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1 DALLAS '63. The British Forum for Views and Research Into the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Number 2. Volume 1. May 1994.
UK 1994 First Edition Soft Cover VG 4to 
40pp. Illus. in text. Grey card covers with black spine. Chapters in this edition of the Magazine include Tributes to Larry Howard (co-founder and Director of the Dallas based JFK Assassination Centre); How news of the Kennedy and Oswald murders first reached Britain (Ian Griggs); The Garrison Case (Justin Bowley); The Frank Ragano Allegation (Paul Byrne); The Killing of the President, Review (Mike Royden) etc. 
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2 BAILEY, Brian THE ASSASSINATION FILE. A Casebook of Crime, Conspiracy and VIP Victims
London W.H. Allen 1991 1852272031 / 9781852272036 1st hardcover NR FINE NR FINE 8vo 
xii+179pp+illus. Sig. to rear end-paper. Ranging from the ritual sacrifice of monarchs in primitive societies to the modern political outrage of the terrorist bomb, the author documents more than two hundred treacherous killings from around the world. Chapters include Revolution and Revenge; The Age of Anarchy; War Crimes; The Hired Assassin's Trade, etc. with stories of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval; Abraham Lincoln; Tsar Alexander II; Empress Elizabeth of Austria; Archduke Ferdinand; Rasputin; Trotsky; JFK; Indira Gandhi and more. Includes Select Bibliography and Index. 
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3 BISHOP, Jim THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1955 First Edition Hardcover VG No Dj 8vo 
264pp+illus. Red cloth. A dramatic hour-by-hour narrative of the events on Good Friday 1865 when President Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in full view of a fashionable Washington audience. The characters and events leading up to the fateful day; Lincoln's premonition of death; his jealous unstable wife; the flamboyant John Wilkes Booth; his flight and capture. Bibliography. 
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4 BORNSTEIN, Joseph THE POLITICS OF MURDER
William Sloane, New York 1950 First Edition Hardcover VG VG 8vo 
295pp+illus. Dj sl. worn with little loss to top edge and corners. Book itself very good. The 20th century's most infamous cases of assassination for power and a study of the increasingly close relationship between politics and violent death. Chapters cover Nazi Murderers; War Crimes and Peace Crimes; the Stalin Mystery; Giacomo Matteotti's Last Fight - murdered by gangsters in the service of Fascist politicians; Death in Mexico - Leon Trotsky; The Death of Lenin, etc. The personalities and planning behind crimes committed in cold-blood. 
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5 EDDOWES, Michael THE OSWALD FILE. Startling New Evidence and Undeniable Conclusions on the Man Sent to Kill Kennedy.
Clarkson N. Potter, New York 1977 0517530554 / 9780517530559 Fourth Printing Hardcover Nr. Fine VG 8vo 
240pp+illus. Dj just a little frayed at edges. The results of a 14-year investigation putting forward the theory that a Russian operator was slipped into the country and given an American identity - that of Lee Harvey Oswald. He claims there were discrepancies in Oswald's appearance, his biographies varied and the assassin's body did not match medical records. Very well illustrated. Index. 
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6 EPSTEIN, Edway Jay INQUEST. The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth.
Viking Press, New York 1966 Book Club Edition Hardcover VG VG 8vo 
220pp+illus. Dj a little dusty. Sig. to endpaper but o/w very clean internally. Some startling but sober views on the way in which the Warren Commission dealt with the assassination of JFK including some documents and photographs that were published for the first time. Although the author felt the Commission sincerely believed it was in the national interest to stop the numerous rumours, the pressure of time meant they failed to answer some essential questions. (1st edition was also 1966). 
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7 FETHERLING, George THE BOOK OF ASSASSINS. A Biographical Dictionary from Ancient Times to the Present
New York John Wiley & Sons 2001 0471158917 / 9780471158912 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo 
v+391pp. A valuable single source for the life stories of assassins throughout history: the infamous and overlooked, the madmen and the zealots, the incompetent and the ruthlessly efficient, those who failed and those who succeeded in their dark deeds. The author provides interesting trivia and little known facts as well as an alphabetical index of victims. An indispensible reference work. (The UK edition published in 2002 is entitled 'A Bibliographical Dictionary of the World's Assassins'. 
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8 HANCHETT, William THE LINCOLN MURDER CONSPIRACIES.
Chicago University of Illinois Press 1983 0252010469 / 9780252010460 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo 
303pp+illus. 'Being an account of the hatred felt by many Americans for President Lincoln during the Civil War and the first complete examination and refutation of the many theories, hypotheses and speculations put forward since 1865, concerning those presumed to have aided, abetted, controlled or directed the murderous act of John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14th'. With Bibliography and Index. 
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9 HUNT,Conover THE SIXTH FLOOR. John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation.
Dallas, TX The Dallas County Historical Foundation 1989 1st illus. white card covers NR FINE 8vo 
62pp. Illus. in text. Full 'Errata' sheet enclosed PLUS a small illustrated publicity leaflet for The Sixth Floor and a coloured postcard of the Texas School Book Depository. A very well illustrated booklet on the exhibits in the Sixth Floor museum in Dallas and background story of President Kennedy and the impact of his assassination in November, 1963. 
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10 JONES, John Paul , Ed DR MUDD AND THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION. The Case Reopened.
Combined Books, Pennsylvania. 1995 0938289500 / 9780938289500 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine. not price-clipped 8vo 
xiii+280pp. In June 1865, Samuel A. Mudd was convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth and others to assassinate President Lincoln. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on an island off the coast of Florida. He was pardoned in 1869 following his help in a yellow fever outbreak, but it left the question as to whether he was guilty of the original crime? In 1993 a group of Jurists and Civil War historians "tried" the case again - a fascinating reconstruction. Index. 
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11 LAL, K. Editor TRIAL OF BALWANT RAI AND OTHERS.
Leicester Taleaga Ltd. 1984 1st hardcover FINE FINE 8vo 
xxxi+218pp. Illus. in text. On November 6th, 1942, two men entered the office of the Deputy Director of Indian Manpower and shot him dead. This was the first assassination of a Member of Kenya Legislative Power in the country's history. The murder of Hon. Isher Dass was deliberately planned by those who resented the part he had played in advocating steps to control Indian manpower. Three men were tried and convicted - two were hanged and one acquitted on Appeal. A very nice copy of this unusual case. 
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12 LANE, Mark CODE NAME "ZORRO". The Murder of Martin Luther King.
New Jersey Prentice-Hall 1977 0131396005 / 9780131396005 First Edition Hardcover VG Good 8vo 
314pp+illus. The dust-jacket is a little frayed at edges with llittle loss to lower edge of rear cover corners. Was James Earl Ray the solitary assassin, hired killer or unwitting pawn in a conspiracy? Why was Dr King's police protection removed on the fateful day and by whom? Why was the FBI squad assigned to "destroy" King and then directed to investigate his murder? Some of the disturbing questions in a book that comes to a grim conclusion about the assassination. Index. 
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13 LATTIMER, Dr John K KENNEDY AND LINCOLN. Medical and Ballistics Comparisons of Their Assassinations
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1980 0151522812 / 9780151522811 First Edition Hardcover Nr Fine No Dj 4to 
xxi+378pp. Illus. in text. Brown cloth with maroon spine, just the tiniest bumping to bottom edge and minor marking. A highly detailed study of the two assassinations, very well illustrated throughout with the events, wounds, forensic evidence and much more. Numerous chapters cover the plan to kidnap Lincoln; events at the theatre; the President's struggle for life; Booth's escape; fate of the conspirators, etc. The Kennedy assassination is also covered in detail with information on Oswald and his weapons; all aspects of the wounds, autopsy and the numerous questions it raised; Zapruder movie; Ruby shoots Oswald. Includes Select Bibliography and Index. (Heavy item, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
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14 MORRIS, Willie THE GHOSTS OF MEDGAR EVERS. A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi and Hollywood
New York Random House 1998 0679459561 / 9780679459569 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo 
288pp. In 1963 the courageous Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, was assassinated, but it took thirty years for his killer, Byron de la Beckwith, to be brought to justice. The author brings together the harsh realities of race and the magical illusions of Hollywood as he describes the making of the motion picture The Ghosts of Mississippi and its tragic historical background. He travelled the backroads to the relevant sites and three of Evers' children, who witnessed the assassination, took part in the film. Includes Reading List and Index. 
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15 O'TOOLE, C.J.A. THE COSGROVE REPORT. The Private Enquiry of a Pinkerton Detective into the Murder of President Lincoln. An Annotated Novel.
New York Rawson Wade 1979 0892560916 / 9780892560912 First Edition Hardcover Nr. Fine Nr Fine 8vo 
viii+424pp+illus. Presented as an historical thriller, based on the real facts, an exciting and new solution to the question "Why was Abraham Lincoln murdered?" Although novelised, the book is based on meticulous research into official records and forgotten memoirs of eyewitnesses. The manuscript is "written" by Pinkerton Detective Nicholas Cosgrove and superbly relates the events and hunt for Booth. 
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16 RECORD AMERICAN NEWSPAPER. November 23rd, 1963. PRESIDENT SLAIN BY ASSASSIN. Card. Cushing to Say Mass; Pro-red Sniper Suspect Seized.
Boston, MA Record American 1963 1st newspaper VG 
48pp. Illustrated newspaper on the events of the Kennedy assassination. Little chipped at edges but not affecting text. Minor repair to rear page. Pages lightly tanned. A full record of the terrible events, the motorcade, the aftermath and Johnson's swearing-in. 
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17 STARKEY, Larry WILKES BOOTH CAME TO WASHINGTON.
New York Random House 1976 0394488946 / 9780394488943 First Edition Hardcover VG VG 8vo 
209pp+map. The story of the Confederate intrigues that sent Booth to murder Abraham Lincoln and the Government's century-old cover-up. The lives of the protagonists, intricacies of the plot and the political tensions of the time. The author suggests a bizarre conspiracy and explains why Booth wore no disguise, did not use a false name and why an accomplice tried to kill Secretary of State William Seward. Bibliography and Index. 
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