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Not all conspiracies are theories. As grown-ups, we need to learn to decouple those terms, which have been irresponsibly glued together since 1963.

I grew up with conspiracies. I watched Congress investigate Watergate and Iran Contra. I saw high-level government officials repeatedly tell us Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, only to learn that that information was false. I was a juror on a conspiracy trial. Conspiracies happen. So why do some conspiracies get investigated while others get covered up? This volume will help you answer that question. I first encountered Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case in an independent bookstore, on a shelf labeled simply—and appropriately— Intelligence. Within the first few pages, I knew I had discovered something special. I had read a handful of books on the assassination of President Kennedy by that point, but this was the first book I read that put the events squarely in their historical context. I experienced a light bulb moment, seeing the convergence of factors that led to Kennedy’s death.

The book also explained why the erudite Jim Garrison I met in Garrison’s own wonderful book, On the Trail of the Assassins, did not match the image of him that the press was presenting. The picture of a crazed district attorney hell-bent on prosecuting an innocent man never rang true to me. Here was a district attorney who, in my opinion, had done the right and honourable thing, something that had not been done to that point: treated the assassination like the prosecutable crime it was. He called in witnesses. He arrested Clay Shaw, a prominent citizen, on charges of conspiracy to kill the President because of strong evidence. He took his case to trial. And yet, Shaw was found not guilty. What happened?

In this volume, James DiEugenio connects the dots to explain why Garrison’s case fell apart, who undermined it, and how those players connect to the circle of people who had been manipulating Oswald long before the Kennedy assassination took place.

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