Phillip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter and author of The Commission, an acclaimed and critical look at the 9/11 Commission Report, has promised us a new book that claims that "powerful" people had influenced the Warren Commission's investigation and final conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing John F. Kennedy. The details of who exactly these "powerful" people are and what their full involvement in tampering with the Warren Commission is remains scant, but Shenon's credentials are a good reason to be excited about his book, which is coming from Little, Brown on October 22.
At The New York Times Shenon covered topics like the FBI, domestic terrorism, and the goings-on at the Justice Department. Most notably, he wrote The Commission in 2008, a scathing look into the 9/11 Commission Report. If that book can give us any clues into his JFK dissection, it's that it won't be a blaring conspiracy theory, but rather a more clinical and subtle dissection of the Warren Commission. At the very least, it's a good bet it's going to be a more sober book than conservative TV figure Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy."
The Bookseller, borrowing from Little, Brown's description of the book, provides the following details:
Drawn from years of research and interviews with "primary and insider sources", the book looks at the work of the Warren Commission, which sought to determine whether killer Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and is said to answer "many of the questions that have haunted a nation for 50 years, in spite of the powerful individuals who did their utmost to prevent the discovery of what really happened.
Books about JFK are about as popular as those about Lincoln. The question is whether they say anything new. The last relevant entry into JFK lit was by Mimi Alford, a White House intern who slept with JFK. That book, published last year, was called Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath.