Book Talk: The Other Oswald: A Wilderness of Mirrors by Gary Hill
John F. Kennedy was one of the most popular presidents to be elected in the United States. To many, he was a charismatic leader. As the youngest man to be elected in the US presidency, he was a symbol for a new generation of leadership, of soaring idealism, and hopefulness for a nation that has felt stagnant for so long. For his critics, he was a wealthy playboy who bankrolled his way into the highest position in the land. To fans of his celebrity, he is part of a very photogenic family and a constant curiosity source. In fact, the fame of his life is only exceeded by the curiosity of his death.
JFK meant a lot of different things to different people. For author and Cold War researcher, Gary Hil, he was a leader and a father figure. When President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, Hill, together with the entire world, witnessed an event in history whose effects will ripple throughout generations.
The death of JFK sparked a global obsession. Many theories have since emerged about the real cause of his assassination. The Other Oswald: A Wilderness of Mirrors by Gary Hill looks at these theories and dives deep into the story of two men whose story is more intertwined than what was previously believed. It explores and dissects the connection between Robert Edward Webster and Lee Harvey Oswald as key to uncovering the hidden machinations behind the death of one of the most beloved political figures in the world. Was it the work of a disgruntled citizen acting alone? Or was it a highly orchestrated plan of international proportions?
There are many theories and literature about the complex assassination of John F. Kennedy. However, readers would be hard-pressed to find one that is as thoroughly researched and as coherent a narrative as The Other Oswald: A Wilderness of Mirrors.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" Clearly Gary Hill is one of the best researchers regarding the complex story of the Kennedy assassination. In "The Other Oswald," he cites innumerable sources, both original and findings of other researchers, and weaves it all into a coherent narrative. It is both a page turner for newbies to the JFK murder case and a great resource for serious researchers pursuing the story even further. Overall it's an excellent book. I recommend it highly. "
— James Finamore, Amazon Reader's Review
" The impersonation of Lee Harvey Oswald has given rise to multiple theories, many of them incredible. This one is particularly credible and if not absolutely true, probably closer than the rest. Author did a good job."
— Mark Landsbaum, Amazon Reader's Review
" I have read them all. It is always a great day when a book arrives where the author has a point to make and the research to back it up. This not a how many shots were fired book. This is a who and why book. It is a good one."
—ABR, Amazon Reader's Review
Review by Carla Sachs
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Gary Hill is a retired teacher and part-time musician living in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He has been a Cold War researcher since the late 1960's and has accumulated file cabinets full of FOA documents, interviewed witnesses, and published articles in local newspapers and journals such as The Fourth Decade and JFK/Deep Politics Quarterly.
My father died in 1961. I was 15 years old. JFK was sworn in as president that same year and became the father figure of this young boy. Two years later, on November 22, 1963, I lost a father for the second time.
Even as a young innocent brought up in the 1950's, I was able to perceive that something about the whole event of the president's death just wasn't kosher. Why would a lone nut liberal with no motive kill a liberal president to put right-wing warmongers into power? Subsequently, this same lone nut was killed by another lone nut. This lone nut was a gangster with a bleeding heart whose proclaimed intent was to ease the widowed Mrs. Kennedy's suffering. This story sounds like a fairy tale that would strain credibility, even in the eyes of a child.
Thinking that I might be able to uncover evidence that had been overlooked, I proceeded to read everything I could get my hands on about JFK's murder and the events and people who may have been the cause of that effect. As the years passed, my quest became an obsession. Reading escalated into trips to Dallas, interviews with individuals, and Freedom of Information document requests by the hundreds. Also, I penned articles for research journals and gave talks.
When middle age was something I viewed through a rearview mirror, my obsession morphed into a bucket list. I just wanted to know the truth before I joined my two fathers. This book, in essence, is the embodiment of that bucket list. Stumbling onto the world of Robert Webster and his relationship to Lee Harvey Oswald paved the road of my research trail. A lifetime's work finally down on paper.
As JFK said, "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."That was my motivation, and it was amplified by another of his observations.... "....we are all mortal."