Author: Judyth Vary Baker Title: Me & Lee: How I came to know, love, and lose Lee Harvey Oswald
Judyth Vary Baker (1943 – ) born South Bend, Indiana, is an American artist, writer and poet. Her work in cancer research as a teen and young adult led to later involvement in a biological warfare project aimed to eliminate Cuba’s Fidel Castro. In 1963, her decision to protest the use of unwitting prisoners for a dangerous cancer experiment destroyed her cancer research career. Baker’s intimate relationship with accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, who Baker and others say was involved in the anti-Castro effort, and was framed in a cover-up, has become the subject of documentaries, plays and books since she first spoke out to Sixty Minutes in 1999. Her book Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald (2010) argues the innocence of Oswald, providing witnesses to Baker’s affair with Oswald and documentation of their relationship, which began in New Orleans in April, 1963 and continued until Oswald’s last call only two days before the assassination of President Kennedy.
Author: William Manchester Title: Death of a President: November 20-November 25, 1963
William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of the days immediately preceding and following President John F. Kennedy’s death. Through hundreds of interviews, abundant travel and firsthand observation, and with unique access to the proceedings of the Warren Commission, Manchester conducted an exhaustive historical investigation, accumulating forty-five volumes of documents, exhibits, and transcribed tapes. His ultimate objective — to set down as a whole the national and personal tragedy that was JFK’s assassination — is brilliantly achieved in this galvanizing narrative, a book universally acclaimed as a landmark work of modern history.
Author: Harold Weisberg Title: Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report
Harold Weisberg’s Whitewash was originally self-published in 1965, at a time when few publishing houses would consider a book challenging the Warren Report. Written in Harold’s fiercely passionate yet scrupulously honest style, and relying on the government’s own evidence and documentation, Whitewash destroys the Warren Commission’s claims about Oswald and shows that the Commission knowingly engaged in a cover-up.
Weisberg diligently researched the government’s unpublished evidence and played a major role in forcing disclosures via the Freedom of Information Act. A watershed publication and one that established the author as one of the premier JFK assassination researchers, Whitewash has become one of the essential assassination publications, and nearly five decades later his work has lost none of its bite.
“Based solely on the official publications of the Warren Commission, and factually solid, Weisberg shows that government officials never honestly investigated the murder of JFK, but from the very outset of the inquiry decided to and effectively did cover up the crime.” ~ David Wrone