The Demagogue of Dealey Plaza
Compelling New Book Debunks Oliver Stone’s JFK Conspiracy Theories
Ottawa, CA -- In his timely and powerful new book, Oliver Stone’s Film-Flam: The Demagogue of Dealey Plaza, author Fred Litwin debunks the major allegations in JFK: Destiny Betrayed -- Oliver Stone’s 2021 documentary series on the JFK assassination.
While Stone calls his film a documentary and thinks of himself as an artist, Litwin shows that he is a flim-flam artist – using an extremely clever piece of filmmaking to mislead the public.
Litwin’s book examines:
· The formation of the Warren Commission.
· The relationship between JFK and the CIA.
· Why Jack Ruby killed Oswald.
· How the medical evidence supports a lone gunman.
· The role of imperfect memory in witness testimony.
· A refutation of a possible alibi for Lee Harvey Oswald.
· The chain of custody of CE 399 - the bullet found at Parkland Hospital.
· The insidious claim that Dr. George Burkley, participated in a cover-up.
· Spurious allegations about General Curtis LeMay.
· Supposed plots against JFK in Chicago and Tampa.
· The homophobic persecution of Clay Shaw by Jim Garrison.
Oliver Stone’s Film-Flam is extensively sourced and contains over 600 links to the internet (in the Kindle version), as well as excerpts from many JFK assassination documents.
"In preparation for hosting Oliver Stone on my podcast, I watched his four-part four-hour documentary series JFK: Destiny Betrayed … twice. I thought I was prepared, but there are so many details in Stone’s account of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that no matter what I said Stone had another “but what about…?” What I needed was Fred Litwin’s new book, Oliver Stone’s Film-Flam, which dissects the major claims made in the film and shows them to be mistaken, exaggerated, misquoted, misunderstood, misrepresented, or taken out of context. The devil is in the details and Litwin has done the heavy lifting necessary to counter conspiracisms’ demagoguery. Everyone interested in the JFK assassination story should read this book and thank Fred Litwin for his tireless work."
- Michael Shermer, Founder of Skeptic Magazine and Author of Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational
“This book shows how Oliver Stone gets it wrong and how the evidence just doesn’t support his allegations,” said Fred Litwin. “A lot of film’s material is surprisingly easy to debunk and serves as a showcase of superficial thinking. Viewers of this documentary series deserve to know how they are being misled.”
"As long as Oliver Stone is out there peddling his arrant nonsense about the Kennedy assassination, Fred Litwin will be on the case. His latest exposé on the ‘Demagogue of Dealey Plaza’ is a Herculean effort in the war against unreason." - James Kirchick, author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington
Litwin’s book will interest historians and film critics, fans of President Kennedy, and anyone interested in the debunking of conspiracy theories. It will certainly become a necessary addition to any JFK library.
"Fantasy becomes fact if essential evidence is omitted or misstated. Assassination researcher Fred Litwin unveils in Oliver Stone's Film-Flam how the master filmmaker has again misled the public. If you see the film, you should read the book." - Judge Burt W. Griffin, Retired, Assistant Counsel, President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy [Warren Commission]
While Oliver Stone claims that the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) turned conspiracy theories into conspiracy facts, the truth is that the Board simply released millions of pages of documents. It is one thing for Oliver Stone to use ARRB documents to reach his own conclusions; it is quite another thing to mislead people into believing that that the ARRB uncovered proof that there was a conspiracy.
"Nearly 60 years after JFK's assassination, questions still abound over whether suspected killer Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, or even at all. But conspiracy theories are not facts. Fred Litwin's book Oliver Stone's Film-Flam firmly undermines some of the loudest theorists of the day in point-by-point factual rebuttals in an effort to accurately preserve the integrity of this historic tragedy. While some readers' minds may not be completely persuaded as to exactly what did or did not happen in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, every reader of this book should conclude that simply being a loud conspiracy critic does not turn fiction into fact."
- Mark S. Zaid, National Security Attorney
Oliver Stone’s Film-Flam, ISBN: 978-0-9948630-6-5, 2023, NorthernBlues Books, 476 Pages, Paperback $18.99, eBook $7.99; Available on Amazon, Kindle, iTunes, KOBO and the author’s website: http://www.OnTheTrailofDelusion.com
"I have followed Fred Litwin's research and writings for some time, especially his work on the Jim Garrison case against Clay Shaw. He is a superb researcher, marshals his facts carefully, and presents very thoughtful conclusions. Anyone trying to refute him on even an individual point had best come well prepared."
- Don Carpenter, Author of Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw
About Fred Litwin: Fred is the author of four books, and has written articles for the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Toronto Sun, among others. His 2020 book, On the Trail of Delusion – Jim Garrison: The Great Accuser exposed the fraudulent prosecution of Clay Shaw for conspiring to murder JFK.
Litwin is a marketing professional, who worked for Intel Corporation, and organized the launch of the Pentium II in Asia. In 2000, he founded NorthernBlues Music, a cutting-edge blues label. The company has released over 70 CDs and has received over 40 Blues Music Award nominations. In 2007, Litwin started the Free Thinking Film Society to showcase films on liberty, freedom and democracy.