This large section uses primary documents from each of the five major periods
of assassination research to offer insight into the state of the research at
those times. These documents provide an immediacy that is seldom available from
books or reports. The documents also offer a wider variety of views, some
extremely valuable, than are available from the larger publications. A good
example of a high-quality document that has been lost in the shuffle of time is
Dwight Macdonald's "A
Critique of the Warren Report," which appeared in the Esquire of
March 1965. A sounder overall evaluation of the report is hard to find in all
the JFK literature. It is all the more remarkable because it comes from a
flaming liberal, but one with the kind of keen critical eye that is too
often absent today.
We precede the actual articles with the carefully crafted "A History of Assassination Literature," from the Introduction to Art Simon's 1993 Book Dangerous Knowledge: The JFK Assassination in Art and Film. This narrative gives an ideal overview of the writings about the assassination from the shooting in 1963 to the thirtieth anniversary in 1993.
The Warren Commission Period
The HCSA Period
The Oliver Stone/JFK Period
The ARRB Period
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