A New York Times–bestselling author reveals the CIA and Secret Service conspiracy behind John F. Kennedy’s assassination—with a chapter by Oliver Stone.
Mark Lane tried the only US court case in which the jurors concluded that the CIA plotted the murder of President Kennedy, but there was always a missing piece: How did the CIA control cops and secret service agents on the ground in Dealey Plaza? How did federal authorities prevent the House Select Committee on Assassinations from discovering the truth about the CIA’s involvement?
In Last Word, Lane shares exclusive interviews, sworn testimony, and meticulous research (including commentary from Oliver Stone, Robert K. Tanenbaum, Abraham Bolden, and Dallas Police deputy sheriffs) to present exactly what happened the day JFK was assassinated. He includes statements given to the Warren Commission by a police officer who confronted a man he thought was the assassin. The officer testified that he drew his gun and pointed it at the suspect who showed Secret Service ID. Yet, the Secret Service later reported that there were no agents on foot in Dealey Plaza.
Last Word proves that the CIA, operating in secret, prepared all credentials for Secret Service agents in Dallas for the two days that Kennedy was going to be there—conclusive evidence of the CIA’s involvement in the assassination.
With an Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum and a Chapter by Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone.
“Disturbingly convincing.” —Library Journal Xpress Review
In his third book on the Kennedy assassination (Plausible Denial), attorney Lane builds a circumstantial case for CIA involvement though in an appendix he says he does not identify "those who assassinated" Kennedy because he has been "unable to secure sufficient factual information." Lane breaks down the assassination into all of its moving parts and examines the actions of Secret Service agents who many agree botched protocol. Lane says the Warren Commission report on the assassination was awash with faulty logic, twisting forensic evidence to fit its preconception that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter. Lane's contention about the CIA's role rests on reports that the agency feared Kennedy might disband it after the Bay of Pigs; there was also anger at the president's attempts to interact peacefully with Castro. The CIA, Lane says, made Oswald the fall guy and provided men found on the "grassy knoll" where many believe the deadly shots were fired with Secret Service credentials. Lane has been vilified by the CIA and also has his supporters, but this book is hardly the "last word."