This book is one of the true classics for the JFK case. Two other books I would put into this same elite category are On The Trail Of The Assassins by Jim Garrison and Best Evidence by David Lifton. These are all books which were written many years ago and which have withstood the test of time.
Mr.Lane's perspective as a lawyer himself gave him the insights to explain everything that went wrong with the Warren Commission. And I think over the years people have figured out why everything went so wrong.
Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover needed a way to get Earl Warren and company to misrepresent the truth. The CIA apparently provided that tool of deception when they sent Lee Oswald down to Mexico City, ostensibly to deliver an injectable form of cancer to use on Fidel Casro. But Oswald's Mexico City trip had a hidden agenda. Author John M. Newman calls this the World War III virus in Lee Oswald's CIA files.
After the assassination Johnson told Earl Warren that Oswald had visited the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City and made contact with a KGB operative who worked on assassinations for the Soviets. Johnson said that if the American public ever found out that the Soviets were responsible for John Kennedy's assassination World War III would begin and '40 million Americans will be dead in the first hour'. So they gave the Warren Commission the false conclusion that Oswald was the lone assassin and told them to make sure their so called report supported that conclusion for reasons of national security.
Earl Warren was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Perhaps Warren really did believe Johnson's lies at first. But at some point as they got into the Warren Commission proceedings serious doubts should have entered any logical person's mind.
Were the Soviets also responsible for having Lee Oswald murder a Dallas police officer ?
Were the Soviets also responsible for having a mafia connected hoodlum gun down Lee Oswald even while Oswald was in police custody ?
Were the Soviets responsible for the many suspicious and violent deaths that seemed to befall people who knew too much about the assassination for their own good ?
This is where I think a lot of people adopted that old political slogan which Mr. Lane mentions in his book:
"Go along to get along."
This is a rock solid book and required reading for all serious students of the JFK mystery.
A Deeper, Darker Truth: Tom Wilson's Journey into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
Best Evidence by David Lifton (1982-04-01)
JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
The Dark Side of Lyndon Baines Johnson
Official & Confidential : The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover
Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald
Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy
2: Countdown to Darkness: The Assassination of President Kennedy Volume II (Volume 2)
Rush to Judgment is Mark Lane’s seminal work on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This groundbreaking number one bestseller opened the eyes of the people of the United States to the possibility that their government was involved in a cover-up of monumental proportions. In his mesmerizing book Lane explores the Warren Report’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Lane’s exhaustive investigation provides a roadmap to the body of evidence about the assassination. By interviewing witnesses throughout the country, comparing each of the Report’s conclusions with its own corresponding evidence, and searching through the 26 volumes of evidence the President’s Commission collected and thousands of documents found only in the National Archive in Washington, DC., Lane truthfully investigates the assassination. Meticulously detailed, with over 4,000 citations, yet immensely compelling, Rush to Judgment set forth cataclysmic ripples through the fabric of our nation. This work, still unparalleled after nearly 50 years and scores of other explorations, is where it all began. No serious study of this event is complete without it.