JFK Readers Guide: Assassination Books, Reports


A comprehensive new Readers Guide lists the most important books about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

John F. KennedyThe list below prepared by the Justice Integrity Project (JIP) is continuously updated and is part of a larger JIP project to catalog films, other videos, organizations, events, and commentaries. That project  is coordinated also with Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA), on whose board JIP Editor Andrew Kreig serves.

More than 2,500 books are estimated to have been published in whole or part on the Kennedy assassination, according to Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) President James H. Lesar, who co-founded that non-profit in 1984.

The most significant of those books are listed below. The criteria for inclusion in the catalog was sales, expert citations, and similar impact. Inclusion is irrespective of whether the authors' point of view criticized or defended such conventional interpretations as the 1964 Warren Commission report on the assassination.

From this broader list, we identify a handful of books recommended for the general reader who desires a current and authoritative view in one volume that includes analysis,

The larger catalog below is not meant for casual reading. Instead, it is intended as a reference source for readers looking for a specific book.

Other segments of the Readers Guide cover the most relevant films and other videos, research centers, and events. Additional installments provide interpretative columns. The guide also contains a listing of major official reports on President Kennedy's death. In coordination with other researchers, the Justice Integrity Project plans similar Readers Guides for other major U.S. political assassinations, including the 1968 murders of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on the day he won California's presidential primary.

As noted above, the main purpose of the catalog below is to list a wide array of relevant books regardless of viewpoint. But serious research ultimately leads to analysis. In that spirit, we recommend these books below for the general reader as an introduction to understanding the murder, the investigations, and their current implications.

The list below shows publishers and dates of most recent publication. Dates of previous editions are in parentheses.

  • JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglass coverDouglass, James, W. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. Touchstone, 2008.
  • Talbot, David. The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government. Harper's, 2015.
  • Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. Basic, 2013 (Carroll & Graf, 1989).
  • McKnight, Gerald. Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why. University of Kansas, 2005.
  • Scott, Peter Dale. Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House. Open Road Media, 2018. (Forbidden Bookshelf, 2015).
  • Belzer, Richard and David Wayne, Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.
  • Newman, John M. Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK. Skyhorse, 2008 (1995).
  • Prouty, L. Fletcher. JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013 (Carroll and Graf, 1996).
  • DiEugenio, James with an introduction by Oliver Stone. JFK Revisited. Skyhorse, 2022.

The books each argue that Kennedy was the victim of a plot by Kennedy opponents in government and their private sector allies who were so powerful and adept that they largely avoided exposure by official bodies, the most important of which were themselves constrained from pursuing their probes. The manipulation of official investigations and news coverage was typically by operatives pursued their roles with scant understanding they were playing a limited role in a larger plan. Thus, alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald would be best understood as a government asset working through intermediaries and without knowledge that he would ultimately be designated as a patsy.

A separate category is for books about general themes beyond the JFK assassination that nonetheless contained important JFK-assassination related findings that keep the following prominent and widely respected within the JFK assassination research community:

  • Baker, Russ. Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. Bloomsbury Press, 2009.
  • Talbot, David. Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. Free Press, 2007.
  • Mellen, Joan. A Farewell To Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, And the Case that Should Have Changed History. Skyhorse, 2013.
  • Evica, George Michael. A Certain Arrogance: The Sacrificing of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Manipulation of Religious Groups by U.S. Intelligence, TrineDay, 2011. (Originally published in a more heavily annotated edition by Xlibris, 2006.)
  • Morley, Jefferson. The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton  St. Martin's, 2017.

Serious researchers, citizen and professional alike, should have access to the conventional government story, claiming that Lee Harvey Oswald acted as a lone assassin. That argument's core document is the 1964 Waren Commission Report, as amplified by numerous best-selling books that are each shown to be misguided by solid scientific, witness and documentary evidence undermining the official story. One notable monument to that official theory was, because of its 1,612-page length and extensive citations useful also to those who reject the book's thesis:

  • Bugliosi, Vincent. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Norton, 2013 (2007). 

Regarding our list of the most recommended JFK assassination books:

First: these each advocate a point of view and can provide a one-volume overview of vital evidence on the assassination, including revelations about flaws in the official investigations, even if a reader has no time to read an additional book.

Second, each of the authors has substantial academic or parallel professional expertise in the research, with the exception of the Belzer-Wayne author team that accomplishes similar results by extensive citations. Third, books are not included if they primarily argue that a specific person orchestrated a plot or pulled a trigger. Such books can be highly worthwhile, of course, but are inherently limited by lack of subpoena power, cross-examination, and other research tools whatever their evidence. More than half a dozen individuals, for example, can plausibly be described as shooters or getaway drivers (several by their own account) but the key issue is the plausibility of the Warren Commission's conclusion of one shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, and not the varied alternatives.   

Finally, most of the books, aside from Prouty's, encompass much of the recent research, which experts estimate as including four million pages of declassified documents. Prouty is included primarily because of is insider status as a pioneering whistleblower. By the same standard, others such as the late New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison could have been included. But ultimately the more recent and more comprehensive critiques seem the best place for the general reader to start.

For somewhat similar reasons, several compelling books that contain extreme conclusions are omitted from this list of the few most recommended books for first-time general readers. Thus, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK published in 1992 by Peter Dale Scott is worth serious consideration but is best understood after study of more general works.

doug horneSimilarly, Inside the Assassinations Record Review Board (ARRB): The U.S. Government's Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK is a five-volume work that represents an enormous and authoritative civic service by Douglas P. Horne (at left), the former AARB chief analyst for military records.

But that five-volume series is not recommended for a general reader trying to get initial bearings in the field. The same thing can be said for a number of other important works, including Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy by Vincent Michael Palamara, who provided case studies of all relevant Secret Service key personnel. Another in this category of expert works is the multi-volume Where Angels Tread Lightly study of the assassination by John M. Newman, at left, a history professor with high level Army Intelligence and National Security Agency experience. Newman is one of the most expert researchers ever to write books about the John Newmanassassination.

The authors selected above had varied backgrounds that equipped them for their work.

James Douglass, James Douglass, shown in a file photo at right, is a longtime peace activist and accomplished research scholar whose JFK and the Unspeakable is often described as "the best" introduction to the topic by critics of conventional news coverage.

In the Douglass account, the one-time World War II combat hero Kennedy helped save the nation from nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was on track to resolve the Vietnam War and similar Cold War crises in ways that would have saved millions of lives. Douglass shows that Kennedy's actions persuaded persuaded powerful U.S. interests, however, that the president was traitor who needed to be killed. 

The late Air Force Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, shown at right, holds several distinctions as a whistleblowing expert who was in a rare if not unique position to anticipate the Douglass argument before Prouty's death in 2001. Prouty was World II combat pilot entrusted with a variety of sensitive missions in both Army and Air Force operations.

Prouty went on to serve as the top liaison during the Republican Eisenhower administration's Defense Department Joint Chiefs of Staff to the CIA regarding covert operations. Later, Prouty held the same post with the Joint Chiefs throughout the Democrat Kennedy's administration, thereby placing him in the information loop of sensitive operations that included regime change, revolution, assassinations and propaganda. 

In 1973, Prouty wrote The Secret Team, one of the first exposés of the CIA. The book documented how the agency functioned more as an operational unit of America's elite private sector interests than for the American public's elected officials. Prouty's 1996 book JFK argued more specifically that the CIA and its allied interests murdered Kennedy in 1963 to change America's foreign policy.

L Fletcher ProutyIn JFK and the Unspeakable, author James Douglass cited interviews by Prouty late in life to show Prouty held a rare vantage point by having been designated in the 1950s by longtime CIA Director Allen Dulles to "create a network of subordinate focal point offices in the armed services, then throughout the entire U.S. government. Each office that Prouty set up was put under a "cleared" CIA employe. That person took orders directly from the CIA but functioned under the cover of his particular office and branch of government."

Douglass continued:

The consequence in the early 1960s when Kennedy became president was that the CIA had placed a secret team of its own employees through the entire U.S. government. It was accountable to no one except the CIA, headed by Allen Dulles. After Dulles was fired by Kennedy [technically forced out via resignation in November 1961 along with two top Dulles deputies], the CIA's Deputy Director of Plans Richard Helms became this invisible government's immediate commander. No one except a tight inner circle of the CIA even knew of the existence of this top-secret intelligence network, mush less the identity of deep-cover bureaucrats.

Historian Gerald McKnight, a longtime professor at Hood College in Frederick, MD, wrote in Breach of Trust a devastating appraisal of the Warren Commission's whitewash of the evidence that Kennedy was murdered in a well-orchestrated conspiracy.

McKnight's book, like the others noted above and below, built on a vast number of courageous previous researchers. They included pioneering authors Mark Lane, who visibly advocated for Oswald's legal rights and new investigations in 1967, and Sylvia Meagher, who indexed and systematically debunked the Warren report's 26 volumes of exhibits in another pioneering book first published also in 1967.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a medical school professor and prominent coroner, is among the medical and other scientific experts prominent in disputing Warren Report evidence.

Other materials came from the more than four million declassified documents unearthed by, among others, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, former House Select Committee on Assassinations researchers Gaeton Fonzi and Robert Groden, Harold Weisberg, Bernard Fensterwald and his law partner James Lesar, Joan Mellen, Jefferson Morley, and others too numerous to mention, along with such popular authors as Dick Russell, Jim Marrs, Jesse Ventura, James DiEugenio, and Richard Belzer. Each has written important books focused squarely on the killing and cover-up. Many others have written more general works that make important contributions on the assassination research. They are included in the catalog below, but not in the recommended list above.

Our list near the top of this column of the most recommended general works on the JFK assassination fails to include most of the breakthrough pioneer works. This is not to disrepect their work. Led by Mark Lane, Sylvia Meagher, Fred J. Cook and Harold Weisberg, among others, they  bravely and expertly overcame powerful and at times viscious forces to bring truths to light. For purposes of this guide, however, the general reader is probably best served by more recent books that include new findings.

Important also are books focusing on specific suspects and institutions, such as that by longtime GOP consultant Roger Stone's best-seller (with Mike Colapietro) The Man Who Killed Kennedy making the case for Lyndon Johnson's guilt, and Oswald and the CIA, by Dr. John M. Newman, a longtime professor and former military intelligence office who once served as assistant to the director of the National Security Agency.

The biggest sales and media coverage, however, has gone to the Warren report and its defenders. The report is available online for free (including at the AARC and Mary Ferrell sites), and in multiple print editions. Most notable among its defenders in book form during its first years after publication was William Manchester in 1967. Later came Gerald Posner (1993), Vincent Bugliosi (2007) and, more recently, James Swanson (2013) and Bill O'Reilly (2013).

No survey of the research history of the JFK case would be complete without a mention of the role of official whistleblowers. Some have written compelling books, and in the aggregate they have made possible the work of all other researchers.

Among the most important and committed to public disclosure have been, in alphabetical order, FBI agent Don Adams, Secret Service officer Abraham Bolden, Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig, Navy autopsy medical corpsman James Jenkins, CIA executive Victor Marchetti, Army Special Forces Lt. Col. Daniel Marvin, CIA/KGB double-agent Richard Nagell, Air Force Sgt. Robert Vinson, and CIA finance officer James Wilcott and his wife, Elise, a CIA secretary working in Japan with her husband when he helped pay Oswald while the latter was operating on a super-sensitive CIA-military spy assignment.

Each of these onetime government law enforcement, military, or intelligence personnel courageously stepped forward, as did others, to contribute important information to solving the mystery of who killed Kennedy and, more importantly, the consequences for the nation and world. For nearly all, their contributions were ignored, trivialized, suppressed -- or even altered in apparent obstruction of justice for the murder investigation. Much of the power of the Douglass book comes from his deft and relentless assemblage of these blockbuster revelations ignored elsewhere. One of the Douglass chapters has more than 900 endnotes, virtually all involving on-the-record information.

Vital collections of records are maintained at government sites, as well as those private collections listed below. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), based in Washington, DC, is  located directly across the street from the Justice Integrity Project's offices. NARA is the nation's official record keeper. JFK researchers, for example, may search the NARA online database of recently declassified and still-classified records from the Kennedy assassination investigations.

Even what is intended to be a comprehensive list below of hundreds of books (out of the universe of more than two thousand) is necessarily selective. We seeks, however, to include leading works of whatever viewpoint that are frequently cited or regarded as important in the community of experts. Special emphasis is on newer materials and those considered classics.

The criteria is intended to encompass important books that may include only a small amount of material on the assassination if that material is unique or otherwise of important research value.

This list was originally included in a 013 compilation on this site that also included a Readers Guide to JFK-related events, videos and archives. For ease of access and updates, non-book research resources are in separate listings.

Several special markings are attached to certain books to help readers place the works in a larger context. For example, a special notation designates where the books were new as of 2013. Other markings indicate inclusion of the book or author on speaker faculties of experts in the field, etc.

Any such compilation is a work in progress. Therefore, we welcome any corrections, additions or other updates. These may be sent via Info [at] justice-integrity.org. Additionally, our intention is to work with other researchers conduct a poll on "the best" JFK assassination books and videos in important genres.

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Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination

By Andrew Kreig, JIP Editor, CAPA Board member and Associate Editor and Board member of The Indicter

What follows are excerpts from our Project's so-far 38-previous segments of a "Readers Guide" to the assassination begun in 2013 to underscore both the 50th anniversary of the death and its continuing relevance, particularly slanted media, government, and academic treatment of the death that serves as a Rosetta Stone to similar slanted coverage sensitive matters extending through the decades to today's news.

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The Justice Integrity Project cooperates with Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA) and The Indicter, each of which investigates suspected political assassinations around the world.

In the Readers Guide below, a red asterisk (*) denotes major articles in the series. Other articles may be regarded as more routine or duplicative treatments sometimes covering specific events.

Dealey Plaza Panorama (Andrew Kreig Photo)At right is a photo by this editor in Dallas showing Dealey Plaza. The Texas Book Depository Building where accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald worked is behind the row of trees. The car in the center lane is near the location of President Kennedy's limo at the time of his fatal shooting. The "X" mark is repeatedly painted on the street by author and photographic expert Robert Groden as reminder of the horrific crime that Dallas authorities seek to expunge by removing the X.

  1. Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013.
  2. Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos, Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films in 2013.
  3. Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013. *
  4. Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
  5. 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,'  Nov. 19, 2013.
  6. Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013.
  7. JFK Murder Scene Trapped Its Victim In Kill Zone, Nov. 30, 2013.
  8. Project Lists JFK Assassination Reports, Archives, Videos, Events, Nov. 2, 2013. *
  9. JFK Murder, The CIA, and 8 Things Every American Should Know, Dec. 9, 2013. *
  10. JFK Murder Prompts Expert Reader Reactions, Dec. 19, 2013. Reactions to our Dec. 9 column. 
  11. Have Spy Agencies Co-Opted Presidents and the Press? Dec. 23, 2013. *
  12. Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears, May 26, 2014. *
  13. Experts To Reveal Secrets of JFK Murder, Cover-up at Sept. 26-28 DC Forum , Sept. 5, 2014. 
  14. Washington Post Still Selling Warren Report 50 Years Later, Sept. 22, 2014. *
  15. JFK Experts To Explode Myths, Sign Books In DC Sept. 26-28, Sept. 24, 2014.
  16. Former Cuban Militant Leader Claims CIA Meeting With Oswald Before JFK Killing, Sept. 27, 2014. *
  17. JFK Readers Guide: Assassination Books, Reports, Oct. 15, 2014. *
  18. Dealey Plaza Picket Fence (Andrew Kreig Photo)Former House JFK Murder Prober Alleges CIA ‘Lied,’ Seeks Hidden Records, Oct. 18, 2014. *
  19. The JFK Murder 'Cover-up' Still Matters -- As Does C-SPAN's Coverage, Nov. 11, 2014. *
  20. JFK, Nov. 22 and the Continuing Cover-Up, Nov. 24, 2014. *
  21. JFK Assassination Readers Guide To 2013-14 Events, Nov. 28, 2014. *
  22. CIA, Empowered by JFK Murder Cover-up, Blocks Senate Torture Report, Dec. 1, 2014. *
  23. Nearly Too Late, Public Learns of Bill Moyers’ Conflicts Over PBS, LBJ, Jan. 2, 2014.
  24. Why Bill O'Reilly's Lie About JFK's Murder Might Matter To You, March 17, 2015.
  25. Free Videos Show Shocking Claims About CIA, JFK Murder Probes, June 29, 2015.
  26. Pioneering Black Secret Service JFK Guard Abraham Bolden Warns Of Current Lessons, July 22, 2015.
  27. Understanding Hollywood-Style Presidential Propaganda From JFK To Trump, Aug. 18, 2015.
  28. Beware Of Wrong Conclusions From New CIA Disclosure On Oswald, Sept. 28, 2015.
  29. The JFK Murder Cover-Up: Your Rosetta Stone To Today’s News, Nov. 29, 2015.
  30. Austin Kiplinger, David Skorton: Two Civic Giants Going And Coming, Dec. 15, 2015.
  31. Trump Alleges Rafael Cruz Tie To JFK Murder Suspect Oswald, May 3, 2016.
  32. Revelations Confirm Proof Of JFK, RFK Murder Cover-ups, Nov. 25, 2016.
  33. Top Experts To Assess JFK Murder Records, Revelations March 16, March 8, 2017.
  34. Speaker Program For March 16 Forum On Secret JFK Records, March 8, 2017.
  35. JFK Experts Advocate Compliance With Records Deadline, March 8, 2017.
  36. At CAPA Forum, JFK Experts See Need, Momentum For Assassination Records Release, March 23, 2017.
  37. Time Magazine, History Channel Ramp Up Oswald-JFK Fake News, April 26, 2017.
  38. JFK Birthday Prompts Inspiration, Art, Advocacy, Snark, June 2, 2017.
  39. Deep State Killed JFK For His Cuba Policy, Peace Advocacy, Experts Say, June 13, 2017.
  40. Newly Released JFK Murder Files Prompt Disputes, 'Jigsaw' Solutions, Aug. 4, 2017.
  41. CAPA Challenges Warren Report Defenders Sabato, Shenon, Sept. 22, 2017.
  42. Trump Plans Release Of Suppressed JFK Records, Oct. 21, 2017.
  43. Trump Backs Off Promise To Release All Suppressed JFK Documents Today; Permits Partial Release, Oct. 26, 2017.
  44. More JFK Murder Records Released On Nov. 9, Nov. 10, 2017. 
  45. TV Star John Barbour Premieres New JFK Documentary In DC With Free Screenings, Lectures, Nov. 13, 2017.
  46. Two Major Annual JFK Research Conferences Launch Friday In Dallas, Nov. 15, 2017.
  47. DC, Dallas Nov. 22 Events Mark JFK Murder, Official Cover-up, Nov. 22, 2017
  48. Assessing Newly Released JFK Records, Alec Baldwin's Slam of NBC Cover-up, Dec. 19, 2017.
  49. DC 'Big Event' Boosts Pressure To Disclose Suppressed JFK Records, March 16, 2018.
  50. Trump Postpones Some JFK Documents At Deadline For Three Years, Releases Others, April 26, 2018.
  51. Trump Suppresses JFK Murder Records, Violates Pledge, Bows To CIA, Deep State, May 1, 2018.
  52. Rights Pioneer's Obit Prompts Disputes Over JFK Murder Half-Truths, May 29, 2018.
  53. Poppy's Seed and Bitter Harvest: Half-Truths History (four-part series on life, legacy of George H. W. Bush), published from Dec. 9 through Dec. 14, 2018, with link to first installment).
  54. Kennedy and King Family Members and Advisors Call for Congress to Reopen Assassination Probes, Jan. 20, 2019.


Recommendations From Others:

Mary Ferrell Foundation, 2015 Books, Staff report, Jan. 1, 2016. Several books of interest to our readers were published in 2015. Here are eight of the more notable ones:

John F. Kennedy top 2015 books (by Mary Ferrell Foundation)The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, by David Talbot. The author of the acclaimed Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years has written here a decidedly unflattering portrait of CIA spymaster Allen Dulles, who along with his brother Foster defined an era of coup-driven foreign policy. Talbot paints a portrait of Dulles as a leader in the anti-Kennedy national security camp even while out of office, building on the theme first developed in Brothers. In this book, Talbot argues the case for Dulles as leader of the plan to assassinate JFK.

Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House, by Peter Dale Scott. Scott is one of the pre-eminent thinkers and writers on the JFK assassination and its "deep politics," and this book is in some ways the culmination of his thoughts on the case. This e-book continues where Deep Politics II left off in its analysis of Oswald, Mexico City, and the handling of the Oswald files. It then turns in new directions, looking at previously-ignored gaps in military records on Oswald, exploring the deep enmity between Kennedy and his military team and the evidence for coup-planning on their part, and making connections to the Watergate affair. The title of the book harkens to Scott's notion that the overt government is paired with, and at times overshadowed by, a "deep state".

John F. Kennedy's Head Wounds: A Final Synthesis - and a New Analysis of the Harper Fragment, by Dr. David W. Mantik. This e-book by JFK medical expert David Mantik makes the case that the Harper fragment, found in Dealey Plaza after JFK's assassination, was occipital bone. Mantik uses this conclusion to challenge the interpretation of autopsy photos as indicating a single head shot from behind, and makes the argument for shots from the right-front of the presidential limousine.

Selected JFK Assassination Books

Editor's Note: Books are arranged by the main author's last name and with their most recent publisher. Parenthetical marks indicated the original publication date, for some books. Books published or republished since 2013 are denoted with this sign: ##.

To understand at a glance a general measure of book themes, we note with a red asterisk those authors included in a leading conference assembling primarily critics of the official Warren Commission report. james kelleher custom

james kelleher cover expendableBeginning in mid-2017, Professor James J. Kelleher began assisting the Justice Integrity Project in updating this list and similar lists of the most important books regarding the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. James J. Kelleher received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. He was Department Chair until his retirement at the College of the Canyons in Valencia, California. He also taught at CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, and CSU Dominguez Hills. He is a co-author of Governing California in the Twenty-First Century and author of He Was Expendable: National Security, Political and Bureaucratic Cover-Ups in the Murder of President John F. Kennedy.


Abrams, Dan and Fisher, David. Kennedy’s Avenger: Assassination Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby. Hanover Square, 2021.

Adams, Don. A From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle: A Report to the Public from an FBI agent involved in the official JFK assassination investigation. TrineDay, 2012.

Albarelli, H. P., Jr. A Secret Order: Investigating the High Strangeness and Synchronicity in the JFK Assassination. TrineDay, 2013. Menninger, Bonar. Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK. CreateSpace, 2013.

hp albarelli jr cover coup__________ Coup in Dallas: The Decisive Investigation into Who Killed JFK. Skyhorse, 2021. (Previous edition: Coup in Dallas: Who Killed Kennedy and Why? Skyhorse, 2018)

Anderson, Christopher. Those Few Precious Days: The Final Years of Jack With Jackie. Gallery, 2013 (1998).

__________ The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved. Gallery, 2014.

Anson, Robert Sam. “They’ve Killed the President! The Search for the Murderers of John Kennedy. Bantam, 1975.

Armstrong, John. JFK: The Dead Witnesses. Consolidated Press International, 1995.

__________ Harvey and Lee. Quasar, 2003.

Associated Press. The Torch Is Passed: The Associated Press Story of the Death of a President. Associated Press, 1963.

Attwood, William. The Twilight Struggle: Tales of the Cold War. Harper Collins, 1987.

Ayers, Bradley E. Zenith Secret: A CIA Insider Exposes the Secret War Against Cuba and the Plot that Kiiled the Kennedy Brothers. Vox Pop, 2007.

Aynesworth, Hugh. JFK: Breaking the News. International Focus, 2003.

__________ November 22, 1963: Witness to History. Brown, 2013.

Ayton, Mel. Questions of Controversy: The Kennedy Brothers. University of Sunderland, 2001.

__________ The JFK Assassination: Dispelling the Myths. Woodfield, 2002.

Ayton, Mel and Von Pein, David. Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Warren Report and Lee Harvey Oswald’s Guilt and Motive 50 Years On. Strategic Media, 2014.

Baden, Michael. Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner. Ivy, 1989.

Bagley, Tennent H. Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games. Yale University, 2007.

Baker, Judyth Vary. Me and Lee: How I Came To Know and Love Lee Harvey Oswald. TrineDay, 2010.

__________ David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot, Participant in Anti-Castro Bioweapon Plot, Friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and Key to the JFK Assassination. TrineDay, 2014.

Baker, Judyth Vary and Edward Schwartz. Kennedy and Oswald: The Big Picture. TrineDay, 2017.

Baker, Russ. Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. Bloomsbury Press, 2009.

Russ Baker coverBamford, James. Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. Anchor, 2002.
Barney, Mel. Four Wars. Merit, 2012 (Kindle).

Bartholomew, Richard (Foreword: Ed Tatro). The Deep State in the Heart of Texas. Say Something Real Press, 2018.

Becker, Don. The JFK Assassination: A Researcher's Guide. 2010.

Beddow, David T. A Ferrie Tale. Archway, 2019.

Belin, David. November 22, 1963: You Are the Jury. Quadrangle, 1973.

__________ Final Disclosure: The Full Truth About the Assassination of President Kennedy. Scribner’s 1988.

Belli, Melvin M. with Maurice C. Carroll. Dallas Justice: The Real Story of Jack Ruby and His Trial. David McKay, 1964.

Richard Belzer Dead Wrong coverBelzer, Richard and David Wayne, Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.

Belzer, Richard and David Wayne. Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country's Most Controversial Cover-Ups. Skyhorse, 2013 (2012).   

Benson, Michael. Encyclopedia of the JFK Assassination. Checkmark, 2002.   

Benson, Michael. Who's Who in the JFK Assassination: An A to Z Encyclopedia. Citadel, 1993.  

Beschloss, Michael R. The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963. HarperCollins, 1991.

__________ Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964. Simon & Schuster, 1997.

__________ Reaching for Glory: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1964-1965. Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Bethelll, Tom. The Electric Windmill: An Inadvertent Autobiography. Regnery Gateway, 1988.

Biles, Joe G. Gthe Arrogance of Ignorance: Essays on the HSCA and the Show Trial. Processed, 2000.

Bird, Kai. The Chairman. Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Bishop, George. Witness to Evil. Dell, 1971.

Bishop, Jim. The Day Kennedy Was Shot. Harper Perennial, 2013 (1968).

Bissell, Richard. Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs. Yale University, 1996.

Blaine, Gerald and Lisa McCubbin. The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence. Gallery, 2010.

Blair, Joan and Clay Jr. The Search for JFK. Berkley, 1976.

Blakey, G. Robert and Richard Billings. The Plot To Kill the President. Times Books, 1981.

__________ Fatal Hour: The Assassination of President Kennedy by Organized Crime. Berkley Books, 1992.

Bloomgarden, Henry S. The Gun: A Biography of the Gun that Killed John F. Kennedy. Grossman, 1975.

Blum, William. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II. Common Courage, 2004.

Abraham Bolden book cover, The Echo from Dealey PlazaBlumenthal, Sidney and Harvey Yazijian, eds. Government By Gunplay. New American Library, 1976.

Bohrer, John R. The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK. Bloomsbury, 2017.

Bolden, Abraham. Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African-American on the Secret Service and his search for justice after the JFK assassination. Crown, 2008.

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Swike, Jack R. The Missing Chapter: Lee Harvey Oswald in the Far East. CreateSpace, 2008.

Tague, James. LBJ and the Kennedy Killing. TrineDay, 2013.

Talbot, David. Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. Free Press, 2007.

__________ The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government. Harper's, 2015.

Taylor, Blaine. Dallas Fifty Years On: The Murder of John F. Kennedy. A New Look at an Old Crime, 22 November 1963-2013. Fonthill, 2013.

Thomas, Donald Byron. Hear No Evil: Politics, Science & the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013 (2010).

Thomas, D.M. Flying Into Love: A Novel. Carroll & Graf, 1992.

Thomas, Evan. Robert Kennedy: His Life. Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Thomas, Ken, ed. The Tippit Connection. Book Tree, 2000.

Thomas, Ralph. 2018 Missing Links: Thomas Beckham, Anti-Castro Cubans; The CIA and the JFK Assassination. Kindle, 2018.

__________ Beyond A Question Of Conspiracy: An Investigation And Revision Of History. Kindle, 2018

__________ General Edwin Walker, The Meetings In LA And The JFK Assassination: An Investigative Report. Kindle, 2018.

__________ JFK Files: The Roscoe White Story: Grassy Knoll Assassin Or Hoax? Kindle, 2018.

__________ JFK Assassination and the David Ferrie Files. Kindle, 2018.

__________ JFK Assassination Research, Records And Resources: An Online Goldmine Of Researcher’s Information. Kindle, 2018.

__________ JFK: Beyond A Question Of Conspiracy: An Investigation And Revision Of History. Kindle, 2018.

__________ Miami, Chicago, Tampa And Dallas Four Plots Of Conspiracy To Assassinate JFK: An Investigative Report From JFK Beyond A Question Of Conspiracy. Kindle, 2018.

__________ Project Northwoods, Operation Mockingbird And The Assassination Of JFK, MLK And RFK: An Investigative Report. Kindle, 2018.

__________ The Defense Investigation Of Lee Harvey Oswald and The School Book Depository Building. Kindle, 2018.

__________ Wall Of Secrecy: Inside The JFK Assassination: How James Angleton & William Harvey Set Up An Assassination Team Inside The CIA, Kindle, 2018.

__________ ALTERED! The Zapruder Film: An Investigative Report. Kindle, 2017.

__________ JFK Assassination Witnesses: -Accounts And Locations Of Shots Fired An Investigative Report. Kindle, 2017.

__________ Lee Harvey Oswald: Portrait Of A Patsy And US Intelligence Agent: A/K/A: Leon Oswald, Lee Henry Oswald, O.H. Lee, Leon Henry, Alex Hidell, Harvey Lee. Kindle 2017.

__________ Silenced! Strange Deaths Of People Who Knew Too Much About The JFK Assassination. Kindle, 2017

Josiah ThompsonThompson, Josiah. Six Seconds in Dallas: A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination. Bernard Geis Associates, 1967.

__________ Last Second in Dallas. University Press of Kansas, 2020.

Thornley, Kerry W. The Idle Warriors. Illuminet, 1991.

Ernst Titovets Cover of Oswald: Russian EpisodeTitovets, Ernst. Oswald: Russian Episode. Eagle View Books, 2020 (Privately published in 2010 and 2014).

Toplin, Robert Brent. History by Hollywood JFK: Fact, Fiction, and Supposition, University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Trask, Richard B. That Day In Dallas. Yeoman, 1998.   

__________ Pictures of the Pain: Photography and the Assassination of President Kennedy. Yeoman, 1994.  

__________ National Nightmare on Six Feet of Film Yeoman, 2005.  Trento, Joseph J. The Secret History of the CIA. Forum, 2001.

Trost, Cathy and Susan Bennett. President Kennedy Has Been Shot: The Inside Story of the Murder of a President. Sourcebooks, 2003.

Turner, William. Rearview Mirror: Looking Back at the FBI, the CIA, and other Tails. Penmarin, 2001.

Turner, William W. and Jonn G. Christian. The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: A Searching Look at the Conspiracy and Cover-up 1968-1978. Random House, 1978.

Twyman, Noel. Bloody Treason: On Solving History's Greatest Murder Mystery, The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Laurel, 1997.

United Press International and American Heritage Magazine. Four Days: The Historical Record of the Death of President Kennedy. American Heritage, 1964.

Vaccara, Stefano and Robert Miller (Translator). Carlos Marcello: The Man Behind the JFK Assassination. Enigma, 2013.

Veciana, Antonio and Carlos Harrison with foreword by David Talbot. Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots against Castro, Kennedy, and Che. Skyhorse, 2017.

Ventura, Jesse and Dick Russell and David Wayne. They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK. Skyhorse, 2013.

Ventura, Jesse, Russell, Dick. American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us. Skyhorse, 2013.

Jesse Ventura They Killed Our President Cover

Ventura, Jesse and Dick Russell. American Conspiracies: The Card Set. Skyhorse, 2013.

Ventura, Jesse. 63 Documents That the Government Doesn't Want You To See. Skyhorse, 2012.

Ventura, Jesse. Lies, Lies and More Lies That the Government Tells Us. Skyhorse, 2010.

Wagner, Robert A. The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives Half a Century Later. Dog Ear Publishing, 2016.

Waldon, Lamar and Thomas Hartmann. Legacy of Secrecy. The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination. Counterpoint, 2008.

Waldon, Lamar and Thomas Hartmann. Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK. Carroll & Graf, 2005.

Waldon, Lamar. Watergate: The Hidden History. Counterpoint, 2012.

Waldron, Lamar. The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination. Counterpoint, 2013.

Walsh, Kenneth. Air Force One: A History of Presidents and Their Planes. Hyperion, 2004.

Walton, Richard J. Cold War and Counterrevolution: The Foreign Policy of John F. Kennedy. Viking, 1972.

Warren Commission Report, Government Printing Office, 1964 and St. Martin's Press, 1992.

Watts, Steven. JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier. Thomas Dunne, 2016.

Weberman, Alan Jules with Michael Canfield. Coup D’Etat In America: The CIA and the Assassination of JFK. Quick American, 1992 (originally Third Press, 1975).

Weberman, Alan Jules. The Oswald Code: The Secrets of Oswald's Address Book. CreateSpace, 2014.

Cyril H.WechtWecht, Cyril H. (shown at right), Mark Curriden, and Benjamin Wecht. Cause of Death. Onix, 1996.

Wecht, Cyril and Sewald, Jeff M. The Life and Deaths of Cyril Wecht: Memoirs of America's Most Contoversial Forensic Pathologist. Exposit Books, 2020.

Wecht, Cyril and Kaufmann, Dawna. The JFK Assassination Dissected. Exposit Books, 2021.

Weiner, Tim. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Doubleday, 2007.

__________ Enemies: A History of the FBI. Random House, 2012.

Weisberg, Harold. Oswald In New Orleans. Canyon, 1967.

__________ Case Open: The Omissions, Distortions and Falsifications of 'Case Closed.' Carroll & Graf, 1996.

__________ Never Again! The Government Conspiracy in the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.

__________ Oswald in New Orleans: A Case for Conspiracy with the CIA. Skyhorse, 2013.     

__________ Post Mortem: The Classic Investigation of the JFK Assassination Medical and Ballistics Evidence and Cover-Up. Skyhorse, 2013.

__________ Whitewash I: The Report on the Warren Report. Skyhorse, 2013.

__________ Whitewash II: The FBI–Secret Service Cover-Up in the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.

__________ Whitewash III: The Photographic Whitewash of the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.

__________ Whitewash IV: The Top Secret Warren Commission Transcript of the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.

Wemhoff, David A. John Courtney Murray, Time/Life, and the American Proposition: How the CIA's Doctrinal Warfare Program Changed the Catholic Church. Fidelity, 2015.

Wilkens, Tommy and Hilde. Walking the Razor’s Edge: The Dutchman and the Baron. 2019

Willens, Howard P. History Will Prove Us Right. Overlook, 2013.

Williams, Joe. The Grassy Knoll Report. Amazon.com Digital Services, 2013.

Williams, John Delane. Lee Harvey Oswald, Lyndon Johnson and the JFK Assassination. TrineDay, 2019.

Wills, Garry and Ovid Demaris. Jack Ruby: The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy. Ishi, 2011 (1994, 1968).

Wilson, Eric. The Spectacle of the False-Flag: Parapolitics from JFK to Watergate. Punctum, 2015.

Wise, Dan and Marietta Maxfield Wise. The Day Kennedy Died. Naylor, 1964.

Wofford, Harris. Of Kennedys And Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties. University of Pittsburgh, 1992.

Wolfenstein, Marth and Kliman Gilbert, eds. Children and the Death of a President: Multi-Disciplinary Studies. Doubleday, 1965.

Wrone, David R. The Freedom of Information Act and Political Assassination. Foundation Press, University of Wisconsin, 1978.

__________ The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination. University Press of Kansas, 2003.

Wyden, Peter. Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story. Simon & Schuster.

Yazijian, Harvey and Sid Blumenthal. Government by Gunplay: Assassination conspiracy theories from Dallas to today. New American Library, 1976.

Zachry, K. W. and Peterson, Sara. The Lone Star Speaks. Bancroft Press, 2020.

Zapruder, Alexandra. A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. Twelve, 2016.

Zelizer, Barbie. Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media and the Shaping of Collective Memory. University of Chicago, 1992.

Zirbel, Craig I. The Texas Connection: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Wright, 1991.


Major Official Reports

John F. Kennedy 1998

Assassination Records Review Board, Final Report and Records Index. Available here via National Archives and Records Center.


Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City [aka "Lopez Report"], House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), written in 1978 by Dan Hardway and Ed Lopez. Declassified in 1993 and more fully in 1996. Available here via the Mary Ferrell Foundation. 


Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Final Report and Appendix to Hearings Before the Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, 95th Congress, Volumes I-XII. House Report No. 95-1828.U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979, with accompanying 12 volumes on the JFK portion of the probe. The Final Report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) presents the HSCA's findings in the murders of both President John F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The report is available here via the History Matters archive, which provides this summary: "The HSCA found a "probable conspiracy" in the JFK assassination, but was unable to determine its nature or participants (other than that Oswald was still deemed to have fired all the successful shots). In the King case, the HSCA similarly found that James Earl Ray assassinated Reverend King, but that there might have been a small-scale conspiracy involved."


Final Report: Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies, Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, United States Senate ("Church Committee). Senate Report No. 94-755. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976.


Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders: An Interim Report  of the Select Committee To Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, United States Senate ("Church Committee), Senate Report No. 94-465. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

Report to the President by the Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States ("Rockefeller Commission). Manor Books, 1975.


The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decision Making on Vietnam, Senator Gravel Edition (five volumes). Beacon, 1972.


Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, center in the photo at left, and individually at right, led the seven-member commission. Warren, a former governor of California, is shown at left presenting their report in 1964 to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Kennedy's successor.

Earl WarrenWarren Commission Presents Report to President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy [aka "Warren Commission Report"] and 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964, available here via the Mary Ferrell Foundation.

The Warren Commission Report: The Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of  President John F. Kennedy. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964.

Investigation of the Assassination of  President John F. Kennedy: Hearings Before the President's Commission on the Assassination of  President John F. Kennedy. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964 (26 volumes).
Warren Commission Executive Session Transcripts. Originally confidential, and published by various outlets, 1964.


Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963. Government Printing Office, 1962-1964.


Catching Our Attention on Related News

Salon, JFK assassination: CIA and New York Times are still lying to us, David Talbot, Nov. 6, 2012. Fifty years later, a complicit media still covers up for the security state. We need to reclaim our history. We’ll never know, we’ll never know, we’ll never know. That’s the mocking-bird media refrain this season as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s greatest mystery – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson hijacked a large chunk of her paper’s Sunday Book Review to ponder the Kennedy mystery. And after deliberating for page after page on the subject, she could only conclude that there was some “kind of void” at the center of the Kennedy story. 

Further reading: There is a wealth of useful information about the Kennedy assassination available online. But before a beginner wades into these thickets, it’s best to start with some of the best books on the subject.

JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglass cover1. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass. Written by a deeply thoughtful Catholic peace activist, this book portrays Kennedy as a Cold War martyr -– a leader who sacrificed his life to save the world from the nuclear holocaust that was being threatened by his national security team.
2. The Last Investigation: What Insiders Know About the Assassination of JFK by Gaeton Fonzi.
3. Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why by Gerald McKnight.
4. Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA by Jefferson Morley.
5. Oswald and the CIA by John Newman.
6. Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot.
7. Deep Politics and the Death of JFK by Peter Dale Scott.

Editor's Note: David Talbot, the founder of Salon, authored the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. He is working on a book about the legendary CIA director Allen W. Dulles.