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.
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
Libra (1988) by Don DeLillo
American Tabloid (1995) by James Ellroy
Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.