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Joseph Green on the late Manning Marable's new full scale biography of Malcolm X.
David Mantik vs. Pat Speer on the JFK Autopsy X-rays: A Critique of patspeer.com Chapters 18a, 18b, and 19b, by David W. Mantik
Seamus Coogan on
Joseph Farrell's new book LBJ and the Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy:
A Coalescence of Interests, plus a look at the fraudulent MJ 12 papers.
by Donald Byron Thomas
The Illusion of Michael Shermer, Principles of Sleight of Hand, reviewed by Frank Cassano
Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory on JFK, reviewed by Seamus Coogan.
Reclaiming History Part X "How the DA Acquitted everyone but Oswald," reviewed by Jim DiEugenio.
LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK's Assassination by Phillip F. Nelson, reviewed by Joseph Green.
the ARRB Reviews
of Douglas Horne's multi-volume study of the declassified medical evidence
in the JFK case. Reviewed by Jim DiEugenio, David Mantik and Gary Aguilar.
A three part series on John McAdams in anticipation of his book on the JFK case: The 20 year Evolution of a Rightwing, Propagandist "Is John McAdams' web site the worst ever on the JFK case?" Who is a better murder detective, John McAdams or Inspector Clouseau?
Billy Kelly does an update and addition to the Chicago plot to kill JFK.
Seamus Coogan on the whole UFO's and aliens and MJ-12/Kennedy assassination linkage.
Bill Davy continues our Wikipedia exposure series by examining an entry dealing with the JIm Garrison investigation.
THE KINDLE VS. THE NOOK
As stated, I’m not a “techie” guy, and there are some good review sites on these two models. But I did find a few features of note, and I encourage you to follow up on your own if interested. The basic model Kindle sells for $139.00, and the similar model Nook for $149.00. The Kindle offers over 750,000 titles, and the Nook boasts over two million. The Kindle offers unit storage of over 3,500 books, and the Nook up to 1,500. But the Nook has a slot to add a memory card for additional storage. Storage may be a moot point, however, because both models allow you to delete and re-download your e-books indefinitely from your personal “library”. E-books download in a matter of seconds, all you need is access to a Wi-Fi area. Both models have a more expensive “3G” version, that allow you to surf the web and download from anywhere, even if you’re not in a Wi-Fi area.
The Nook has a replaceable battery. If out of warranty the cost is $29.00. The Kindle’s battery is not replaceable and requires that you send the whole unit in. If in-warranty it’s free, otherwise the cost is $89.00. However, either way you get a brand new Kindle. A friend just experienced a bad battery with an in-warranty Kindle. She called Amazon, received her new Kindle the next day, and sent in the old one in the same box using the provided shipping label. In short, Amazon’s customer service and return policy is very customer friendly. The Nook, on the other hand, boasts “walk-in” Nook service at any Barnes and Noble.
Amazon e-books are proprietary. If I understand this correctly you can only download e-books to your Kindle from the Amazon e-book library. With the Nook you download books primarily from the Barnes and Noble library, but also from Sony e-books and some place called Kobo Books (These sites do not offer a lot in the way of JFK material). Also the Nook has a feature that allows you to “check-out” e-books from public libraries. Kindle does not.
One really cool thing about these e-readers is the fact that over 1 ½ million pre-1923 titles are offered, free of charge! Shakespeare, Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – you name it – unabridged and in your library in an instant. Also, daily newspapers and many magazines are also featured, at reduced subscription costs.
In the JFK selection I found some really interesting things. It appears that the two companies split some of the official investigations between themselves. Amazon has the Warren Commission Report for a dollar. The Nook actually has the entire 26 volumes of Commission Hearings and Exhibits! For free. If you search “Barnes and Noble Nook store” and type in “JFK” you’ll see items 36-61 are “Hearings Before the President’s Commission”, etc.
An Amazon (Kindle) e-book search of the following prompts revealed: “JFK”, 220 hits. “JFK assassination”, 65 hits. The same search on Barnes and Noble (Nook) revealed “JFK”, 162 hits. “JFK assassination”, 71 hits. These numbers are deceiving, however, because about half of these “hits” aren’t related to the subject.
Below you will find a list of e-books relating to the JFK assassination, by e-book site. This list represents roughly ½ to ¾ of the most noted (in my judgement) e- books available on the subject. The JFK material is somewhat hodge-podge and you won’t find most of your favorites here. For instance, I found none of the CTKA Top 10 books on the JFK assassination. I talked to Amazon customer service representative “Josh” about this. He explained that it’s up to publishers to initiate book digitizing, all they need to do is provide the necessary materials to Amazon. Therefore, Amazon has a link next to all of their regular books to make an e-book request. I looked up the hardback edition of John Armstrong’s Harvey and Lee (which showed 3 used books starting at $161.00). Next to the title I found the link that said “Tell the publisher you want to see this book in Kindle edition! ” I clicked on this and got an immediate reply that said “Thank you for requesting Harvey and Lee in Kindle edition. Our goal is to make every title available for Kindle, and we will pass your specific request on to the publisher”. Josh was unable to give me any specifics as to how many requests it took for a book to go digital, but as stated it’s up to the publisher.
The average e-book goes for around $10.00. The biggest discrepancy I saw in pricing was on the biggest of all elephants, Reclaiming History. Yes, the Briggs and Stratton version. Amazon sells it for $12.99. Barnes and Noble? $39.96! (Is there a riddle that asks, “What weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of hot air?”) I was unable to ascertain if the e-book version contains the endnotes and footnotes, I’m inclined to guess it doesn’t.
Disclaimer: the below list represents my search of “JFK Assassination”. As you know, searching is not an exact science. For instance, Oswald and the CIA does not show up in the Barnes and Noble library under “JFK”, but I did find it under “CIA”. Obviously if you want to look for a specific book then a search by title is best. (I found that the average number of words in a JFK book title is around 15! So these titles are abbreviated). My apologies for any errors or omissions.
One more note: I couldn’t bring myself to list the “conspiracy-debunker” books. Suffice it to say they represent roughly half of the reality-based JFK assassination books. The usual suspects are there, Russo, Waldron and a crop of Mob and Cuban connection books. But I will mention here the brand new Warren Commission apologist offering, The Kennedy Detail (offered in e-book for $14.99), from former Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine, because I fear we’re in for a new crop of crap looming before the 50th anniversary. I’m sorry, but the book description makes me want to vomit. Jerry Blaine captures the energetic, crowd-loving young President, who banned agents from his car and often plunged into raucous crowds with little warning…a look into the lives who devoted their entire beings to protecting the Presidential family…and their astonishment at the countries obsession with far-fetched conspiracy theories…” I think the original working title may have been It Was Kennedy’s Fault.
As you can see, the overall selection is not large. Yet there are a couple of titles that seem to be available only via cyberspace. Amazon has a better selection of working-author titles, but Barnes & Noble has a big edge on the official investigations. How did I end up picking? For the sake of objectivity I’ll decline to name which e-reader sits on my Christmas List. But I’ll give you a few clues. The idea of having the entire 26 volumes of Hearings and Exhibits (Nook) is enticing, but I figured at my beginner-to- novice level of the subject I probably wouldn’t wander down those vast and complex alleys without access to a search engine, ala the History Matters or Mary Ferrell websites.
So I ended up choosing by my personal book preferences and other individual model features. In a nutshell, though, my opinion is that both of these e-readers are very cool, and you can’t really go wrong with either one. Amazon claims to have a goal of having every book ever published available electronically. Could a $10.00 e-book version of Harvey and Lee be soon coming? Let us hope!
Now, available in e-Book format, the 1999 groundbreaking work on the
Jim Garrison investigation, "Let Justice Be Done".
William Davy's classic book on the Garrison case is now available from
the Amazon Kindle store. Hailed by many as the definitive treatment
of the New Orleans DA's case,
"Let Justice Be Done" can be
ordered with one click.