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The JFK Assassination: Books exploring the Conspiracy

The recent release of 2,800 previously classified or redacted records from the FBI and CIA related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has reignited the country’s interest in this case. So far the CIA has released around 69,000 of the 87,000 documents related to the Kennedy assassination.

The original work, the Report of The Warren Commission On The Assassination Of President Kennedy by President’s Commission On The Assassination Of President Kennedy, was an 888-page report published on September 24th, 1964 that concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and there was no conspiracy.

Although the Warren Report always faced some skepticism, conspiracy theories on JFK’s assassination launched into full effect after the release of Oliver Stone’s “JFK” movie in 1991, which was largely based on two books: On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.

The effect of this movie was so great that Congress passed the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, declaring the National Archives would release files on October 26th, 2017 instead of the previously slated date of 2029.

Biblio blog: The JFK Assassination: Books exploring the Conspiracy

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Other popular books related to the JFK Assassination:

JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy (1992) by L Fletcher Prouty.

Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (1993) by Gerald Posner.

The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ (2013) by Roger Stone, a friend and informal advisor of President Trump.

The Kennedy Assassination Tapes (2004) by Max Holland

Reclaiming History (2007) by Vincent Bugliosi

Fictional works:

Libra (1988) by Don DeLillo

American Tabloid (1995) by James Ellroy


  • Favorite JFK book: Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? Memories and Tributes to a Slain President as told to Dear Abby (1993). [Forward by Pierre Salinger] Published at the time of the 30th anniversary. Chapter titles: I Was at Home; I Was in the Military; I Was Just a Child; I Was Watching Television; I Was in Dallas; I Was in School; I Was Abroad; et al. More than anything else, these paragraphs from ordinary citizens display vignettes of America in 1963. How this country has changed in half a century! I love this book which I bought for $6.95 in 1993. A nostalgic but true book about the world I grew up in.

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