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History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Everything was over in mere seconds, but the events of that day have been the subject of heated debate for five decades. The presidential commission tasked with finding the truth, headed by then-Chief Justice Earl Warren, published its findings the following year--Oswald had acted alone--but the report did little to quell conspiracy theorists. Many seized on what they saw as inconsistencies in the report and branded the whole investigation an elaborate cover-up. Warren himself calmly dismissed the criticism, assuring his fellow commission members that "history will prove that we are right." Now, in this eye-opening new account of the Commission and its findings, Howard P. Willens sets out to prove that Warren's advice was prescient. Willens, one of the few living staff members of the Warren Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives.  Drawn from Willens' own journals and extensive notes on the investigation--which have never before been published--History Will Prove Us Right tells the true and complete story, perhaps for the first time, of every aspect of the investigation into one of the century's most harrowing events from a uniquely first-person perspective.

Introduction

Chapter 1. December 1963: The Nation Responds

Chapter 2. January 1964: Distrust of the FBI Grows

Chapter 3. February 1964: The Search for Evidence Begins

Chapter 4. March 1964: Our Investigation Expands

Chapter 5. April 1964: Mexico and the Cuban Connection

Chapter 6. May 1964: Critical Decisions

Chapter 7. June 1964: Crucial Witnesses

Chapter 8. July–August 1964: A Tale of Tragic Truth

Chapter 9. September 1964: The Last Debates

Chapter 10. Aftermath

Postscript: The Staff

Notes

Illustrations

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