President Kennedy Shaking Hands with Nikita Khrushchev in 1961

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James Norwood is a former professor with a deep understanding of the John F. Kennedy era. Through Former People, he offers readers a distinctive lens through which to view the lives of key figures post-assassination.

While focusing on portrayals of JFK, Nikita Khrushchev, and Lee Harvey Oswald, Norwood builds a narrative that challenges conventional wisdom and sheds light on the deliberate shaping of legends over facts. Read more in James DiEugenio’s book review.

The Concept of Former People

Norwood introduces the term "Former People,” historically associated with displaced Russian aristocracy post-Bolshevik Revolution, to describe what happened to Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Oswald after their deaths.

This unique conceptual framework adds depth to the exploration of these three figures, offering readers a fresh perspective on their posthumous images.

Nikita Khrushchev's Complex Legacy

Norwood explores Khrushchev's post-Stalin era, portraying a leader who, despite his role in Stalin's earlier atrocities, sought a departure from the oppressive past.

He explores Khrushchev's triumphs and missteps, from the secret speech of 1956 to the crushing of the Hungarian Spring. Former People suggests that Khrushchev's removal after Kennedy's death marked the end of a period of reform and the beginning of economic stagnation under the Brezhnev Doctrine.

Kennedy and Khrushchev

JFK's Legacy and Diplomacy

Norwood provides a nuanced view of John F. Kennedy, highlighting his early life, political career, and literary contributions. The book commends Kennedy's cautious handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, preventing a nuclear war and drawing on his readings of historical events.

He emphasizes Kennedy's hope of easing tensions and reconciliation with the Soviet Union, tragically interrupted by his assassination and the subsequent cover-up of his achievements.

Lee Harvey Oswald: A Man of Mystery

The book tackles the enigma of Lee Harvey Oswald, focusing on his linguistic abilities and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his time in the Soviet Union. Norwood questions how and where Oswald acquired his proficiency in Russian and explores the possibility of a double-agent scenario.

He aligns with the notion of two Oswalds, as advocated by the John Armstrong theorem, shedding light on a long-incubating experiment in doubles and covert operations.

Challenge Official Narratives with Kennedys and King

Former People challenges the official narratives surrounding the JFK assassination, highlighting the role of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI in shaping the three-bullet scenario. It is part of why we believe this volume makes a valuable contribution to the literature surrounding the political assassinations of the 1960s.

Get more details in our complete review, and keep reading more articles on the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, civil rights leaders, and the current political events relevant to these past conspiracies.

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An Image of Paul Landis During an Interview

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The release of Paul Landis’s new book, The Final Witness, has sparked considerable anticipation and debate, fueled by advanced publicity in Vanity Fair and the New York Times.

Today, we will be providing a preview of Vince Palamara’s book review, dissecting the key points of Landis’s narrative, and weighing the promises of groundbreaking revelations against the ultimate disappointment this book turned out to be.

Who is Paul Landis?

For those who don’t know, Paul Landis was a Secret Service agent during the early 1960s, so he naturally served President John F. Kennedy. He has been a figure of interest and scrutiny, especially for his claims and perspectives related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

Learn More: Will Paul Landis Finally Put the Single Bullet Theory to Rest?

However, Palamara expresses disappointment in Landis’s long-awaited perspective right from the beginning. Despite the extensive media hype preceding its release, Palamara suggests that, without this publicity, Landis’s work might have gone unnoticed, as hinted by early mixed reviews on Amazon.

Clint Hill and the Uninvited Guest

Landis’s acknowledgments section ironically includes Clint Hill, who publicly denounced the same book on NBC. Furthermore, he was excluded from a gathering of surviving Kennedy Detail Secret Service agents at Clint Hill's residence. This raises questions about the authenticity of the support Landis claims to have received from Hill.

Selective Reading and Participation

Landis admits to actively avoiding books about the events of November 22, 1963, despite his involvement in The Kennedy Detail, the book and its documentary. This selective reading raises eyebrows, especially considering the gravity of the subject matter. It suggests Landis's reluctance to engage with alternative perspectives on the JFK assassination.

The Journey Through Landis’s Secret Service Years

The bulk of Landis’s book is about his Secret Service career, offering insights into his relationships with fellow agents and his experiences on various details, such as the Kennedy Kiddie Detail and the First Lady Detail. While interesting for Kennedy enthusiasts and Secret Service buffs, Palamara suggests that these portions may lack broader appeal.

 JFK motorcade

The Texas Trip and Glaring Omissions

Landis's account of the Texas trip is marked by the omission of critical events. The infamous drinking incident involving agents at the Fort Worth Press Club and The Cellar is conveniently downplayed.

Landis also fails to mention the death of Secret Service agent Tom Shipman at Camp David, raising questions about the thoroughness of his narrative.

Contradictions and Curious Observations

Landis's observations during the assassination of John F. Kennedy, particularly regarding the number of shots fired and the location of the head wound, are contradictory, to say the least.

His failure to explicitly detail the significance of an alleged intact bullet found in the limousine adds to the confusion, leaving readers wondering about the authenticity of this claim.

Should You Read Paul Landis’s New Book?

Palamara accuses Landis’s book of being a "bait and switch" scenario, with the focus on the bullet Landis claims to have found overshadowing the actual content. The lack of in-depth exploration of the alleged find, and its implications for debunking official history raises suspicions about the book's intentions and Landis's motivations.

You are better off reading similar reviews on the book than the book itself, which adds little to the ongoing conversation surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination. Check out our blogs and articles for a more in-depth analysis of one of American history’s most controversial and misunderstood subjects, and add your voice to the mix.

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