Breach of Trust

Breach of Trust : How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why

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The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . was instantly implausible because the authors hid the secrets they knew (and ignored the ones they didn't). -David Ignatius, Washington Post Book WorldThat recent appraisal reflects a growing consensus that the Warren Commission largely failed in its duty to our nation. Echoing that sentiment, the Gallup organisation has reported that 75 percent of Americans polled do not believe the Commission's major conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the "lone assassin." Gerald McKnight now gives profound substance to that view in the most meticulous and devastating dissection of the Commission's work to date. The Warren Commission produced 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits, more than 17,000 pages of testimony, and a 912-page report. Surely a definitive effort. Not at all, McKnight argues. The Warren Report itself, he contends, was little more than the capstone to a deceptive and shoddily improvised exercise in public relations designed to "prove" that Oswald had acted alone. McKnight argues that the Commission's own documents and collected testimony-as well as thousands of other items it never saw, refused to see, or actively suppressed-reveal two conspiracies: the still very murky one surrounding the assassination itself and the official one that covered it up. The cover-up actually began, he reveals, within days of Kennedy's death, when President Johnson, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and acting Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach all agreed that any official investigation must reach only one conclusion: Oswald was the assassin. While McKnight does not uncover any "smoking gun" that identifies the real conspirators, he nevertheless provides the strongest case yet that the Commission was wrong-and knew it. Oswald might have knowingly or unwittingly been involved, but the Commission's own evidence proves he could not have acted alone. Based on more than a quarter-million pages of government documents and, for the first time ever, the 50,000 file cards in the Dallas FBI's "Special Index," McKnight's book must now be the starting point for future debate on the assassination. It should also inspire readers to echo the Journal of American History's praise for his previous book: "McKnight's insistence upon remaining within the bounds of the evidence inspires confidence in his judgment."
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 680.39g
  • Kansas, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0700619399
  • 9780700619399
  • 598,022

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"The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . was instantly implausible because the authors hid the secrets they knew (and ignored the ones they didn't)." David Ignatius, Washington Post Book World �The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . was instantly implausible because the authors hid the secrets they knew (and ignored the ones they didn�t).� David Ignatius, Washington Post Book World �A shrewd, well-researched, deeply provocative investigation into the gross delinquencies of the Warren Commission. Essential reading.��Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite �This lucid and persuasive critique of the official version of the assassination is the best book on the subject in years.� Salon.com �McKnight�s meticulous and well written book manages to expose the political bias that infiltrated so much of the Warren Commission�s methods.� Law and Politics Book Review �Fifty years from now, writers may still be grinding out new studies and theories about the Kennedy assassination. If so, Breach of Trust probably will be one of their important starting points.� Dallas Morning News "A shrewd, well-researched, deeply provocative investigation into the gross delinquencies of the Warren Commission. Essential reading."--Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite "This lucid and persuasive critique of the official version of the assassination is the best book on the subject in years." Salon.com "McKnight's meticulous and well written book manages to expose the political bias that infiltrated so much of the Warren Commission's methods." Law and Politics Book Review "Fifty years from now, writers may still be grinding out new studies and theories about the Kennedy assassination. If so, Breach of Trust probably will be one of their important starting points." Dallas Morning News "A convincing, scrupulously researched, and chilling rebuttal to the 'lone gunman, no conspiracy' account. . . . Strongly recommended."
Library Journal A shrewd, well-researched, deeply provocative investigation into the gross delinquencies of the Warren Commission. Essential reading. Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite
" This lucid and persuasive critique of the official version of the assassination is the best book on the subject in years.
Salon.com" McKnight s meticulous and well written book manages to expose the political bias that infiltrated so much of the Warren Commission s methods.
Law and Politics Book Review
" The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . was instantly implausible because the authors hid the secrets they knew (and ignored the ones they didn t).
David Ignatius, Washington Post Book World" Fifty years from now, writers may still be grinding out new studies and theories about the Kennedy assassination. If so, Breach of Trust probably will be one of their important starting points.
Dallas Morning News" A convincing, scrupulously researched, and chilling rebuttal to the lone gunman, no conspiracy account. . . . Strongly recommended.
Library Journal"
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About Gerald D. McKnight

Gerald D. Mcknight is professor emeritus of history at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, USA and the author of The Last Crusade: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People's Campaign.
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