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  • On the Trail of the Assassins

  • One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
  • By: Jim Garrison
  • Narrated by: Mark Kincaid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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On the Trail of the Assassins

By: Jim Garrison
Narrated by: Mark Kincaid
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Summary

Jim Garrison’s classic account of his investigation and prosecution of the murder of JFK.

Almost 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his murder continues to haunt the American psyche and stands as a turning point in our nation’s history. The Warren Commission rushed out its report in 1964, but questions continue to linger: Was there a conspiracy? Was there a coup at the highest levels of government?

On March 1, 1967, New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison shocked the world by arresting local businessman Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder the president. His alleged co-conspirator, David Ferrie, had been found dead a few days before. Garrison charged that elements of the United States government, in particular the CIA, were behind the crime. From the beginning, his probe was virulently attacked in the media and violently denounced from Washington. His office was infiltrated and sabotaged, and witnesses disappeared and died strangely. Eventually, Shaw was acquitted after the briefest of jury deliberation and the only prosecution ever brought for the murder of President Kennedy was over.

Returning to audiences for the first time in years, On the Trail of the Assassins - the primary source material for Oliver Stone’s hit film JFK - is Garrison’s own account of his investigations into the background of Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy, and his prosecution of Clay Shaw in the trial that followed.

©2012 The Estate of Jim Garrison (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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History is proving Jim Garrison to be correct.

This is the book on which Oliver Stone based his famous movie JFK. The story of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrisons investigation and the subsequent trial of Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder John F Kennedy is a truly remarkable tale. Mr Garrison took on the entire might of the US security state and media. Although he was ultimately unsuccessful in his quest losing at trial the revelations he was able to make along the way (including the subsequent public release of the Zapruder film) have added greatly to the understanding of the JFK assassination. Mr Garrison was a brave and patriotic public servant who put his entire career and reputation on the line in order to do what he thought was right. His investigation was infiltrated, many witnesses were intimidated or died in mysterious circumstances and he was ruthlessly smeared in the media. Mr Garrison is however now having the last laugh as history and subsequent revelations appear to be proving him correct. This is an audio book that tells a truly fascinating story.

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Why are the files still closed?

I find anything JFK and American politics of the time fascinating. After listening to this, The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot (predominately about Allen Dulles), CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys by Patrick Nolan and LBJ the mastermind of the JFK assassination by Phillip F. Nelson, in my opinion, there is no doubt who were behind the assassination. But, still to this day the papers are still being kept as closely guarded secrets. Why?

It would have been equally fascinating to know what Jim Garrison would have thought of the attacks of 9/11 if he was alive, he was thankfully saved from witnessing that atrocity. The behind the scenes build up to which also implies CIA conducting their own operation on US soil. When or how will it ever end?

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Jim Garrison a really, true american hero

The true life story of Jim Garrison's noble attempt to publicly expose the sinister, cocktail of powerful dark forces that were really behind the murder of JFK and even the young, Lee Harvey Oswald is not only an inspiring search for the truth story, but it also leaves us wondering deeply, who's really has been ruling in America since Nov 22, 1963, the peoples voted president or the aggressive money power elite, who's praetorian guard is of course, none other than the venomous black spider organization of CIA. which even today withholds or has even destroyed information related to the JFK / Garrison case. It was Jim Garrison along with handful of brave people like Mark Lane who went some considerable way in publicly destroying the whole credibility of the tainted, so called Warron commission report... leaving one to question deeply, did young Oswald even take a shot at the ill fated president or was he, as he said he was, just a Patsy... a preset, fall guy for the darker forces involved in this ugly story?

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The story is riveting and the basis for the movie JFK and it’s really interesting to hear the story the film is based on .

Only odd thing I found is the eventually annoying addition of a different voice for some words or short sentences from time to time .

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Excellent book and very intriguing

I think this book is fascinating. It is very thorough and easy to understand. The narrator was excellent.

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A thorough account of a pivotal moment in History

A excellent accountant of the JFK assisination which should never be associated as conspiracy theory. This book I feel comes the closest to the truth on the subject that we will ever know. Shocking and thought provoking

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A very important book. A must read.

I gave read this and now listened to it and I am still amazed when talking to people, about JFK, how many still believe in one man doing the assignation. After this book, you won't or at least you will struggle with the narrative of the day. Please do yourself and history a favour and read this. Then go out and talk about it.

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very interesting.

enjoyable listening to one of books which were basis of Oliver Stone movie. Have listened/read quite a few Kennedy related books and all have crossover points but different opinions of reason for the terrible act. would recommend.

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BRILLIANT

A brilliant insight into the conspiracy surrounding the murder of JFK.
A very educational read.
Jim Garrison, such a brave man, who took on the might of the US government and media, to try and prove that there had indeed been a conspiracy to kill JFK .
It's a long read, and a lot of names to remember, but stay with it, it's worth it.

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Excellent

Gives a very well presented and substantiated account of what May have actually happened to JFK. Absolute must read.

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