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  • By Shannon Yarbrough
    Oct 15, 2009
    "DEADLY DELUSION" In high school, I had a history teacher who was obsessed with JFK. We spent six weeks studying the president’s life and of course his assassination, and the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The teacher was so obsessed that he even had a poster of JFK on the wall behind his desk. Oliver Stone’s successful film was watched in class, along with specials recorded from the History and Biography channels. Every November when these shows are repeated on television in conjunction with the anniversary of Kennedy’s death, I’m still captivated and sit and watch them although I have seen some of them thousands of times and know the events and conspiracies by heart. As Americans we probably all do, which is why it’s always interesting to come across a new point of view. And that is exactly what Jim Jarman has presented to us in his book, Deadly Delusion. The outside of the book gives no mention to this story being about JFK and Oswald. The entire book is... More > about the CIA choosing Oswald and training him to carry out the murder of the president, ultimately changing history forever, unbeknownst to Oswald ever knowing he was just a pawn. Right from the start, Jarman dives head on into Oswald’s life as a loyal marine. You almost feel sorry for him as the opposite side of the story treats you to some harsh CIA operatives manipulating Oswald like a puppet on a string just as the book cover hints. I’d like to point out that Jim Jarman has not just regurgitated the conspiracy theories and historical evidence that history buffs are already privy to. I enjoyed having some prior knowledge to the themes that Jarman plays upon, but the twists and turns that his fast paced, hard edged writing takes you on offered many pleasant surprises that I was not expecting. He’s written a thriller, with new point of view and bite, that I could easily see transposed to the big screen. I would have liked to have seen the climax play out a bit differently, even a fictional account perhaps, as we all know how Oswald’s story ends. Jarman leaves us with a “textbook” account of the tragic story which I have to admit disappointed me just a bit: The world had been denied comprehension of the extreme dedication of Lee Harvey Oswald to his dream of worthwhile fame. A young life whose voice was hushed forever, never to heard, never to implicate an evil force that infected a free nation. But I have a feeling Jarman wanted to remain true to history with the basic plot of his book. Outside of this, Deadly Delusion is an amazing piece of work filled with suspense and mystery. If you are a JFK buff, history major, mystery reader, or political guru, I highly recommend that you add Jim Jarman to your bookshelf! You will not be disappointed. I look forward to more from this author in the near future! Read the whole review at!< Less
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Jim Jarman
February 7, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.03 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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