Warren Commission Report: Report of President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

This is, of course, the report of the first "official" investigation into the assassination. Its failures, omissions, and distortions (as seen by its critics) -- leading to a "lone nut as assassin" conclusion -- set in motion three decades of conspiracy research. --Grover Proctor

With Malice by Dale Myers With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J.D. Tippit
by Dale K. Myers

"One does not have to accept all of Dale Myers' findings to recognize the value of this, the first serious study of the Tippit murder, a vital element in the assassination story long neglected by official and unofficial probers alike." --Anthony Summers, author of Conspiracy and Not in Your Lifetime


Image of an Assassination Image of an Assassination
VHS version
DVD version

"This first commercially available video version of the legendary 26-second "Zapruder Film"--the 8mm record of John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination, which was filmed by Abraham Zapruder--provoked a storm of controversy when it first appeared on video shelves. This unprecedented release has been digitally mastered with the approval of the Zapruder family. The tape includes a frame-by-frame analysis of the film, a chronology of events, and additional historical video." synopsis

JFK an Oliver Stone film JFK , an Oliver Stone film
1991 (reissued with bonus material, 2003)

"Director Oliver Stone added 17 minutes of previously unseen footage for the 'director's cut' edition of his hypnotic courtroom epic about the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That fateful day in Dallas set in motion a sequence of events that would only intensify the mystery behind Kennedy's death, causing New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) to begin an investigation that would gradually become a personal obsession. A technical triumph boasting Oscar-winning cinematography and editing, Stone's film is guaranteed to grab the viewer's attention with its daring take on the JFK controversy. This newest edition includes two DVDs, containing the feature-length documentary 'Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy,' multimedia essays, and deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone." synopsis

Best Evidence Best Evidence: The Research Video

If Best Evidence remains one of the seminal books in the body of assassination research, this video is an indespensible companion that helps illustrate things in a way that no mere photographs can. Buy them both. --Grover Proctor

The Jim Garrison Tapes JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes

"An in-depth interview with Jim Garrison in which he meticulously outlines the case against the CIA. In addition, this title contains actual footage of the crime, recordings of the plotters, new witnesses, new evidence and examining accounts from people close to the source." synopsis

The Men Who Killed Kennedy The Men Who Killed Kennedy: The Truth Shall Make You Free

"This compelling documentary explores an alternative theory to the 'lone gunman' concept explaining President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The filmmakers posit that the President's own brother, Robert, may have inadvertently caused John's death. According to the video, a plot devised by Bobby Kennedy to slay Fidel Castro was subverted and then utilized to carry out the President's murder. The documentary even features an interview with an Army colonel who admits that he was ordered to get rid of witnesses to the assassination. It is also alleged that phony autopsy pictures were used to prove that Kennedy's death was caused by a single shooter. To bolster this argument, the video also includes interviews with other government officials, scientists and Lee Harvey Oswald's widow, Marina." synopsis

The Dallas Tapes JFK: The Dallas Tapes

"Compiled from newly remastered original video and audio tapes with added color home movies and rare photographs, this 105-minute, 1999 Heartland Regional EMMY® Award winning ,video covers the significant Dallas events of that tragic weekend." --6th Floor Museum synopsis