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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

Joan Mellen's Ridiculous Advice to a Space Alien

Baltimore Sun, June 28, 1998.

Yup, the one book that Joan Mellen would recommend is Jim Garrison's On the Trail of the Assassins.

I'd have no problem if Joan Mellen's advice would be limited to just space aliens. Unfortunately, she recommends books to humans too.

Here is how Rosemary James described Garrison's book:

"Still not content, Garrison sat down at his typewriter and concocted the biggest lie of all, his book, "On the Trail of the Assassins," once again defaming Clay Shaw. To give the devil his due, the book was well written, a fast-moving, exciting piece of cold war spy genre fiction, and it produced a lot of money for the DA in book sales, and a movie contract.
Oliver Stone, as gullible as they get in La-La Land, swallowed Garrison's tale hook, line and sinker, and spent millions regurgitating it on film. With "JFK," Stone became another False Witness, distorting history and justifying his film on the basis of artistic license, giving Garrison the image of a God-fearing family man and caped crusader and using the same smear tactics as Garrison to destroy the image of an innocent man no longer able to defend himself."

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