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Aus der unüberschaubaren Flut der Publikationen zu jenem schwarzen Tag in Dallas (der sich bald zum 50ten Male jährt) ragt dieses Buch von E.J.Epstein aus dem Jahr 1978 weit heraus. Er attackiert nicht die "Einzeltätertheorie", sondern analysiert das, was wir über L.H.O wissen oder glauben zu wissen. Sein starker Wunsch als ganz junger Mann zum Marine-Corps zu gehen und zugleich den US-Imperialismus abzulehnen; seine Tätigkeit bei der Luftüberwachung auch der hochgeheimen U-2 Missionen und dann seine Übersiedlung in die SU; die völlig andere Behandlung die ihm dort zuteil wird im Vergleich mit anderen US-Überläufern; seine problemlose Rückkehr in die USA in Begleitung einer geheimnisvollen, schönen Frau; seine sozialistischen Aktivitäten und gleichzeitige Arbeit in einem Fotolabor, das für das Pentagon arbeitete. Und: das vor allem das Verhalten von CIA und FBI ihm gegenüber- Epstein reiht unermüdlich Fakten aneinander, die ein sehr irritierendes Licht auf das "Bild" eines der geheimnisvollsten Menschen des XX.Jahrhunderts werfen. Die jahrelange Recherche-Tätigkeit des Autors ist beeindruckend. Interessante Fotos ergänzen das Werk. War L.H.O ein außer Kontrolle geratener Spion/Gegenspion ? Das Buch gibt uns keine explizite Antwort, ist aber für jeden, der sich mit dem Thema beschäftigt eine Pflichtlektüre. RP
I HAVE READ OVER 250 BOOKS ON THE JFK ASSASSINATION AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW I MISSED THIS GREAT BOOK. IT CONTAINS INCREDIBLE WRITING WHICH GOES THROUGH MOUNTAINS OF DATA LIKE A FAST MOVING NOVEL BUT IN A VERY DELICATE AND PERSONABLE WAY. GRIPS THE READER PAGE AFTER PAGE WITH INFORMATION NEVER FOUND IN OTHER BOOKS. YOU FEEL AT TIMES LIKE YOU ARE GETTING UNDER LHO's SKIN OVER EVERY ASPECT OF HIS SHORT BUT ANXIETY RIDDEN LIFE. MR. EPSTEIN IS A VERY GOOD WRITER AND HAS PRESENTED IN MY OPINION THE MOST ACCURATE AND REALISTIC ANALYSIS CONCERNING LHO AND HIS MOTIVES. OVER THE DECADES MANY RESEARCHERS HAVE PUSHED THE CIA, LBJ, HOOVER, MAFIA & ANTI- CASTRO CUBAN THEORIES. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MANY OF THEM, THOUGH NOT ALL, ARE POLITICAL LEFTISTS. THEIR BARE BONES PHILOSOPHY IS NATURALLY IN LINE WITH THE ANTI-AMERICA CROWD. JUST LOOK AT TODAY'S FAR LEFT MEDIA IRRATIONAL-ISM. IT IS MIND BENDING!! WHILE MR. EPSTEIN HAS CONVINCED ME THAT LHO WAS THE SHOOTER OF JFK OR AT THE VERY LEAST ASSISTED THOSE THAT KILLED JFK I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH JACK RUBY. I BELIEVE THAT JACK RUBY & MEXICO CITY ARE THE KEYS TO OPENING THE FULL TRUTH IN THIS STORY. IN ANY CASE THANK YOU MR. EPSTEIN FOR YOUR GREAT SKILLS AND INCREDIBLE STAMINA IN PUTTING TOGETHER THIS GREAT INVESTIGATIVE WORK. AS A FOLLOW-UP TO MR. EPSTEIN'S WORK I RECOMMEND YOU READ "LHO: A ROGUE KGB AGENT BY RICHARD CROSS, GJ PUBLISHING 2015.
Being an older book, released shortly after the Warren Commission Report, as the follow up to the author's excellent book, "Inquest", this book was among the first to question the official verdict that Oswald acted alone. It was ground breaking in it's day, and despite having read many books on LHO and the assassination, I found some facts in this book that I had not encountered previously. Along with Mark Lane's "Rush To Judgement", Robert Groden's "The Search For Lee Harvey Oswald", Josiah Thompson's "Six Seconds in Dallas", and L.Fletcher Prouty's "JFK, The CIA, Vietnam, And The Plot To Assassinate John F. Kennedy", this book should be in every serious researchers personal library. If you want to dig deeper, I highly suggest John Armstrong's "Harvey & Lee" (expensive, but worth every penny), and John Newman's "Oswald And The CIA". Both of these books can be dry, and somewhat tedious to read, but they are well researched, and certainly worth your time.
This book's contribution appears to be that it compiles almost everything that is known outside of Russia and Cuba about Lee Harvey Oswald. There has always been something screwy about the fact that the man who shot John F. Kennedy was an American who had defected to Russia. This is obviously a spectacularly rare kind of person, and this fact has spawned an infinite number of conspiracy theories.
While this book occasionally bogs down in tedious detail about Oswald's life, it is insightful in a very subtle way -- it gives the reader some idea what Oswald was actually like. This in turn allows the reader to make his or her own judgment as to whether Oswald was acting under the control of an external power or agency, or was acting on his own. Spoiler alert -- I will give my own opinion in the next portion of this review. While I do not think that these comments will spoil the book for anyone, my review policy generally is to eschew spoilers.
In my opinion, the evidence in this book makes it almost certain that Oswald, at one time or another, was intended by the Soviets to be a tool for Soviet espionage against the United States. This explains the somewhat lavish lifestyle that it allowed Oswald while he lived in Russia, as well as the relative ease with which Oswald returned to the USA and the fact that the Russians allowed his new Russian wife to return with him. (It was notorious that the Russians rarely allowed Soviet spouses of Westerners to leave Russia.) Oswald had associations with probable Soviet agents once he returned to America, and he and his wife lived a strange, lie-infested lifestyle that was frankly bizarre. The reader will lose track of how many times the Oswalds tried to inflict Marina Oswald on some hapless friend or other as a semi-permanent houseguest on pretexts that were straight lies.
This book sets forth facts that suggest to me that Oswald did not remain under Soviet control once he returned to the United States. He appears to have "gone rogue" and committed numerous acts which cannot have been at the direction of the Soviets. One spectacular example is the fairly well-documented fact that Oswald tried to shoot right-wing extremist General Walker. On the other hand, the possibility exists that Oswald was acting under Cuban direction to shoot President Kennedy, although my own opinion is that he did this on his own in the belief that this was what the Cubans wanted, as revenge for the US government's attempts at assassinating Fidel Castro. If this is true, then the Warren Commission's conclusion is essentially correct.
Quite appropriately in my view, the book concludes by focusing on the Yuri Nosenko affair. Nosenko was ostensibly a defector to the CIA from the Soviet KGB. He adamantly reported that the KGB had no connection with Oswald or involvement in the Kennedy assassination. For a very long time the CIA believed Nosenko was a false defector and Soviet disinformation agent. Later the CIA and FBI did an abrupt about-face and concluded that Nosenko was genuine. Today, most experts seem to believe that Nosenko was in fact a fake defector and Soviet disinformation agent. This book reaches that conclusion with which I concur. This does not mean that the Soviets were controlling Oswald at the time he assassinated the President. It does suggest that the Soviets were morbidly (and rationally) afraid of being tarred with the brush of their own previous involvement with Oswald.
Overall, this is a pretty readable book that probably will satisfy most anyone's curiosity about the bizarre life of Lee Harvey Oswald. It does not answer all questions about the Kennedy Assassination, but nothing seems likely to ever do that. I will say that this book does a better job than most in supporting the ultimate conclusions of the Warren Commission. Recommended. RJB.
I haven't read LEGEND, but I am 3/4 of the way through Norman Mailer's 850+ pp. OSWALD'S TALE: AN AMERICAN MYSTERY, in which Mailer uses writings from Priscilla McMillan Johnson's book, MARINA AND LEE and also LEGEND by EPSTEIN, The central fact that Mailer points out about what is in Epstein's LEGEND is that George de Mohrenschildt was very possibly an agent of the CIA and trying to get info from Oswald and/or did recruit Oswald -wittingly or otherwise, as de Mohrenschildt was a "White Russian", i,e,, a Russian emigre who came over to get away from the Bolshevik revolution. So, his putative reltationship w/the CIA would make sense in the way that he was working to try & bring down the USSR as much as possible or at least discredit it as much as he could. And this is possibly why he insinuated himself into Lee & Marina's life - not to just help them fit back in to America, but to get information to pass to his handler(s) at CIA. Epstein is not a raving lunatic like Mark Lane, for instance, Epstein is a level-headed, intelligent author who's written, by now, about 15+ books. And only about 2 were about the JFK assassination and/or Oswald. So, if you're one of the worms who still thinks the Warren Commission was a big joke and cover up and that there are myriad possible conspiracy angles to JFK's murder, you're going to be disappointed - for one thing, Oswald killed JFK ALONE- HE ACTED ALONE - OK? Probably the best book I've read that puts to rest and discredits all the crazy conspiracy theories is Gerald Posner's wonderful book, CASE CLOSED. That, in by book, is the definitive work on debunking the loony conspiracy myths.
Very enlightening read that helps sift through many of the random conspiracy theories. Many of the other books throw up random strange alleged facts with little attempt to sort out the credibitily of the evidence. This one is especially enlightening on the process of sorting out information from disinformation, and how the pros were doing it at the time, and reminds its readers that bureaucracies are motivated to hide their mis-steps.
I would enjoy a similar book on the topic of Oswald's connections (or lack, as the case may be) to New Orleans mafia figures.
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the subject.
This book tells the story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his career, most probably, as a Soviet spy before he went to the Soviet Union, then returned and assassinated John F Kennedy. I don't believe the Soviets were behind Oswald's actions although it is not clear if Cuba may have contributed. It is clear that the FBI and J Edgar Hoover were complicit or authored a cover-up of Oswald's career, including his connections with the KGB. He was a Marine radar technician in Japan at the time the U-2 was flying missions over the Soviet Union and China in 1959. He had an odd social life in Japan that included relationships with expensive bar-girls who could not be afforded on his Marine salary as a corporal. His time on the Soviet Union is mysterious, as is the history of his wife Marina. It is obvious that the FBI, shocked by its failure to watch him after he returned from the USSR, still a Marxist, did not want the Warren Commission to know his story. The book, an ebook, is highly recommended for those who are still interested in the Kennedy assassination.