A Cruel and Shocking Act

The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination
Author(s): Philip Shenon
Original Publish Date: Oct 29, 2013
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (23.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100125158
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427228901
Narrator/s: Robert Petkoff
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A groundbreaking, explosive account of the Kennedy assassination that will rewrite the history of the 20th century's most controversial murder investigation The questions have haunted our nation for half a century: Was the President killed by a single gunman? Was Lee Harvey Oswald part of a conspiracy? Did the Warren Commission discover the whole truth of what happened on November 22, 1963? Philip Shenon, a veteran investigative journalist who spent most of his career at The New York Times, finally provides many of the answers. Though A Cruel and Shocking Act began as Shenon's attempt to write the first insider's history of the Warren Commission, it quickly became something much larger and more important when he discovered startling information that was withheld from the Warren Commission by the CIA, FBI and others in power in Washington. Shenon shows how the commission's ten-month investigation was doomed to fail because the man leading it - Chief Justice Earl Warren - was more committed to protecting the Kennedy family than getting to the full truth about what happened on that tragic day. A taut, page-turning narrative, Shenon's book features some of the most compelling figures of the twentieth century-Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Chief Justice Warren, CIA spymasters Allen Dulles and Richard Helms, as well as the CIA's treacherous "molehunter," James Jesus Angleton. Based on hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access to the surviving commission staffers and many other key players, Philip Shenon's authoritative, scrupulously researched book will forever change the way we think about the Kennedy assassination and about the deeply flawed investigation that followed. A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2013

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Author(s): Philip Shenon
Product Number EB00587876
Released: Nov 13, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781429943697

Professional reviews

"Shenon's exhaustive analysis of the Warren Commission investigation is a dense work that might present a challenge to listeners. Fortunately, narrator Robert Petkoff's crisp tone and even pacing advances the text efficiently while still allowing time to process the extraordinary detail the author's years of research unearthed. The list of familiar and more obscure participants is formidable, but Petkoff manages to give the personalities distinct voices with simple modulations of pace and intensity. Along with Shenon's clear, organized style, Petkoff's skilled narration accomplishes smooth transitions as faces and locales shift along the tortuous course of this controversial investigation. All the questions surrounding JFK's assassination may never be answered, but this fascinating audiobook offers an excellent overview of this dark period. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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