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Book Review - Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination by Anthony Summers

Category Book Review Anthony Summers Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination
Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination

Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, there are still questions over "who dun it." Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination by Anthony Summers is about as comprehensive a read as you can get when it comes to the pros and cons of many of the conspiracy theories. While he doesn't come out necessarily in favor of any specific conspiracy, he makes an excellent and exhaustive case for *some* level of involvement by someone(s) in addition to Oswald.

Summers documents facts and incidents at a level that would make any investigative journalist proud. Rather than write off (or ignore) information that doesn't fit a particular theory, Summers includes it all. The result is that all the conspiracy theories have holes that have no answers. Likewise, established events often have multiple potential interpretations. Even the official answer (Oswald acted alone) has to rely on a number of "simple clerical mistakes" when it comes to documentation that should exist but doesn't.

What became clear to me when reading this book is that if even half of what Oswald did or said is true, then he had some severe mental and emotional issues (which probably goes without saying). How someone can go from speaking fluent Russian to struggling with the language and back again is hard to explain. Same with being a marksman with a firearm to hardly being able to hit a target. I had to wonder if he was borderline schizophrenic, which might explain why he appeared to have so many personality discrepancies.

If you're at all interested in the Kennedy assassination, Not In Your Lifetime should be on the "must read" list. You probably won't come away with any definitive answers (as I don't think there are any), but you'll have a much more complete understanding as to why people have so many opinions and theories about what happened that day.

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