Crime of the Century : The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective
Now a classic, Michael Kurtz's Crime of the Century recounts the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, and provides a detailed critical analysis of the investigations of the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Kurtz outlines the major areas of controversy about the assassination and sifts all the known evidence before concluding that both official inquiries failed to evaluate the considerable evidence of an assassination conspiracy. Kurtz also examines each of the most prevalent conspiracy theories and shows how often they fail to fit the facts. This third edition includes a new introduction, based on updated information about the assassination since the second edition was published in 1993, including material from the National Archives and several major recent interpretations of the events. Drawing on a variety of primary source materials from the National Archives and the FBI's and CIA's declassified assassination files, Crime of the Century remains a book of importance not only to students of the Kennedy assassination but also scholars of government response to political violence.
- Paperback | 312 pages
- 142.24 x 214.38 x 23.88mm | 476.27g
- 30 Dec 2013
- University of Tennessee Press
- Chicago, United States
- 3rd ed.
"This well written, extensively reserached volume...is a competent and reputable piece of work." --David Garrow, The Historian [Refers to a previous edition.] "Well reasoned and thought provoking." --Publishers Weekly [Refers to a previous edition.] "Solidly researched, absorbing, and often provocative, this is recommended for most collections." --William Thomas Miller, Library Journal [Refers to a previous edition.] "Kurtz offers the most compelling, readable, and novel treatment of America's most controversial assassination case, and does so with no taint of sensationalism." --Choice [Refers to a previous edition.]
Michael L. Kurtz is professor emeritus of history at Southeastern Louisiana University. In 1995 he testified before the Assassination Records Review Board regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Kurtz is coauthor of Louisiana: A History and was associate editor for Readings in Louisiana History.