Gerald Posner Reviews "On The Trail of Delusion"
My last book, I Was a Teenage JFK Conspiracy Freak, detailed how I became a JFK conspiracy freak at eighteen, and then slowly moved to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. When I first started questioning my beliefs, I was lucky to read several issues of Paul Hoch's excellent newsletter, "Echoes of Conspiracy."
Here is a quote from my book:
In the November, 1993, issue Hoch wrote about his two talks at the Second Annual Midwest Symposium on Assassination Politics held in Chicago in April, 1993. On the physical evidence, Hoch wrote that "the specific items of Dealey Plaza conspiracy evidence have tended to get weaker over the years. This has been a surprise, naturally underappreciated - especially by newer buffs and non-technical buffs." Hoch pointed to the HSCA who "took a stab at the tests the critics wanted - not completely, and not perfectly, but we expected that any one of the tests would demolish the WC [Warren Commission] reconstruction - neutron activation analysis, trajectory analysis. And they didn't."
To make a long story short, I bought a copy of the HSCA volumes of evidence on CD-ROM and was fascinated by all the scientific testing they had done. At that point, I decided it was time to buy a copy of Gerald Posner's Case Closed.
Buying it was easy, but it sat on a shelf for several days before I found the courage to open it and start reading. I went to Posner's chapter on the medical evidence, and I felt ill. I agreed with everything he wrote, and, it was at that point, that I fully changed my position.
So, it is quite an honor that yesterday Gerald Posner reviewed my book at Quillette.com, one of my favorite websites. They are dedicated to free speech and they fight political correctness and the current avant-garde position of being 'woke.'
"It turns out that the answer to "What's new?" is "Plenty." Litwin did his research the old fashioned way: He reviewed primary sources in the collections of private researchers and authors as well as government archives. The result is a surprisingly fresh and fully persuasive account of the Garrison fiasco. Litwin’s retelling of the story is straightforward and accessible for an audience far beyond assassination and history buffs, and he writes with the confidence of someone in complete control of the facts. Relying on original transcripts, case files, memos, correspondence, and recorded interviews, Litwin provides unshakeable evidence to buttress his conclusion that the New Orleans investigation was doomed from inception by Garrison’s “mental illness” and “endless paranoias.” Sandwiched between the withering introduction and conclusion, he delivers an avalanche of documentary evidence that allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the extent to which the Garrison probe was a historic travesty of justice."
Please check out the review and the other terrific articles at Quillette.