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Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy

Joesten, Joachim

Published by Marzani & Munsell Publishers Inc, New York, 1964
Condition: Good Hardcover
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158 pages, plus Documentary section at the end. Illustrations. DJ worn, torn, soiled and chipped. "A "fall guy," in American underworld slang, is a person selected by a criminal gang to be framed up as the guilty one, in order to shield the real perpetrators of a crime. This is Joesten's thesis about Oswald. He writes in his preface: "Oswald was a 'fall guy,' to use the parlance of the kind of men who must have planned the details of the assassination. I believe that he was picked as a fall guy precisely because, as a petty, and perhaps discarded, agent of the CIA, and later of the FBI, he was an ideal scapegoat; his provocative actions and movements were subject to specific knowledge by the conspirators; in particular his obtrusive display of 'Marxist' feelings stamped him as the kind of man who could be made to appear an irrational assassin and around whom a web of circumstantial evidence could be woven; a web sufficiently plausible on the face of it to convince the American people provided he did not live to have a trial, as indeed he didn't?I am personally convinced that (a) Oswald was completely innocent of the assassination, and (b) it was the work of a powerful conspiratorial group. "Most of the book is devoted to a systematic development of the evidence. A number of the points are sufficiently powerful to singly cast grave doubt on the official version; and in their cumulative impact to provide a serious basis for Joesten's conclusion. Joachim Joesten, the son of a doctor, was born in Cologne, Germany. He attended Nancy University in France and the University of Madrid in Spain. Joesten worked as a journalist for the Weltbuehne . According to a Gestapo document, Joesten returned to Berlin in 1928 and established a lending library of books "primarily of a Marxist tendency". The report claims that Joesten joined the German Communist Party on 12th May, 1932. After Adolf Hitler gained power Joesten emigrated to France. Later he moved to Copenhagen and in 1937 he published an article in a French newspaper warning of Germany's military threat to Denmark. The Gestapo was still monitoring Joesten's activities and in his file it was recorded: "Joachim Joesten, a notorious Marxist well-poisoner. who has seriously transgressed against his duty to remain faithful to his (the German) people and state by his anti-German conduct in foreign countries." Joesten's first book, Denmark's Day of Doom, was published by Victor Gollancz in 1939. When the German Army arrived in Denmark on 9th April, 1940, Joesten fled to Sweden. After marrying May Nilsson, Joesten and his wife emigrated to the United States. Soon after arriving in New York, Joesten joined Newsweek magazine. In 1944 he became a freelance writer. Joachim Joesten traveled to Dallas a few weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and spent four days there, interviewing witnesses and examining key locations. He came to the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a lone gunman. However, he did think that he was involved in the conspiracy to kill Kennedy. "I wish to make it absolutely clear that I believe Oswald innocent only as charged, but that he was involved with the conspirators in some way." Joesten began work on his book, 'Oswald, Assassin or Fall Guy?' Because he questioned the official version, Joesten was forced to get his book initially published in Britain (Merlin Press). Joesten published and 'The Dark Side of Lyndon Baines Johnson' in 1968. Joesten argued that Lyndon B. Johnson and Bobby Baker were involved in the killing: "The Baker scandal then is truly the hidden key to the assassination, or more exact, the timing of the Baker affair crystallized the more or less vague plans to eliminate Kennedy which had already been in existence the threat of complete exposure which faced Johnson in the Baker scandal provided that final impulse he was forced to give the go-ahead signal to the plotters who had long been waiting for the right opportunity." Joesten. Bookseller Inventory # 72210

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Title: Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy

Publisher: Marzani & Munsell Publishers Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1964

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: fair

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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