Excellent book by the late Jim Marrs.
Certainly, I have to say that if the torch is passed to a new generation of the twenty first century, who look back to the tumultuous years of the twentieth, i.e. 1914-19, 1929, 1939-46, the date that must live in infamy is not just 7th December 1941, but with far longer and greater impact is 22nd November 1963 in Dallas, Texas. As the author writes in his preface 'whether it is read from start to finish or simply kept as a reference source, Crossfire is intended to be a thorough source book for the library of anyone with the slightest interest in learning what actually happened in Dallas in 1963.' Marr adds 'Why seek the truth of Kennedy's death? Unless we, as a nation, (I take a wider view) come to a truthful understanding of what happened to our chief elected official in 1963, we obviously cannot begin to correctly understand the events that are effecting us today.' Marrs wrote this over twenty years ago, and it still stands.
Jim Marrs book Crossfire, The Plot that Killed Kennedy is one of the books used as a reference point for Stones Counter Mythology to counter the Government Mythology. Part one is the Kill Zone, setting the scene for the assassination, the Texas School Depository, the Triple Underpass, the Grassy Knoll, and also gives you background information on the Kennedy rise to power. At the very end is a re-enactment, similar to the conversation Costners character has with X in JFK, where a possible assassination plot is put into motion. The summaries at the end of each chapter as mentioned mean you can condense the critical information in short bullet points. The Kennedy assassination was a true coup detat, a sudden and violent shift of power to the right in this country. 1 Crossfire The Plot That Killed Kennedy page 590 By Jim Marrs, Published 1989 Carroll and Graf Publishers.
Or, at least, I think it did, which brings me to the main point of what is interesting about this book, the JFK assassination in particular, and conspiracy mythology in general. What matters--why conspiracy theories are important to us--is as personal mythology. It doesn't matter if it happened. What matters is that MILLIONS of Americans and HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people around the world believe it happened. It explains the internal workings of their personal cosmology, the spiritual universe in which they live.
Marrs' professional journalistic stamp got five stars from me. Part II has been updated with additional work on Oswald that has come from other publications in the previous decade, such as from Judyth Vary Baker. Certainly a tour de force, but for me a lot more than just compelling, and certainly not a conspiracy book. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with Jim Marrs, he signed my copy of this book with the added phrase..."Always question authority"
This book will get your brain a churning on what you think may have happened.
Kennedy was on the shitlist of the KKK, the Mafia, the Teamsters, and Cuban revolutionaries- not to mention people in his own government, LBJ included, who most certainly did not agree that the Viet Nam war should be ended in a timely fashion.
Marrs attacks everything that a historian does and also attacks the experts. In this book he attempts to be a historian and an expert but fails miserably.