2008-04-10 / About Town

Kennedy assassination topic of lecture, book

The Friends of the Jamestown Library and the Jamestown Historical Society present Jamestown resident, David Kaiser, a history professor at the Naval War College, on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

Kaiser is the author of "American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War" among other works. His most recent book, "The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy" will be the subject of this talk.

In a starred review in Library Journal, reviewer Karl Helicher says: "A scrupulously researched account, which may be one of the best books yet on the assassination... Kaiser posits that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman although he did not act alone: the murder plot was hatched by Mafia bosses Santo Trafficante, John Roselli, and Sam Giancana as revenge for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's relentless pursuit of the mob and for the vast sums of money they lost when Castro closed Cuba's mob-controlled casinos. Other startling revelations are that Oswald might have been a CIA agent, even though he was promised a large sum of money by the mob to kill Kennedy, and that Jack Ruby killed Oswald on orders from the Mafia, to which Ruby was connected. This detailed, often chilling account stands out among the overwhelming number of assassination books."

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 423-7820.

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