Title: Report of the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Author: President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
United States Warren Commission (1964). Report of the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. New York: Bantam Books
E842.9 .A55 1964c
Date Updated: October 14, 2015
Nothing much devastated me in my formative years more than the assassination of President Kennedy, November 22, 1963. I was in grad school at the time. Kennedy struck all the right keys within me to create resonance with what he wanted to do and the musical note within me. His death was to me what the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was to my parents. I remember the tears my mother shed, fixing me lunch, and listening to the radio broadcast. I was too young to understand it then. It was not until JFK’s murder that I understood her depth of feeling.
When the Warren Commission report became available I immediately ordered it, even on my meager salary of $222.22 per month. (I ordered it from the Government Printing Office.)
The Warren Commission’s findings have been critically assailed since their findings were released in September of 1964, less than a year after the investigation began. Conspiracy theorists called the Commission’s finds a “government whitewash” and contested and derided the findings without end. As a result of the overwhelming trashing by critics, the Warren Commission’s findings have fallen into disrepute. This is unfortunate, as the Commission’s findings and conclusions have stood the test of time. Recently, computer simulations have documented the feasibility and likelihood of the so-called “Magic Bullet” theory, and have virtually proven that Kennedy’s wounds came from the upper reaches of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where Oswald sat in the southeast corner window of the 6th floor. So, although extensively trashed by critics, the Warren Commission findings have proven the test of time and are a vital component to any serious Kennedy assassination library.
I was impressed with the voluminous hard physical evidence collected by Dallas police and the FBI. Too many conspiracists tend to sweep this evidence under the rug, as much of it contradicts their pet conspiracy theories. Yet, the evidence cannot be so easily swept away, and this is the profound importance of the Warren Commission’s findings. The Commission lays out the evidence in stepwise fashion and comes to the logical (though very controversial) conclusion that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy.
This volume is essential to any Kennedy assassination reader, as it lays the groundwork for the assassination discussion. One cannot propose other conspiracy outcomes without having a thorough working knowledge of the Commission’s findings. Get this volume for its information on the evidence, for it is through the evidence that a “murder” case is decided.