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Oswald's Tale: An American Mysteryby Norman Mailer
Synopses & Reviews
"MARVELOUS . . . BREATHTAKING."
--The New York Times Book Review
"MAILER SHINES . . . Explaining Kennedy's assassination through the flaws in Oswald's character has been attempted before, notably by Gerald Posner in Case Closed and Don Delillo in Libra. But neither handled Oswald with the kind of dexterity and literary imagination that Mailer here supplies in great force. . . . Oswald's Tale weaves a story not only about Oswald or Kennedy's death but about the culture surrounding the assassination, one that remains replete with miscomprehensions, unraveled threads and lack of resolution: All of which makes Oswald's Tale more true-to-life than any fact-driven treatise could hope to be. . . . Vintage Mailer."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"FASCINATING . . . A MASTER STORYTELLER . . . Mailer gives us our clearest, deepest view of Oswald yet. . . . Inside three
The celebrated author offers his version of the motives and actions of John F. Kennedy's assassin, analyzing the culture that formed him, his political history, and the attempts of politicians and historians to discover the true Oswald. Reprint.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
The adventures of Valya — Oswald in Moscow — Oswald's work, Oswald's sweetheart — Marina's friends, Marina's loves - Courtship and marriage - Commencement of the long voyage home — Fatherhood and motherhood — In the anteroom of history — Shock — Early years, soldier years — Charity in Fort Worth - Dark days in Dallas — The big easy — Protagonists and provocateurs — Denouement — The amateur hit man — Oswald's ghost.
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