Here’s what HarperCollins went for:
And here’s just one clause, addressed to:
“Those resolute voices in American public life that continue to deny the existence of a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy…”
So, Oliver Stone had JFK,* and now David Talbot has this.
And so, if you think it’s possible that Oswald acted alone, as he did before (trying to assassinate a retired general earlier in 1963) and after (killing a Texas peace officer shortly after shooting JFK twice)**, then YOU crazy, then YOU in denial. Is that how this works?
And the way to earn respect from both Stone and Talbot is to start believing in a JFK conspiracy theory – any theory will do. ‘Cause believing in any crazy theory means that you don’t believe in the hated “official version” of how JFK was murdered.
And that’s good enough for them.
And what’s the official version? IDK. It starts with the Warren Commission, but it doesn’t end there. The official version is our best guess of what happened based upon what we’ve learned the past half century.
So that’s that. All’s what left to do is to wait for the book tour to wind up on KQED Forum…
Yours, in denial…
**Oswald, the former Marine Corps marksman, was a gun nut who liked shooting military and paramilitary authority figures – it was his thing. For example, before he shot and killed Commander-in-Chief JFK, he shot retired U.S. Army General Edwin Walker (with the rifle Oswald bought mail-order, the very same one he used to kill JFK). And then, after he shot and killed JFK, he shot and killed Dallas Police Department Officer J.D. Tippet and then he attempted to shoot Dallas Police Department Officer N.M. McDonald.