Please join us as Former Warren Commission staffer Howard Willens talks about his new book 'History Will Prove Us Right,' which provides the true story of what really happened during the investigation of the Kennedy assassination. Willens will be joined by Richard Mosk and Stuart Pollack at the Sixth Floor Museum and Southern Methodist University on October 11th.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered in front of hundreds of onlookers. Everything was over in mere seconds, but the events of that day have been the subject of heated debate for five decades. The presidential commission tasked with finding the truth, headed by then-Chief Justice Earl Warren, published its findings the following year--Oswald had acted alone--but the report did little to quell conspiracy theorists. Many seized on what they saw as inconsistencies in the report and branded the whole investigation a cover-up. Warren himself calmly dismissed the criticism, assuring his fellow commission members that 'history will prove us right.'
Now, in this eye-opening new account of the Commission and its findings, Howard P. Willens sets out to prove that Warren's advice was prescient. Willens, one of the few surviving staff members of the Warren Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives. Drawn from Willens' own journals and extensive notes on the investigation--which have never before been published--History Will Prove Us Right tells the true and complete story, perhaps for the first time, of every aspect of the investigation into one of the century's most harrowing events from a uniquely first-person perspective.
Praise for History Will Prove Us Right:
'Finally, the much-needed book on the Warren Commission. While the rest of us who have written about the commission were only peeking in, Howard P. Willens was there, a principal architect of the very history we could only write about. Now, with his precise and very discerning pen, he has written with unimpeachable authority what actually happened, making his book an historically important one. I can't imagine any future writer on the commission doing so without having History Will Prove Us Right at their side. Highly recommended.' —Vincent Bugliosi, bestselling author of Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Helter Skelter
“Of all the new books inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, the most valuable contribution to the historical record may well be Howard P. Willens’s meticulous and exhaustive narrative of the inner workings of the Warren Commission and the vast evidentiary support for its much-maligned conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald in all probability acted alone. Willens reviews and refutes the still-swirling conspiracy theories while painting a compelling portrait of the truth-seeking zeal of the seven-member commission's talented, twenty-three-person staff and of its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren. The book's contents justify its title, derived from a 1965 prediction by Earl Warren: History Will Prove Us Right.' —Stuart Taylor, Jr., Contributing Editor for the National Journal and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Howard P. Willens is the only surviving member of the three-person supervisory staff of the Warren Commission. After the commission's report was published, he left the Department of Justice and in 1965 served as the Executive Director of the President's commission on Crime in the District of Columbia. In 1967, he joined a private law firm, where he has worked for over forty years. He lives in Washington, D.C
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